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

Thursday, September 25, 2008

SPUN Fall 08 Available for Pre-Sale at Fashion Ethic!

Have you noticed how SPUN Clothing is taking the eco fashion world by storm? Recent rave reviews on AOL's StyleList, EcoStiletto, NWSource, and now Green Daily are testament to this brand's up-and-coming status.

With great fits, flattering silhouettes, super-soft organic cottons, and gorgeous low-impact dyed shades, each SPUN piece is created to become a wardrobe favorite. Factor in the affordable prices and you've got yourself a winner!

We've been saying it all along, but it's nice to see others taking note. That includes Hot Moms Club member (and Denise Richards' BFF) Trisha Jochen, who chose SPUN's "Diane" wrap dress for this past weekend's Roots and Shoots Int'l Day of Peace eco-Fashion Show in LA.

Now SPUN's complete Fall line is available for PRESALE at Fashion Ethic. The wrap dress, cowl neck dress, boatneck top, and cowl top are all integral and classically chic pieces. Sizes have been extended to include XL this season. SPUN Fall 08 is expected to ship the last week of October, but you'll want to snag your favorites now because we are not kidding when we say this line is HOT and sure to sell out quickly!

SHOP the complete SPUN line - exclusively at Fashion Ethic HERE

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's EDUN and It Is Beautiful

The first of Fall 08 EDUN has arrived!

If you are not familiar with this line, founded by Rogan Gregory, U2's Bono, and Alison Hewson, you should become so. EDUN was created to be a sustainable and responsible company from the ground up, treating all those involved in the clothing process - from cotton grower to you the customer - with respect.

The Fall 2008 line includes the instant-classic "Andie" Shift Dress (with sequin epaulets!) and the "Lauren" Trench, with impeccable detailing. Check out the prices at Fashion Ethic - we haven't found any lower, so order today before we sell out!

SHOP EDUN at Fashion Ethic HERE

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Come Visit Fashion Ethic at Kirkland's EcoMarket

Kirkland is celebrating a "Sustainable September" all month long, and Fashion Ethic is part of their Green Festival EcoMarket tomorrow, Wednesday September 17.

You'll find us smack dab in the middle of Park Lane (which connects Lake Street to the beach) at the Sostane booth, with fellow "sister of sustainability" Marlo from Tote 2 Go. So come on down and enjoy the last little bits of summer while you shop for some Fashionably Responsible apparel and accessories at crazy marked down prices!

VISIT Tomorrow, Wednesday Sept 17th, from 2pm to 9pm More info HERE

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Gorgeously Green Day in Edmonds...

Saturday was a fantastic day out in the blazing September sun for the Green Edmonds Festival.

Fashion Ethic was there with summer clearance items, Baggu bags, and more great accessories and we were delighted to meet customers new and old throughout the long hot day.

We were also happy to be in the company of customer favorites SPUN and Entangles and their respective designers, Sara Seumae and Julia Jacques. There were also new friends to be made, as over 50 vendors and organizations came together to spread the word about different ways of living sustainably.
Many thanks to the team at Green for Good for putting on such a great event. We can't wait for the next one!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Visit Fashion Ethic at Green Edmonds this Saturday

visit us at greenedmonds! Fashion Ethic will be live and in person at the Green Edmonds Festival all day Saturday, 13 September. The weather should be beautiful, and we'll be outdoors at this free festival full of green and eco-friendly lifestyle info, products, and more!

CHECK OUT Green Edmonds online HERE

Thursday, September 4, 2008

August VOGUE India - Style Statement or Fashion Faux Pas?

The New York Times recently reported on a controversial fashion spread in VOGUE India's August issue which features high fashion luxury brand handbags and accessories worn by; according to whomever you believe; either "poor" or "average" Indian citizens.

Just one month after VOGUE Italy's much-vaunted July issue, VOGUE India finds itself facing criticism. At issue is whether it is ethical to portray luxury goods in situations that suggest severe poverty - is the jarring juxtaposition callous, considering that nearly half of the country's population lives on $1.25 a day or less*, or is it a practical statement about the growing wealth of India's middle and upper classes?

I haven't been able to see all the images from the photo spread, so it is difficult to judge one way or the other. From the shot above, I see nothing wrong with it. It appears to be showing fashion on "regular" people, which is normally favored by readers around the world. If the spread raises the issue of global poverty, all the better.

According to Priya Tana, editor at the one-year old VOGUE India, critics should know that

"fashion is no longer a rich man's privilege. Anyone can carry it off and make it look beautiful...you have to remember with fashion, you can't take it that seriously."

So whether you view the spread as aspirational or just asinine, at least the controversy has started a dialogue within the fashion industry about the ethics of marketing luxury goods in new markets where poverty is rampant.

READ the article HERE

LEARN more about fighting Global Poverty at the ONE Campaign and help make poverty a campaign issue this election HERE

*Source and photo credit: The New York Times

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Versatility Embodied: Ryann Pleated Tunic Featured on Sprig.com

It's been one of our favorite pieces this season: the pleated dress from Ryann, which can also double as a top when tucked into high-waisted pants or bermudas. (Talk about packing light! It's versatility makes it the perfect companion for any trip, anywhere.)

Now online eco-mag Sprig (another one of our favorite things) has given us new reasons to love the dress/tunic/top so much. Even as the season changes, we are reminded that this is destined to become a staple in your wardrobe (see their photo at left, credit to Youngna Park). At Fashion Ethic, the dress comes complete with a separate slip and is even on sale as we speak!

CHECK OUT the Rave Review at Sprig.com HERE

SHOP the Ryann line at Fashion Ethic HERE

Fashion Ethic Announces Arrival of Kelly B Fall

It's always fun for us when we receive the first deliveries of a new season, and it is even more so when they come from new lines we want to share with our customers. The newest addition to the Fashion Ethic family is Kelly B, bringing you "Fashion Without Consequence" designed and made in the US by Kelly Barry.

So stop by the shop and check out the dramatic "Penelope" cowl, the chic "Denise" shirt, and the comfy-but-polished "Taylor" trench. Each is perfect for the transition from Summer to Fall and all were created with an eye toward the environment and fair labor. Style and substance - what could be better?!

SHOP the Kelly B line at Fashion Ethic, click HERE