Petra Hanson is not just any fixer. She’s a fixxologist. She takes your old clothes, metamorphosizes them, and turns them into beautiful butterflies…so to speak. When I visited her in Brooklyn in January, she showed me a beloved old Hermès scarf that she’d attached a ribbed neck and sleeves to and voila: beautiful poncho!
Now, I want to share what I imagine to be seven habits of men & women that have achieved an outstanding level of green in their wardrobes.
Disclaimer: I’m not there yet, but I’m working on it.
1. Don’t be a mindless shopping machine
Research brands: if you are lusting after a particular blouse, lookup the CSR information for the designer to find out where, how and with what their clothes are made. If you find out that they’re on the right track – maybe the blouse is made locally or uses eco-friendly material – great! If not, consider spending a few extra minutes perusing the net for one that looks just like it but will be better for mother earth.
In honor of tonight’s GOP Caucus, (or perhaps in spite of it) I want to give some eco shoutouts to sustainable fashion folks in the Hawkeye State.
Designer Ananda Duszynski makes upcycled (recycled and upgraded) clutches, totes and clothing. She uses vintage and repurposed materials in her fabulous creations. No stranger to Sustainable Fashion, Ananda worked for both Ducette Duvall and Feral Childe. She used to be in NY, but is now located in…..Fairfield, Iowa!