An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
15 Jul 11

toybreaker

Toybreaker’s tagline is Ties That Don’t Suck, and that just about sums it up.  Although many of the styles would fit seamlessly into a ‘corporate goth’ wardrobe, you’re also just as likely to find something for your dad.  Toybreaker’s huge range of motifs from subtly subversive to stylishly scientific are printed on silk or microfibre ties, scarves and bow ties.  Check out the featured seller interviewer with owner/designer Bethany Shorb, or just go browse the goods at her Etsy shop.

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08 Jun 11

hier apparel

Hier Apparel is one of those Etsy labels that kind of defies all description.  Here is someone truly making what they love, without following trends, and doing a marvelous job.  The aesthetic is… organic sci-fi?  Minimalist artisanal?  Bohemian couture?  I give up…  Go see it for yourself! Based in Chicago, but of course you can buy it online from her Etsy store.  You can also read about her as an Etsy featured seller.

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07 Jun 11

homako

Japanese and proudly eccentric Homoko makes fabric and wooden jewelery in her home in Los Angeles.  Many are made from textile origami, all are bold, beautifully crafted and as cute as a button.  Buy them from her Etsy store.  See more of her aesthetic and inspiration on her Flickr stream.

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21 May 11

art history 101

Designing for a delightful niche, Art History 101 highlights those interesting facts you learned in Art History class but were sadly never able to use in everyday life.  Words and illustrations like Chiaroscuro and Repousse are celebrated on eco-friendly heather t-shirts for both women and men, while Art History sayings and slogans are available on button badges.  From their Etsy store.

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15 May 11

take off your clothes

Take Off Your Clothes is a Brooklyn-based label who re-define and re-work existing styles and even existing clothes.  Often using recycled materials, their current includes a drapey dress made from two t-shirts sewn together.  Their clothes are comfortable and easy to wear and adjust to the wearer’s mood.  Buy from their shop on Supermarket HQ or on Etsy or follow their blog.

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08 May 11

under the root

Fancy some fancy undergarments? If it’s good old-fashioned boudoir style you’re looking for, look no further than Under the Root. Inspired by Victorian pre-lycra knickers and fables of woodland elves, these handmade goodies are made from vintage trimmings and sustainable fabrics where possible.  Available on Etsy.

 

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06 May 11

carry a cute bag

Why yes, Carry a Cute Bag does have cute bags.  Messenger bags, satchesl and padded purses just big enough for your phone, there’s no excuse not to carry a cute bag any more.  All made by hand from eye-popping prints. Buy on Etsy. Custom pieces also available.

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15 Apr 11

astridland

Astrid Bucker is a New York-based stylist and costume designer with her own limited-run label, Astridland.  The pieces are beautifully designed and made by hand from lovely fabrics.  She also makes bags, jewelery and other accessories, all available to buy on Dawanda or Etsy.  You can check out her work as a stylist and costume designer for film on her website.

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21 Mar 11

stash

I’ve seen the meticulous workmanship of Stash bags with my own two eyes and I was impressed.  Laptop, iPod, camera bags are all made from recycled vintage fabrics (many of them woolens) wherever possible.  Your one-stop shop for your pinstriped worsted Kindle cozy!  Selling on Etsy.

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18 Mar 11

ellaina boutique

Sue Bradbury produces her understated, casual and affordable clothing collection in her home in Portland, Oregon.  Her elegant, comfortable designs are insanely wearable and look like they’d become instant wardrobe favourites.  Buy from her Etsy store or visit her website.

 

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