I just completed a three day juice cleanse. Yay for me!!! I have to tell you day two was rough...all I wanted to do was chew. I was actually craving almonds (weird) as I was associating them with a big CRUNCH. I for one didn't feel great on the cleanse, as I also went cold turkey on the Diet Coke...yes, I am a big time Diet Coke addict. Kicking the Diet Coke was the impetus for the cleanse, so if you ever see me with a can in hand again, please remind me of how I suffered to quit. Anyway, the cleanse inspired me to think about all things green...since you drink primarily green liquid while cleansing, you basically eat, sleep and dream green. I went to sleep tasting green, woke up tasting green and so on and so forth. Sounds yummy right???
Anyway, green thoughts of course led to this blog entry about green fashion or to take it to an even greater extreme, vegan fashion... Organic is a big buzzword in fashion these days. If brands don't already have a green line or initiative they are certainly thinking about it. Vegan on the other hand is better known as a way of eating or sadly associated with "granola" design. Have you ever googled "vegan fashion"? Yikes...pretty scary. Anyway, I was so happy to see a vegan post from one of the sites I follow religiously, Cool Hunting. They wrote about the accessories company Matt & Nat. Funny, I was given a Matt & Nat handbag at some event I attended a few years ago and I didn't even know that I was combining style with environmental consciousness. Anyway, I love what this company stands for, so I want to share some of their story with you.
Matt & Nat was founded eight years ago, by Inder Bedi during his quest to forego animal products. His vision was to combine vegan principles with high-design, resulting in a style-centric, fashion-forward line of accessories. The company sources green underground and mainstream elements to create collections that are structured, colorful and hardware embellished. The effect is urban, chic and sophisticated. Their recent collections have been created from recycled plastic bottles and cardboard...genius to say the least. My favorite is their Japanese Paper Collection (not really Japanese paper, just engineered to look like it). Not only is it fab, but it also ties right into several of my recent blog posts about color and metallics. I am already coveting the "Cinematic", "Fifty-Five" and "Malice" bags and at $300 how can I not click to buy... The Pool Collection is modern perfection, with its high-gloss, patent finish. I particularly love the silver bags, all on sale for $150...amazing!!!
They also have the best "murses" or man-bags. The Carton and Feutre Collections (made from cardboard), feature several guy-centric styles, though my favs are the "Aviator", "Blockhead" and "Ando" styles...so stylish, sleek and versatile and yes, green!!!
Other designers that are committed to the green accessory cause are Stella McCartney (she was one of the first to bring us non-leather shoes and bags), Donna Karan, with her Pure DKNY Collection (paper totes are the norm) and Anya Hindmarch (perhaps the founder of the green handbag movement). Here is another tip...if you can't quite wrap your head around vegan or green fashion and design, then buy vintage...you are doing the environment a big favor every time you recycle, even fashion!!!!