An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
14 Mar 11

marañón

Marañón (cashew fruit) is Etsy member Spinthread’s shop.  She makes clever, geometric embroidered mini-works of textile art and converts them into jewelery.  Not following any fashion except her own, these pieces are simple yet striking.

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11 Mar 11

minx

Minx has very cute, romantic clothing and accessories with a vintage edge.  Anna-Marie from Pittsburgh, USA somehow manages to combine nostalgia with contemporary themes.  Want to see how that looks?  Check her new designs her blog as they come fresh off the sewing machine on or just go buy it from the Minxshop on Etsy!

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04 Mar 11

les filles by

Caroline Rossignol and Edwin Abaka are LES FILLES by, working out of their studio in Harlem, NY.  Their current capsule collection is inspired by vintage menswear styles.  Angles, prints, subtle colours and fabrics that perfectly compliment their geometric cuts are hallmarks of this line.  And guess what?  You can buy them on Etsy.

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18 Feb 11

timber preservation society

Chop wood in a stylish, ‘specially graphically designed TIMBER! t-shirt designed and printed by Chad in California.  Grow your own beard and sweat in your sweatshop free tee.  From Etsee.

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04 Feb 11

white owl

Sister duo White Owl make their jewelery from both new and recycled materials.  Their collection is currently largely made using lace and brocades, and I love the way their Etsy shop looks like they’ve taken the best pickings from their grandmother’s attic.

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28 Jan 11

the black spot books

Need tiny books to hang around your neck?  The Black Spot Books has them in their Etsy store! Margaux Kent and her husband Walter are up to much more recycling, reclaiming and designing with their studio The Ped and Awl.  You can tell by reading their blog.

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24 Jan 11

yorktown road

Beautifully folded, pleated and creased bags, clutches and purses are what Yorktown Road do best.  Usually working with linen, they’ve recently produced some designs in recycled leather.  Feast your eyes on their brightly-coloured beauties in their Big Cartel store, their Etsy store, or just be their friend on Facebook.

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20 Jan 11

jessalin beutler

Seattle-based artist Jessalin Beutler has a background in drawing and printmaking, which informs her geometric, graphic style.  What is really special about her t-shirts, tanks and sundry textiles is that she hand paints the designs.  Something special awaits you at her Etsy store.

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13 Jan 11

fink

Fink’s own tagline nouveau flowerchild chic, sums up their style pretty well, but there’s more to it.  They screenprint all their own fabrics, which are either recycled or bought as remnants.  The prints range from rock ‘n’ roll to over-sized florals, and are often printed in layers, making each fabric unique.  Their freestyle sewing celebrates handmade, with raw edges showing and multiple rows of stitching, so don’t expect factory finishing.  Buy their one-of-a-kind garments or order a custom job from their Etsy store, I Heart Fink!

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06 Jan 11

maryink

Real cute illustrations on tees, including organic cotton and bamboo.  Styles range from folk-art inspired to scandinavian style to hippie-chic to just nice drawings, somehow remaining very current without looking like all the other printed t-shirts out there.   All handmade in Nashville, USA.  Read about them on their website, buy them on Etsy or watch the Etsy handmade portrait mini-documentary about their creative process.

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