October 28, 2011

Eco Fashion Picks of the Week: Runway in Cambodia, Eco Nerds & Bikes Made of Flax Fiber.

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!

The latest spot for a runway? Cambodia. And it’s all about showcasing the country’s rich artistic and craft-based heritage.

“There’s a lot of manufacturing here, but very little design,” says Rachel Faller, founder of Keok’Jay, a social enterprise that will debut its latest collection at CFW. “Fashion Week will be a great opportunity for Cambodia to create and promote its design identity.”

Faller is one of many local designers who are proving that it’s possible to produce great fashion while respecting human rights.  Since 2008, she has worked with low-income, HIV-positive women to create sustainable apparel and accessories. Her latest collection is inspired by the sea, and makes plentiful use of recycled jersey and fabric scraps, but in a way that’s cohesive, not patchwork, she says. The collection will be sold at Keok’Jay’s three Cambodia retail locations and an online retailer located on their website.

Big glasses and a sweater vest? No it’s not hipster; the latest in fashion is all about being an eco nerd. Nerd out with all of these items.

What’s up in the world of eco fashion on the west coast? Plenty. From color to bikes made with organic flax fiber.

Sustainability’s sweetie pie, actor Adrian Grenier and film and TV producer Peter Glatzer open the doors on Friday to their 2ndAnnual SHFT pop-up shop. Located on LA Brea Avenue for a seven-day run, the mark-shift store will feature eclectic eco items for your home including furniture by designers Samuel Moyer and William Stranger, plus local artwork by 30 artists including Vanessa Prager, Melodie McDaniel, Jeremy and Claire Weiss and MB Boissonnault. And don’t miss the ultimate in eco traveling, the Schwinn Vestige commuter bike made from organic, recyclable flax fiber and coated with water soluble paint.

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