American artist Kara B. takes tiny succulents and turns them into wearable works for art in her toHOLD creations. With stainless steel posts, the earrings can be kept alive by rinsing them under water periodically. In addition to her ultra-green earrings, she also makes a multitude of mesmerizing miniature plant artworks.
“toHOLD is botanical decor designed with live tillandsia air plants out of my downtown LA studio and garden,” explains the artists’ Etsy site
The US Humane Society tested a Phillip Lim brand parka sold by Barneys New York as “faux fur” but it turned out to be real fur. This violates a New York state law that fur garments must be identified as “real fur” or “faux fur” on a fixed label, with $500 penalties for the first violation and up to $1,000 for each subsequent violation.
“Consumers have a right to know what they are buying,” said Pierre Grzybowski, manager of the Fur-Free Campaign at The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States calls on Barneys to take immediate action to ensure that unsuspecting consumers are not duped into purchasing animal fur when they intend to purchase a cruelty-free alternative.”
A 60-year-old federal fur labeling law is being revised by President Obama via the H.R. 2480 The Truth in Fur Labeling Act that will be in force in March 2012. It requires that all garments made with animal fur to be labeled and advertised with the correct species of animal on the label. Violations of the federal fur labeling law carry up to a $5,000 fine and a year in prison.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans.
Via Humane Society
Utilizing 2,000-plus components of a dismantled CT hybrid, Lexus has created some rather memorable car couture for the Miami Art Basel Beach.
“Elevating the notion of recycling to an art form, Lexus challenged four of fashion’s most inventive designers to rethink their notions of automotive design for an advertising campaign to appear in Vogue ,” explains a press release from Lexus. “From crank bearings to exhaust gaskets, the designers took on the challenge with verve, turning some of the best engineered auto parts into innovative fashion accessories – all while driving home the beauty of recycling.”
The collection will be on display December 1-2, 2011, opening day of Art Basel Miami Beach. The pieces will then be sold at a private auction with proceeds benefiting the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund (CFDA).
Check out the amazing and rather zany footwear designs from Kobi Levi that were recently on display as part of Vibe Israel in Tel Aviv. His fancy footwear includes designs inspired by swans, coffee, penguins and even bananas.
His handmade creations are designed to evoke a sense of fun while still being entirely functional and wearable.
“In my artistic footwear design the shoe is my canvas,” explains the artists’ website. “The combination of the image and footwear creates a new hybrid and the design/concept comes to life. The piece is a wearable sculpture. It is “alive” with/out the foot/body. The result is usually humoristic with a unique point of view about footwear.”
Fragmented Chronicles are fabulous acrylic ring designs that include tiny highly detailed renditions of landscapes, people, animals, and everyday themes.
From Hong Kong designers Chan Oi Yau Riyo and Kwong Ho Sun Howard, created the 100 ring collection to capture a moment frozen in time, including scenes of children playing, a man waiting for a bus, a nun walking in the snow, a bird sitting on a tree and a shepherd with his sheep. Each ring has a story to tell.
soleRebels, Africa’s amazing eco-footwear company (dubbed the Nike of Africa – but without all the environmental degradation and the unfair labor practices) has a new commerce website that will help expose their brand to a broader international audience.
The multiple award-winning company, located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, offers more than 600 different styles of handmade sandals and shoes made from recycled tire rubber and organic cottons, and offers a truly zero carbon footprint product.
“We are very excited about the launch of this new soleRebels’ site,” explained soleRebels’ founder Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu. “We believe that consumers want to touch, feel and interact with the soleRebels‘ brand and the new soleRebels’ site is the place for them to do that.”
The site features flash video, fully interactive search capabilities, and a custom SOLE function that allows customers to tailor their footwear to their exact style and colour preferences. Each shoe is handcrafted by local artisans and will be loomed and dyed according to specific customer choices. soleRebels also features a dedicated b*knd section with footwear products created and crafted for vegans, veggies and anyone who doesn’t want any animal related products on their feet.
“We always say that soleRebels began as an idea – that the creation of shoes could be a platform for inspiration and hope,” explains soleRebels’ Tilahun Alemu.
soleRebels remains the planet’s only World Fair Trade Federation [WFTO] FAIR TRADE certified footwear company, the only certification that lets consumers know in a verifiable manner that a company’s entire practices — everything from labor, wages , working environment — are all Fair Trade compliant. soleRebels currently employs 75 full time and 120 part-time workers.