This Brooklyn-based designer travels the world to explore artisanal cultural practices that inspire her own handmade jewelry and macrame tops in earth tones using plant dyes like hibiscus, turmeric, and walnut husks. She minimizes waste by creating her clothing out of deadstock fabrics and vintage trimmings, using biodegradable garment labels, and upcycling fabric scraps into accessories like scrunchies and jewelry bags.
Speech therapist by day and a womenswear designer by night, Aliya Wanek works with a production sewer and other local makers in the San Francisco Bay Area to produce and dye her comfortable garments with rich colors… that is, if she’s not doing it herself. She’s always considering ways to reduce the brand’s environmental impact, with designs that evoke influences ranging from Japan (the wabi sabi jacket and tie-front pants) to slow living in the South, with the "Jorja” dress.
Founded by climate scientist Gina Stovall, this brand uses deadstock material that would otherwise be wasted, with an emphasis on comfortable and biodegradable textiles like linen, cotton, wool, and ethical silks. Everything is made-to-order in limited runs, and the classic designs are sure to become your most-loved everyday pieces. You can even be sure that your order will arrive free of plastic in biodegradable and recyclable packaging.
Gracemade was created in 2016 by Jasmine Rennie as a means for women to express their personal style while honoring their faith. The pieces are made in Los Angeles in small batches from deadstock material – leftover fabrics that otherwise might go to the landfill – and natural materials. The packaging is made from recycled materials, and a portion of the proceeds from each purchase are donated to Life Impact International, which rescues victims of child trafficking.