With Earth Day approaching on Wednesday, it seems like a good time to consider eco-friendly fashion. The slow clothes movement showcases hand-made, often regionally-sourced and thoughtful designs produced with environmental sustainability in mind. Here is a sampling of items from designers who specialize in slow fashion.
New Yorker Ryan Roche's 100% cashmere furry cardigan is from her self-named line, which is hand-made by a women's collective in Nepal. $720. Available at Ryan-Roche.com.
Native Californian Calleen Cordero's platform Onda hand-sculpted shoe features studded nickel detail. It is handmade in North Hollywood in limited quantities. $665. Available at CalleenCordero.com.
Three mid-career artist friends from Maine re-imagined themselves creating linen clothes, teamed up as South Street Linen and now produce the Jane, a cross between a sleeveless night dress and shirt dress. $149. Available at SouthStreetLinen.com.
Spanish designer Ana Hagopian hand-cuts and stitches exquisite flora and fauna paper jewelry in her Barcelona studio; she creates necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and brooches. Here, a calla lily choker in purple and gold. Pricing on request. Available at AnaHagopian.com.
Japanese husband and wife team Koji and Yoko Arai of Eatable of Many Orders offer a signature Hanger Bag Wife made from tamo wood and tannin leather; it takes up to three months for delivery. Also comes in light black as well as a smaller Hanger Bag Baby size. $2,000 adult, $1,400 baby. Available at EatableofManyOrders.com.
Scottish designer Iona Crawford's Hanneke Dress is from her Beauty and the Beasts Capsule Collection and is inspired by sculptor Andy Scott's 100-foot equine sculptures "The Kelpies." The gown is made from delicate tonal madras lace, woven by Scotland's only remaining lace mill in East Ayrshire. $2,279. Available at IonaCrawford.com.
Brooklynite Tara St. James makes her Knit vs. Woven Cuff at her zero-waste Study NY studio from up-cycled scrap material; it is knit, creating a gradient of yarn colors, then hand-knotted for texture. Each piece and gradient is original. $60. Available at Study-NY.com.
Alabama Chanin's Sequined New Leaves Corset is an heirloom-quality organic cotton jersey knit top backstitched in reverse appliqué with color-matching placement sequins, stitched by Florence, Ala., artisans. It also comes in black, pewter and a natural color. $2,100. Available at AlabamaChanin.com.
New York-based model Erika Falconeri of Ananda Design designed her luxe Selma 100% cashmere wool wrap while traveling in India and pondering the idea of piling up heaps of the beads and trims she saw onto one cream scarf. $242. Available at AnandaDesign.com.
Former corporate design director Isobel Schofield hand-makes her San Francisco Bryr clogs using traditional European wood bases and American leather. The Annabelle wraps around the ankle. $230. Available at BryrStudio.com.