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.

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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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May 29, 2010

Conscientious accessorizing with Hemptress Bags

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Look what’s new at Not Just Pretty

Mercedes Satchel


Conscientious Accessorizing

About Hemptress
Hemptress™ is a contemporary fashion handbag and accessory brand from Los Angeles, who’s bags are primarily made out of hemp. Many have bonded leather trim (repurposed from recycled leather) and they are all luxuriously lined with a silk/hemp blend lining, except for the vegan collection, which has a hemp/RPET lining.

Even our high quality zippers are from recycled sources, and we use factories that adhere to fair trade practices. But we don’t stop there. Our labels are made of hemp, our hangtags, business cards, and all collateral are printed on recycled paper with soy ink, and our shipping boxes are made from 100% post consumer waste.

We will also donate a portion of our profits to an animal rights group as well as Vote Hemp.

What is really innovative about Hemptress™, is that our line is Fashion-forward AND Eco-friendly. We focus heavily on trend analysis, so these fashion-forward bags are doubly sustainable, and will stay stylish for years to come.

Also available from Hemptress: Mona Satchel and Sonja Large Clutch

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May 14, 2008

Tetra-pack recycling genius

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What a great idea!

Here’s how you can make your own tetra-pack coin purse
…via Eco-crafty, from
Epirit Cabane, the magazine of crafty and green living ideas!

Also check this out: is one of the most interesting websites – from the mesmerizing tetra-pack folding video to the impressive gallery of folded tetra-packs for sale. I’m sure it would be even more interesting if I spoke the language!