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Lana Takori is the creative mind behind the exclusive knitwear brand, Tak.Ori Italy. Following 15 years working in the luxury fashion industry it was a natural progression for Lana Takori to start her own line and with a penchant for collecting hats and scarves everywhere she went these pieces became the starting point for her fashion label. Made in Italy and often handmade, Lana Takori has set her sights on revolutionising the fashion knitwear scene. By creating pieces which lend themselves well to any style of clothing, using beautifully crafted cashmere, extra virgin wool and mohair, her mission is bearing fruit as her unique and eye-catching designs with their ageless style and appeal are must haves for A-List Movie stars and Fashion “It” Girls alike Lana Takori’s collections have generated great press recognition and gained her some of the most prestigious stockists in the world including Browns in London, Colette in Paris and online luxury portal, Net-A-Porter. Most recently the label was nominated as one of 9 finalists in the womenswear category of Vogue Italy’s “Who Is On Next? Award” On the back of her international success, Lana Takori has branched out and designs a total-look collection each season. Milan is home, but the influence of her Eastern European background is ever present in the use of bright colours and eclectic prints, all underpinned by a classic Italian elegance. Tak. Ori Italy appeals to the modern, fashion-forward woman who does not want to sacrifice comfort for style. As the designer herself says “The type of hat a woman chooses to wear is often the reflection of her personality.” 2015APR | FASHIONAFFAIRMAGAZINE.COM 

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Bikku Gold Ring A PIECE TREATY

- Each season, A Peace Treaty co-founders Farah Malik and Dana Arbib travel to a region of socio-political strife and enlist local artisans to design limited-edition pieces - The company creates income generation opportunities for out-of-work artisans, and disabled and widowed women - Each collection incorporates an ancient crafting tradition that is at risk of being lost - Artisans are paid above-fair-trade wages - Each piece in the spring 2013 Lybia-inspired Villa Bambola collection was handcrafted by desert artisan families using centuries-old sustainable techniques and traditions

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Ethica is an online retailer where you can learn about ethical fashion, discover emerging designers, and shop a high-style selection of ethical and sustainable labels. Our goal is to connect consumers and companies that share a commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Through this website, we hope to contextualize shopping within a larger global narrative, highlighting the very real impacts of our collective consumption choices. That, and we want to help you find responsibly made wardrobe pieces that rock your world. We want you to love what you wear, and we want you to keep your purchases for a long, long time so they don’t end up in a landfill. That’s why, as far as we’re concerned, showstopping design is nonnegotiable. The designers featured on this site create beautiful products and responsible companies. They’ve invested time and resources in being as planetand people-friendly as possible. Some of the commitments they’ve made? Sourcing ecologically responsible materials, developing sustainable production processes, treating their workers well, and giving to charity. We’ve brought a few of our favorites brands together on this site to make finding stylish, sustainable fashion a little easier. To provide, literally and figuratively, a small fashion fix, while we all endeavor as a community to bring about permanent, industry-wide solutions. 8  FASHIONAFFAIRMAGAZINE.COM

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Vintage Monet blue cabochon necklace MODE MARTEAU

- Specializing in “one of a find” items, Mode Marteau sells secondhand and vintage fashion exclusively - Secondhand items place no additional burden on the planet, whereas manufacturing new garments can entail the use of hundreds of gallons of water, fertilizers and pesticides, and mining metals for jewelry can create tons of mine waste - The purchase of a secondhand or vintage piece extends its life cycle and diverts it from a methane-producing landfill

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Sheldon wedges BHAVA

Bhava shoes are entirely vegan and crueltyfree.While many vegan shoes are made from oil-based plastics, Bhava shoes are made from eco-friendly components: certified organic cotton hand-dyed with Ayurvedic herbs; recycled Japanese ultrasuede; and reclaimed woodBhava shoes are handcrafted in small, limited-edition batches by artisans in India.

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White cap-sleeve tee PIMA DOLL

Pima Doll uses 100% pure, natural and hypoallergenic Peruvian pima cotton. Pima cotton is grown without chemicals and harvested by hand, which reduces its environmental impact. Pima cotton is an extra durable fiber that is resistant to pilling and lasts 50% longer than ordinary cotton. Leftover fabric cuttings from the brand’s basics collection are upcycled into one-of-a-kind, artisan-made knits.

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Capped dangle earrings SOCO

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- Soko jewelry is handmade by artisans in Africa using natural and upcycled materials. - Soko artisans set their own prices for the goods they produce - Soko instills in its artisan partners a commitment to Fair Trade, ensuring that workers enjoy safe labor conditions and receive living wages - Through technology and training, Soko offers artisans in emerging economies access to global markets - Soko artisans work with brass salvaged from Nairobi slums via a “trash for cash” program; discarded items like belt buckles, door handles and window fixtures are melted down so the metal can be reused - Soko artisans work with cow, goat and camel bone sourced from local butcheries; these food byproducts would otherwise be discarded - See more at: http://www.shopethica.com/jewelry/soko-fair-tradejewelry-capped-dangle-earrings#sthash.yvPCXbFr.dpuf

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Campbell floral clutch ELEZAR

- Elezar handbags are vegan and cruelty-free - The company supports American fashion manufacturing by making all of its bags in New York City or Los Angeles - Sourced from Italy, the vegan leather used in Elezar bags is biodegradable and eco-friendly

- Production of Valentine Gauthier’s eco-friendly clothing and accessories takes place in a fairpractice, women-run factory in India - The brand’s production process is designed to support the development of skilled workers - Fabrics are sourced in the same country that items are produced to minimize Valentine Gauthier’s environmental impact - Five percent of annual income is donated to local improvement funds in the communities where items were manufactured - Eco-friendly digital printing uses 60% less water and 30% less electricity than conventional screenprinting

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SPRING 2015 COLLECTION ALEX AND ANI

creates meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories to empower the light in you. Each piece is designed by Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, Creative Director and CEO. Carolyn believes that every individual has a positive message to share with the world, and by incorporating powerful symbolism into each product, ALEX AND ANI provides a vehicle for consumers to express their individuality. ALEX AND ANI is committed to giving back to the world that we live in. By using recycled materials with ecoconscious processes and through our CHARITY BY DESIGN division, ALEX AND ANI positively impacts our planet and our communities. CHARITY BY DESIGN has strengthened non-profit organizations through innovative partnerships and collaborative experiences resulting in donations of over $18 million. An Inc. 500 Company, ALEX AND ANI has retail stores in addition to retail partners worldwide. Its World Headquarters is located in the Greater Providence, Rhode Island area, where its products are designed and assembled with love. Please visit alexandani.com for more information.

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From roomy carryall to perfectly sized pouch, each essential piece is handcrafted from luxuriously soft leather offering elegant, everyday style.

ALEX AND ANI is dedicated to creating products of unparalleled quality and beauty that promote mindfulness. Our collections are made up of powerful, meaningful pieces that are artisan crafted entirely in the United States with love and integrity. Manufacturing in America with sustainable materials is an integral part of the ALEX AND ANI mission of corporate consciousness.

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What Is Positive Energy?

ALEX AND ANI products are infused with positive energy. Ancients referred to this precious energy as “chi” and “prana,” whereas modern science refers to it as vital force. It is the natural energy that supports life.

How Does ALEX AND ANI Utilize The Power Of Positive Energy?

We embrace the power of positive energy as our core company belief. Each product is infused with positive energy in three important ways. First, the products themselves are manufactured (and infused) with positive intention in carefully selected American factories. Second, the symbols featured in our designs carry their own energy and are accompanied by thoughtfully crafted and meticulously researched meaning. Last, each design is positively intended to empower the wearer and reflect the unique qualities of the individual. Some pieces carry sentimental meaning; others are talismans of protection, power, or intention. The beauty of each collection is that you are the designer. Mixing symbolic pieces with your own alchemy makes ALEX AND ANI completely and uniquely yours.

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HANDMADE IN THE USA. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. NO HARSH CHEMICALS. FRAGRANCE. SULFATES OR PARABENS.

In 2014, Airelle™ Skincare was officially launched to the physician market. Through the launch, Stephen and Kasey fulfilled their goal of bringing to market a natural line of anti-aging products developed to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in less than 28 days, and to protect collagen in an effort to prevent future wrinkles from forming. Airelle™ Skincare is a living testament to the unique collaboration of Hollywood and science, as well as Stephen and Kasey’s passion for helping people protect and beautify their skin.

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AIRELLESKIN.COM Engineered by Science, Inspired by Hollywood

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On the surface, it seems unlikely that the grandeur and fantasy of Hollywood could unite in perfect harmony with the discipline and science of dermatology. Yet that’s precisely how Airelle™ Skincare was born. This unexpected collaboration began when Stephen D’Amato, First Assistant Director on some of primetime TV’s hottest shows, sought the expertise of his wife, Kasey Drapeau D’Amato, an aesthetic dermatology PA with more than 10 years of experience. The pair joined forces in an effort to fill a void in the skincare and anti-aging regimens of many of Hollywood’s top actors, actresses, models, aestheticians and makeup artists.

Stars/Celebrities Who Have Experienced Airelle Skincare Products Alimi Ballard Kiley Bunberry Brooke Burke Jeff Daniels Jenna Elfman Josh Gad Melissa Joan Hart Carrie Anne Inaba Joey LawrenceJoey Jenny McCarthy Bill Pullman Denise Richards Dita Von Teese Robin Thicke Kerry Washington ... and many more!


The inventor of fashion eyewear in 1938, expands its iconic Tura collection with the release of women’s ophthalmic and sunwear models debuting in January. The brand also evolves their marketing campaign with new dramatic imagery. Tura’s eponymous house brand continues to carry on the tradition of crafting fashionable accessories for the face by featuring jewelry-like details in its eyewear designs. The new styles feature the highest quality materials and boast hand set Swarovski crystals, metal studs, two-tone plating, uplifting front shapes, rich Italian acetate, and sophisticated colors. “We merged Tura’s classic American design sensibility with innovative artistic embellishments in order to craft dazzling eyewear from all angles,“ says Julie Allen, Senior Brand Manager for the Tura collection. “These show-stopping models are ideal for the confident woman who has a strong sense of personal style.” Several frames are additions to the popular Legends Collection, a series of retro-inspired designs that pay homage to the brand’s history pioneering eyewear as a fashion accessory. These frames put a fresh spin on iconic models from the golden age of glam.

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Tura was founded in 1938 and continues to be a leading designer and distributor of fashion eyewear. Tura revolutionised the frame market in the 1940s by repositioning eyewear as a fashion accessory—as well as a medical device. Today, Tura employs over 200 people in North America. The Tura brand portfolio includes: Tura, Ted Baker, Lulu Guinness, TITANflex, Brendel, Geoffrey Beene, Humphrey’s, and oio. For more information, please visit: www.tura.com

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Amour Vert means ‘Green Love’ in French, but it also means American manufacturing, non-toxic dyes, sustainable fibers, innovative fabrics, a zero waste design philosophy, and above all enduring style. Amour Vert is the fashion brand for a 21st century consumer. We don’t just care about looking good, we’re committed to doing good.

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With Every Stitch a Purpose. 437 Hayes Street | San Francisco, CA 94102 | 415.800.8576

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MANOLO

THE WORLD’S LUXURY BAZAAR OF FASHION ACCESSORIES

Love Bird Necklace Ahoy Gold

Pride yourself on having this secret spot in your soul with the Bird & Love Necklace. Inspired by the strongest and sweetest feelings of all, warm walnut pieces have been laser-cut into cute designs and painted with delicacy to produce exclusive and natural jewellery. This bird about to fly with all its love, it will suit your outfit in any occasion —from a first date to a family lunch. Material Used: walnut wood, paint, varnish, nickel free findings

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HOP SKIP & FLUTTER Merry-go-round Rabbit Porcelain Drop Earring

This collection is based on our childhood memories of Merry-go-rounds and we have given it our own vintage style twist. These cute porcelain rabbit earrings are handmade, gilded with real gold and real silver and hand painted with colour. The porcelain rabbit is embellished with Swarovski crystal detail. Each piece is unique and hand finished. Material Used: The rabbit is made of porcelain. The pole is made of gold plated on brass. Earring hook is made of 925 sterling silver.

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WRQ.E.D. Do You Ever Sit and Dream Model/Cashmere Scarf An accessory like no other, this scarf design, features eye-catching collages by Olga Grotova and Ekaterina Demidova, ball-pen illustration by Sergey Kudryashev framed by a poem by Marina Tsvetaeva. Each scarf has its own character - so they stand out individually, but also they enhance the impact of the whole outfit and make extraordinary wearable art pieces. Description Border: “I kiss you across the hundreds Of disuniting versts. I kiss you across the hundreds Of disuniting years.” Material Used: 90% modal 10% cashmere

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UROCO

Obi Belt-Pastel Chrysanthemums

This obi belt inspiration is from Wafuku (Japanese style kimono clothing). Kimono is a waking art gallery and obi is always very important part of kimono and there is more lavish than the kimono itself. Part of the pleasure of wearing obi belt is that you can chose your own distinctive style. This belt can be like a little jewel, as important a choice as a special occasion accessary. Enjoy a little bit of Geisha look! This belt is free size. One of kind. This Obi Belt is handmade from 1960’s heavy embroidered vintage Japanese silk Kimono and black silk obi lining. Crepe silk kimono tie.

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SALOUKEE

Purls Hand-Woven Yarn Necklace Pastel Pink AS FEATURED IN BOTICCA’S PICKS: PRETTY PASTELS

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Plastic Bunny Cuff (Silver glitter) This avant-garde jewelry was inspired by a French cuff. The form was developed by playing with materials such as metal which is unusual as a sleeve. This is an iconic piece of the brand. This cuff is more casual than metal one and suits all kinds of style. It comes with 3 different cufflinks: crystal, brass and plastic. Handmade in Japan.

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Purls is a wearable, durable, ombré statement necklace designed to transform an outfit. Purls is also available in neutral, neon yellow, neon pink, pastel blue and pastel grey. All jewellery is made by hand in England and comes beautifully packaged in our Saloukee packaging. Material Used Each piece is unique, individually hand knitted using thread bound yarn, and coloured by hand using a neon and pastel colour palette.

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RIB & HULL

Poppy Red Woman’s Raw Wallet/Purse

Every woman need a slim and good looking wallet and this one fits the bill. Description This wallet is handcrafted from premium Italian pull up leather. Both silky and smooth to the touch. The raw edges give a simple touch to this modern classic. Simple snap closure.

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ANNI JÜRGENSON

Pastel & Gold Feather Ear Cuff This elegant ear cuff boasts dangling feathers whose tips have been gilded in gold leaf. Each is comprised of five goose feathers attached to a long chain. Handcrafted in Estonia

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AT VERO MODA WE GUARANTEE FAST FASHION FROM GLOBAL CATWALK TRENDS TO OUR CUSTOMER’S WARDROBES. VERA MODA IS THE BRAND OF CHOICE FOR FASHIONCONSCIOUS, INDEPENDENT YOUNG WOMEN WHO WANT TO DRESS WELL AND LOOK GOOD, WHILE HAVING FUN IN A TRUSTWORTHY FASHIONORIENTED CONTEXT. AT VERA MODA WE OFFER HIGH QUALITY, AFFORDABLE AND INSPIRING CLOTHING, SYNONYMOUS WITH CONTEMPORARY FASHION AND DESIGN: PLEASANTLY SURPRISING CUSTOMERS WHEN THEY TURN THE HANG-TAG. THE VERA MODA CUSTOMER ALWAYS FINDS THE RIGHT CLOTHES AT THE RIGHT PRICE AND CONSEQUENTLY THE OPPORTUNITY TO FOLLOW FASHION ON HER OWN TERMS. LAUNCHED IN 1987, VERA MODA WAS THE BRAINCHILD OF BESTSELLER FOUNDER, TROELS HOLCH POVISEN AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST BRANDS TO LAUCH WITHIN THE BESTSELLER FAMILY OF BRANDS.

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The pleasure we experience, whether alone or with a partner, is a deeply enriching and healing part of our lives. Foria was created to benefit women’s health and wellbeing by opening the door to natural, euphoric pleasure. As an all-natural plant-based medicinal, Foria works with your body to facilitate unique wellness experiences. For some women, it may awaken arousal and heighten sensation making orgasms more intense, fuller, or easier to access. For others, it can help promote natural lubrication, reduce pain and tension, and create the relaxation necessary for sensual experience, or restorative rest. Foria works with you, wherever you might find yourself on the pleasure spectrum.

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CLASSIC CLUTCH $95.00 - A Handmade vinyl clutch purse, embossed with revolutionary floral print. - This clutch is 100% Vegan. - Contains inner pocket with a zipper. - The Shoulder metal strap is length 70cm (possible to shorten/lengthen upon request) - Size: 27x14x3.5 cm - Materials: Embossed PVC, leather like black fabric and silver metal chain and closer.

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The concept of MeDusa came to life in 2009, when Israeli designers Gili Rozin Tamam and Adi Gal searched for a way to bring innovative textiles into the fashion and accessories industry. They were driven by the desire to create something completely new in the fashion accessory market, to take a relatively wellknown material and use it in a groundbreaking and innovative way. Immediately drawn to the unique look that resulted from sculpting a compound of industrial plastic in vibrant hues, the designers found the basis to their signature style of bags, purses, and clutches. MeDusa seamlessly blends vintage shapes with modern textures, designing contemporary urban styles with a knack for the edgy details. Beyond style, MeDusa takes pride in the fact that all its designs are cruelty-free, ecofriendly, and incredibly durable. Named after the infamous Greek deity, and the Hebrew word for “jellyfish”, MeDusa is dominantly influenced by the all the beautiful colors and patterns found in sea life.

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Me-Dusa.com SLIM CLUTCH $75.00

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- A Handmade vinyl clutch purse, embossed with revolutionary floral print. - This clutch is 100% Vegan. - Contains inner pocket with a zipper. - The Shoulder metal strap is length 70cm (possible to shorten/ lengthen upon request) - Size: 27x14x3.5 cm - Materials: Embossed PVC, leather like black fabric and silver metal chain and closer.

CLASSIC CLUTCH $95.00

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3-D PRINTING is the new BLACK By Jeni Tetamore

The wheel may have been the first of the greatest inventions of all time, the printing press the second, and the 3D printer could be the third ultimate invention in history. It is responsible for the creation of toys, body parts, cars, and even homes! But the most ingenious developments are still to come with innovations to the fashion industry already in place. The fashion industry is the third largest consumer of water, making it also the third dirtiest industry in the world behind the likes of big oil and corporate paper. Cotton is quite possibly the filthiest of all the fabrics in that it not only takes the most water to produce, but the largest amount of insecticides to protect. Sustainability in fashion has become a conversation centered on organic or recyclable materials, conscientious shipping, and fair wages for those who make the garments. It’s time to change the conversation.

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3D printing techniques now use a biodegradable plastic – bioplastic – made from corn. MakerBot, one of the largest 3D printing houses based in Brooklyn, NY, explains that the PLA (bioplastic that they use to build each item layer by layer with a technique called additive manufacturing) is also reusable where it can be melted down and recycled as the user sees fit. This has tremendous connotations in the fashion industry where the cloth could be made and re-made to meet current trends while producing zero waste in addition to creating prototypes and then melting down the failures for future use to experiment with again! How it works: The 3D printer uses ultraviolet beams to fuse layers of powdered, recyclable thermoplastic into shape, leaving behind virtually no waste. It works in and through, weaving the thermoplastic together into the size and shape that was put into the computer.

What about a Fabric Pen that took the place of your sewing kit? At the Electrolux Design Lab competition in 2014 this is exactly what was submitted by Ingrida Kazenaite, a student at VDA Kaunas in Lithuania. This handy little tool is a wand-like fabric particle delivery system that creates fabric by printing a patch that is automatically attached to the damaged area of your clothing!


But maybe you’re still thinking, but this still requires plastic and electricity and everything. True, but on a much smaller scale. Here are some ways 3D printing is changing the face of sustainable fashion: 1. Smaller Carbon Footprint – Designers begin well in advance before a product ever hits the retail market. 3D printing allows for as much trial and error as necessary, deciding on materials ahead of time, which not only saves time but gobs of vendor samples that inevitably wind up in the garbage at the end of the season. Additionally, they don’t have to ship out for the production of their samples since most 3D printing occurs domestically, saving the time, money, and the fuel exhaust puffing its way into the atmosphere. 2. No Production Waste – Designers can limit their production minimum to a count of one and, if they are happy with it, melt it down and try again. This also allows designers to produce items to custom fit to individual customers. This eliminates waste and extraneous costs, saves space and reduces the need for storage. 3. Using Recycled Materials – It’s phenomenal what can be used as printing material! Nylon filaments, plastics, metal, silk, the list goes on and on. Will. I. AM and Coca-Cola teamed up to market the Cube 3D printer for home users where their cartridges use filament processed from discarded plastic soda bottles! Cheers! 4. Biodegradable Materials – Bioplastics made from corn such as the one created and implemented by MakerBot is at the top of the list, but there are many who are experimenting with ways to “cook” your own bioplastic from a mixture of starch, glycerin, vinegar, and water. Who knows where this may lead, but I hear the beauty industry may be considering 3d printed cosmetics!

5. Extending the Life of Existing Products What would you do if you had the power to manufacture your missing button, a replacement heel for your favorite pumps, build your own watch band? Upcycling is already trending and this is just one more to keep your favorites in your wardrobe longer. Some of this is still theory. The technology isn’t there yet to create true fabric, yet, but 3D printing is already changing the face of fashion. Shoes, jewelry, fake nails, and other accessories are already being created using 3D printing and are on the market for your enjoyment! Designers Who Use 3-D Printing: *Jiri Evenhuis * Janne Kyttanen (Freedom of Creation) was among the first to try creating textiles with 3D printing * Hot Pop Factory/printing jewelry * New Balance/printing shoes * Ron Arab/printing sunglasses

“The fashion industry is the third largest consumer of water, making it also the third dirtiest industry in the world behind the likes of big oil and corporate paper.”

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Why EARTH wood sunglasses? Buying sunglasses combines style and safety. Shopping for sunglasses can be an enjoyable experience; however the selection can be very confusing. Will a $300 pair of sunglasses be better than a $10 pair from the flea market? What type of lens represents lasting quality? How will the sunglasses protect you and present yourself to the world? EARTH wood sunglasses must offer more than a fashion look. Below we have listed the important questions to ask when buying nonprescription sunglasses. First, does the cost of the sunglasses represent the quality of sunglasses? No! Many companies have expensive advertising budgets to convince the consumer the value of their product. Regarding quality, there are 4 main factors.

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Sunglasses provide protection from ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Ultraviolet (UV) light damages the cornea and the retina. EARTH wood sunglasses eliminate 100% of the UV rays. Sunglasses provide protection from the sunlight. When too much light hits the eye, it naturally closes the iris. Once the iris closes you will start to squint. Too much light, as there can be when sunlight is reflecting off of snow, the result is

damage to the retina. We do not suggest wearing EARTH wood sunglasses when snow skiing; as specialty lens are needed. However EARTH wood sunglasses will protect your eyes from excessive sun in normal situations. Sunglasses provide protection from glare. Select surfaces can reflect a great deal of light, and the bright spots can be distracting or can hide objects. EARTH wood sunglasses can completely eliminate this type of glare as all EARTH wood sunglasses use polarization. Sunglasses can remove specific frequencies of light. Some light can blur vision, and others can enhance

contrast. Selecting the correct color shade allows your sunglasses to work better in specific situations. EARTH wood sunglasses are shaded dark enough to remove the majority of the frequencies of light. Polarization is a common phase when buying sunglasses. Many sunglass brands claim polarization however they fail to meet the definition. Polarization can be tested. Find a reflective surface, and hold the glasses so that you are viewing the surface through

one of the lenses. Slowly rotate the glasses to a 90-degree angle, and the glare will diminish. All EARTH wood sunglasses provide full polarization. Scratch-resistant is not scratch proof. All sunglasses can become scratched however EARTH wood sunglasses via the 100% UV protection offers increased protection. When the glasses are not being used, please place sunglasses in a soft protective pouch. All EARTH wood sunglasses come with a protective cloth pouch to act as a cleaning cloth and protector of the lens.

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CORK is an exciting and unique leather alternative. The production of cork material is exceptionally environmentally friendly thanks to the sustainability of the cork oak, the harvesting process and the industry’s concerns with maintaining a light environmental footprint. Cork oaks are a hearty and plentiful species of tree. The trees can be found Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France. Not only do these orchards provide income to a large number of

would greatly reduce their crops for the unharvestable years. The cork is harvested by harmlessly removing the bark from the tree and allowing a new layer to regenerate in its place, naturally, over a period of approximately nine years. This is renewable resource that does not harm the tree, making it the obvious choice for the environmentally conscious consumer. Aside from the sustainable benefits using cork has from an environmental

skilled laborers, they also have been the base of the habitat for over twenty five thousand unique species. This includes a number of endangered species, such as the Iberian Lynx and Imperial Eagle. There are a vast number of cork orchards yet great care must be taken in harvesting the cork bark from the tree. A cork oak’s bark is unharvestable for the first twenty years of its life, therefore it wouldn’t be in the harvesters’ best interest to damage or kill the tree, since planting a new one in its place

standpoint, cork is also an optimal material for fashion. With its soft, silky texture, natural rustic look and hypoallergenic characteristics cork is a fashion forward material. Earth Cork products takes great pride in providing a smart and ecofriendly alternative to leather. It is our hope that our customers will not only be looked upon as trendsetters, but also as pioneers in a movement to use naturally regenerating and sustainable goods in place of animal products.

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Material outer cover 100% natural cork. It is hypoallergenic and easy to maintain. It is soft to the touch, yet withstands rugged use. • Custom steel zippered shoe pocket with nylon interior on bottom that prevents shoes to touch other items in bag • Interior nylon lined with dual compartment, one is flapped covered and two pocket under flap • Dual shoulder strap for equal balance • 6” strap on top • Steel buckle on front to attach items • 14” steel zipper on top to open back pack • 14” steel zipper file pocket on front • 8” steel zipper file pocket on front • 9” steel zipper file pocket on front • Each side has a 8” string adjustable pocket • 14” by 9” bottom • 19” high • Tapered width 14” bottom to 11” top

$400.00

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NJAL is the largest global network of fashion designers, bringing talent together to collaborate and develop. In its first five years NJAL has supported over 16,000 designers, from more than 100 different countries worldwide, to launch and progress their fashion careers.

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ETHICAL FASHION IS THE NEW BLACK

HELPSY was founded on the belief that design-forward, cutting-edge fashion can have a positive social impact—100% of the time. Sometimes it just takes a discerning eye and a little hunting.

THROUGH OUR EDITORIAL ARM AT HELPSY, WE HOPE TO ANSWER SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS AND TO PROMOTE DISCUSSION. THROUGH OUR MARKETPLACE, WE HOPE TO GUIDE PEOPLE TO MAKE MORE ETHICAL PURCHASING DECISIONS WITH NO SACRIFICE IN BEAUTY OR STYLE. BASED

IF CRUNCHY LIFESTYLES AND

ON OUR DEFINITION AT HELPSY, A

YOGA PANTS COME TO MIND

PRODUCT IS ETHICAL IF IT HAS FOUR OR

WHEN YOU THINK OF ETHICAL

MORE OF THE FOLLOWING QUALITIES:

FASHION, YOU’RE NOT ALONE.

DIRTY GRL / HEY GRL VEGAN SOAP OPTIONAL CHOKER IN CENTER OF SOAP DIRTY GIRL | $12.00

LAUNCHED IN MARCH OF

• NON-DISPOSABLE&WELL-MADE

2013, HELPSY’S GOAL IS TO

• ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS

CHANGE THIS MISCONCEPTION

• ECO-FRIENDLY DESIGN TECHNIQUES

AND TO CURATE APPAREL

• FAIR TRADE/WAGE

AND PRODUCTS THAT ARE

• HANDMADE

AS BEAUTIFUL, EXCITING, AND

• PROFITS TO PHILANTHROPY

DESIGN-FORWARD AS THEY

• RECYCLED

ARE ETHICAL. HELPSY WAS

• CRUELTY FREE

FOUNDED ON THE BELIEF THAT

• LOCAL PRODUCTION

DESIGN-FORWARD, CUTTING-

• LOCAL MATERIALSOURCING

EDGE FASHION CAN HAVE A

• UPCYCLED

POSITIVE SOCIAL IMPACT, 100%

• VINTAGE/SECOND HAND

OF THE TIME. WHAT IS ETHICAL

• MADE IN SMALL QUANTITIES

FASHION? CAN FASHION EVEN BE ETHICAL? (OF COURSE WE BELIEVE IT CAN.) THESE ARE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS THAT DESERVE THOUGHTFUL ANSWERS. BUYING ETHICALLY IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF BUYING RECYCLED BAMBOO YOGA PANTS BECAUSE, LET’S FACE IT,

ROLAN HOBO BAG RECLAIMED VINTAGE LEATHER & ORGANIC COTTON LOVE MERT | $268.00

BAMBOO YOGA PANTS DON’T FIT EVERY MOMENT, TASTE, OR LIFESTYLE: THERE ARE MANY OTHER WAYS TO SHOP ETHICALLY.

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TWO MOONS RISING RING 14K GOLD FILL AND FIRE OPAL OR PYRITE AOKO SU | $225.00

IN OUR STORE YOU WILL FIND A CENTRAL MARKETPLACE THAT OFFERS UNIQUE, ETHICAL PIECES AND PRODUCTS. BUYING ETHICAL PRODUCTS ENCOURAGES THE FASHION INDUSTRY TO SELL THEM.THE MORE WE CHOOSE TO PURCHASE ETHICAL GOODS, THE FASTER THE FASHION INDUSTRY ADAPT TO MAKE THEM, AND THE BETTER OFF WE’LL ALL BE.


1964 THREADS FULL OF SECRETS WHITE TEESHIRT MADE IN THE USA 1964 THREADS | $36.00

1964 THREADS NON-GMO WHITE COTTON TANK 1964 THREADS | $36.00

DIRTY GRL / MOONSTONE VEGAN SOAP DIRTY GIRL | $20.00

HARPER HOLOGRAM MINI BAGUETTE CLUTCH WITH DETACHABLE CHAIN JESS RIZZUTI | $389.00

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ELIXERY ‘JUSTICE’ PLUM RED VEGAN LIPSTICK LADY PARTS JUSTICE | $22.00

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MINI-CLUTCH SPEAKER™ DAZZLING DIAMOND

Portable, Wireless, Bluetooth® Speaker, Speakerphone and Functional Clutch All In One. The Mini-Clutch Speaker™ offers the best in sound quality and design. It effortlessly pairs with any Bluetooth®-enabled device, has a built-in speakerphone for hands-free calls, opens to reveal a mirror, has a pocket for daily essentials, can connect to non-Bluetooth devices via aux-in jack and if your phone is running out of battery, it can charge any USB enabled device.

$199.00

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4 cm Jeans Belt

£35.00 | $52.00

Slim Sole Oxfords £75.00 | $112.00

Chesnut Derby’s £59.00 | $88.00

Animal & Human Friendly Shoes and Accessories for Men & Women W I L L S - V E G A N - S H O E S . C O M

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“I started Wills with a passion to provide animal and human friendly shoes with high-street styles and prices. My dream is to bridge the gap between everyday people and ethically produced vegan shoes. Wills is about getting the latest fashions out there at fair prices, while not hurting animals or people in the process. No matter who you are or where you’re going in life,

Wills are there for when you want to make a positive choice.

The entire range is free of animal products while workers are paid in accordance with European guidelines. Wills really is an animal and human friendly company. My contemporary designs echo the high street trends, packed into four seasons giving you a year round alternative. Wills are designed with quality in mind. The range is created with microfibers that look, wear, breathe and resist water just like leather. I believe buying something well made saves money, provides something to cherish and is better for our environment. Best of all my shoes match the high street prices dropping the barriers to living an ethical life.” -Will

Women’s Loafer Summer 2015

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“It would never be enough to give an old fire hose a somewhat useful life, we must transform it, make it desirable or useful in and of itself.” PURSES

| WALLETS | TRAVEL | TECHNOLO GY | SMALL PIECES HOME ACCESSORIES | IPAD CASES | PHONE CASES

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Bowling BAG £195.00 | $290.00

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TOTE BAG £185.00 | $274.00

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More materials soon followed, Kresse has always had an obsession with waste and likes nothing better than discovering and intercepting something new. The challenge is the same every time - what can we do to prove value, change perception, and respect these resources. We dream of a time without landfill, when everything is recycled or composted. Between now and then we know there are far too many incredible materials that will either languish under ground or suffer the indignity of incineration; when that happens we lose, we lose quality, narrative, and the opportunity to do

something great. So we intercede, choosing story laden materials of incredible character, and do everything we can to ensure their second life is as long as possible. We are constantly searching for more materials to grow our range of bags, belts and wallets, and have rescued over 200 tonnes so far. Design traditionally begins with an idea, for Elvis & Kresse, design begins with a problem. It is the material and the scale of the problem which dictate what we will make and how we make it. In the case of the hose, we scrubbed away the soot and grease that builds up after 25 years of active duty and


MESSENGER £230.00 | $342.00

discovered a truly remarkable, truly green textile. We wanted to honour this tough, life saving material, hence our focus on quality craftsmanship and classic, timeless design. We build as much value as we can into each piece and style them for use beyond single seasons. All Elvis & Kresse products are hand-made and unique. It would never be enough to give an old fire hose a somewhat useful life, we must transform it, make it desirable or useful in and of itself; something you would want even if it were not recycled, even without the ethics. He spent five years perfecting a billfold wallet - ensuring malleability, strength, and classic, practical styling. And although it is here, and it is wonderful, he is still working on it. This same dedication is applied to everything we do, from how we collect and prepare our materials to how we finish and package the pieces.

Our process emulates kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold.The refurbished pieces are worth significantly more than their new, undamaged counterparts. Our materials are shown this same level of care, they are cherished. Elvis & Kresse make honest, genuine, practical pieces; from the belt you leave on your favourite jeans to the bag you couldn’t leave home without. Elvis & Kresse is tradition re-engineered.

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WALLFLOWER

noun: a person who has no one to dance with or who feels shy, awkward, or excluded at a party.

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Dress: YANA CHERVINSKA Top: XVEMIUL Accessories: DIRT & DELIGHT

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Dress: AVIAD ARIK HERMAN Accessories: DIRT & DELIGHT

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Halleluyeah aims to support and enhance creative networks and sustainable practice. “Halleluyeah is focused on the shared experience; inspired and informed by creative collaboration originating in the fluxus movement. Our aim is to continue to connect with people from all parts of the production process and to be a platform to showcase talented people and their work, with products, design work and events that use alternative sustainable materials and are a result of connected design practice. We focus on people, in our events and in our approach, making connections with people and working to raise the height and relevance of our platform for all involved.”

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e seek to highlight and unify present real world practices for creating, structuring and sustaining creative networks. With the explosion in communication technology ‘the creative power of networks and communities’ is becoming more and more apparent and a much talked about direction for all industries, especially the Creative industries. And while creative networks gain more involvement and relevance in the creative industries, therefore suggest they ‘support innovation in a variety of other industry sectors’ affecting an economy’s innovation performance’. It is of clear benefit to identify existing models for networking and to obtain a clear overview of how they support their individual members.

To belong is at the core of us, one of our deep human needs. Maslow’s ‘A theory of human motivation’ has entertained a unique place within Sociology and puts belonging as a basic requirement in the pursuit of self-fulfilment. It is an integral part of human existence and the ability for Networks, through shared experience and shared knowledge, to provide community, connections, positive feedback and support in understanding and developing our talent means that networks are an immensely effective and powerful setting for personal and social growth. With natural capacities we are all born with, true talent comes from hard work developing those capacities; in a group of supportive people (near or far, past or present) with shared goals it becomes uniquely possible to work towards this development and ‘self-fulfilment’, described by Gerwith (1999) as “Carrying to fruition one’s deepest desires or one’s worthiest capacities”. How do creative networks provide a sense of belonging and fulfilment?

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There are a multitude of products to help combat the winter skin, hair, nails and coldand-flu season blues, but you really only need ONE – Himalayan-harvested “miracle berry” sea buckthorn, found in products like SeabuckWonders’ Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil. This multi-tasking ingredient gives you the beauty benefits you want and added bonus of immune system support – it’s not called a super-fruit for nothing. Just add a few drops of Berry Oil into a smoothie or your morning glass of juice. With RARE Omega-7 and 190 biologically active nutrients, including fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, 9), vitamins, amino acids, folic acids, and minerals, the sea buckthorn berry packs a powerful punch!

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Sea buckthorn berry also has benefits for cardiovascular support, gastrointestinal balance, cellular support for dry conditions, inflammatory response, urogenital tract health, aiding wounds and burns, and more. SeabuckWonders Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil is vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified, USDA Organic and Leaping Bunny Certified. It also means this uber-source for Omegas is plant-based so there is no fishy after-taste. $15.97 (0.45 oz), available at retailers like Whole Foods. C’mon, we know you want to give the new “it” ingredient a try!

Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil

(1.76 fl. oz.) | $32.97 Superior Omega 7 Source over Fish and Macadamia Nuts Maximum Omega-7 for skin, hair and nail health The Ultimate Plant-Based Omega 7 Cell membrane nurturing Gastrointestinal and liver health Dental and gum health Healthy inflammation response For both internal and external use 100% USDA Certified Organic Non-GMO Project Verified Super Critical Extract Hexane-Free Kosher Certified Available in 0.45 fl. oz. (13.3ml) and 1.76 fl. oz. (52ml)

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GET A LYFE! Article By: Tosha Cole Clemens

I’m sure everyone can agree on one thing, everyone wants to look and feel better! Most of us try diets only to end up frustrated because we can’t maintain the extreme limitations on our favorite foods. Others join a gym and try to get disciplined to a workout schedule and yet again we realize we have to also watch what we put into our bodies. When in reality, everything is about a balance. Exercise, diet, and maintenance are the keys to creating a healthy balanced life.

What do I mean by maintenance? Well, think about it this way, your car would not run unless you change the oil, add gas, replace the tires, etc. Our bodies are also a machine. So why do we think our bodies are different than a car? We have to invest in ourselves, be proactive to take care of the one body we have. The maintenance I am referring to is cleaning out our bodies or better known as detoxing. Detoxing is a way to rid yourself of harmful chemicals that you are exposed to on a daily basis. If we don’t take the time to clean out our system, it becomes hard on our organs to handle this load. Think of it in terms of a clogged drain. A drain cannot function properly if it is clogged. However, once a product is added to release the clogged drain, it is free to function normally. The same is true with our bodies. I am always on the lookout for natural products that aid in helping maintain a healthy lifestyle. Lyfe Tea offers a natural way to eliminate the toxins in our bodies. We develop toxins whether it is from the environment we are in or the food we eat. It is important for our well-being to cleanse ourselves from these harmful factors. Not only will you lose weight, you will boost your metabolism and improve your digestive system. Are you the type of person that hesitates to try new products until you see proven results? Well, I’m sure you will be convinced once you see how thousands of people have transformed their bodies by using Lyfe Tea. Once I discovered Lyfe Tea’s website, I took a look at their instagram page and was blown away with all the celebrities that have used their products. They have also been voted the best product to eliminate toxins by Dr. Oz. Now if that isn’t convincing then I don’t know what is! What I love most about this brand is the fact that their products are all natural and include vitamins, minerals, vital proteins, antioxidants, omega oils, and other added benefits. To see before and after transformations, as well as all the celebrities using Lyfe Tea, go to: https://instagram.com/lyfe_tea/ Let’s transform our bodies from the inside out!

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We are proud to use only the highest quality vegetable-tanned leathers in all HARE+HART products. Vegetable-tanning is an ancient practice in which the leather is tanned using natural tannins and other materials found in vegetable matter, such as tree bark, roots, leaves and fruits. The resulting leathers are thicker and more durable than standard chrome tanned hides, and the process is significantly more environmentally friendly. Approximately 90% of our hides originate in South America (the rest are sourced from other parts of the world) where they are cured with a salt brine. Much like pickling, this preserves the hide and prevents bacteria from growing.

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The hide is then cleaned by a process called liming, in which the hides are soaked in drums containing lime liquors. This is followed by de-liming, which is not ‘un-cleaning’, but, rather, priming the leather for the vegetabletannins by removing the lime agents. But before the tanning occurs, each hide goes through a sort of spa/yoga experience called bating, which makes it softer and more flexible. Finally, each hide is tanned using vegetable based tannins and dried.

But the journey doesn’t end there. Our leathers are then shipped to our partner finishing facilities near Hong Kong. Here the hides are colored, conditioned and buffed to give them our desired color and finish. We usually use the natural grain texture, but we are also beginning to experiment with new embossing techniques. Once the leathers primped and perfect, they are ready to be crafted into your new handbag.

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The world is a great, big place full of wonder and possibilities, most of which we have yet to explore. With our newly minted column, “Wanderlust,” we hope to introduce you to locations new and old, trendy and vintage. So, whether you are taking time for yourself or suddenly find your business travel bag in hand and en route to one of our eclectic locations, we will get you all the dish and even show you how to dress like the locals.

WANDER

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he unforgettable snow kiss of 2015 should have you running into the warm and safe arms of Farmer’s Daughter. Located in what feels like the middle of Los Angeles, is a boutique gem of an experience. Fairfax Village is a delight to explore on foot (you will not say that often in LA), and Farmer’s Daughter will be the ideal anchor for your weary feet. A true oasis in a sea of unfriendly drivers and aggressive energy; Farmer’s Daughter will catch you off guard. It’s safe to say you will even be disarmed. What was once a Best Western is now at it’s best....with a splash of western. The decor is tongue-in-cheek and quirky cool. But don’t just take my word for it. The journey begins now..... 2015APR | FASHIONAFFAIRMAGAZINE.COM 

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omeone is working overtime at Farmer’s Daughter. Character and whimsical charm awaits you at every turn; it’s quite easy to find yourself loving everything about the “barnyard motif ”. Are we in Austin Texas or Los Angeles? The visual stimuli of The Grove and Farmer’s Market across the street will have you craving more personal space. That is where Farmer’s Daughter puts its best foot forward. Come back to your chic, country inspired, light-hearted host. All Hotel Images Photographed by Ryan Phillips

115 S. Fairfax Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90036 | 323.937.3930 or 800.334.1658

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The “Robin Room was dark and spacious with newly weathered floors. The decor was friendly and persuasive. Plenty of storage/shelf space for my travel goods (and trust me, I OVERPACK). A power nap in the afternoon was easy and the do not disturb sign was honored by all.

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AMAZING PACKAGES!! KNOCKIN’ BOOTS

This package includes custom Farmer’s Daughter knickers, chilled lemonade and a bottle of bubble--Everything you need for a raunchy roll in the hay.

DO IT AT THE DAUGHTER (we couldn’t make this stuff up-check out the web-site!)

BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO

Two Bike rentals and one night and one night, for a romantic couple on the go. Located right across the street from the Grove and CBS Studios, use Farmer’s Daughters your home base to explore all of West Hollywood and beyond!

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appier than a newborn out of the nest, I cancelled all my dinner plans the first night there and insisted my guests come visit me. With the fabulous TART downstairs and easy valet parking, staying close-by just made sense.

“66 curated guestrooms designed for creative, modern traditionalist travelers.”

NO TELL ROOM

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Beer-braised shrimp and grits won me over, while the brown butter pecans over pan-roasted salmon caused my dinner guest to pause in true ecstasy. Dinner was perfect and the only distraction from all the great conversation was TART Restaurant plays a rumor that Mario Lopez was nearby. mothership to some of the most eclectic and The vibration is laid back and typical California savory dishes. What cool. Taye Diggs was seen leaving as we entered, started off as a happy Hollywood beauty Eve Mauro was tucked in the hour date with an old back corner avoiding being seen and two giddy friend over smoked girls sitting at the bar could not stop gushing trout deviled eggs and over Mario (who was taping for EXTRA across ridiculously cheap the street at The Grove). drinks spilled over into a gossip-filled evening Only in Hollywood are all your dreams of pure gluttony. presented right in front of you. Chocolatebanana bread pudding for dessert or Mario? Choose wisely... kip the tourist traps and cozy up with the true star of Hollywood: TART.

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ACCESSORIZE LIKE A LOCAL

The best, pulled together version of you just came in the door. Whether you are looking at a mirror or people watching at the promenade; that distinction will be yours and yours alone. 2015 will be all about soft cool hues blended with subtle warm tones. Robert Matthew’s deep, rich and bold handbags are on point for the trends oozing off the runway and into your life. Robert Matthew is a superb selection of shoulder totes jewelry, scarves, wallets and clutches. A compilation impressive enough in quality to make the most jaded eye gush. Robert Matthew Handbags come in a variety of elegant styles and bold colors. Prices range from $138 to $215 We hope the fashion kids here re-produce, it would be a shame if the next generation missed out on all the fun.

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When sleeping in during a rainstorm is not an option, looking good still is. Curse less and less at the weather Gods with a little help from your dry and stylish friends at Rainspire. Rainspire uses fiberglass ribs on their designer umbrellas (typical umbrellas use thin steel ribs that kink and break at the slightest wind): The goal is to break the viscous cycle of buying a disposable umbrella after every other storm!!

Bohemian Chic and Flower Power $25.00

A good friend will offer you shade in a rainstorm. But your BEST friend will tell you how to do it on your own, all the while turning heads. Who says it has to be all grey on a dreary day?

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SilvanaK Award winner designer Silva joined her husband Nubar in 1993, he has been in the jewelry industry since 1978 and holds a US Patent in multicolor casting, with their passion for nature and their expertise, together they formed the first green jewelry manufacturing in Los Angeles. Today, SilvanaK recycles over 250 pounds of copper a month from certified recycling centers. Each handcrafted piece by SilvanaK is made in downtown Los Angeles and is lead, nickel and cadmium free. *Proud member of the Green Business Bureau

Photographer: Hugo Diaz Model: Letitia Sorriano Apparel :PERI (Eco line from Los Angeles) Crop Top: Rica

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penina stone: coral

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“I believe any element in the world can be transformed into a beautiful piece of jewelry, the key is to respect its original look and essence. Then have fun with it! I see the potential in the piece and my husband executes my vision into reality by molding the different elements We do encounter some challenges but that makes the stone: turquoise whole journey worth while.”

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DYING FOR Article by Jeni Tetamore

In Medieval times only prisoners, clown, prostitutes, hangmen, and the condemned wore stripes. That pattern itself was seen as evil, no one knows for sure why, but a French cobbler was sent to his death because he was caught wearing striped clothes! Ummmm… Kind of makes you think twice about what you might having hanging in your closet, doesn’t it? French social historian Michel Pastoureau states that it was during European Middle Ages that striped cloth took on strong connotations of deviance and abasement. That the contrasting bold stripes seemed to convey an ambivalence, ambiguity, and a realm of unclear and violated boundaries. This is the reason why the traditional clown, with its broad color and clashing stripes, could derive his humor from transgressing the boundaries of orderly society. However, the wearing of stripes soon became something that became associated also with leisure and fun and lost its immediate death sentence.

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Prisoners in Utah c.1885 wearing striped prison uniforms considered a badge of shame wikipedia.org

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In the Victorian Era, Queen Victoria dressed her fouryear old son Albert in a sailor suit, complete with the striped pants, and ever since people have been enamored with children wearing stripes of any kind. It was because of Napoleon that the French navy began wearing blue and white striped shirts, 21 stripes to be exact, one for each of Napoleon’s victories. Stripes became most popular for swimming suits – again mimicking sailor’s suits. It was Coco Chanel who eventually brought the bold navy and white stripe shirt – or Breton, named for the Breton workers who most wore them in the latter half of the 19th century - mainstream for women after visiting the French Rivera.

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Slightly later in the 20th century, did men begin taking back ownership of the Breton shirt with artist such as Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. Thus, the wearing of stripes became the most asexual fashion choice in history. To complete this look, though, seems to require a certain contrast...

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Yin for its Yang. Enter in our love affair with polka dots circa 1926 when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot bathing suit. If stripes were rebellious then polka dots were subversive! They were playful, dizzy, daring, and darling with Minnie Mouse leading the charge in 1928. But how in the world did we start calling them “polka” dots? The word “polka” is Polish for “Polish woman” while in Czech it translates literally into “little woman or girl”. In the mid-19th century the polka was a dance that became hugely popular throughout Europe which then coined the phrase “polkamania” in order to describe its own excitement. The “polka” craze headed west and enthusiasts created items such as the polka jacket and polka hat (neither has spots), but the dots may have been truly inspired by the dance which has regulated, short bursts of energy.

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Taking stripes and polka dots together, mixing these contrasting patterns, allows the wearer to be bold, daring, rebellious, and subversive. They are fashion forward and trendsetting. But there are rules! First – one of the prints should always stand out more than the other. Big, oversized stripes with teeny, tiny dots or huge dots with thin stripes. You don’t want your prints fighting for focus. Secondly – black and white goes great with everything. If your dots and strips are black and white and you’ve paired it up with another color, you are looking chic and monochromatic. Remember, only wear one, at most two, base colors if you’re going to go for this stunning style. Third – Stay within the guidelines of your color scheme. If your choosing red, black, and gray, striped sweater, go for polka dots in the same hues as the sweater. (The exception is seen in rule #2). Fourth – Big and little of the same pattern. Mixing polka dots or stripes but of two different sizes in the same outfit. This can be tricky, so stay in the same color scheme and one pattern must be larger than the other. But have fun with it, don’t be afraid to experiment and dresscorilynn.com try something new. You never know. You may be the next trend.

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SHOES & STRIPES 4EVER

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Louis Vuitton Handbag $5,400

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STRIPES

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90’s southwest STRIPES vintage canvas flat espadrilles shoes Size 7.5 N

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Weekender/ Duffle Bag/ Carry on Bag $70.00

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Dress with stripes

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Leather Purse - Birds & Stripes

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Funky stud earrings $7.98

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Summer city - Sandals 3.3 inches high striped heel

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ZERO GRAVITY is a culture, a movement, and a brand with an identity. Our mission is not to try to make you look more cool, or more fashionable, but to only EMBRACE WHO YOU ARE individually. We do this by fusing fashion, pop culture, and technology together. We give you options about what you want to share with the world. We strive to make cases that you’ll LOVE but that will also accentuate who you are. We believe that everyone has something to share about themselves, and that a picture is worth more than 1000 words. 112  FASHIONAFFAIRMAGAZINE.COM

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ZERO GRAVITY means FREEDOM, freedom of expression, and letting go of inhibitions, celebrating a more UNIQUE YOU. We embrace the weird, the funny, and the imperfect. We hope to only complement the person you already are through our designs. A case is a small part of anyone’s individuality, but we want to make sure that it’s as important as the socks or tee shirt you wear. We believe that the smallest CHANGES can have the greatest IMPACT. We are a brand, but you are also apart of the brand; you create who we are, and you are never just another customer to us. When you buy something from us, we learn a little bit more about you and a lot about ourselves.


THANK YOU for staying original and embracing a more unique world. We are all in this together. Join the movement.

Prices start at $24.00

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PURE GROWN DIAMONDS ARE THE EARTH’S BEST FRIEND

During the Valentine’s Day engagement season, when diamond prices are skyrocketing, Pure Grown Diamonds announces a scientific breakthrough with the unveiling of the first-ever, world’s largest, laboratory-cultivated white diamonds that are indistinguishable from mined diamonds, even under a microscope, yet cost 30 to 40 percent less, according to the International Gemological Institute. The world’s largest laboratory Pure Grown Diamond was cultivated in November 2014. It is certified by the International Gemological Institute. It is a near colorless 3.04 carat, round stone, I color, SI1 clarity, very good cut. It sells for $23,012 on www. PureGrownDiamonds.com.

diamond starts at $5,000 and can cost more than $10,000. - Most Pure Grown Diamonds are E-H color and VVS1-VS2 clarity certified. The highest colorless rating is D. The highest clarity rating is VVS1. The company has been quietly growing and harvesting thousands of white, yellow and pink diamonds and making earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings for the Valentine’s Day 2015 global launch of its e-commerce website: PureGrownDiamonds.com.

- A mined diamond of near identical characteristics sells for approximately $40,000 at some of the best-known jewelry retailers in America. - One carat round diamonds are the most popular for engagement rings in the U.S. - Pure Grown Diamonds quality one carat stones are priced from $1,000 to $3,000. A one carat earth-mined The Federal Trade Commission confirms that these diamonds have the same chemical, physical and visual properties as earth-mined diamonds.

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Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Winner Patricia Arquette unveiled a global scientific breakthrough just before the annual Oscar ceremonies -- the first-ever, world’s largest lab-cultivated Pure Grown Diamond, which is indistinguishable from an earth-mined diamond, even under a microscope, yet costs 30 to 40 per cent less, according to the International Gemological Institute.


“Pure Grown Diamonds are the reasonably-priced, eco-friendly, conflict-free preference of shoppers seeking value; for consumers concerned about the environmental impact of mining; for people troubled by the history of human rights violations and greed-motivated violence in the mining regions of developing countries,” says Bissell, a seasoned diamond business executive – among the few women CEO’s in her industry. Many of the company’s jewelry pieces are priced as low as $300. The difference between earth-mined diamonds and Pure Grown Diamonds are detectible only by highly sophisticated spectroscopic equipment and from Pure Grown Diamonds’ laser-scribed identifications on the stones’ girdles that read, “Laboratory Grown.” This is a voluntary policy of transparency that clearly identifies the source of the diamond. “Pure Grown Diamonds are not artificial; not synthetic; not cubic zirconium; not costume jewelry. They are diamonds,” emphasizes Bissell.

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“This is a true 21st Century technological achievement that is the eco-friendly and conflictfree solution in diamond mining,” says Arquette, who emphasized the extensive environmental damage caused by mining and the history of human rights violations associated with so-called ‘blood diamonds.’

She continues, “There is no blood involved with this diamond, which is why it is beautiful in its own-right, but it is especially beautiful because no children died for this diamond; there were no slave wages paid to people for this diamond; there was an actual working wage paid to create this diamond and that’s about love.” 2015APR | FASHIONAFFAIRMAGAZINE.COM 

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Photographer and Retouching: Michelle Agurto Hair/Mua: Ariana Taranto | Model: Chiara Massucco @Klasse Model Management Wardrobe: Poupée | Stylist: Michelle Agurto Location: Michelle Agurto Studio | Guayaquil - Ecuador

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MONARCH

This bag gets its name from the Monarch Butterfly which is at the brink of extinction. The greek name for this butterfly literally means “sleepy transformation” and evokes the species´ ability to hibernate and metamorphize. Similarly this bag will transition wonderfully from an everyday bag to a forever classic addition to your handbag collection. Handcrafted with brass zippers, multiple functional pockets and a comfortable shoulder strap. SHIPS in 1-2 WEEKS.

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FLAMINGO

Chic saffiano faux leather textured structured purse with a detachable shoulder strap. Classic tiffany´s blue color and chocolate brown lining. Made with love in South Korea. Dust bag included. $100% VEGAN

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John Pham combined his passion, vision, and expertise of the modeling industry to pave the way for the next wave of talent. As founder and CEO of ModXchange.com, a networking website for models, John encourages and facilitates aspiring individuals to make rewarding and career-enhancing connections. Since the inception of the website three years ago, John’s vision has come to life with a large and diverse following of individuals sharing a common passion. In addition to showcasing their portfolios, ModXchange notifies interested users about casting calls and job opportunities, while also accompanying each account with a blogging feature. Users may post their pictures and embed videos right on the page. The platform is a great avenue to help these new talent gain the exposure they need. And to top it all off, ModXchange.com is not just for models. The site presents networking opportunities and job postings for actors, writers, makeup artists, photographers, and others in the fashion industry. ModXchange has become the prototype for creative professionals in expressing and sharing their ideas. Even with this proven success, John has not allowed it lead to complacency. He has evolved the website time and time again, making improvements to design, interface, security features, and many other aspects that are valued by its users. Perhaps the success of his website stems from the same passion and work ethic he infused into his modeling career. He has worked with respected agencies and modeled for high-end magazines over the past decade. The same charismatic personality and positive attitude that gained him success in his modeling career is apparently receiving the same success in drawing creative talent to his website. modXchange | modXchange.com Aspire | Live | Inspire 126  FASHIONAFFAIRMAGAZINE.COM

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“The platform is a great avenue to help these new talents gain the exposure they need. And to top it off, ModXchange.com is not just for models...”

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THE STORY

Ix Style was founded by Francesca Kennedy, whose family is originally from Guatemala. Francesca was always motivated by the poverty, violence, lack of opportunities for education, and the alarming need for clean water in Guatemala.

On a flight to visit her grandfather in Panajachel, Guatemala, Francesca read Start Something That Matters by TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie.

Founder/Designer Francesca Kennedy

During that trip, Francesca saw children drinking contaminated water in Lake Atitlan. She knew had to do something to help. Inspired by the local Mayan textiles and leather craftsmanship, Ix Style was created.

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WHY WOMEN?

Typically, women are the ones who run a household, care for children, and provide them with food and drinking water. According to the WHO, women invest 90% of earned income into their communities and families, compared with 30% for men. Women spend this money on nutrition, medicine and housing; consequently their children are healthier. Investing in women is a great way to invest in communities.

WHO MAKES OUR SHOES?

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The artisans who weave Ix sandals come from a variety of communities in Guatemala. Most are from the Lake Atitlan region that inspired Francesca to start Ix Style. We’re about empowering women to overcome poverty and become agents of change in their communities. Our artisans are part of a nonprofit organization in Guatemala comprised of over 800 women!

WHY GUATEMALA?

In Guatemala, around 2 out of 3 children go to bed hungry. But by empowering fair trade with artisans in Guatemala, you are helping empower those women in their communities who work with us to reduce child-malnutrition. Now with your help we’re helping women lift themselves out of poverty so their kids don’t go to bed without a nutritious meal! And just for doing so you’re also receiving a product with all the love & care that goes into each pair - felt by everyone who wears them. All of our sandals are

carefully handmade by these amazing artisans who put their heart & tradition into each and every pair.

WHY WATER?

Unsafe water and lack of sanitation cause more deaths each year than all forms of violence, including war. Children should be attending school instead of walking hours a day to collect contaminated water.

OUR GREEN COMMITMENT A tree has been planted in Guatemala for each pair of shoes purchased through our donations to AIRGuatemala (www.airguatemala.org). Since 1993 AIR has planted nearly 4 million trees in severely deforested areas of Guatemala which help improve soil quality and prevent soil erosion and mudslides. They have earned another top spot on the prestigious Top-Rated Nonprofit List! Less than 1% of eligible nonprofits won a place on the 2013 Top-Rated List.

JOIN A WATER MISSION

We’re all skeptical of charitable companies - are they really helping? That’s why we invite EVERYONE to join us on a water mission in Guatemala. We also invite everyone to meet the artisans we work with! It will change your life - the artisans (above) are great! Please apply by sending an email to fkennedy@ixstyle.com. 2015APR | FASHIONAFFAIRMAGAZINE.COM 

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OUR MISSION

To provide clean drinking water to children and communities.

HOW DO WE HELP??

By supporting and working with our non-profit partners. By empowering our artisans through commerce and production. By paying a premium on each pair to make sure each purchase is ethical. And while our focus and heart is in Guatemala, we coordinate with our partners that do work internationally, as well. Because, ultimately, no child is more important than another.

HOW DO YOU HELP??

By buying a pair, you help provide clean drinking water to children through water filtration systems, rain collection units and wells. Each purchase makes a difference in freeing up time for kids.

Children who normally would walk miles a day to collect water for their families can instead spend that time in school. Education is the single most effective way to break the cycle of poverty.

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WOMEN’S TRADITIONAL MAYAN WOVEN LEATHER HUARACHE SANDALS

$89.00 For every pair purchased, we donate clean drinking water to children. Each pair is handmade by our amazing Guatemalan Mayan artisans. It takes our artisans 3 hours to make each pair. They run small. Order up a size if you are half size.

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WOMEN’S NEON YELLOW WOVEN LEATHER HUARACHE SANDAL

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WHAT DOES IX MEAN? Ix is the Mayan word for WATER. Below is a Mayan hieroglyph for the symbol “Ix”, which inspired our logo! Get the three dots in our logo now?!

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The Sustainable Fashion Issue

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