The Gentlemen’s Green
The best of Commerce with a Conscience: Oct. 2010
There’s a lot to love about Ohio’s BreadandRoses2. The brainchild of textile artist/designer Diane Wilson, the company proffers scarves, pocket squares, and bandannas made from decades old deadstock selvedge fabrics. Painstakingly hand-finished, and stitched to last, each piece comes backed by Wilson’s lifetime’s worth of sewing experience, guaranteeing it for the long haul. Do note: because the fabrics used are finite in amount, items tend to be extremely limited in quantity (average scarf ranges from $20-$65).
|Pendleton Eco-Wise Board Shirt:
The Eco-Wise Board Shirt ($98) from fabled American woolen mill, Pendleton, is made from sustainably harvested wool that’s been colored with non-toxic and biodegradable dyes (earning the shirt “Cradle to Cradle” certification from MBDC). Made in the company’s new slimmed-down “Vintage Fit” (narrower chest and shoulders, longer arms), the shirt comes in eleven different plaids, and features a square bottom, bias-cut pockets, and complete machine washability (not a real word, I know, but sounds like a pretty good selling point nonetheless, no?).
|Matt Shallenberger Bags:
The excellent new range of bags by Los Angeles based photographer, Matt Shallenberger, are handmade by the designer from a mix of repurposed or upcycled materials and locally sourced hardware. Built “with a focus on the durability of quality craftsmanship, and simple efficient design,” the one-of-a-kind bags make great use of old textiles, and come in an array of styles (including totes, flight bags, weekenders, briefcases, messengers, pouches, and sling-duffles from $50-$205).
|Nau Sustainable Urban & Outdoor Apparel:
As part of the on-going “With Benefits” series on CWAC, guest-blogger Janette Crawford (of Fashion Loves People fame), gets a candid behind-the-scenes look at the game-changing apparel manufacturer Nau (also, a longtime ecofabulous favorite). A great read for anyone at all curious about the ups and downs involved in making sustainable garments. (Riding Jacket, $225)