Thursday, June 18, 2009

'Naturally Chic' with Fashion Ethic's Pop Up Shop at Ella Mon!

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

Best Green and Best Socially Responsible Handbag: 2009 Winners

The winners of the Independent Handbag Designers Awards have been announced, and congratulations are in order for Andres Stickney of DRES for Fan Favorite, Best Green Handbag (right) and Cherry Kwunyeun of Blumpari for Fan Favorite, Best Socially Responsible Handbag

Monday, June 15, 2009

2009 Independent Handbag Designer Awards: Sneak Peek

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

Fashionably Responsible Profile: Neenah Funk

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

Doucette Duvall Sample Sales in NYC

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