October 20, 2011

Eco Fashion Picks of the Week: Fresh Organic Yoga Styles, Chunky DIY Knits and What’s In Your Closet?

Love fashion? Love it even more when it has a green twist? Then you’ll love EcoSalon‘s weekly roundup of eco fashion picks. Enjoy!

Organic yoga fashions made in the Bay Area? Yes, please. If you don’t know about Clary Sage Organics, you should. The yoga-inspired lifestyle brand is both functional and fashionable:

In addition to their essential yoga wear, this season’s expanded collection – in a palette drawn from “nature, boudoir and uniform” – includes luxurious foundation pieces – tees, tops, fashion leggings – cozy chic jackets and a line of appealingly romantic silk dresses designed to be “popovers” over leggings and tanks.

This season also sees the introduction of a revolutionary new performance “slick yoga” fabric that was designed to compete with “dri-FIT micro” type fibers. Engineered by Cazzato and her team from discarded water bottles, this soft, recycled alternative saves fitness lovers from sweating into petro chemicals.

An industry veteran who’s worked at Esprit, Gap International and Levi’s, Cazzato’s ability to develop and tinker with the washed silk, organic cotton, bamboo and new fabrications like the “slick yoga” until they become the soft hand, slightly slubby luxurious materials she envisions, is at the foundation of the collection’s success.


Chunky knits are in, and if you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than Anna Cohen of Portland, Oregon, who is spearheading the DIY fiber scene.

“This focus on creating beautiful product and the responsibility that comes with it very much aligns with my history and commitment to helping bring high fashion and sustainability together. We are in other words, very well matched. How exciting for this relationship to bring me closer to the roots of fiber than I have ever been,” says Cohen.



Closet Stories: a new column that takes us inside the closets of some of our favorite people, asking them to choose one piece that defines them in some way and also, to tell the story behind it.

This Louis Vuitton purse is not the bag I wear the most and not even my favorite, but it is significant to me because it’s the first vintage piece I ever bought. It was 1997 and I was still living back in my native Sweden, a teenage fashion-lover who would read Vogue, ELLE and all those glossies, dreaming about a day when I could dress like that. Louis Vuitton bags had just started coming back into fashion and as I was standing in the second hand shop I recognized the signature pattern on the purse hanging next to me on the rack from a small picture I had seen in one of my fashion magazines. It cost 45 Swedish Kronor, which at today’s exchange rate is about $6.80, so I bought it, not really knowing when I’d have a chance to use such a grown-up purse (this was back in the day when small neoprene backpacks were considered appropriate for wearing to parties).

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