Annie Greenabelle at Topshop

Monday, July 29, 2013

In my quest to find designers/brands/stores that make/carry good lookin' ethical items, I was directed to Annie Greenabelle's site
   
Annie Greenabelle garment's are predominately made from fair trade and organic cotton. All their factories comply with the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) base code and they give you a decent rundown of their production process on their website. 

But to be completely honest, I wasn't that impressed with the clothing I found on the site. Maybe it's because I'm starting to get too old for sickeningly sweet, 'look like a living doll when you're in them' kinds of dresses. Or maybe its because I feel the dresses were a bit stale; stuff I've seen before and am bored of (to be fair, I'm easily bored when it comes to clothes).

THEN I found more Annie Greenabelle items on Topshop...









Still definitely for those with a sweet tooth, or at least those with a desire to feel extra girly for a day; but that matching yellow crop top and skirt paired with the perfect shade of red lipstick... mhmm, mhmm.




Jeffrey Campbell for Convert

Monday, July 29, 2013

It's 3:17 AM and I can't sleep so instead I'm going to post shoes...




Jeffrey Campbell has designed a sustainable, vegan line for Convert!







About Convert, straight from owner Randy Brewer: 

"I want my customers to discover great fashion at Convert they want to show off, and know they are helping the planet as an added bonus.
 Since the inception of Convert, I have been working directly with a number of non-eco-conscious vendors, asking them to think about how their products effect the environment and what they can do to reduce their impact. If I find a line that has great style, and will promise me they will make an effort to be sustainable in the future (i.e., in the next season or two), I will carry the line. And that may mean a number of things, be it switching to domestic organic cotton or bringing some manufacturing back to the USA. Change sometimes comes in small, but dedicated steps in the right direction.
Bottom line, the more you shop here, the more clout I have to get more apparel and accessories companies to do the right thing. You care about what you put into your body, now care about what you put on it.”

                                             










I wish I had a good sum of extra cash lying around so the boots at the very top could be mine...
 *le sigh*




Edwin Tse

Sunday, July 28, 2013

After discovering Edwin Tse through Titania Inglis's site, I very much feel the need to post some of his photography....


   









Of all the photos I've seen on his site, I think the top two above are my favorites. 
Which are yours? 

Titania Inglis

Sunday, July 28, 2013

     I've been determined to find designers I can ogle over that are dedicated to ethical practices. Enter Titania Inglis:


   "...Every garment is sewn in a small factory in New York from sustainably sourced fabrics including Japanese organic cotton, French vegetable-tanned leather, and dead stock wool from New York’s garment industry..."-http://titaniainglis.com/about.html



The photos above are from the S/S13 line and were shot by Edwin Tse. I love them so very much.  Titania Inglis's website design is also pretty envy worthy. 

Denim and Chambray. Hooray!

Saturday, July 27, 2013




1. Asos - $50.91
Vs.
2. Katherine Thrifts - $14.00, 3. Top Shelf Vintage Co. - $12.00,
4. Poppies and Pines - 25.00, 5. New Day Rising Vintage - $15.00



    Vintage Vs. Modern is a little diddy that I hope to make a weekly part of the blog. Compare the prices! Crazy, no? Now lets talk about the price we pay to produce a whole bunch of Monsanto cotton to make modern denim and chambray pieces...




-Cotton is considered the world's 'dirtiest' crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, the most hazardous pesticide to human and animal health. Cotton covers 2.5% of the world's cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world's insecticides, more than any other single major crop (1).

 

-Aldicarb, parathion, and methamidopho, three of the most acutely hazardous insecticides to human health as determined by the World Health Organization, rank in the top ten most commonly used in cotton production. All but one of the remaining seven most commonly used are classified as moderately to highly hazardous (1).

 

-Aldicarb, cotton's second best selling insecticide and most acutely poisonous to humans, can kill a man with just one drop absorbed through the skin, yet it is still used in 25 countries and the US, where 16 states have reported it in their groundwater (1).



-It can take almost a 1/3 pound of synthetic fertilizers to grow one pound of raw cotton in the US, and it takes just under one pound of raw cotton to make one t-shirt (4).



-Nitrogen synthetic fertilizers are a major contributor to increased N2O emissions, which are 300 times more potent than CO2 as greenhouse gas (5), which is ominous for global warming as synthetic fertilizer use is forecasted to increase roughly 2.5 times by mid-century (6).

 

-The cottonseed hull, where many pesticide residues have been detected, is a secondary crop sold as a food commodity. It is estimated that as much as 65% of cotton production ends up in our food chain, whether directly through food oil or indirectly through the milk and meat of animals (1).



-Cottonseed and field trash is usually sold for animal feed. Studies in Brazil and Nicaragua have show traces of common cotton pesticides in cow milk, fueling concerns about chemical residues on the cottonseed (1). 


-Rural farmers lack the necessary safety equipment, protective clothing, and training for handling hazardous pesticides. In India, one in ten pesticide applications results in three or more reported health symptoms related to pesticide exposure (1). 



-Surveys show that rural cotton farmers often store pesticides in their bedrooms or in close proximity to their food and some even reuse pesticide containers for drinking water. These farmers and their families are at highest risk for acute pesticide poisoning as well as chronic effects (1) 



-Many processing stages result in large amounts of toxic wastewater that carry away residues from chemical cleaning, dyeing, and finishing. This waste depletes the oxygen out of the water, killing aquatic animals and disrupting aquatic ecosystems (8). 



-Fifty-five million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on the 12.8 million acres of conventional cotton grown in the U.S. in 2003 (4.3 pounds/ acre), ranking cotton third behind corn and soybeans in total amount of pesticides sprayed. (USDA)



-Over 2.03 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers were applied to conventional cotton in 2000 (142 pounds/acre), making cotton the fourth most heavily fertilized crop behind corn, winter wheat, and soybeans. (USDA)



-The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as "possible," "likely," "probable," or "known" human carcinogens (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin). (EPA)



*The above tidbits were taken www.ota.com (you can find the sources on their website).



    I promise I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad for purchasing 10 $2.00 camis from Forever 21 (this may or may not have been something I did recently) but I am trying to learn more about living sustainably so that I can be more conscientious about the choices I make (I also promise I bought those camis before doing some google research for this blog post) and then share what I've learned with those who'd also like to be a bit conscientious... 



1, 2, & 3. Anthropologie - Each priced @ $88.00
Vs.
4. JackNBoots - $38.00, 5. The Velvet Moon - $25.00, 6. Sally Jane Vintage - $28.00

"...Part of the problem is that neither manufacturers nor customers understand much about how and when clothing purchases degrade the environment, since these can occur anywhere from the harvest of cotton or the manufacture of synthetic fibers to how — and how often — the garment must be washed. “We’ve got fantastic standards when it comes to food, but it is all brand-new when it comes to clothes,” Mr. Barry admitted. “We have a lot to learn.”"
—Taken from The New York Times article, "Can Polyester Save the World?" 




 Asos - Was $64.49, Now $34.79
Vs.
Locapoxie Vintage - $26.00


And if that wasn't enough vintage denim for you:

Flat Land Shop - $30.00


Village Collection - $18.00


Katrajina Co. - $30.00



I'm currently hoping to find this shirt's vintage twin a.s.a.p.:

Asos


If you get any leads, let me know!





Vintage and Me

Saturday, July 27, 2013



I've always had a thing for vintage stuff. Growing up, we didn't have cable so by age 5 I was all about antiques roadshow. I LOVED to watch that show with my grandparents. And when senior year hit and I was more than ready to leave my country bumpkin hometown(Corning,CA) for the beach lined campus of UCSB, the only thing that seemed to sooth was a drive in my beat-up '97 Saturn Sedan to a particular Chico thrift store. I had no grasp of what was fashionable at the time but when I found a mauve seventies dress that was 3 sizes too big with a huge polyester ascot, I squealed with delight and immediately bought what I'd deemed a total find.



I never wore that dress. I tried to present my thrift store finds to my fellow high school community carefully, testing the waters by wearing a big cocktail ring here or a pair of 50's clip on earrings there before taking the plunge with my "total find." The testing the waters thing didn't go well-- "What's that on your hand?" "Why are you always wearing weird stuff...?" Or, lets rewind a few years to middle school; to the day I excitedly showed up to class wearing vintage-inspired capri pants, because I was really into the movie "Grease" in AND had seen teeny bopper models wearing capris in a "Seventeen" magazine. I remember walking up the mobile classroom's ramp to first period with a bounce in my step and vigorously opening the door to reveal myself(hair carefully curled, glitter lip gloss applied). "Waiting for a flood?" some boy yelled. And then the entire class started laughing. At me. Fun. 




Corning didn't do vintage or fashionable, at least not while I lived there. Maybe they do now, having access to the internet and all, but at the time it was an isolated town with its own opinionated ideas of what to wear: Sierra Nevada Brewery sweatshirts, Wranglers, football jerseys, and Carhartt jackets. And I assure you that none of this was worn ironically.


*(Please Note: Now that I'm older and less angsty, I actually kinda love it when I see people in Corning wearing country-folk attire). 

So where am I going with all of this?  Honestly, I'm not 100% sure but come September 2nd I'll be turning 27 and feel I'm finally beginning to know the freedom that comes with the acquisition of a few lines and wrinkles, and additional inches to my ass: the glorious freedom of not giving a fuck. 

And yeah, It's not strange to wear vintage anymore but even if it was I still wouldn't be able to help but love it. I enjoy the pluses; the fact that it's sustainable and (usually)affordable, but there are reasons beyond those that appeal to me. I think a part of it is the story behind each piece, and the secrets kept by a thrift store find: Who owned this before I did? Where'd they wear it? Why do they no longer have it around? But the aesthetic reasons I'm drawn to an intricately beaded 20's dress, the look of a 30's gown cut on the bias, and the hideously spectacular shoes of the 90's is something I don't completely understand. I guess I just like what I like and I like vintage.  


What's something you love but are apprehensive to wear and why? And do you have any awesomely embarrassing stories you can share to make me feel better about my adolescence?



Until next time, 
T.

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