Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lights Out on 2008 with Our Holiday Clearance Sale

Get it while the getting's good: 50%, 60%, even 75% off on practically the entire shop at Fashion Ethic.

NOW is the time to green up your ethical and stylish wardrobe for 2009 while keeping some green in your gorgeous wallet. From hand-dyed cashmere to organic coats and sustainable dresses, you'll find it all from brands like EDUN, Kelly B, Sublet, SPUN, and more, all on sale at Fashion Ethic this week.

Quantities and sizes are limited, so shop early and shop often for the best deals!

SHOP the Clearance Sale at Fashion Ethic NOW

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Send a Fashion Ethic Gift Certificate!

Snowed in? (we are!) Forget someone on your list? Or maybe you've experienced that not-so-pleasant moment of receiving a generous gift from someone you hadn't considered a "gift friend" (ouch). Don't fret! Fashion Ethic Gift Certificates can be emailed near and far in but a moment.

Then your loved ones (or new besties) can experience picking out something stylish and substantive whenever they desire and will think of you when their fabulous delivery arrives. After all, it's the thought that counts...so think Fashionably Responsble!

SHOP For a Fashion Ethic Gift Certificate NOW

(Snowy Trees Image by André La Pierre)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Spotlight: Gifts with Double Giving

It's lovely when you know you're giving a gift that won't just sit in a closet or worse, be passed along in the next donation drive. Gifts that have meaning ordinarily also have function.

Then there are the gifts that not only are beautiful, meaningful, and functional, but also give back to causes you and your loved ones believe in. At Fashion Ethic, we strive to stock the shop with several choices of gifts and garb you can really feel good about. Here are just a few:

SPUN Organics A line of affordable and accessible 100% Certified Organic clothing for women. Each piece is a basic wardrobe necessity, but done with a little panache. The Wrap Dress and Cowl Neck Dress both feature 3/4 sleeves and skim the body. The Deep V-Tee, Scoop Neck, Rib Tank, and Boat Neck Top are layering essentials, while the Cowl Neck Top and Cardigan from SPUN both have flattering, long silhouettes. Not only is this line designed and manufactured with US fair labor, but the company also gives back through 1% For the Planet.

Sustainable Kids This is a fantastic line not only devoted to keeping the earth green and safe from pesticides, but also attempting to making that very world a better place. Sustainable Kids clothing is made with organic or sustainable fabrics and uses low-impact dyes, but the story doesn't end there. The company has partnered with the Hands and Feet Project, with $1.50 of each purchase supporting orphanges in Haiti. Not only that, but each item sold comes with a small postage-paid box so that the child receiving the garment can send a small toy, book, or toiletry item to the kids in need at the orphanages. Teaching the children of tomorrow to value their planet and fellow people - how cool is that?

Kee-Ka Organics We've been talking a lot about Kee-Ka as of late. This company makes adorable baby and toddler clothes and accessories using organic cotton and low-impact dyes AND gives product and other donations to St. Jude's and other Children's Hopitals in the process.

SIGG Everyone on your list deserves safe drinking water. SIGG is the leading PBA-free water bottle on the market and has become a hot commodity ever since Julia Roberts proclaimed "Everyone needs a SIGG" Oprah's 'Favorite Green Things' show. Fashion Ethic stocks the adult-sized sport bottles, kids' sized bottles, and accessories. SIGG is another member of 1% For the Planet, giving 1% of sales back to this organization that funds environmental causes.

SHOP the SPUN line of Organic Clothing HERE


SHOP for SIGG and accessories HERE

LEARN more about 1% For the Planet HERE

LEARN more about the Hands and Feet Project HERE

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Spotlight: Gift Wrap with Reusable BAGGU Bags

We've said it before, we'll say it again: we adore BAGGU bags for all their countless uses. Here is a quick video on how to get that perfectly wrapped BAGGU gift, as seen in our last post about BAGGUs for the Holidays.

Ready to buy? BAGGUs are just $8, with additional savings on orders of 3 or more. And they come in bright bold colors, stripes, and black for everyone on your list - male or female!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday Spotlight: It's the Little Things that Count

Give stocking stuffers and Hannukah gifts that really make a difference. At Fashion Ethic we've filled our shop with items that will be used and appreciated by everyone on your list for many years to come. These are gifts that combine style and substance to show how much you truly care.

For the Kids: Every kid wants to find a sweet surprise with their holiday treats. Yummy Earth Candy Drops and Lollipops are perfect because they were developed by two dads who wanted to find a good alternative to the artifically flavored-corn-syrup-heavy options. Yummy Earth is organic, uses only natural ingredients, and is kosher as well as being essentially allergy-free. The Moonjar Bank comes folded up, so it's easy to wrap or slip in a stocking. When assembled, it has 3 sections for "deposits" - Save, Share, and Spend. The lessons of sharing and of saving are more important now than ever.

For the Baby: Organics aren't just for food! Since your skin is the largest organ you have, it's just as important to care for what you put ON your body as you do IN it. Kee-Ka Organics makes tyke-size onesies, tees, and bibs in holiday motifs. Check out Kee-Ka and their Snowflake, Little Elf, and Shalom designs today!

For Her: Whether it's your mom, your sister, your grandma or your girlfriend, all the women in your life deserve safe cosmetics. Ko Denmark Organic Lotion uses natural ingredients and is paraben-free with a subtle jasmine and neroli scent. Tsi-La Organic Perfume Set contains four mini rollerball scents for mixing and matching - but it does NOT contain any synthetic ingredients! And what woman doesn't want one-of-a-kind jewelry to match her one-of-a-kind personality? The "upcycled" pieces we carry at Fashion Ethic are not only eco-friendly, but handmade and completely unique.

For Him...Well, For Everyone Really!: Reusable isn't just good for the planet - it's good for YOU too. The SIGG bottle is PBA-free, so you don't have to worry about chemicals leaching into water. SIGG's hard-to-find sport bottle is now available at Fashion Ethic as well as kid sizes. And going "reusable" can be good to your pocketbook too! As more stores begin to charge for disposable bags, or give credits for using reusable bags, a BAGGU Bag will pay for itself in just a few trips to the grocery store. It comes in it's own 5" x 5" pouch and makes an excellent gift for teachers, co-workers, friends and family (and yes, it just might be the only reusable bag we've seen that a man would want to carry!)

SHOP for these and other ethical gifts NOW

Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday Spotlight: It's Party Time

Our absolute favorite part of the holidays is dressing up! All the different parties and get togethers between now and New Year's mean we need a few different looks to get us through the end of the year.

If your closet could use a few new additions - items that will last past the party and serve you well into 2009 - Fashion Ethic has the best in ethical dresses with a conscience. All are fair labor/sweatshop-free and designed using eco-friendly fabrics and flattering silhouettes.

Pictured here, left to right:
(1) Sublet's organic cotton/bamboo blend "Beth" twist-front dress in Teal, a Sage BAGGU Bag, and jewelry from Entangles for Fashion Ethic SHOP it.
(2) naturevsfuture's Red Ingeo Tiered Dress and our Silk Chiffon wrap in Wine (the Red Ingeo dress was recently featured on White Apricot's List of Affordable Eco Chic Party Dresses!) SHOP it.
(3) SPUN Clothing's organic cotton "Diane" wrap dress in Midnight with a one-of-a-kind "upcycled" bag. SHOP it.

Zoya Nail Polish: Get Our New Favorite for FREE

Lately we've been testing out the new professional nail lacquers that happen to be free of some of the nastiest chemicals around (toulene, formaldehyde, and DBP). We've found that Zoya polish simply can't be beat for color selection, value, ease of application, and staying power. This line has it all.

So imagine our delight when we went to their site at Zoya.com and saw that they are giving away FREE bottles! Simply enter the code ZOYA at checkout and receive a free bottle of polish worth $6.00.

There's no telling how long this offer will last, so hurry on over and check them out today. With over 300 shades to choose from, it can take some time to choose the right color! We recommend Coco, a classic medium shade, or any of the deep berry lacquers in the Pulse collection (pictured above). They make the perfect complement to all the Berry Shades at Fashion Ethic!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Still Time for FREE Shipping Before Dec 24th

It's not too late to get your Fashion Ethic order shipped before December 24th! We use USPS Priority Shipping every day, which takes advantage of already-scheduled flights and postal routes and gets your order to you faster than other ground shipping services.

For FREE* USPS Priority Mail delivery by December 24th, order by the day required for your geographical location, below.

East Coast and MidWest deliveries: Order before Noon EST Saturday December 20th

West Coast deliveries: Order before 9am PST Monday December 22nd
If you're looking to play it extra safe, consider a Fashion Ethic gift certificate, delivered via email. They are available in $50, $100, $250 or $500 amounts and make a Fashionably Responsible statement for the ones you care about.

*USPS Priority Shipping is always FREE on orders of $75 or more; a $5 flat charge applies to orders under $75.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Visit Fashion Ethic at CRAVEshow Tomorrow!

A special shout-out to all of you here in the Pacific Northwest - Fashion Ethic will be at the CRAVEshow Holiday Shopping party at Seattle's McCaw Hall, tomorrow, December 10th from 5-9pm.

Stop by our booth for deep discounts on winter coats and holiday wear, Fashionably Responsible gifts under $30, and sustainable stocking stuffers under $10. You'll also be able to meet designer Sara Seumae from SPUN, jewelry designer Julia Jacques from Entangles and Fashion Ethic founder Candice Caldwell.

Learn a little bit about our new styling and shopping services and be sure to catch us on the Fashion Stage as we present a live demo of day-to-night dressing using pieces from the Fashion Ethic shop.

For a preview of what's in store, check out Candice in the video below from the CRAVEshow blog!

Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. Ample parking is available in the garage directly across Mercer St. And please be sure to support the Go Red For Women Campaign and buy a raffle ticket - you may win our red SIGG bottle and red BAGGU!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Holiday Spotlight: Kee-Ka Organics for the Munchkin in Your Life

Kee-Ka creates organic cotton apparel and accessories for the littlest ones among us. From adorable infant onesies to useful 'bib and burp' sets and durable toddler tees, Kee-Ka has it all and Fashion Ethic has their holiday line with designs like "Snowflake," "Shalom," and "Little Elf".

Not only are these pieces made from certified organic cotton, free from pesticides, but the company also uses low-impact dyes, recycled/recyclable packaging, and gives proceeds back to worthy causes like St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Cute designs, safer choices for baby, and all from a Fashionably Responsible company? It's a win-win-win all around!

P.S. Each piece comes in an adorable ready-to-mail box, to make gift giving from afar all the more easy.

SHOP the Kee-Ka Organics Collection at Fashion Ethic HERE

Friday, December 5, 2008

Holiday Spotlight: The BAGGU Bag

One of our very best sellers at Fashion Ethic is the amazing BAGGU reusable shopping bag. Not only is one of the most affordable reusable shopping bags on the market, it also embodies our motto, "Fashionably Responsible" since it is eco-functional and stylish at the same time.

Each BAGGU holds 2-3 disposable plastic bags worth of product, but is small enough to fold into its own 5" x 5" pouch. They make fantastic stocking stuffers and gifts for everyone on your list (yes, even guys need bags!). We dare you to find another gift under $10 that will be used for years to come!

Countless Uses! Use them at the grocery store to reduce the use of plastic or paper bags, sure. But how about carrying an extra BAGGU in your glovebox, handbag, or even your suitcase for those times when you find yourself with a lot to carry. Or use them for laundry or dirty shoes at the gym. And as you can see above, they make excellent reusable gift wrap as you green up your gift giving throughout the year.

Eco-Friendly. Made of durable and lightweight ripstop nylon, the BAGGU was designed by a mother-daughter team with the environment in mind. The BAGGU pattern reduces material waste, as the pouch is made from scrap fabric. Because Baggu is so lightweight, its carbon footprint in traveling to you is small. In the end it is you who makes Baggu green, every time you use it instead of paper or plastic.

So Stylish. BAGGUs are available in several vibrant colors, as well as stripes and basic black, and they won't compete with your style. So forget about those unattractive prints or crazy patterns you see out there and go with the sleek and chic BAGGU.

SHOP the BAGGU Collection at Fashion Ethic HERE

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fashion Ethic Gives Back on World AIDS Day

December 1st 2008 marks the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. The day is meant not only for remembrance and awareness about the epidemic, but also to celebrate the progress which has been made.

One of the major issues is agencies' commitments toward providing universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010. This is a vital promise, because drugs to manage AIDS may be readily available in Western countries, but had been quite difficult to find in developing countries, where the virus has ravaged entire towns. Progress has been made, along with increased education.

One of our favorite groups working to curb the spread of AIDS around the world is The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. As of mid-2008, with the fund's resources...

1,750,000 million people are receiving antiretroviral treatment

46 million HIV counseling and testing sessions were conducted

2.8 million orphans were provided with medical services, education and community care

To help them do more, Fashion Ethic pledges 10% of the day's sales on Dec 1st toward The Global Fund. So please, today is the day to be just a little more "Fashionably Responsible".

SHOP the Sale at Fashion Ethic and support the cause NOW

LEARN more about the successes in battling the AIDS epidemic HERE

VISIT the website for The Global Fund HERE

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Ideal Bite is another of our favorite ways to get green info. Never preachy, always informative, and totally witty, Ideal Bite sends daily emails on green topics and companies so you can be in the know now.

Today they feature SPUN, the fantastic line of accessible organic fashion from designer Sara Seumae which is a customer favorite here at Fashion Ethic and gaining devoted fans all over the country.

If you haven't checked out what the buzz is about, you're in luck! Fashion Ethic offers the full SPUN line and to celebrate the Ideal Bite feature, is offering 15% off the SPUN line with code IDEAL15 through Nov 27. That's on top of current sale prices!

READ the feature on SPUN, "Girls Just Wanna Have SPUN" at Ideal Bite HERE

SIGN UP for Ideal Bite eNews HERE

SHOP the SPUN line at Fashion Ethic HERE

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fashion Ethic Pre-Holiday Sale

The Holidays loom large, and it's time to get your shop on at the Fashion Ethic Pre-Holiday sale this week. For a limited time, get your holiday gifts and garb at reduced prices. Now that's something to cheer about. Sale ends Monday November 24.

SHOP the Fashion Ethic Pre-Holiday Sale NOW

Monday, November 17, 2008

Spotlight Item of the Week: Sublet "Bianca" Cowl Dress

Thanksgiving is just a week and a half away! Before we know it, all the holiday glitter and glam will be upon us, which means it's time to plan your holiday party wear NOW.

The "Bianca" dress from Sublet Clothing is an easy dress to wear and can be styled in countless ways. Wear it over a long sleeve tee for a cozy-casual layered look, and when it really gets chilly, wear it over leggings or skinny jeans. Don't forget that it's equally stunning on it's own, featuring exquisite pleating and a generous cowl, with a beautiful drape, thanks to the organic cotton/bamboo blend.

The deep berry hue is definitely on-trend this season (and well into next year) and cheerful enough to wear year-round. Fortunately, this blend is the perfect seasonless weight: not too filmy, not too heavy.

So darlings, you'll get miles of style out of this one little dress. And as our spotlight item of the week, you'll save a ton of $$$ too. The "Bianca" is on special for this week only, $110 . You'll find it elsewhere for $165, which is still a killer deal, so hurry up and make it yours this week!

BUY the "Bianca" today HERE

Friday, November 14, 2008

Goodwill Glitter Gala & Recycled Fashion Show

Last night was the Glitter Gala - the benefit and preview for this weekend's famous Glitter Sale at Seattle's Goodwill Thrift Shop.

The highlight of the evening was certainly the fashion show: “Past, Present and Future”, which was a collaboration between Seattle Goodwill, the Seattle Art Institute and Robert Leonard Salon and Day Spa. We LOVE the looks pictured at right, and not just because they're black and white (our signature colors). These garments are proof that a great cut never goes out of style.

All of the vintage and secondhand pieces featured in the fashion show will be on sale tomorrow and Sunday. For details, see our first Goodwill Glitter post HERE. And if you are so lucky to get your hands on the find of all finds, tell us about it. Just leave us a comment about your favorite vintage or secondhand score.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Junk to Funk Recycled Fashion Show this Saturday

The 3rd Annual Junk to Funk Fashion Show Contest arrives this Saturday in Portland, OR. Designers create designs from the outrageous to the completely wearable out of...what else? Trash! Check out the video from last year...

Can't make it to Portland this weekend? Don't worry! We'll be sure to bring you this year's video as soon as possible.

WHEN: Saturday, November 15 Doors open at 7, Show at 8pm

WHERE: The Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. PORTLAND

TICKETS: $16 in advance, $20 at the door, $35 Preferred Seating. To buy, click HERE

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day

Take a moment today to thank a vet you may know or to think about both those we've lost and those still serving today.

And if you're ready to do more in a Fashionably Responsible way, check out these resources:

FIND ways you can help veterans at the USO HERE

SPONSOR an active servicemember in Iraq or Afghanistan through Soldier's Angels HERE

Monday, November 10, 2008

Save the Date! Fashion Ethic "Eco Chic" Fashion Show

Come see us in person as En Mode Productions brings you Eco Chic, a fashion show at Cafe Metropolitain on Capitol Hill. Featuring holiday-worthy looks from local and sustainable designers all available at Fashion Ethic! Tickets are $10 at the door, with part of proceeds benefitting The Audubon Society. Sponsored by Mode Organic Salon, Dubious TV, BabyCakes and Tru3 Studio.

WHEN: Saturday November 22, 10pm
WHERE: Cafe Metropolitain 1701 E. Olive Seattle
TICKETS: $10 at the Door with proceeds benefitting The Audubon Society

Friday, November 7, 2008

Maggie Gyllenhaal on Eco Fashion

Quick interview with Maggie Gyllenhaal at last month's GenArt & SoyJoy "Fashionably Natural" fashion show. She has a great outlook on eco-fashion and we love her style. Who doesn't, really?

Watch more ET videos on AOL Video

The show featured four up and coming Eco Chic designers, including one of our favorites, The Battalion. Props to SoyJoy for sponsoring responsible fashion.

VIEW more on the show at SoyJoy's site, HERE

SHOP other eco-friendly designers at Fashion Ethic HERE

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Save the Date! Seattle's Goodwill Glitter Sale

No fashion is more sustainable and responsible than those pieces which already exist. Whether you buy vintage, consignment, recycled, or reclaimed, the fact remains that timeless styling, quality workmanship, and the fortune of a caring owner are the hallmarks of good secondhand fashion.

The only thing that makes buying secondhand better? How about snagging it at amazing prices while supporting a good cause. Achieve all this at the Seattle Goodwill Glitter Sale November 15 and 16.

Shop secondhand and vintage fashions from designers like Chloe, Calvin Klein, Jimmy Choo and more at Goodwill's low prices. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Goodwill's job training and education programs throughout the area.

PREVIEW the sale at Glitter Sale Insider HERE

BUY tickets to the Glitter Gala on November 13 HERE

SHOP the Glitter Sale at Goodwill's Dearborn St. Store Nov 15 and 16 from 9-6 with tips and directions HERE

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Get to Know: Emily Katz

We are loving the way MyCloset.com interviews designers, and even more in love with them for featuring the lovely Emily Katz this week.

Emily designs and produces her line of stylish essentials in Portland, OR and has built her business on the ideals of sustainability and eco-consciousness. MyCloset.com has a fun interview that's a quick read and offers some insight into Emily's process and what makes her tick.

READ the interview at MyCloset.com HERE

SHOP Emily Katz apparel at Fashion Ethic HERE

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Two of our favorite things have found each other. Sprig.com, the 'Daily Green Style Guide' devoted to true fashion-that-also-happens-to-be-responsible, has found SPUN Clothing, our fave line of accessible organic fashion. They featured SPUN's Cowl Neck Dress today - a favorite among favorites that ships this week.

VIEW the quick review of SPUN on Sprig HERE

SHOP for the Cowl Neck Dress in every color at Fashion Ethic HERE

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Your Shoes Stomp Out Poverty - Blog Action Day 08!

As the fashion-related Blog Action Day posts keep pouring in, we just had to share this great one from Anna over at ShoeSmitten.

CLICK HERE to read 5 ways your love for shoes can help fight poverty.

More Blog Action...Check out Fashion, Evolved.

I read a PR blog about how fashionistas are turning into "recessionistas" and hitting up H&M, Forever 21, Target, and the ilk to get their fix without spending a ton of money. At the same time I'm reading tons of Blog Action Day posts about fighting poverty. Hmmm...

So I sincerely hope my fellow fashionistas won't start sacrificing quality just to have MORE of something. Especially when it's not only the quality of your clothing, but quite probably the quality of life of the person who makes that clothing.

Check out any "best dressed" list and you will find women who have developed a personal style based on quality wardrobe staples and not fly-by-night trendiness that falls apart. And the Fashionably Responsible best-dressed woman knows to look for clothing that is ethically produced while she's at it.

There's a lot of inspiration to be found today, but we were especially inspired by the Blog Action Day post by our friend Amanda Q over at Fashion, Evolved. She shares some startling facts about the disparity between fashion CEOs and garment worker salaries from the Sweat Shop Watch website and has some strong feelings about flash/trash fashion vs. sustainable fashion.

TAKE a moment and read Fashion, Evolved's Blog Action Post HERE

Fashionably Responsible in the Fight Against Poverty - Blog Action Day 08

Today marks Blog Action Day 2008 and the focus is on Poverty. Fashion Ethic has joined the conversation and would like to remind you that poverty exists in every country, all around the world and CAN BE prevented and ended.

Today, 25% of all sales at Fashion Ethic will be donated to The Global Fund in honor of all of us coming together to make a difference.

The quest to end poverty this century put forth by the Jubilee campaign and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs was one of the sparks of action that got me started down the path that eventually led to founding Fashion Ethic. I believe in "Fashionably Responsible" living - and a big part of that is knowing for sure that your clothing was made by people being paid a fair, living wage and being treated fairly.

Beyond being a conscious consumer, there are a few other things you can do today to take ACTION in the fight against poverty.

READ the other blogs - nearly 10,000 blogs have come together to discuss one issue today. Click HERE to view others.

ASK your presidential candidates to honor their promises in regards to global poverty at the ONE Campaign HERE.

LEARN about the issues HERE.

SHOP Fashion Ethic and we'll donate 25% of your sale to The Global Fund. CLICK HERE.

and most important of all...

DISCUSS with your friends and spread the word about the issues and solutions like supporting Fair Trade and Fair Wages and giving Microloans through organizations like KIVA (more on this in a later post!).

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sneak a Peek at StyleScout.com

Have you heard? StyleScout.com launches tomorrow, but it’s online tonight and Fashion Ethic invites you to be one of the first to check out this new personal shopping service.

How does it work?

You create a “request” for an item you are in search of – or describe the occasion that you need a new outfit for. Then nearly 20 boutiques (including Fashion Ethic) will send you recommendations personally chosen for you and your situation. Plus, if you sign up now, you’ll get 20% off retail from participating boutiques until Nov 15th.

Head over to www.stylescout.com/seattle and use code “Fashion Ethic” when you sign up. The site launches in Seattle but we're sure it will take off everywhere soon enough!

Friday, October 10, 2008

No Room for Panic in a Fashionably Responsible Life

It's no secret that the past four weeks or so have been pretty scary here in the US, and even around the world, as far as our economy goes. At Fashion Ethic, we've been watching as consumers batten down the hatches and get ready for the storm. Frankly, we're battening a few hatches ourselves, as any good business is now doing.

But we're here to shed a little optimism in case you're bogged down by the doom-and-gloom-speak. The good news about a recession is that it is part of the cycle that IS economics. And while this may not turn out like the "normal" recessions we are familiar with, there is certainly hope to be had. Because any time we all stop spending, spending, spending, we are all able to slow down and make conscious decisions about the things we DO buy.

Conscious consuming in turn leads to better choices in products that are offered. Continue to you use your dollars to vote for what you believe in, and the companies that are making the right choices and have a vision for a better future will continue to grow. Those that may be acting in unethical or irresponsible ways - whether towards the environment, workers, or even your health and well-being - will be the ones to fall by the wayside.

So the choice is yours, readers. The next few years will be an era where we can really impact change - as long as we don't kowtow to the fear tactics that are causing panic and turmoil throughout our country.

At Fashion Ethic, we choose to support independent designers who make "Fashionably Responsible" choices in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of their product in order to bring our customers high quality, ethical, and stylish clothing that will last. The vast majority of what we bring you is also designed and made here in the USA, and every item has been created by workers being paid fair wages and treated fairly. Clothing that may be organic or sustainable, but is also focused on style, fit, and wardrobe building.

Over the next few weeks we'll be adding some new Style features to the site, specifically focused on wardrobing and how living a Fashionably Responsible life can be as simple and as cost-effective as...well, not. Please, join the mailing list or add the Fashion Ethic Blog to your reader and keep tabs on us. We have exciting things planned in the coming months and are ready to connect you with fantastic designers and must-have sustainable apparel and ideas you won't want to miss.

But most of all, we ask that you spread the word about the opportunity before us. Sustainable living is at hand for all!


Dress For Success Closet Treasures Sale

Dress for Success is an excellent national organization focused on empowering women. Chapters throughout the US collect new and gently used job interview-appropriate clothing to offer to women who may not be able to afford it. In addition to offering this "interview styling" service, Dress For Success also provides their clients with interview skill training.

The Seattle chapter of Dress For Success is hosting their 6th Annual Closet Treasures Sale next Friday and Saturday to raise funds for their much-needed programs. Here you'll find designer items that were donated, but maybe not quite right for a job interview - take the gorgeous Oscar de la Renta caftan or the Jimmy Choos we saw last time we were in the office...and all at bargain prices!

Not only are the prices fantastic, but you'll be keeping some gorgeous garments "in the loop" and contributing to a sustainable way of life.

SHOP the Sale Preview on Oct 17 for $35 or Oct 18 for FREE. Details HERE.

SUPPORT your local Dress for Success by getting in touch HERE.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Spotlight Item of the Week: Sublet "Beth" Dress

It fits, it flatters, it drapes beautifully. Destined to become one of your "go-to" items, the "Beth" twist-front dress from Sublet is a must have. Available in two colors: classic black or the season's hottest shade, teal.

As our spotlight item of the week, you'll save 30% off the already low price with code BETH. Code expires Saturday October 11.

SHOP the Beth Dress NOW

Friday, October 3, 2008

For the Kids - Our Favorite R: REUSE

By nature, kids move through clothing, toys, and gear at a rapid rate. So keep their consumption rate as low as possible by reusing what others have grown out of. Check out your nearest consignment shops for the best deals on gently used kids clothing, toys, and baby gear. You'll be getting a great deal as well as reusing what has already been made - saving the energy and resources spent processing new products!

If you're in the Seattle area, check out The Kid's Sale at Issaquah's Pickering Barn and a second location during this weekend's Salmon Days Festival. Hundreds of parents have sent in their items to be reused by those with younger kids, and the selection of toys, baby gear, furniture, and clothing from newborn to age 12 is staggering, while the prices are equally jawdropping...in a good way :). So get out to Issaquah to grab a deal and keep those items in the R-R-R Loop!

CLICK on the Kids' Sale Website HERE

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Daily Candy Hearts RYANN ecoFashion

Daily Candy DC shines the spotlight on Raina Blyer and her line, Ryann Apparel today.

We are long-time fans of her classy but spunky eco-friendly and sustainably made line, that produces some of the best cut trousers around, eco or not (thankfully hers ARE - in hemp canvas or ahmisa "vegan" silk). This season Ryann brings us the Hal pant and the Renew dress, lending a slightly futuristic vision to eco chic.

READ Daily Candy's Article on Ryann HERE

SHOP the Ryann collection at Fashion Ethic (Renew Dress coming soon) HERE

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fashion Ethic On JustLuxe.com

We are so excited to have been reviewed on JustLuxe.com last week! Like we say, fashion-forward, forward thinking - that's what Fashionably Responsible is all about. And speaking of...there are a lot of changes coming to Fashion Ethic over the next two weeks - keep an eye out for new lines, new services, and new resources at FashionEthic.com. Now, it's time to get back to work!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paul Newman: Words to Remember

The world lost a great man on Friday. Paul Newman was not only a gorgeous, funny, charming actor and person, but also gave much to the world through philanthropy and his charitable organization and company, Newman's Own.

Here, some words to live by, from the NY Times obituary:

“We are such spendthrifts with our lives,” Mr. Newman once told a reporter. “The trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”

So keep pouring that Newman's Own Organic Marinara on your pasta and live your Fashionably Responsible life with a little nod to Mr. Newman.

Image from Cool Hand Luke

Friday, September 26, 2008

Our New Favorite Bloggers: Bono and Jeffrey Sachs

I would be remiss if I did not direct you to the great Millenium Development Goals Conference blogs over at FT.com (Financial Times of London).

Economist Jeffrey Sachs and our man Bono are blogging about the meetings, the speeches, and all they are experiencing during this very important week-long conference in NYC.

Because the UN Millenium Goals and the two-man team of Sachs and Bono were a very early inspiration to the founding of Fashion Ethic, I feel it is quite important to mention their ongoing commitment to the goals and the conference. The blogs at FT.com are fantastic quick hits on where world leaders stand as well as reminders of the 8 MDGs:

1. End Poverty and Hunger
2. Universal Education
3. Gender Equality
4. Child Health
5. Maternal Health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS
7. Environmental Sustainability
8. Global Partnership

What can you do to help support the MDGs? Follow the conference, get to know who is involved and what they are promising (the FT.com blogs are easy ways to follow along and include fun info about Carla Bruni too :) ), and check out the following sources:

CLICK to get some background on Millenium Goals directly from the UN HERE

FOLLOW the conference with Bono and Jeffrey Sachs at FT.com HERE

SUPPORT the Millenium Promise HERE

READ Jeff Sachs' The End of Poverty and Bono's On The Move