Not Just Pretty : Sustainable Style

August 12, 2008

It’s Easy Being Green With Stewart + Brown

Watch this very interesting video interview with Karen Stewart and Howard Brown, of the sustainable clothing brand, Stewart + Brown. It’s a segment of the show “It’s Easy Being Green” hosted by the well-known green activist Renee Loux. It is sweet that their inspiration for their company came from the birth of their daughter, Hazel…

Stewart & Brown Merino Bubble Sleeve Cardigan

In 2002 Karen Stewart and Howard Brown, partners in life and work, realized their destiny; They gave birth to a baby girl named Hazel Stewart Brown and a baby brand named Stewart+Brown.

Design for Karen and Howard is a passion and a way of life. Their professional journey stems from a union of creativity and purpose. Karen, a trained painter and New York native, and Howard, a graphic artist and Montana native, oversee every aspect of the product and brand themselves. Each Stewart+Brown collection, at an elemental level, is a fusion of experiences and insights filtered through their creative core and rendered into their own unique and personal aesthetic. While finding inspiration in all aspects of life, their collaborations are primarily influenced by art, design, culture, travel, and nature.

For more about Stewart and Brown see their websiteStewart & Brown Tie Neck Tee from Not Just Pretty

The union of creativity and purpose is evident in their beautiful creations. Shown on the left is the Stewart & Brown Merino Bubble Sleeve Cardigan in superfine merino wool, and on the right is the Stewart & Brown Tie Neck Tee in heathered organic cotton knit. The Stewart and Brown Button Front Vest, made of Mongolian cashmere, is below.

I completely agree that being a parent can make you SO much more aware of your environmental impact!

(What do YOU think?)

Stewart and Brown Button Front Vest

Stewart and Brown Button Front Vest

June 8, 2008

Del Forte Denim : Eco-Luxury Feels Good!

Del Forte Calla Jeans

Del Forte Denim is designed for the eco-chic woman who is transforming the face of fashion. Made in the USA with 100 percent organic cotton, Del Forte’s premium denim apparel is part of a growing trend which interprets luxury as a combination of distinctive design and ethical production.

The garments are sewn and finished in Los Angeles, a fashion-forward city that is a leader in anti-sweatshop legislation and enforcement, as well as being home to the most cutting-edge wash development facilities in the country.” from Del Forte Denim

Fitness Travel Gear and their sister blog Fancy Green have excellent reviews of organic and sustainable fashions made of cotton, denim, silk, bamboo, soy …

Here’s an excerpt of a review of Del Forte’s Calla Jeans from Fitness Travel Gear:

A good pair of jeans speaks for itself. Unfortunately, too many jeans try too hard, relying on fluffy adornments or bizarre styling to catch your attention. But we know better; it’s not about the bling, it’s about the fit. And the fabric.

Del Forte’s Calla jeans are confident, simple, and straight-forward. They actually remind me of my favorite pair of Levis, and preserve many of the “original” jean’s design elements such as pocket rivets and a clean, straight-leg cut. The Calla has left a few subtle marks on this blueprint, contrast stitching on the pocket and two small embroidered logos (one on the waistband, top right, of course) and one on the inside panel of the zippered fly.

I knew the minute I pulled my Calla jeans out of the box that these were no ordinary jeans, despite their low-key appearance. The organic denim is soft like velvet. They actually feel creamy to the touch, especially after washing. I love the low-rise cut, but since not everybody does, Del Forte makes these jeans in a medium-rise, too, which is plenty modest for anyone. I also love the long, straight/skinny tapered leg, and the slightly stretchy fit. The longer I wear them, they give more and fit like a glove. I never thought I’d give up my baggy jeans–I’ll still keep them for working around the house –but I’m a pretty serious convert at this point. I’m never going back to wearing men’s jeans..”

For the entire review, please see