in honor of the tall ships being in town this weekend, i’m sharing with you these really cool bags by reiter8 – made out of recycled sailboat sails! these are so cute and i love the idea – so unique and reasonably priced too!
my boyfriend of all people (i say that because he’s not one for fashion and gets confused when my clothes become too trendy) pointed out to me the other day that i like gray in my wardrobe. then i thought of some of my favorite pieces – gray cardigan, gray long sweater, gray jeans, gray dress, gray t-shirt – and realized he’s right! i really don’t like khaki and white and black could get boring, so i buy gray pieces as my neutrals and layering pieces.
and apparently i’m not alone. rachel mcadams wore a gray jacket and bag, jessica simpson wore a gray maxi dress with a pink cardigan, rachel bilson has been carrying around a new gray bag, jessica alba wore a gray tunic, and rihanna wore a gray sweater. what are your thoughts on the color gray? drab or daring?
all images from people.com
Gaia Conceptions opened my eyes to the concept of ethical and sustainable fashion. reading about the process the designer, Andrea, takes in making the clothes really made me think about what goes into the clothes i wear everyday. all of the clothes in the Gaia Conceptions collection are made of certified organic and eco-friendly fabrics, like certified organic cotton and raw silk. each piece is hand dyed in low impact and natural dyes and each item is made just for you based on your size and color choice. love it! check out my q&a with Andrea here:
How did you get started creating clothes?
When I was a young girl my aunt taught me how to sew clothing for my dolls. Then I grew to be 6 feet tall and needed to always alter or make things for myself. I started out as a Fashion Design Major in college and learned the fundamentals of sewing and patternmaking. Then switched my major to fibers where I learned how to dye and began thinking about fibers in a more sculptural way, which led me to finally complete a degree in Sculpture. However, I continued to design and sell my clothing at festivals while I was finishing up my degree in Sculpture. Just as I was about to graduate I put my clothing on ETSY….Right about the same time I heard back from the schools I got into ETSY had me as a featured seller and I all of a sudden had a full time job doing what I love to do most.
What three words would you use to describe your current collection?
Comfortable, Multi-functional, Sustainable
What do you think makes your designs different?
My designs are simple, functional, and easy to wear. They layer well with each other and make a subtle statement. I want them to bring out the beauty in a woman without overpowering it. However, I would say it is the environmental ethos combined with the designs that really sets Gaia Conceptions apart from the rest. Continuing to make great clothes that are as sustainable as possible is the fundamental goal. We have installed water-catchment systems, a natural dye garden and studio, and are always searching for new organic and humanly cultivated fabrics.
What do you see in the future for your collection?
I definitely want to bring in more natural dyes and I’m also interested in finding a way to turn my scraps into something that I can sell for charity. I’m thinking quilts and dolls would be nice. At some point it would also be great to build a Living Machine to clean all our wastewater and solar panels to provide energy for all the sewing equipment.
Why should people buy clothes from an independent designer instead of a mass-market store?
Well the coolest thing about buying directly from the artist is it helps people like me support themselves and do what they love each day. However, there are so many other benefits to the community and perks to you as a buyer as well. Each independent designer is different, but hear are some of the things that make Gaia Conceptions good for the client and the planet:
- All garments are made to order so each piece is made specific to your size and needs and it also means there isn’t any Gaia Gear clothing sitting on a rack somewhere hoping to be loved one day. It also saves a ton of resources and energy.
- Because everything is made in-house and I’m super picky about the sustainability and human friendliness of each garment from seed to shipping. Everyone involved with the creation of your garment was paid a fair wage and had a healthy work environment.
apparently in the northeast this year may and june showers are just bringing no sunny days this summer. what the heck? in case you’re stuck somewhere where it keeps raining, here are some cute rainy day clothes to help brighten up your day.
girl on bike in the rain tee: Supastarr
wellies tee: charlie and sarah
umbrella earrings: CleverGirl Industries
umbrella and monday necklace: Arete
umbrella tote: Metro Three
they are. they are the perfect thing to wear on a lazy sunday, or saturday, or whatever day. you could buy a plain hoodie at the gap or american apparel or tons of other places, but that’s no fun! there are loads of creative hoodies out there – like these with animal designs:
owl hoodie: FluffyCo
cat hoodie: 1AEON
flying racoon bats hoodie: crywolf
octopus hoodie: J. Von Stratton
for all of you who like to know your clothes are made out of recycled and environment-friendly clothes in sweatshop-free, safe environments, Heidi & Seek is definitely worth checking out. and now is the perfect time because a lot of the clothes in the shop are on sale! and new items will be added to shop soon.
here are some of the sale items:
and if you want to learn more about Heidi & Seek – here’s an interview i did with the designer a few months ago.
the perfect ending to this beautiful week before the long weekend is this bright, fun top and skirt from Corey Lynn Calter. the orange skirt comes with a coral braided leather belt and it has side slit pockets – love it! and the brushstroke print top adds color to any outfit.
oh, and look who else likes the brushstroke top – michelle trachtenberg!
it’s fleet week in nyc, the boats were out in boston harbor today, summer is nearby. 3 great reasons for adding some nautical themed pieces to your wardrobe. check out these cute finds!
striped pirate ship shirt: Black Heart Bunny
red buoy earrings: Blue Mabel
nautical necklace: erinkeys
tall ship bag with rope handles: 3Jane
navy button-front skirt: ec star