Not Just Pretty : Sustainable Style

August 28, 2010

New for Fall 2010: jack & marjorie bags from Toronto

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New for fall at Not Just Pretty…

The Madeline Bag


Other jack & marjorie bags: The Bellwood, the Sedgemoor, the Mitaka

About jack & marjorie

How it started: After coming across an old box of family photographs taken in the 1940’s, jack&marjorie was started in 2004 by Meghan Parsons, a Toronto native, and Manuel Opp, a native of Hamburg, Germany.

What materials we use: Our bags are constructed primarily out of recycled military surplus materials. Among the items we currently use are: military tents and cotton tent fabric, wool blankets, duffle bags, parachutes, rifle sling straps, webbing, ammunition pouches, suspenders, zippers, buttons, and parachute cord.
We love the history of these materials. It is not unusual that we work with fabrics that are 30 to 40 years old. Some of the materials show signs of use and even include things like handwritten nametags. Other materials are from dead stock and have never actually been used.
Some of the materials we use are not from military surplus. When sourcing these fabrics we select carefully as to minimize the impact on the environment. All bag linings are organic cotton twill. The majority of the leather we use is either vegetable tanned or reclaimed from upholstery salesmen samples.

How it’s made: The materials are at the core of everything.  Sourcing the material can be a time consuming and challenging process.  Because of this, the design of each bag is very dependent on the materials we find.
After sourcing and designing, all the materials are cut by hand in house. After cutting, everything is sewn locally in Toronto, Canada. Every single bag goes through our hands several times in several stages and we would not want to miss that part of the process.

View jack & marjorie

at Not Just Pretty.

Our exciting fall styles are arriving daily, but you can still snag a summer bargain or two, with savings of 40 – 70%!! Please stop in and have a look!

Congratulations to last week’s winner of our SUMMER FUN DRAW:

Beverly Colley

Wear what you love!

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April 29, 2008

Natural Fabrics, Natural Style

Monday Magazine, a weekly from Victoria BC Canada, celebrated Earth Week with the headline “Green Chic – Natural fabrics, natural style“, and an article about sustainable fashion. Not Just Pretty is featured prominently in this week’s issue – on the cover, the lovely Moe Bell is wearing a beautiful green Myco Anna Cami Agave top. Her bag is a Red Flag Sail bag – made of recycled sails!

Here’s an excerpt from the article
“Is Green My Colour?”:

Green is the most important fashion statement of 2008—and not on a colour wheel. From manufacturing practices to fibre sources, components of the apparel industry are spurring the next major shift in the market for an organic—or, at least, more carbon-neutral—lifestyle. New fabric choices, like bamboo and soy, are allowing apparel to become eco-friendly, while remaining stylish and modern

Salts Organic Hoodie