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Our Top 10 Moments of 2016

2016 was a year of big moves and even bigger leaps of faith, and we couldn't be happier with how it all turned out! As we roll headfirst into a new year - we thought we would take a few moments and celebrate all the awesome that came in 2016. #1: Crystalyn earned a coveted fellowship at the Brooklyn Fashion Design Accelerator, which is a hub for ethical fashion design.  In addition to having a dedicated workspace with views of the Manhattan skyline - she will receive up to 3 years business mentorship and will grow her business alongside a powerful community of movers and shakers in the sustainable fashion scene.   #2: We increased our investment by 30% in using the massive resources...

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From Hot Mess to Hero: Headphone Tacos

Oftentimes, a new design idea comes from a purely functional need. I was inspired to create the headphone tacos because I was getting frustrated with having to rummage in my bag for my earbuds only to find them in a tangled mess.  I had seen other cord keepers on the market but often times they were in hard plastic cases that took up too much room in my bag, or made from flimsy materials that couldn’t keep the cords contained securely. As I am always striving towards a zero waste business model I begin to think about how to use up the small bits of materials.   I started experimenting with some of my spare parts from my flower pins and I...

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The Leftovers: Two days, 10 zero-waste products

My inspiration has always come from the materials.   Back in 2001, I started making clothing out of vintage floral pillowcases and eclectic trim and selling them at Pike Place Market.  A vintage wholesaler noticed my designs and told me that he had an entire warehouse of vintage clothing I should take a look at.  During my visit, I fell in love with a batch of men’s wool golf pants.  I had been wanting to try making a batch of bags and this thick yet colorful plaid material would be the perfect texture. And so that first batch of bags interestingly came to life from men’s pant legs, and I’ve been incorporating new and reclaimed materials into all of my designs. ...

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Our special collaboration with Fab Scrap will debut November 17!

Did you know... *NYC residents throw out 200,000 tons of clothing, shoes, accessories, and linens every year. It's 6% of NYC total waste stream. That's 14x the weight of the Brooklyn Bridge and 2x it's suspension capacity. *Nationwide, 12.65 million tons are thrown out, which is 35x the weight of the Empire State Building. Every year! Currently, only about 15% is recovered for reuse or recycling, a little more than 5 Empire State Buildings. *For commercial waste, the best estimation that I can find is from Annie Leonard in "The Story of Stuff". For every pound of residential waste created, 40 pounds of waste are created upstream. Using just NYC's textile numbers, and assuming commercial and residential streams have similar...

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Lightweight Companion: The Amélie

Last summer, I spent nearly two months in London and Paris, wandering flea markets and searching for inspiration. I learned quickly how nice it would be to have a stylish day pack that would fit my essentials, allowing me to weave between crowds, duck into narrow booth stalls or bend down to inspect a gorgeous piece of velvet fabric at the very bottom of a shelf.  I had my trusty Metier tote with me and realized with a few tweaks, it would make the perfect backpack. Customers have been asking for a few years for a backpack, but most packs as I know them are sporty & utilitarian, covered in nylon strapping, and awkward in crowded places. I knew I wanted...

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