In my opinion, the best eco-fashion is the piece that first, is “fashionable” and then is also eco-friendly. I loved this James Perse skirt from the moment I saw it, but didn’t realize it was made from recycled cotton until it came in the mail
It’s wonderful, I wear it all the time – in fact, I’m wearing it right now! The fit is “classic” James Perse: a little snug in the hips but fits nicely in the waist. I took a size 3 and it’s a tad snug, but the size 4 would have been too big. Check out a recent outfit picture featuring this skirt on Grechen’s Closet.
Incidentally, James Perse is made in the USA, so I consider it to be more environmentally friendly than some alternatives anyway, aside from their occasional use of recycled cotton.
One of my very favorite recycled leather handbag designers (Ashley Watson) is now doing jewelry (Watson Jewelry). And just like her handbags, I love everything. But if I HAD to choose a favorite, it would be this agate bracelet:
Ashley handcrafts everything in Vancouver using vintage materials whenever possible. But I especially love her inspired-but-not-literal interpretation of antique jewelry; she keeps it totally modern for today’s woman.
Splendid is a FABULOUS company for basics, I have quite a few Splendid pieces, most of them over 2 years old. They are definitely for a more casual lifestyle, but hold up nicely and are very high-quality. Oh, and made in the US. This particular top is a hemp/organic cotton blend in such a great style & colors.
I always get excited to find new designers working in recycled/upcycled leather, and while it’s only one of the salvaged materials Lost Property of London works with, it’s the biggest component of my favorite bag: the Belmont Eco Messenger. The company also works with recycled coffee sacks and salvaged wax cotton in addition to recycled leather.
Shop online via Lost Property of London’s web store, or at Yoox.com