Thursday, December 17, 2009
Fashion Ethic has joined online retailers like Beauty.com, C&C California, Tory Burch, and Origins, along with fellow independent boutiques like our friends at Magellan's Toy Shop in the Free Shipping Day today, December 17th.
For one day only, hundreds of online retailers have rallied to offer a day of free shipping AND delivery by December 24th. Most have specific terms and codes listed at FreeShippingDay.com.
At Fashion Ethic, just enter the code "FREESHIPDAY" at checkout to receive free US shipping on your order placed today. This code is not valid with any other code.
SHOP Fashion Ethic for "Fashionably Responsible" Wardrobe and Work styles today
CHECK OUT other retailers with Free Shipping Day offers at the official website.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Perfect stocking stuffers, these bags fold into a small pouch and come in all lovely colors of the rainbow. We've given them as gifts to teachers, speakers at events, even the mail carrier, and they never cease to "wow". Mini-Fashion Ethic's teacher from two years ago still raves about what a great gift hers was :)
And they aren't only a "keeps on giving" type of gift - check out the video below to find out how you can use BAGGUs to give before they get by wrapping presents with BAGGUs. And then hit up the shop to grab your own before they sell out (we always do this time of year!)
Still not persuaded? How about the fact that they've been featured in InStyle, Daily Candy, Lucky, and TeenVogue, among other style bibles. Plus, BAGGU was founded by a mother-daughter team with the purpose of doing good.
SHOP for BAGGU Bags, starting at just $8 at FashionEthic.com
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. FashionEthic.com is nearly two years old. But this company was an idea many months in the works, with inspiration pushing from all sorts of amazing places.
Not least of which was the US launch of Product (RED) and JoinRed.com. The campaign was geared toward kick-starting corporate donations to The Global Fund, which provides vaccines and treatments for preventable and treatable diseases including AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Product (RED) allows consumers to know they are supporting companies that are giving to a cause they believe in, while still being able to purchase products that meet their needs.
The idea that conscious consumers would seek out companies making responsible choices, combined with my love for fashion, wardrobe styling, and sustainability led to the founding of Fashion Ethic, built on the idea of connecting customers with companies making "Fashionably Responsible" choices.
Fashion Ethic has come far. But today I am more impressed with how far World AIDS Day and the (RED) Campaign have come in educating people around the world on the challenges faced - and overcome - in some of the nations hardest hit by the AIDS crisis.
Back before Fashion Ethic, I used to mark this day by sending a mass email to everyone I knew, including some dire stats and stories and making the plea for donations to The Global Fund. Today, I will be able to make RED posts on Twitter, speaking to thousands in one moment. I can pass along the short, but effective messages coming from supporting organizations like ONE. I will share the amazing video on Fashion Ethic's YouTube channel and here that shows HOPE and SUCCESS.
Gone are the days of dire predictions - now we can see results and even huge wins in the fight agains AIDS. What better message could you share in this holiday season?
SHOP eco and ethical fashion at Fashion Ethic, where we'll donate $5 for each order to The Global Fund
USE MyGlobalFund.org to track communication and stay current on the achievements in the fight against AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis
SHARE the (RED) Video on Facebook and show your support by changing your avatar today
TWEET on Twitter using hashtag #RED to turn your World AIDS Day-related tweets Red
WATCH the "Lazarus Effect" video from (RED) on YouTube
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving to all you lovely "Fashionably Responsible" readers and shoppers out there!
This year, to make your weekend a bit brighter, Fashion Ethic is pleased to offer TWO stellar discount codes, valid Thanksgiving Thursday thru Monday November 30th.
Use code "MAKEITMINE" to turn any regular-priced purchases into Final Sale merchandise and take 50% off. (Final Sale means returns cannot be accepted, while size exchanges may still be possible, depending on stock.)
Enter code "THANKS25" to receive 25% off your order of $50 or more, sitewide (including newly-discounted Final Sale items!). Only one code may be used, per order; choose wisely!
So sit back and relax, we've got your ethical apparel for the holidays, as well as great gifts for the girlfriends, the kids, mom, and the Mr. You'll be supporting Independent designers who are making 'Fashionably Responsible' choices and saving a trip to the mall. It's just our way of saying "Thanks" for supporting ethical business and fashion!
Photo Credit: The Associated Press ...inspired by Mini-FashionEthic's decision to 'save the turkeys' - she'll be pardoning them every day from now on :)
Saturday, November 14, 2009
ONE is a grassroots campaign cofounded by DATA founders Bono, Bob Geldof, Bobby Shriver, Jamie Drummond and Lucy Matthew. The campaign is backed by over 2 million people like you and me who have added their voice to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
The ONE T-shirt is just one of the tools used to raise awareness about the campaign and its issues. To educate yourself on the challenges - and the triumphs - in the fight against poverty and preventable disease, take some time after voting to explore the ONE website.
Best of all, after you vote, you'll receive a coupon for 15% off your next purchase in the ONE Store.
VOTE for your favorite ONE Tshirt Design before November 15th HERE
READ the ONE Campaign blog post about the contest
Friday, November 13, 2009
Last night, we had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the vast room that houses Seattle Goodwill's amazing Glitter Sale, set to open Saturday November 14th at 9am. Racks upon racks of vintage, designer, and premium label dresses, coats, hats, shoes, and jewelry beckon you in to the very large space where the sale is set.
Here, for your style pleasure, are some of Fashion Ethic's favorite picks from the immense offering. (Please excuse the blurry cell phone pics!)
But the highlight of highlights was hanging on a rack up front: an exquisitely designed frock with deco details (note the insouciant tassle hanging down the back). Paperwork attached to the dress gives information on its provenance and who wore it - a vintage collector's dream come true! And an absolute STEAL at just $24.99. Can you imagine?!
Wondering what prices are like? Here's a sample of what we saw:
$99.99 for an amazing long skirt from Karl Lagerfeld (circa 1990's)
$29.99 for Michael Kors black studded pumps
$9.99, $24.99, and $49.99 for sequined dresses
$4.99 for an epic hair clip
I mean, where else can you find a rhinestone-trimmed captain's hat and a vintage piece like this all for under $50? I believe fellow vintage-adorer Rachel Zoe would agree when I tell you, it's bananas!
Betsy McFeely from Goodwill and Tracy Schneider (aka @GlitterSale_Gal on Twitter) were our hostesses last night and you can tell they love their job.
And what a job it is! Tracy made sure we didn't miss the vintage Courreges, Cassini, and an amazing 3 piece maribou ensemble by Mr. Blackwell. She's been tracking her favorites over at the Glitter Sale Blog. Apparently nearly 200 volunteers help make this sale possible; "as you might imagine, it’s quite an undertaking!" says Tracy. I for one appreciate the display by color, and the "Purple 'Red Hats' Clothes" rack made me smile. These ladies know their customer base, no matter what the age!
But it gets better! All proceeds from the sale go to Goodwill programs. Betsy says,
“Last year, Seattle Goodwill’s job training and education programs served more than 2,700 people in the community. Because of the economy, more people than ever are coming to Goodwill. We’re seeing a greater demand in service, both from people who are unemployed and looking for work, as well as from people who are afraid they may lose their job and want to improve their skills.”
So do your part! Hit the sale this weekend and don't forget to let us know what you find. There are many pearls to be had in this treasure trove!
READ our blog post with details on the 2009 Goodwill Glitter Sale
GET the tips and tricks on how to shop the Glitter Sale from @GlitterSale_Gal herself!
CHECK out what fellow fashion bloggers picked as faves!
@ufntarah Tarah at Urban Fashion Network
@SimchaBabe Charl at Your Mother Wears Combat Boots
Atten-hut! Soldiers of the style army, unite this weekend at the Seattle Goodwill GLITTER SALE, the amazing formalwear and vintage apparel, accessories, and jewelry sale - where pieces are rare and prices are astoundingly low.
For 26 years, the Seattle Goodwill has been showcasing the 'best of the best' from their donation bins in a no-holds-barred, all-out style bonanza: the famous Glitter Sale. This isn't just a goldmine of vintage and barely-worn designer and formal wear, it's also a goldmine for the community.
Goodwill Industries is best known for their free job training and education programs in the community. Last year, they helped more than 2,200 people get the skills they need to prepare for work. Your donations and purchases at the network of Goodwill thrift stores and the Glitter Sale will support their continued efforts in our community.
Last week, the Glitter Sale 'buzz' kicked off in style at the 2nd Annual Glitter Gala at the downtown Sheraton hotel. This event is a favorite around town, as it is the first chance to see some of the merchandise that will be for sale this weekend. We caught up with Darnell Sue, co-founder of Girl Power Hour and this year's Glitter Gala MC. She raved about the fashion show put on by local Art Institute students and said, "There were several pieces I had my eye on...I was delighted to see so many guests dressed in their best and everyone seemed to be having a fabulous time."
Last night, we had the opportunity to gain our own sneak peek at items set for this weekend's sale. Check out the next post to see some specific eye-catchers!
WHERE: Seattle Goodwill's Dearborn Street Store 1400 South Lane St.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday Nove 14 and 15, 9:00am to 6pm
ADMISSION: FREE *all sale proceeds benefit Goodwill's programs
ENJOY Insider access at the official Glitter Sale Blog
FOLLOW the action live via Twitter @GlitterSale_Gal
REVIEW our coverage of 2008's Glitter Sale HERE and the Glitter Gala HERE
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Now is the time for us to act and innovate before we travel too far down the path of no return.
So what can one person do? Beyond reduce, reuse, recycle, today is the day to get VOCAL. The most vital thing you can do right now is TELL someone about climate change, not least of which includes asking the US Government to address the issue. The Blog Action Day website has an easy click-and-sign page that then allows you to spread the word to your Facebook and Twitter friends.
Problem-solving is best achieved through dialogue and dialogue can't happen when you don't speak up! So tell a friend, tell a colleague, or tell a family member that climate change is an important issue.
TAKE Action and Sign the Petition to ask President Obama to put the US at the forefront of climate change leadership in Copenhagen this December.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The fashion show featured four local designers with diverse offerings. Renee Corrick's Six Degrees collection opened the show with well tailored cocktail dressing in modern shapes and sustainable hemp/silk blends. Deco Modiste showed vintagey-looks employing reworked fabrics, and Texture Clothing offered up casual knits.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
That's right - we're teaming up with Lizzie and bringing the Fashion Ethic experience offline and into the real world...and having a SALE to boot!
THIS WEEKEND, August 8 and 9, stop by and shop us at Lizzie Parker's Eco Atelier in historic Gilman Village during the shopping mecca's annual SIDEWALK SALE.
Meet Candice, meet Lizzie, meet Angus, the shop dog, and hit the sale racks as we clear out summer pieces and discount pre-fall looks!
Best of all, Gilman Village is home to dozens of great independent, local retailers and restraunteurs, and all will have a sale on. Come down and support local small businesses and find a new favorite shop! (Check out some of our faves: Daisy Boutique, Creighton Edward Home, The Iris Grill, and White Horse Toys for the kiddos)
Saturday, August 8th 10a-6p
Sunday, August 9th 11a-5pm
How to Get There: Take I-90 to Issaquah, and find Gilman Blvd. Lizzie's shop is Suite 41, next to Grimaldi's Coffee, off the Juniper St. parking lot
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Now that the complete Leanne Marshall Project Runway collection has been made available on Bluefly, we can share more specifics on the manufacturing and textile composition. Happily, the line has been manufactured in the USA, which is a huge plus.
However, the tencel/rayon blends with silk lining are Dry Clean only and not as eco-friendly as a bamboo/organic cotton blend, which many lines (including Sublet and Ryann) use successfully for a beautiful drape. As for the pieces, other than the gorgeous (and not-realy-eco) blue gown we showed you yesterday, the standout of the bunch would have to be the 100% bamboo jacket (above). It is machine wash and styled to be worn in different ways, but we really wish it was done in a bold color in addition to basic khaki.
Check out another review and see what the fabulous Green Grechen had to say about the Leanne Marshall line. Her honesty is always refreshing.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Last week, we received word that Project Runway Season 5 Winner Leanne Marshall's mini collection for Bluefly will be available on their site starting tomorrow, July 8th. Here, we've been following Marshall and her LeAnimal line of "Fashionably Responsible" apparel for several years, even before launching Fashion Ethic in 2007 and really appreciate her rise in the industry as she continues to promote ethical fashion.
Marshall's collection will include seven styles: 2 tops, a skirt, jacket, and 3 different dresses in crisp blues, pinks, and purples. From the looks of it, expect more of the dramatic textile manipulation and soft architectural shapes that we have come to adore from this pioneering eco-fashion designer. Prices are said to range from $98-990, and eco-friendly materials and dyes have been used in most of the garments (the blue dress is unfortunately not bamboo or tencel. No word yet on the labor used.
CHECK OUT Leanne Marshall's eco-friendly Bluefly collection when the page goes live July 8.
Can't wait for tomorrow? SHOP Leanne Marshall's Etsy site for the "Mae" dress or fellow Portland-eco-fashion-designer Emily Katz' line at Fashion Ethic.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
We are so excited to announce our "Pop Up" Shop-Within-a-Shop at Ballard's beautiful Ella Mon boutique.
The Fashion Ethic Pop Up Shop opens next Friday, June 26th for a week of residence in the front of Monica Treacy's fantastic store.
Kicking off the opening will be a "Naturally Chic" Weekend full of in-store events at Ella Mon, where you’ll learn how natural, eco-friendly and “Fashionably Responsible” choices in your closet and cosmetics are easy to make and still insanely chic.
All weekend long, you'll have opportunities to:
SHOP eco-fashion essentials from Fashion Ethic’s “shop within a shop”
POSE for a natural headshot with Alison Jensen Photography
PAMPER yourself with a natural paraffin handwax
VAMP it up with a new hat from deVuono and Mikele Keiffer Millinery
ADORN yourself with eco-friendly jewelry designs from Thinknow Design
DISCOVER the Malie natural beauty line
MEET local designers and artists
10% of the weekend's sales will benefit Junior League of Seattle. Stop by for morning mimosas, mid-day massages or evening wine & cheese shopping and other events all weekend long, June 26-28. Additional “surprise” discounts taken at register. Check back next week for more details and schedule of events!
WHEN: Fri June 26- Sun June 28
WHERE: Ella Mon Boutique, 5404 22nd NW in Historic Ballard
TIME: Friday 11am – 9pm (event kickoff at 4pm)
Saturday 11am – 7pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
LEARN more about Junior League of Seattle and their work around the city
Monday, June 15, 2009
This week marks the Independent Handbag Designer Awards in NYC. We are anxious to hear the winners of the Fan Favorite awards in Best Green Handbag and Best Socially Responsible Handbag on June 17th, and will bring it straight to the Fashion Ethic blog when results are posted online!
For now, sneak a peek at the finalists for Fan Favorite. We are fans of ALL these great lines, but have to admit we're leaning towards the fabulous hand-finished DRES handbag by Andres Stickney (L)that makes recycled tires, hemp webbing, and an old door pull look tres chic and the fun Angel Jackson by Katie Smith "Jack Satchel" (R) which uses by-product snakeskin and fair labor in Bali, with strong support of schooling programs in both Bali and India.
Finalists for Best Green Handbag: TEICH, Canopy Verde, Ecoist, Kontiki, DRES
Finalists for Best Socially Responsible Handbag: Angel Jackson, Blumpari, IGNES, oovoo Design, Gifted Label
Congratulations to all the fantastic companies nominated, and keep up the great Fashionably Responsible work!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Meet Seattle Pacific University fashion design student, Neenah Funk. Her recent entry in the fashion program's annual fashion show caught our eye as a strong commentary on the fashion industry and the need for "Fashionably Responsible" fashion reporting.
The SPU Fashion Show, "The Light Unveiled," included pieces that were inspired by different decades and their characteristic social movements. Fellow SPU student and show producer, Carly Holtzinger, asked Neenah to create a garment for the 2000 decade segment, which inspired her to focus on technological advancements in media and their effect on women's body image. Neenah says these "digitally perfected, unnatural images" are now the norm for what women aspire to, and her dress "speaks to the distorted body image many women in the 21st century have because of this dark, dangerous, veil of technological distortion the media puts over their eyes."
Designing the fabric from scratch, Neenah used actual magazine covers, printing them onto transfer paper and then arranging them in a collage on a white cotton poplin. The collage symobolizes "the confusion the magazine covers create in womens' confidence" while the chain represents the pressure women feel to stay rail thin and the tulle ribbon veil emphasizes the effect of trusting in distorted images.
Neenah just finished her Sophomore year at SPU and is already shaping up to be a force in creating a more responsible fashion industry. Keep an eye on this rising star!
LEARN more about SPU's Textiles Programs in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising
SHOP Fashion Ethic's online boutique for more "Fashionably Responsible" apparel and accessories
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
One of our favorite eco fashion lines is Doucette Duvall, designed by Stephanie Doucette and Annebet Duvall. This collection shares Fashion Ethic's vision of building on an ideal of social responsibility with a distinct emphasis on FASHION.
Doucette Duvall designs have graced the pages of Vogue, hit the red carpet on celebrities like Liv Tyler and Eva Mendes, and even made their big screen debut in the Sex and the City movie. The line is manufactured in New York City's historic garment district, using pre-existing fabric and trim. Each collection features a "little green dress," with a portion of the proceeds from the lgd donated to the non-profit group, Build it Green.
If you happen to be in NYC today or later this month, check out one of the Doucette Duvall sample sales around town.
Thursday, June 8th 5pm to 8pm
at chris chase salon, 182 9th avenue (between 21st and 22nd)
Thursday, June 25th noon to 8pm
at lancome boutique, 201 columbus avenue at 69th street
Tuesday, June 30th 5pm to 8pm
at butterfly studio, 149 fifth avenue, 2nd floor
VISIT Doucette Duvall's website to see more
LEARN About Build It Green NYC's mission
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
WATCH our "Off the Cuff" interview with Lizzie
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The event is family friendly, so bring the kids! In addition to Fashion Ethic, you'll find representatives and goodies from Full Circle Farm, Veraci Pizza, Whidbey Ice Cream, The Reptile Man, Puget Sound Energy, and more for 'an exciting day of hula-hooping, music, art projects, movies and inspiring ways to be kinder to the environment'. Come join the celebration!
Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 10am to 2pm
Location: Community Center at Mercer View (click for Directions)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
This project will provide fresh grown, organic produce and herbs for the White House Kitchen as well as donations to Miriam's Kitchen, a local DC soup kitchen.
And we can't help but mention how fabulous Mrs. Obama looked with her belted cowl sweaterdress, tights, and slick boots. Talk about being "Fashionably Responsible"...the First Lady set just the right tone as she broke ground and talked up the health benefits of fresh produce (not to mention eating local!)
Check out the SPUN Cowl Neck Dress in the Shop at Fashion Ethic for a similar style in organic cotton for just $68.