sustainable fashion

Flow Like The Wind

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Fluidity

Black dress- Thrifted from Monk Vintage

Necklace- Hand made by Kenyan artisans via Kaleidoscope Beauty

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Sustainable Style Has Color & Made By Women of Color

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Feelin’ Good

Lookin’ Good

🌿 Oversized stripe shirt by Kanelle
🌿Janine pants by Little Things Studio
🌿 Trifold Wallet by Arture
🌿Pyramid scarf by Rias Jaipur
🌿 Wooden frames that contribute to reforestation & funding rural schools in Haiti by Black Owned brand Enbois
🌿Thrifted slides from Monk Vintage
🌿Repurposed driftwood earring found in San Juan Island, Washington by Grey Jays
🌿 Ankle beads purchased by artisan while in Ghana

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All of the above items are from the only 100% melanin operated online retailer who sells contemporary luxe slow fashion designs by local Indian designers. I featured @ikkiviofficial on @melaninass b/c I’m obsessed with their 30+ designers and love how they’re challenging the stigmas of India fashion while building local circularity!

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Linen Meets Organic Indigo

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A Sucker for Jumpsuits

Linen & Organic cotton x organic indigo dyed detail - Remuse

Headwrap - Purchased from street vendor in Ghana

Phillip Lim boots - Thrifted

Purse - Purchased from street vendor in Ghana

“Thought is powerful in all phases. Even in my  career , even in my life, things end up exactly how I visualized them.” –  Nipsey Hussle

“Thought is powerful in all phases. Even in my career, even in my life, things end up exactly how I visualized them.” – Nipsey Hussle

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Cellulite, Mudcloth and Hand-Woven Threads

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Summa Time

Handmade hand woven cotton dress-jacket - Style Mati

Platform sandals - thrifted via Beacon’s Closet

Mudcloth Kufi from Mali

Earrings - Grey Jays

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The Cut x AllBirds : Meet the Woman Who’s Redefining Eco-Style Dominique Drakeford thinks ethical fashion should be way more fun.

Dominique Drakeford is on a mission to change the face of sustainability. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Dominique changed coasts to earn her master’s degree from NYU in sustainable entrepreneurship and fashion. She now works in Brooklyn as an environmental educator and writer, with a special focus on empowering communities of color. Through her initiatives Melanin & Sustainable Style, Sustainable Brooklyn, and her own social presence, Dominique is broadening awareness around environmental issues, championing inclusivity, and bringing her own electric energy to the movement.

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Backyard Vibes In 100% Plant Based Shoes

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Summa Time Vibes

Eco Sneakers - Native

Jeans - Thrifted

Top- Bias (IKKIVI) Cotton jute yoke and cotton crochet body

Fedra - Thrifted

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100% biodegradable

🌿Eucalyptus lasting board
🌿90% cork, 10% sisal backing midsole
🌿Organic cotton + pineapple upper
🌿100% natural latex lactae hevea outsole
🌿Cotton/linen footstock with kenaf + corn felt insole
🌿100% organic cotton laces

Decolonize Sustainable Style

I’ve been sharing my “conscious style” across social platforms for the last 5 years. But now more than ever I am using my style identity to share that sustainable doesn’t look one way and it’s NOT just worn by a select few. Brown skin, afro textured hair and messages of DECOLONIZATION are most certainly welcomed!

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Style meets Politics

Deadstock fabric blazer dress - Vetta

Ethical “Decolonize” beret - Slow Factory

Thrifted Heels - Out of the Closet (LA)

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PHENOMENALLY INDIGENOUS!!!

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A Chill Autumn Day

Phenomenally Indigenous tee - Urban Native Era

Tencel pants - Vetta

Vintage Duster (San Francisco)

Socks- Hotsoxco

Thrifted Heels - Out of the Closet (LA)

Thrifted Hat - Beacon’s Closet (Brooklyn)

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A Fall Day in Brooklyn

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Out Here Livin’ My Best Life Before Winter Fully Hits

Thrifted WESC dress

Vintage suitcase

Scarf/Turban - Via Moroccan Souk

Tennis Shoes

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An IKKIVI x NISOLO Desert Collaboration

There’s something so beautiful being in the desert and having your outer skin reflect the beauty of the natural habitat. In this space - earth tones are majestic royal!

Dress via IKKIVI-

Designer: Mati - 'Mati' in Hindi means 'soil'. Soil can be moulded into various shapes. Designer Fatima K. Punjaabi captures this essence into her clothes as a reflection of her personal style.

The brand is all about comfortable silhouettes. The raw organic feel comes from sustainable and handwoven fabrics, shapes that are inspired by nature and colours that are earthy and natural.

Slides -

Nisolo - a shoe brand that is intentionally designed creating ethically made goods at a fair price. These slides were handmade in a factory owned and operate in Peru.

Hat-

Thrifted (Out of the Closet LA)

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When Minimalism Clashes With Architecture To Create Street Style

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Palais De La Bahia

White dress- Thrifted

Top - Bias (IKKIVI) Cotton jute yoke and cotton crochet body

Shoes - Adidas

Necklace - Purchased in Moroccan Market

Head wrap - Purchased in India Market years ago

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Traveling Through The Medina In Comfort

My first time traveling in Morocco was extraordinary. When I was going through the Medina and through all of the souks, in was important for me to be super comfortable!

Ethically produced Midi Dress - Trove

Organic Cotton Peruvian Pima Cotton Pants - Known Supply

Slides - Thrifted

Chrysocolla Necklace - Natalie Frigo

Headwrap - Locally made Moroccan scarf

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In Living Color!!!

As much as I love solid earth tone colors, I can not get away from being vibrant and colorful. Learning more and becoming increasingly connected to my ancestral roots, means that colors play a special part in my identity and livelihood. Mixing prints and solid makes me feel alive, sophistical, bold and ready to take on the world! 

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Prints x Solids

Floral Pants: Mara Hoffman

Thrifted Top: Out of the Closet LA

Duster: Hack With Design

Thrifted Heels: Out of the Closet LA

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3 Different Ways To Wear A Basic Peruvian Organic Pima Cotton Tee

A basic tee-shirt should NOT be $50, $60 nor $70, and this is the first line that needs to be drawn in making sustainable fashion affordable and accessible. No matter your geography, style sensibility or ethnic background - a basic white (black or grey) tee shirt is more than likely a staple part of any wardrobe. 

This is the perfect place to start your sustainable fashion journey when you’re ready and able to take that first step in purchasing something new. 

Most people don’t know the basic lifestyle of a tee shirt. The material phase alone includes farming, irrigating, fertilizing, harvesting and ginning. Understanding the time it takes just to make a tee but also the waste that’s created when using conventional cotton will make buying that first sustainable tee extra special. 

One brand we love has a mantra of “accessible-luxury”. Truth Alone Clothing is a basic tee brand specializing in Peruvian Organic Pima Cotton, as well as Peruvian Sourcing & Production. They work to keep everything as local as possible, from raw material to finished product, but their our photography, stylists, models, and locations are also Peruvian. “We believe in giving back to a culture that puts so much love into everything they do, and that’s the truth.”

Here are some looks in my Truth Alone tee shirts:

  • Peruvian Organic Pima Cotton Black tee - Truth Alone
  • Vintage denim jeans
  • Heeled Mules - Bhava (Handmade Italian vegan leather that DOES NOT contain aromatic amines, PCP, formaldehyde, PVC, phthalates, azo-dyes, or chrome. 
  • Peruvian Organic Pima Cotton White tee - Truth Alone
  • Thrifted Mustard Overalls
  • Indigo Dyed Slides - Studio One Eighty Nine
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Selfcare Sunday Vibes

Outfit by - The Conscious Life Shop

"Our loungewear speaks to the brand mantra because it is especially curated for the modern sexy meditator. Our whole vibe is creating a space for meditators that don’t fit the traditional idea of what it means to meditate. You don’t have to be boring, or draped in Indian garb. You can be your chic sexy self, and have a meditation practice! Our Sacred Loungewear offers pieces that you can meditate and chill in, while feeling comfy and sexy." - Tiffany Shelton, The Conscious Life Shop

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It's Sexy Sustainable Swimsuit Season

Sustainable One Piece

Swimsuit: Sustainably made with recycled fabrics in Italy - UND Swimwear

Thrifted Hat: Beacon's Closet

I just don't think you can go wrong with an all black swim suite. A backless one piece that hugs your hips is so sexy but also a classic. I'm absolutely in love with my UND one piece! UND Swimwear is a 360° sustainable and ethical brand: all of their swimwear is made with recycled fabrics in Rimini, a small town by the sea in Italy. The label was created respecting the highest quality standards and all of the principles of slow fashion.

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