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7 cool and sustainable kids (and baby) brands

Practicing sustainability is definitely a daily effort, a hard one in the age of consumerism. The importance of embedding sustainability in our children’s life is like a second chance after we had all messed up protecting our world. But practicing sustainability and teaching sustainable values lays our children’s foundations for an environmentally responsible adulthood. Fortunately,  and thanks to the efforts of all of us, it’s never been easier to find eco-friendly and organic baby products that remove harmful chemicals and toxins from our homes, while helping the planet, too. We chose 7 cool sustainable products, so you can give your little one a healthy and eco-friendly start. 1. MALUORGANIC Maluorganic is a sustainable brand for all kids regardless of gender or race, made of soft 100% organic durable fabrics, ensuring your child’s comfort and wellbeing. This kid and earth-friendly clothing brand from California has a minimal style for super cool kids. Our favorites: Twirl Mulholland Dress in Black and the Mulholland dress in dusty lilac.     2. MAMUCONCEPT Minimalism and an imperishable Classic, modernity, and tradition: products that could stay with your …

Wolf&Rita

Wolf&Rita is a brand that originated in the heart of a family business started 35 years ago. The brand belongs to a shirts manufacturing mill, which has evolved into a company able to provide a wider range of products. «Our focus is to present collections which are fashion orientated but also with a strong identity that can easily be connected to the brand. We have a strong ethical approach and try to respect everyone involved in the production chain. Our fabrics and trimmings are locally outsourced and the workers in our company all live in close distance of our facilities. Our motto is “Locally sourced, globally worn”» Wolf&Rita collections are designed for kids but thinking about adults fashion. One could say that 90% of W&R styles could also be done in adult sizes and still look pretty nice. The inspiration behind the collections is usually outsourced in different art movements, artists and even music. It is a “work in progress” each season, combining designs and ideas both of  Claudia, the designer and Carlos, the photographer.  After choosing a theme, they start working on the prints and the collection starts to take its shape. It is a slow but quite pleasing process in …

Flats Exclusivas

«In every process is respected its time and cost, so on average, it takes 30 days for each production to be ready.»   ‘Flats Exclusivas’ is a minimalist brand of basic, timeless shoes, handcrafted in small quantities. The production counts on the expertise of the best professionals of the area in São Paulo working with premium raw materials. In every process is respected its time and cost, so on average, it takes 30 days for each production to be ready. The brand relies on the concept of Art Shoes: artists who create interventions in each model of flats. They are limited series, numbered and signed. As Mariana Cassandra, the creator of the brand, explains, “Exclusive Flats were made to last, to inspire and to cross fads. Like a work of art.” All models are created by Mariana, who conducts and monitors the whole production process, entirely handmade, as well as all the research of raw materials and products, using only top quality materials, as well as the artists and collaborators. They are people with incredible …

Atomy Store Bags

«Objects that surround us gain in importance and serve us much longer if they become our personal value.»   Our brand stands for ethical practices and sustainable production. The brand’s philosophy is based on the concept of Lean Manufacturing or the method of effective production management. We wanted to focus on a management model that relies on resource efficiency and guarantees high quality. We do not generate waste. All products have been designed in the most ergonomic way. Each smallest piece of leather that remains after cutting the patch is being reused to produce smaller parts: straps, loops, accessories. We base our production on local crafts, use only services of regional producers and suppliers, trying to implant the idea of making more aware purchasing decisions among our clients. We believe that supporting regional creativity is not only an investment in the community, but it’s also shaping an even stronger consumer awareness. All ATOMS are sewn by hand and produced at a local workshop. According to the latest reports, the negative effects of the textile industry are …

WIRE COLLECTION by VIU EYEWEAR

«Each individual pair is then handcrafted at a manufacturer in the Italian Dolomites or on Honshū Island in Japan in more than 80 manual steps.»   Designed in Switzerland with great attention to detail. VIU prescription glasses and sunglasses unite brilliant design with a transparent manufacturing process and fair prices. Our collections are designed in Switzerland by Fabrice Aeberhard, VIU’s Creative Director. Each individual pair is then handcrafted at a manufacturer in the Italian Dolomites or on Honshū Island in Japan in more than 80 manual steps. With its new materials, The WIRE COLLECTION constitutes a natural extension of VIU. The four new models are comprised of refined stainless steel, delicately rounded and slightly angular, creating a minimalistic and effortless look. The design of The BRIGHT and The VIBRANT follows a more angular form line whereas The VIVID and The SPIRITED offer soft round curves. With especially small hinges, the frames are also very narrow and thus featherlight. The different sizes and metallic colours of the light frames gently shape the face, and yet leave …

Pulau Banda by Velasco Velasco

«[Pulau Banda] uses the narrative potential of textiles, long forgotten by most of western peoples but beautifully preserved in the everyday of African and Asian cultures.» My name is Marta Velasco Velasco, one Velasco is from Colombia and the other from Spain. Growing between two different cultures that at the same time have a lot in common awoke my curiosity for colonial history. It fascinates me how different cultures influence each other and how the sharing of material traditions enrich one to the other. I think history shapes our present and can inspire new stories. Two years ago talking with my brother about African Wax and its Dutch-Indonesian origins, he told me about the history of nutmeg. The spice was once worth its weight in gold and the islands where it was originally Pulau Banda, allured all European empires. Its high value brought the Dutch to colonize Indonesia and the story continues… It caught me straight away and I felt the need to share it with everyone as it encapsulates so many key aspects of …

Phase Jewellery by Lynne MacLachlan

«I try not to get too persuaded in my work by trends as such, but I did start using 3D printing as its newness seemed like an easy way to be original, not long after 3D printing really entered the public consciousness and I have been able to ride that wave a little which is nice.» Phase jewellery came about through experimenting with some bespoke digital generative design tools I had made to explore another design concept. However one day I realized something much more interesting appearing in front of me – that of the phenomenon of Moiré patterns on the computer screen, this creative episode was the seed of the development of the collection, concentrating on sculptural geometric forms, all based on cone shapes, with cut-out sections that produce this almost magical kinetic effect as the wearer moves. At the same time, I had discovered the material I most work in now, 3D printed nylon, a laser sintered nylon power that creates light, strong and flexible objects. The technique allowed precise and complex shapes …

To Die For by I and Me

«We looked at militaria and how fabric plays a huge part as a base for cover and shelter and as protection and function when in garment form.» The most relevant questions explored through I AND ME conceptually and aesthetically really stem from a personal perspective. The brand is trendless so we do not follow S/S or A/W but rather an idea or understanding that has been acknowledged through traveling and various mediums of art and culture. To Die For was inspired by the idea of fabrication in an installation setting, whether that is in a natural landscape or within four walls. The artists Christo and Jeanne Claude and Karla Black are good examples of our inspirations. We looked at militaria and how fabric plays a huge part as a base for cover and shelter and as protection and function when in garment form. Updated shapes and details reflect this story through pockets and waxed twill as well as relaxed ‘downtime’ options. We believe products designed with fabrication and function in mind never fade but are …

Are Studio

«The bags have soft curved shapes that compliment a body well and incorporate some versatility, whether it be multiple ways to wear a bag or how they transform a silhouette.» Form and Function are concepts at the forefront of my bag collections. I think about the shape of objects, the space they consume and how they exist in daily life.  The bag styles are meant to be integrated into your routine seamlessly as if they are an extension of yourself.  They carry belongings that are chosen to be by your side all day and at the ready for anything that comes your way. The ss17 collection is an extension of explorations of shape coupled with a little romanticism. The bags have soft curved shapes that compliment a body well and incorporate some versatility, whether it be multiple ways to wear a bag or how they transform a silhouette. The clothing collection is meant to support the bags and extend the vision of the brand.  It represents everyday staples that play with the understated sensuality that …

Burel Mountain Originals – Parte II

«Today we are striding towards an awareness of the future and for the certainty that sustainability is the way forward.» Burel Mountain Originals products have a very special soul resulting from their origins and the way they are produced. It all starts with pure wool from sheeps raised outdoors on the slopes of Serra da Estrela mountains. Wool that is sheared manually by the shepherds who raise them and then is handled and washed manually as well. Then this wool is transformed into burel, in a process that takes several phases all made at Burel Factory, our factory in operation since 1947, that today still produces using the same machines and traditional equipment. After the transformation of the wool into burel, there is another one: the transformation of burel into pure design. Most of the process is done manually, the creation of these pieces is based on proposals made by trendy designers and put into practice by our seamstresses who continue to employ soul and love to the product. But it’s not only this that …