HSN - Sustainable Clothes

I do like watching home shopping shows to just look at what they are selling.  I was so pleasantly surprised to learn about a great designer who sells on HSN and makes his clothing line in the United States, Antthony Designs by Antthony Mark Hankins.  His clothes are fun, sophisticated and offer just enough bling to make your look stand out. He is an amazing designer who graduated from Pratt University.  By the time he was around twenty-five he built a multi-million dollar fashion business.

Being Satisfied With What You Have & Making it Work

I love cute children's clothes.  As the mother of two toddlers, it's easy to get in the habit of buying clothes for children.  Their clothes are beautiful and so colorful, shopping becomes very enticing.  But this summer, I decided to make do with what I had for the children, many hand me downs for my 18-month old and past summer clothes for my three-year old. The reason, just too many clothes.  Even though I saw many nice clothes the kids could have, I decided not to indulge which saved me a lot of money and space.

Girls First Holy Communion Dresses Gowns
Beautiful Made in USA Clothes by Rachel's Promise

5 Hot Sustainable Pants for Women

It's always great to find a pair of pants that has fabric that feels great or they are just eye-turning pants that catch people's attention.  I love a beautiful pair of pants and I always take notice. For me, it's important to find sustainable pants - I love vintage pants, second-hand pants, pants made from sustainable fabrics, and of course, pants Made in the USA.  Here is a selection of gorgeous pants.

The first pair of pants is from Raven & Lilly, founded by Kirsten Dickerson, a sustainable company that makes clothing and accessories in various, including the United States, for the economic benefit of disenfranchised women and their families.  These women include women rescued from sex trafficking, women escaping poverty and lack of means to education, and homeless women.

Raven & Lilly Wrap Tie Pant

Emma's Sustainable Gown

This is what Emma Watson said about the gown she wore to the Met Gala

Thank you Calvin Klein & Eco Age for collaborating with me and creating the most amazing gown. I am proud to say it is truly sustainable and represents a connec...tion between myself and all the people in the supply chain who played a role in creating it.

The body of the gown is crafted from three different fabrics, all woven from yarns made from recycled plastic bottles (!). Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the ‪#‎MetGala‬ proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.

The Burden of Too Many Clothes

As the warmer weather gets here in the Northeast,  many of us start our spring cleaning.

Have you ever just looked around your surroundings at home and felt overwhelmed? No, not by our family — who, of course can be demanding at times, and no not by our pets which we must also take care of and love — but by our things.  I am especially concerned about the clothes, handbags, coats, and shoes that go unworn. They are a constant presence in your life that “something is wrong here and something needs to be done.” Clothes become a burden when we don’t wear them.

Earth Day Presentation

Earth Day is coming up on Friday, April 22nd. 

Check out all of the events that will be going on in your communities to help save the earth!

I will be giving a presentation on sustainable fashion at the Honest Weight Food Co-Op in Albany on Saturaday, April 23rd for Earth Day.  I have collaborated with a master tailor, Fatima Bey, who will be doing a workshop after I speak on upcylcing clothing.  Attendees are asked to bring two old items that will be recycled/upcycled into a scarf.  This should be a fun day.  Come, make a scarf, and learn about sustainable fashion.  The workshop starts is from 11:30am to 1pm. 


A Beautfiful Shirt

I love it when someone taps into a need and makes a great business.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, a British socialite, goddaughter of Prince Charles, created an elegant women's "bodyshirt" called the Kubbi, made from eco-friendly fabric and is made to last.  She always loved the look of men's shirts with their regal cuffs and stately collars.  She loved the look so much that she used to cut up her father's old shirts to attach to her clothes.  The shirt is basically a snug,  cotton jersey snap bodysuit that has a tailored top with a collar and cuffs.  The Kubbi hugs the body's silhouette, resists wrinkling and is also machine washable. 


The Kubbi Shirt