The Stella Way

Stella McCartney is a leader in the fashion world.  She speaks openly about the fashion industry’s harmful effects on the environment.  Stella operates a transparent company that designs with intention and produces clothing in a responsible manner.  Her designs are a combination of: feminine + masculine, utilitarian, and timeless.  Stella hopes her pieces will be lifers in your closet.  She is not about fast fashion.  She is about awareness with action.  Stella leads by example and believes the industry must do better.  She was one of the first designers to drop leather and fur some 15 years ago. 

Her recent Paris runway shows her commitment with upcycling, faux leather, organic materials, faux fur, Eco-canvas, and sustainable viscose (btw this is nothing new for Stella).  She partnered with the iconic British brand, Hunter boots for this collection.  A sustainable boot crafted from natural rubber and feature Yulex sock inserts (a plant-based alternative to neoprene).   Stella McCartney is one to support!   All images from Stella McCartney

The Stylish And Sustainable Sneaker, Allbirds

It is all about disruption!  If you haven’t heard of allbirds then get to know the “World’s Most Comfortable Shoe”.  A San Francisco based company founded by Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger are shaking up the sneaker industry with affordable sneakers and wool lounge shoes.  Wool, tree, sugar, castor bean oil, recycled bottles, and recycled cardboard magically come together to deliver simple, no logo, no fuss functional footwear.  Allbirds is a transparent company from start to finish.  They have a wonderful program with the charity organization, Soles4Souls.  Lightly worn returned allbirds are given a second life to those in need.  This delights me (stay tuned for an upcoming post about returns!) 

I gifted my family for Christmas the allbirds’ wool loungers.  I am happy to report there were no returns only a few size exchanges.  The hype around this company is real and genuine.  Get ready Boston for allbirds opening on Newbury Street.    (images from allbirds)

Color Blocking Totes

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Make room for another tote bag!  The Aiko Tote is a beautifully crafted bag made from German merino wool felt.  The Aiko Tote comes in four stunning color blocks that will compliment all personal styles.  A bag that is up for any adventure or errand.  The Aiko sets itself apart with its soft vegetable dyed leather trim and handle, an interior zip pocket, as well as an open interior pocket.  So need to worry where you will stash your keys, loose credit cards, and other essentials.  It is all in the details!  Just take a look at their attention to the interior label.  This Los Angeles based company is led by Holger Graf and Daniel Lantz.  They have combined their Japanese and German influences with a Southern Cali lifestyle to create distinct pieces driven by high quality materials.  All pieces are designed, produced, and shipped from their home base of Los Angeles.

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The beauty of using German merino wool felt: biodegradable, water-resistant, renewable, and sustainable

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