Monthly Archives: March 2010

A Sleek Cuff Made from Reclaimed Architectural Veneer

Ingenious — that’s how I’d describe Contexture Design‘s Bentwood Coffee Cuff. Use it as a bracelet when the mood strikes. Then use it as a protective sleeve for your next mocha. Of course if you’re really eco-friendly, we know you’re taking your own mug, like the I Am Not a Coffee Cup below, to the local café. 😉 Either way, you can feel good that this accessory is made from reclaimed architectural veneer.

Contexture Design Bentwood Coffee Cuff from Juno & Jove

Contexture Design Bentwood Coffee Cuff from Juno & Jove

James Burgess' I Am Not a Coffee Cup from Uncommon Goods

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A Pencil Skirt Made Out of Recycled Cotton by Levi’s

Everyone needs a pencil skirt in her closet. It’s just one of those versatile pieces that you can dress up or down depending on the occasion. This one happens to be made of stretch denim containing recycled cotton. Way to go Levi’s!

Levi's Vintage Pencil Skirt Clean Air

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A Dress Design for Organic Cotton Eyelet Fabric

I’ve been thinking about the organic cotton eyelet fabric (below) that was used in a shirt from Aventura Clothing in a previous post.

Eyelet Fabric in Remi Organic Cotton Shirt from Aventura Clothing

It inspired me to draw this sketch of a dress that would play up the rows of eyelets that make up this pretty material. Would you buy this from Aventura Clothing if they made it?

Bouclé San Francisco Eyelet Dress Design

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Net Assets Reconstructed

After a recent visit to a local vintage store, I designed and made this piece. It’s reconstructed from a black mock turtleneck sweater, a blue scarf, and a net drape.

Bouclé San Francisco Reconstructed Net Top

These are some very rough studies I did before I started cutting.

Bouclé San Francisco Study 1

Bouclé San Francisco Study 2

A big thanks to Juliette Melton for being a stellar model!

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Net Assets

Watching movies, old and new, is a terrific way to spot trends. I saw the dress below in the 1972 Academy Award-winning film Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) that I think is very now. A nude-colored, netted number likely cut very wide at the bottom, like a swing dress.

Since fishnet tights became popular a few years ago, it’s no surprise that netting, along with its fabric cousin mesh, appears in clothing these days. I think we’ll probably see more of this trend, thanks to it’s transparency, geometry, and playfulness. Here are some examples.

Racerback Net Romper from Nasty Gal

RodeArte Top

American Apparel Nylon Spandex Stretch Lace Diamond Grid Long Sleeve Button-Up

Luisa Beccaria Coat via http://www.style.com

DimePiece Designs Cat Scratch Hoodie

We Love Colors Fishnet Mini Dress

Tadashi Shoji Origami Dress from Neiman Marcus

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Super Comfy Cork Wedge Slides Made in California

Cork is a highly renewable resource, since it is harvested from the cork oak tree’s outer layer, which grows back completely every nine to ten years. That’s why these slides from Alexandra Cassaniti caught my eye. Then I learned that they’re made in California!  There you go, Val — a shoe that starts to answer the call for sustainability.

Alexandra Cassaniti Cork Wedge Slide

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Refined Yet Casual Organic Cotton Jersey Skirt from Hessnatur

Hessnatur Organic Cotton Jersey Skirt

Great design means walking a fine line between simple and elaborate, stylish and sensible. Hessnatur‘s organic cotton skirt does this beautifully in an A-line shape with mini tucks. Refined yet casual, this piece could complement a sophisticated top or just a plain T.

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