Category ‘Trends & Moodboards’

Weekend Trend // Panelled Knitwear

Posted in Shopping, Slow Fashion, Trends & Moodboards on Sunday, October 13th, 2013

When it comes to updating your knitwear for the coming autumn and winter, make sure it’s quality and Slow. And most of all, colourful and panelled!

From Somewhere: the new AW13 From Somwhere collection is a heady remix of classic FS imbued with new energy by designer Brandy Easter (fresh from BA Womenswear at CSM) and talented pattern cutter Jack Kindred-Boothby, who reworked luxury pre-consumer fabrics such as proofs, swatches, end-of-rolls and off-cuts reclaimed from the world’s leading design houses and mills. >Winter Lo top >Skinny dress >Anna top.

Antiform: The Unisex Tweed Sweater is designed for men and women, with genuine UK woven wool tweed front and back panels. The Grey version features pale grey sleeves mixed with a carefully selected tweed. The beauty of the reclaimed materials used is that you’ll get a one-off piece of English heritage that no one else will have, and that every piece is unique.

TRAIDremadeTRAIDremade makes clothes ethically in the UK – reusing unwanted textiles and producing in their Dalston studio and a small factory in Tottenham, London. Buy online or in-store at TRAID Dalston and TRAID Camden.

Komodo: the RON jumper is made of 100% pure Merino wool from non-mulesed live stock. Komodo does not use man made substitutes or blended yarns – but we like the way they blended the colours in this one!

Here Today Here Tomorrow: this lovely jumper is part of the Made in Nepal Collection. Since 2011, Emma and Anna of HTHT spent a month in Kathmandu working with the Association of Craft Producers (ACP), a not-for-profit fair trade organisation and a member of WFTO, providing opportunities for low income, primarily female artisans in 15 different districts of Nepal. Each product in the HTHT collections is handmade and provides the artisan who made it with economic and social support.

Paper London: Graphic prints and intarsia knits are the signature of British label Paper – so the gorgeous Sarentino dress falls right on trend.

 

The Summer Series // Espadrilles, quintessential summer shoes

Posted in Shopping, Slow Fashion, Trends & Moodboards on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

In a list of essentials for a Slow summer wardrobe, espadrilles are an absolute must. They are perfect for the warm months, and their production is steeped in tradition and still strongly connected to its area of origin. And on top of this, they can be made in all the colours of the rainbow!

Anatomy of a shoe by Alice & Whittles

Espadrilles (or alpargatas, in Spanish) have been made in northern Spain, southern France and the Basque region for centuries. The term espadrille is French and derives from an Occitan word, which comes from espardenya, in Catalan: a type of shoes made with espart, the Catalan name for esparto, a tough, wiry Mediterranean grass used in making rope.

A lovely Spanish espadrilles brands, Slowers, tells us a lot about the fascinating history of this very simple shoe: the espadrille, which dates back to the Iberians and Romans, was the footwear used by Spanish workers and peasants until well into the twentieth century. Later on, it became a summer footwear, for the comfort, freshness and hygiene that its natural fibres provide. (read more here)

The Espadrille Store has a great website with a whole section dedicated to the history and craftsmanship behind these shoes – make sure you watch the videos!

With such a traditional background, espadrilles are inherently Slow – and I love how quite a few brands now specialise in making espadrilles which look trendy but are made by local artisans. And for your summer outfits, here’s my suggestions:

1. Industry Of All NationsIOAN™ takes manufacturing back to the regions where products and materials originate, bringing unique local businesses to an international market. IOAN™ introduces basic everyday goods that are developed horizontally in collaboration with local communities around the world, creating new designs through traditional and innovative industrial processes.

2. Soludos for Lalesso – Lalesso has collaborated with Soludos for this exciting range of their classic espadrille adorned with Lalesso’s trademark prints. Check out the other patterns!

3. Soludos – A NYC brand that has brought the spirit of the Mediterranean to the US through espadrilles

4. The Espadrille Store – Espadrilles only, made locally in Spain following the rules of tradition. I chose the Catalan design from the heritage limited collection.

5. Vidorreta - Vidorreta is a brand from Cervera del Rio Alhama, in La Rioja, the espadrille cradle of Spain. It started off spinning, plaiting, warping and stitching jute for the manufacturing of soles, but now designs their own collections.

6. Alice & Whittles – a newly launched brand with a great social mission. A&W work with small-scale organic farmers, rural hand weavers and artisan manufacturers to produce hand-crafted espadrilles that step lightly on the planet and benefit everyone who has a hand in making them. The organic cotton for the uppers is grown and weaved in India, and the soles are hand-made in the South of France.

7. Slowers – Small brand inspired by rural Spain and its deep-rooted alpargatas tradition.

Weekend Trend // Fantasy Leggings

Posted in Shopping, Slow Fashion, Trends & Moodboards on Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Today’s trend may initially look suitable only for the more adventurous (or – dare I say it – young). But as with everything, don’t be tricked into believing you must style outfits the way they are shown to you in stores or magazines (or blogs! :) ). If you fancy something, just make it work for your own personality – or occasion, or age group. These leggings all have stunning prints – and they need not be limited to the ‘rock-chick teenager’. Pair them with a simple tunic (disguising midriff and behind), and switch the trainers or boots for flat sandals. Perfect for a refreshing dash of colour for summer.

Antiform - Lovely Sally - Front Row Society - Hell Yeah QooQoo - Bartinki - TRAID Remade

Mr Gugu and Miss Go - Amanda Pascual - Legguns - Phannatiq - Komana - RHLS Brooklyn

 

click on the links to buy directly from each brand’s online store

Weekend Trend // Triangle Patterns

Posted in Shopping, Slow Fashion, Trends & Moodboards on Saturday, July 27th, 2013

People Tree - The Top Project - Paper London

Feng Ho - Diletta - Lalesso

People Tree – The pioneer brand for sustainable and Fairtrade fashion. This t-shirt was made in India in 100% organic Fairtrade-certified cotton.

The Top Project - Created by designer Niki Taylor, The Top Project is a vibrant sustainable design store. Alongside a range of unique and luxurious silk tops and silk vintage blouses, The Top Project promotes and sells the work of emerging print designers and illustrators on 100% organic cotton printed T-shirts and sweatshirts. Exclusive and limited edition. The RED Triangle Tee is printed on organic cotton and was made in a wind-powered, Fair Wear Foundation factory.

Paper London – A modern British brand focused on creating clean, sharp silhouettes with an emphasis on graphic intarsia knits. Taking pride in the British manufacturing excellence, Paper is produced in London.

Feng Ho – Ethical designer Feng Ho uses a range of sustainable textiles such as Tencel, soy, organic cotton and hemp, or end-of-line fabrics from British merchants – and her whole range is hand-crafted in her Oxford studio. Feng Ho creates harmony between architecture and nature through the use of clean lines and natural form in her designs. Folds and drapes are utilised to create a sophisticated and modern look.

Diletta – Italian deisgner Diletta Forgnone Gianeri’s fashion is 100% Made in Italy. The DILETTA style is a balanced mix of technique and creativity, distinguished by its craftsmanship, hyper-contemporary treatment of fabrics, and an “experimental” use of colours matched to shapes which are pure geometry.

Lalesso - Lalesso was formed by co-designers Olivia Kennaway and Alice Heusser after a holiday to Lamu Island off the north coast of Kenya. Both Olivia and Alice are children of Africa and have been wrapped in its beautiful fabrics since birth. After studying fashion design together in Cape Town the pair were impelled to harness the magical beauty of the East African ‘khanga’, also known as ‘lesso’ to create vibrant and care free summer fashion. This relaxed kaftan with waist tie is 50% cotton 50% silk.

 

Weekend Trend // Denim aprons and Workwear

Posted in Shopping, Slow Fashion, Trends & Moodboards on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

In October 2012 I attended the first edition of Best Of Britannia, a new event celebrating British design, manufacturing, people and their skills. Among a great selection of brands, I discovered Dawson Denim, hailing from Brighton. Unusually for a denim label, their star product was not jeans, but a denim apron. That’s because Dawson is in fact not an apparel brand: they produce Workwear. Which is possibly the coolest, Slowest trend in menswear right now. The idea is to reevaluate classic utilitarian garments, with their inherent durability, and design that is driven by a functional rather than fashionable approach.

Recently, I also spotted these on The Vintage Showroom‘s blog.

Then yesterday I saw this picture posted on Denham‘s facebook page, straight from Pitti Uomo in Florence. That’s it, I thought, the thing is really taking off.

So I did a bit of research and it seems I’m not wrong. All the coolest UK and US denim brands are at it. The denim apron is the thing to have right now.

1. Railcar Fine Goods - made of 12-ounce, dark indigo, blue line selvedge American Cone Mills denim from North Carolina. Built using triple and single chain stitch hemming, the exact same construction that’s used on all Railcar jeans. Thick, heavy-duty, 6 ounce raw leather straps with adjustable hardware make it easy to fit.

2. Hardmill - 14 oz. indigo selvage denim, 7 oz. hand-dyed leather, copper rivets. Handcrafted in U.S.A.

3. 3×1 collab with Cool Hunting - Handmade of rare Barber Pole denim from Cone Mills—specially selected for its unique green hue weft.

4. Stronghold - Heavy duty, organic selvage denim. True indigo dye. Designed, cut and sewn in Los Angeles, California.

5. Stanley and Sons - Available in narrow width selvage duck cloth or denim from Cone Mills, or cotton fabric with folded seams on all sides. All aprons are made to order. A limited edition has also been produced in collab with Monocle.

6. Gant

In actual fact, the concept of stylish workwear is something I was already familiar with. If you know Labour & Wait (and if you don’t, believe you me you should!), you’ll also know that they stock British workmen’s staples such as Yarmo fishermen smocks, Guernsey jumpers, Brady fishing bags (I love mine!) and leather satchels (from way before the Cambridge Satchel Company was even a twinkle in Julie Deane’s eye). And naturally, they have aprons, too. Actually, they have designed and produced a few, and wear them as the store’s ‘uniform’, as pictured below (the owners, Rachel and Simon’s picture is courtesy of Dwell – Brian’s picture courtesy of Wayne Tippetts).

They aslo stock pieces by Old Town, a brand of essentially useful items with reference points and influences from past costume, producing approximately 50 pieces per week from their own workshop, using British cottons, woollens and linens wherever possible.

I’d like to point out here, that Labour & Wait have been trading since 2000, and rather than riding the wave of interest for useful and traditional products and interior styling that seems to have swept London in recent years, they’re the ones who set it. Check out their online store or beautiful Redchurch Street shop for all things functional and cool.

Weekend Trend // Blue and White china jewellery

Posted in Shopping, Slow Fashion, Trends & Moodboards on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

I met Alexandra Abraham a couple of years ago, and immediately fell in love with her art, and particularly her jewellery. Not only it is to my personal taste, but I love the story behind it. When Alexandra invited me to her studio, I saw the incredible variety of materials, mostly antique, all object trouvé (or donated to her, or inherited), that she uses, and got lost listening to the tales behind the old coins, the XVI century clay pipes, and the pieces I am most drawn to, the blue and white china fragments.

In Alexandra’s words: “I believe that almost every material or object can be beautiful; it is simply a matter of how they are perceived. I’m inspired by the origins of my materials and excited by the physical process of turning the lost and the forgotten into something exquisite, glamorous and even wearable. The sense of history and knowledge that people have handled and used my materials many years ago is extremely important to me, and I like to imagine that something of their spirit becomes invested in my work. This is what I love best about upcycling, knowing that most of the pieces I use have had a previous life, that many people have touched them and loved them, and that possibly, hopefully, something of their spirit endures in my work.

Giovanni Scafuro was born in Naples and while still very young he began to work with artisans like potters, blacksmiths, carpenters, from whom he learned the applied art of manual trades. Today, he works with objects of daily use, lamps, chairs, tables, and jewels. The recycle, the reuse are a constant of Giovanni’s continuous experimentation process. Objects and materials are for Giovanni an inexhaustible source of inspiration and interpretation.

Amanda Caines -  A self taught mixed media jeweller who combines materials outside the conventional and expected forms. Each piece evokes a sense of place, time or environment. Brought up on the Sussex coast, she always collected materials, wood, ceramic, sea glass and a variety of found objects. Living now in London, she works and collects in the same way along the banks of the Thames.

Boodi Blu – “I find beauty and a sense of mystery in discarded objects and materials. Boodi Blu emerged a few years ago whilst walking my dog when I noticed a couple of pieces of beautiful blue and white broken china in the muddy ground. I soon realised that the whole area was covered in them, buried in the earth. I had always planned to make an elaborate mosaic table or piece of furniture for my home but after a year of collecting I had the idea to create jewellery.”

Gesine Hackenberg – “A basic theme in my work is placing ordinary objects of use in the perspective of jewellery. Objects of daily use often become intimately important and indispensable to people. What one keeps and owns, often contains an emotional value next to its practical function or worth. Wearing jewellery on the body is the most intimate and direct form of showing this specific relationship to an object. My pieces are based on craft techniques and various materials, which are telling their own stories about preciousness and adornment, like ceramic tableware, (precious) metal, Japanese Urushi lacquer and glassware.”

StayGoldMaryRose is a collection of work by Abigail MaryRose Clark. Abigail has been making her ‘Repurposed Vintage Teacup Bracelets’ since 2004, for retailers such as Anthropologie.

Lindsay PembertonRekindle is range of creatively upcycled jewellery and household objects made from vintage teacups and saucers. Liberating all the dust collecting china from your grandma’s cabinet and adorning your arms and wrists. The range includes the popular Tea Bangles, Heart Pendants, brooches with the new addition of the High Tea Stands. “My products are designed to challenge our thoughts of our everyday objects and rituals.  By reinventing traditional rituals and domestic objects they take on a new reading in each of our lives.”

Weekend Trend // Wood rings

Posted in Shopping, Slow Fashion, Trends & Moodboards on Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Rudá Rings - Contemporary jewellery made of Brazilian hardwood (sourced from pieces of old furniture and demolished houses) and raw stones including hematite, pyrite, vanadinite, uvite and lapislazuli. After decades as a designer for Brazilian shoes brands, Janice decided to set up her own fashion business. She was looking for something aesthetically original which, as a first rule, should be organic and environmental friendly. To package the rings Janice recycles coffee’s sisal bags. The ring is placed inside a loofah’s case made from loofah (vegetable bush) to protect it throughout the transport and delivery. Inside the package there is also one small carnauba wax can, in order to encourage the customer to care about the ring and make it to last longer preserving it beauty.

Ricardo Coacci: Also from Brazil, Ricardo Coacci is an autodidact of jewellery design. He considers wood a very noble material and makes use of recycled wood that forms the base of his work. He uses the same techniques as famous Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho during the baroque period (1730 – 1814), which he enriches with his own research, developing a personal technique which is composed by everything he has learned from his past designing and goldsmith career.

Christine J Brandt – Christine’s pieces are finished in as natural a state as possible: the wood is never stained or varnished, but burnished and hand-rubbed with several coats of natural Danish oil to bring out the grain and natural colours in the wood.

Gustav Reyes – “I create jewelry with the mindset that each piece is a sculpture. Rings are the most sculptural of all of my work. With each piece, I attempt to create a conceptual object that respects craft, conveys the elements of design and sparks thought and excitement in the viewer. I place great importance on creating jewelry that demonstrates a deep appreciation and consideration for our natural world. To create my work, I use salvaged wood that is repurposed. I have incorporated wood from a bass violin and extra wood obtained from other wood workers. I also use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified wood. I use production methods that reduce waste by 80%. I am dedicated to preserving Nature’s infinite beauty and continue to search for more sustainable techniques.”

Anthony Roussel – Roussel applies delicate flowing lines and sweeping curves, meticulously layering sheets of wood into sinuous forms. His fascination with the repetitive linear patterns found within geological rock formations is echoed in his technique. Essentially he builds flat elements into fluid structures. Although formally trained in traditional metalwork, he discovered his real love for materials in wood after being introduced to working with various species by a violin maker. Through the form of 3D modeling software and digital production, he embraces avant-garde processes whilst still preserving hand craft and good workmanship.

Palestinian rings: Palestinian carvers turn olive wood into a way to overcome poverty. Rich in symbolism, grand in stature, and deeply rooted in culinary and ecological history, few trees claim as important a place in human society as the olive tree. Today, Bethlehem artisans meticulously chisel carefully harvested wedges of wood using a centuries-old tradition. Harvesting the wood requires great care. This typically means using only wood collected during the course of regular pruning of the trees. In other words, no trees are sacrificed for the finished products created by these artisans. Once carved, each piece is hand-embellished and prepared for packaging. In many cases, this finishing work is performed by people with special needs to provide quality employment for an often-neglected segment of society. This artisan group is also a proud member of the World Fair Trade Organization. Hearts is proud to support further expansion of their market by using their hand carving techniques in exclusive designs.

Nadya Hazbunova - This handmade jewelry collection of olive wood from Bethlehem was born in 2012. The beautiful grainy olive wood is transformed into a range of edgy jewellery engraved and assembled into wooden accessories by hand in workshops in Bethlehem.  Every single item is unique with a different grain of colours.Olive wood is a beautiful very durable, dense and high quality wood with grains of colors ranging from cream through pink to black with a fine texture. Some pieces carry verses by Palestinian poets, famous Arabic sayings and quotes or are simply decorated with beautiful shapes, Arabic letters, words and calligraphy.

Brogues – classic or revisited?

Posted in Shopping, Slow Fashion, Trends & Moodboards on Monday, January 21st, 2013

Today I continue my stint into menswear with a personal favourite: brogues. But I didn’t title this post ‘One for the boys’ as brogues are as beautiful on a lady as on a man. Brogues are indeed, in my opinion, the best appropriation for ladies from a gentleman’s wardrobe.

And, in the past few seasons, they’re also the best example of appropriation and revision of a classic piece into the most interesting footwear around – again, both for him and her. Some purists may find some contemporary versions a bit over the top (they’re not necessarily all to my own personal taste either), but such a level of reinterpretation surely only serves to reaffirm brogues’ status as a true symbol of elegance.

Indeed, all the brands that manufacture the highest quality brogues are classic ones that have their roots steeped in the history of British fashion – when it still wasn’t ‘fashion’, but the proper attire for high-society gentlemen. They can all, in fact, be found within a short distance of each other around St. James and Jermyn Street.

1. Crockett & Jones  2. Lobb  3. Loake  4. Grenson  5. Church’s  6. Tricker’s 

But brogues are not the prerogative of these historic brands. Designers have always recognised the innate elegance of these shoes, and have reinterpreted them in a number of ways (some more outrageous than others!). Look at the Prada menswear catwalks of the past few seasons:

Or Jil Sander: 

These have been largely successful and hugely influential, and not just through high-street knock-off copies. Classic brands have followed suit and upgraded to more modern and colourful (albeit – thankfully? – less in-your-face) versions. Like these Church’s Limited Edition, Grenson camo  and John Lobb & Paul Smith collaboration.

What I really like about brogues is that they work perfectly with so many types of outfits. For men, they complement a pair of jeans as well as they do tailored trousers. For ladies, it’s not just the androgynous look they’re for, but to look hyper-feminine, too (yes, really. Heels have not the prerogative on that). A few examples from some great streetstyle blogs:

 1. The Sartorialist 2. Very Nice Threads 3. Four Eyes 4. Jack & Jil 5. Jak & Jil

A major trend for SS13 will be iridescence and metallics – and here’s how brogues have been updated. But if you’d rather have the Slow, Made-In-London version, you can always opt for Hackney-based Miista.

Finally, a mention for an Italian brand (we do know a thing or two about shoemaking, too). L’F only do brogues, for him and for her. Bloggers and press are absolutely loving them. And I can’t blame them! A pair of L’F is firmly on my wishlist.  

Wool Week: Knitwear Trends

Posted in Trends & Moodboards on Thursday, October 18th, 2012

It’s Wool Week! This week sees a series of events and initiatives around the UK, as the yearly culmination of The Campaign for Wool.

The Campaign for Wool is a truly collaborative initiative involving farmers, textile manufacturers, carpet makers, fashion & interior designers and artisans from around the world.It aims to educate as many people as possible about the incredible benefits and versatility of wool in fashion, furnishings and everyday life. This in turn, supports many small businesses and local farmers whose livelihoods depend on the wool industry. The Campaign for Wool is jointly funded by six of the biggest trade wool textile organisations (can find out more on the CfW website), with the patronage of the Prince of Wales.

So how can we all get involved? Well, as usual, by making our voices heard through the choices we make when we shop. Support labels whose wool sourcing is traceable – i.e.: that tell you where their wool comes from! And how they treat it, and who knits it… Do you think it’s hard to find labels like these? Not at all, and I’ve compiled a quick shopping guide just for you – in the next blog post.

I personally love knitwear, I think it’s a fantastic medium for creative fashion, just as much as woven fabrics. So my style advice when it comes to wool is not to limit yourselves to your average sweater or v-cardi. Look for different cuts, experiment with thicker gauges, choose asymmetric / draped shapes, which can be quite flattering while also forgiving (you’ll thank me in January after the Christmas gorging!). And, ladies who have a (corporate) dress code at work: remember that a quality knit top (possibly with an interesting shape) can be just as elegant/formal as your shirt+jacket combo.

So what to buy this season? A few months ago a knitwear producer client asked me for an overview of the offerings of the UK market for AW12/13. Here’s a few extracts for you! And follow the next post for links to actual (ethical and sustainable) pieces!

Sexy+Sustainable: Wood+Bamboo Eyewear

Posted in Shopping, Slow Fashion, Trends & Moodboards on Monday, August 27th, 2012

Summer may soon be over and most blogs are already talking about the autumn’s trends, or the back-to-school best buys, or giving you advice on how to beat the post-holiday blues. Myself, I think summer is actually still here so let’s talk about summer things!

These past two weeks, I’ve made the most of my freelancer status and the opportunity to work remotely, and I’ve taken my computer to the shores of Sardinia, where I’ve been working at a desk on my folks’ veranda, having snacks of watermelon and unwinding on the beach for a couple of hours on late afternoons. I know, lucky me. So that’s why, even though I’m not really on holiday but on a work/family break, I’m still in proper summer mood.

So I get thinking, what about beachwear, sandals, sunglasses? All those things we often buy for the holiday, do we stop and think about those pieces too before we purchase, can we be Slow Fashionistas when we choose those too? Summer/holiday buys need to put a smile on our face most of all, and here’s me putting one on yours now: sustainable fashion can be sexy all year round, including for your beach attire!

And even if you’ve already had your summer break this year, save this advice for the next, because these are here to stay. In the last 2 to 3 years, a number of brands in the US, Europe and Australia have started producing bamboo or FSC-sourced sunglasses and eyewear – and they are doing a stylish good job of it.

So here’s my selection of a few ladies’ and men’s style – but I do urge you to visit these websites to find much more. And some brands make sustainable reading frames too, so you will be inspired even though I’m catching you in back-to-work or back-to-school mode.

 

- Boe and Sunde are from Norway, and they produce in limited edition, where every piece is pretty much hand carved. (Website seems to be down since I did my research a few days ago, google them!)

- Feb31st  is an Italian brand, using FSC-certified raw materials, born from the partnership between an eyewear designer and a family lab that’s been working wood for generations.

- w-eye ia also an Italian company and with a similar set-up, of a collaboration between a wood expert and a designer. Another example of Italian sense of style and craftsmanship combined.

- Kayu Design is a California based label launched in 2009 out of a desire to combine craftsmanship, ecology and ethics in a contemporary yet timeless collection. Each product is handcrafted by artisans using traditional techniques, including their wood sunglasses.

- iwood frames are cut from reclaimed exotic woods used to decorate the interiors of private luxury jets and all pieces are made domestically in the Midwest, USA.

- Holloway :”Predominantly we’re inspired by our home habitats, the Sunshine Coast surf and the rainforest of Mt Glorious. We scavenge broken furniture, skateboards, instruments and whatever else comes our way. Usually this presents superior materials to new and we simply reformat the raw components to make the trash precious again.”

- Proof  offers a selection of custom eco-friendly frames, each one crafted by hand. Both wood sunglasses and prescription glasses are customized to fit.

- Timber offers a collection born from a passion for skating and surfing. Timber’s Skate collection is manufactured from skateboard ply, the Surf collection is crafted from natural wood and bamboo, inspired by the original wooden surfboards.

- Woodwear: ”Simply put, we make wearable artwork by making great looking wooden sunglasses out of Eco-friendly bamboo.”

- Shwood has a full in-house manufacturing process  conducted in the Portland-based workshop to promise an entirely handcrafted piece of wooden eyewear. Wood manipulation is kept to a minimum in order to showcase the medium’s natural and unique splendour.

- Anni Shades: “we are a small group of guys who are committed to create from what nature has made. our frames are built to last. we take great pride in the quality we create so you can enjoy your anni shades for years to come. we never apply stain or paint to the outside of the frames, allowing the true beauty of the natural wood to show.”

- Panda: “We are on a journey to change the environmental and social impact of sunglasses. We produce high-end sunglasses handcrafted from sustainable bamboo and recycled polycarbonates. What’s more, each purchase gives the gift of vision to someone in need.” Panda originated in the Paper Mill tucked away in the historic Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington, D.C.

- Grown: “The idea for Grown was developed in the winter of 2010 by a passionate group of surfers and water dogs along the beaches of Byron Bay, Australia. The idea was simple: to design, produce and provide Original, Organic and Sustainable wooden eyewear that looks great and ‘does good’. We decided to support the ‘Gift of Sight’ programs. Our sunglasses are handcrafted from durableBamboo and hardwoods such as Du Lei and Zebrawood. All of the natural materials used are organic, renewable and free from harmful or toxic elements.”

- Bambuya: “Bambuya is a new luxury brand that intends to offer a unique collection of premium designer products made from one of the most eco-friendly materials: bamboo. All frames are handmade and numbered, and each style is a limited edition (9,999 pieces).”

EDIT: just read about two more brands:

Eqo Optics: EQO shades are hand-crafted from the remains of broken, warped, & recycled skateboards. Given that each skateboard is slightly different in shape/size/color, each pair is uniquely individual. No two pair are alike.

- Colin Leslie Eyewear: Bamboo frames. The bamboo used for the frames comes from bamboo plantation farms in China and is grown soley for the purpose of production of household and garden furniture. Wild bamboo is not used as its harvest harms the enviroment and kills wild life .