One of the most frustrating aspects of buying the perfect piece of jewelry is that most is outsourced, not locally-made, and not sustainable (not to mention, not always of the highest quality). If you’re looking for the perfect bangle, a great pair of simple, elegant earrings, or a statement necklace, look no further than LA-based designer Tiffany Kunz. Her pieces are environmentally conscious, accented with certified fair trade gemstones, and then finished by hand in her LA studio. Sustainability is of paramount important to Tiffany, and she strives to create artful pieces in an ethical and environmentally responsible manner (her supplies, including pricing tags, look books, and business cards, as well as shipping parcels and jewelry pouches are all made from renewable resources or recycled materials). Her jewelry is a great way to treat yourself (or a friend) while being socially conscious and earth-friendly (not to mention super chic).
If you’re looking for something truly unique and slightly throwback, look no further than the adorable creations from Effie’s Heart. Inspired by designer Kimo Frazzita’s travels throughout the Mediterranean, the spring collection features an electric array of styles in oceanic colorways and simple, breezy, comfortable fabrics. Delicate floral prints and Art Deco geometrics add to the unusual lineup, and the line is the perfect blend of old-fashioned and contemporary. The artwork is hand-produced and printed on the garments in a great line of unique styles and flattering silhouettes—perfect for the slightly avant-garde dresser who wants to look sharp and feminine.
When it’s super hot outside, the last thing you want to do is put on a pair of jeans (event cut-offs) and a T-shirt. You want something breathable, fun, and flirty, especially if you’ve got a day (or evening) event to attend. Pink Wheels makes the most awesome, sweet washable rayon wrap dresses in an array of fun, funky, and classic prints that will liven any party and ensure that you stay comfortable and cool while living it up. The wrap style is incredibly flattering on all body types and the dresses are locally made in California, so shop local and support small business while looking stylish and relaxed.
If you’re paying attention to what you put in your body, you should pay equal attention to the things you put on your body, and Herbivore Botanicals’ all-natural, vegan skin care is the best way to take care of your skin. With beautiful, minimalist packaging and high-quality ingredients, Herbivore’s philosophy is that everything put into their products should be there for a specific therapeutic reason, and they never use sulfates or GMOs. The majority of their ingredients are sourced from within the USA, so keep it local and organic with this entire line of luxe skincare accessories.
The ‘70s never actually left, apparently, because clogs have made a series comeback. Sven is still the best in the business and allows you to customize your heel height, style, and leather. Made to order in Minnesota, these are hands-down the coolest clogs around. Unlike other clog companies, all Sven products are locally made in the USA and are a contemporary way to revive a classic look. The bespoke aspect ensures that you’ll always get the pair you want, and the right fit, with the company’s assurance that they will custom make clogs to fit your feet in sizes extra narrow through extra wide. Definitely worth treating yourself to!
Inspired by the natural beauty of island life in Kauai, Clutch Handbags offers a line of bags filled with oceanic colors, and patterns found in tropical flora and fauna. This line of fun and functional accessories is now based in the Pacific Northwest, outside Seattle, and is quickly becoming a great way to shop small with big results. No two items are exactly alike, with a fabulous mix of colors, patterns, and materials, and you can shop from a selection of coin purses, medium clutches, foldover clutches, and crossbody bags. Super functional, Clutch bags would make an amazing reusable gift, so you’d be eco-friendly and stylish at the same time, all while supporting a local designer.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day and beyond, make sure to shop woman-owned jewelry line Veronica & Harold, hand-crafted by designer Lisa Richardt in Seattle. Named for her parents, Veronica & Harold jewelry is made with sterling silver, gold fill, natural and semi-precious gemstones. The delicate jewelry pieces, ranging from earrings to necklaces to bracelets and rings are all locally made and offer a unique spin on traditional jewelry items. Give your wardrobe a little makeover or buy something for mom (anyone’s mom!) from Veronica & Harold and you’ll be doing your part to not only look fashion-forward, but to support small business.
With the weather getting progressively warmer, it’s time to start thinking ahead to your spring wardrobe. Make sure to shop eco-conscious, locally made designers when possible, and one of our favorite ethical fashion labels is San Francisco-based Curator. Known for using semi-light fabrics that can be easily layered, Curator’s Classic Dress and Aster Dress are the perfect transition pieces to take you into the new season (and when the weather turns chilly again, they look amazing when worn with tights). Not only do we love the trendy styles, we adore Curator’s super soft fabrics and waste-minimizing production process, which looks great on you and helps the environment.