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LA Fashion Goes Green -- Fall 2010 Designers and Agents Green Market

Sustainable practices in the "Green Fashion Market" start with design and carry through production and distribution.

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Fall 2010 Designers and Agents Green Market

by Darice Clark
for California Green Solutions

In keeping with the growing Eco fashion trend, this year’s Fall 2010 Designers and Agents trade show featured designers with sustainable practices in their Green Market. Below are three California based companies that attended the show March 19-21, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

"Vintage bohemian flair," Handmade Accessories by J. P. & Mattie

Los Angeles based J. P. & Mattie clothing line which has a "vintage bohemian flair," as described on their website, includes a collection of clothing, hand crocheted bags, and handmade leather sandals. The clothes are made from cotton, rayon, or silk.

The conscientious designer/makers at J.P. & Mattie hand dye the clothes with vegetable based dyes and allow them to dry in the sun. The sandals are vegetable tanned.

J P & Mattie Clothing
"Vintage bohemian flair" by J.P. & Mattie
Photo by Darice Clark

J. P. & Mattie
Mattie ILEL

Fair-Trade, Handmade Sandals by Global Girls

Global Girls, also based in Los Angeles, is the brainchild of Linda Hackett who used her experience as wardrobe stylist, international buyer, and exporter of Mexican folk art to create an opportunity to fair-trade handmade sandals made by women in Kenya living with HIV/AIDS.

The beaded leather handmade sandals are purchased by Global Girls directly from the artisans at above market prices to create income generating opportunities for the women. Global Girls, according to Hackett, partners with the International Medical Corps (IMC), an NGO that provides the women with free antiviral drugs and medical services in the slums of Kibera, a neighborhood in Nairobi estimated to house between 600,000 and 1.2 million inhabitants.

Global Girls
Linda Hackett

Jewelry With Real Heart by Love Heals

Love Heals, based in Ojai, plants 10 trees and protects one at-risk child from blindness for each piece of jewelry sold, according to the company’s website. Love Heals also states that they have planted 347,881 trees and protected 5,023 children from blindness in both the United States and abroad. The company plants fruit-bearing and forestry trees to offset global carbon emissions and to provide food in Ethiopia. Love Heals also donates to Vitamin Angels, an organization that provides nutrients to children on the verge of blindness.

Love Heals
Bryan DeMaranville


Darice Clark is the Fashion Editor for California Green Solutions, and brings in-depth knowledge of the green materials and methods that are blossoming in the fashion industry -- especially in California.

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