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The Uniform Project: One Year, One Dress

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Sheena Matheiken has vowed to wear just one dress for an entire year.¬† An “exercise in sustainable fashion,” Matheiken has created The Uniform Project to prove that one can be fashionable and inventive without being wasteful. She will actually have¬† 6 dresses, but they’re all the same uniform, which she will change up with “accessories and all kinds of accouterments, the majority of which will be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down goodies.”

This experiment is also a fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots organization that aims to bring education to children in the slums of India.

Check out The Uniform Project website to donate money and accessories.

–Valentina

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Lookbook: Velvet Leaf Spring/Summer 09
Monday, September 15, 2008, 10:41 k
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Sisters Laura and Becky Carter’s Velvet Leaf line have released the newest lookbook for their Certified Organic fashion forward clothing line. Here is a look into there Spring and Summer 09 collection, which is irresistibly cute and comes across as prim and proper but edgy and forward at the same time.

–Mikey



1228: Inspired SF Design
Friday, August 29, 2008, 09:44 k
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1228 is the work of San Francisco-based designer Nico Lopez, who started out making stage clothes for her musical friends. Her current Spring/Summer 08 collection was inspired by Nico’s love for vintage clothes as well as”Lolita, Taxi Driver, Art Deco, ballet basics, and beyond.”

In this collection, she uses vintage fabric and remnants as well as organic cotton, hemp and silk.

Also, check out her jewelry and hairpieces, which sell in SF boutiques.

–Valentina

Photos by Hilary Hulteen.



Phillip Lim, Chris Benz and Others Bring Light to Burundi

Just One Frickin Day is a website with a mission…or lots of missions, actually, but their current one is in collaboration with the Solar Electric Light Fund to bring electricity to Burundi. The main goal of the project is to raise $500,000 to build the first solar powered hospital to the small and impoverished African country, where when night falls, doctors are literally left working in the dark with little more than headlamps for light. Not to mention that no electricity also means no x-rays, refrigeration, or ultra-sounds.

To raise the funds, they’ve enlisted the help of designers like Phillip Lim, Rogan, Chris Benz, Rag & Bone, Giambattista, House of Diehl, and to create designer shirts for the cause. Each shirt is 100% organic cotton and all designs are limited to 100 pieces. All the proceeds go to charity.

Get your shirt here.

–Valentina



Green Scene: Bubinga Wooden Sunglasses on Sale
Friday, July 18, 2008, 10:24 k
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These Bubinga sunglasses are on sale at Green with Glamour. At $210 (originally $350), they’re not exactly† cheap, but they are made of eco-sustainable wood, and you don’t see that everyday.† They also come in a re-claimed leather case.

–Valentina



Eco-Chic Juice Box Makeover: aNew Bags

aNew Bags is my new favorite eco-chic company. Part of the burgeoning green scene, aNew Bags imports recycled bags and accessories handmade by a women’s co-op in the Philippines.

It’s a cool business model because it not only keeps these women out of sweatshops, but it also makes use of the thousands of juice boxes that get trashed on a daily basis in the country (along with banners as seen with the messenger bags above) turning them into punchy handbags, beach bags, luggage tags, yoga mat bags and coin purses like this:

I think I smell a big, huge trend.

The catalog isn’t up and running yet, but you can get prices (they are totally reasonable) by dropping them a line at info@anewbags.com. Plus, if you live in LA, you should go check them out at the Rose Bowl Flea Market this weekend at Booth 126A. I’ll be there filling out my paltry summer wardrobe with some vintage shopping, and I’ll probably pick up this beach bag, which i will use obsessively for the rest of the summer:

Check out the aNew Bags website –not all the items are up, but you can write to them for more info.

–Valentina

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Sofia and Francis Ford Coppola’s Louis Vuitton “Core Values” Ad
Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 10:07 k
Filed under: Ads, Fame, Fashion News, Green Scene | Tags: , , , , ,

Jealous! I wish my dad and I were famous, award-winning directors so that we could star in a Louis Vuitton ad!† And in beautiful Buenos Aires no less!† Luckies.

We’ve been anticipating this latest “Core Values” campaign ad featuring Sofia and Francis Coppola since April, and I think it was worth the anticipation. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, it really does capture the intimate connection between the Coppolas, and maybe it will make someone want to buy that expensive luggage that just happens to be lying around in the serene scene.

As payment for the project, a donation to the Climate Project will be given in Francis and Sofia’s names.

–Valentina

Read about Sofia Coppola’s upcoming Miss Dior† Cherie commercial