THE GREEN GALLERY-SHOWCASE FOR ECO GIFTS
Words, Images by Judith Ecochard and from company websites
Agent Red International Showroom, Garment Center- NYC
The Gallery Los Angeles Eco Relations and Marketing recently hosted a Big Apple version of the Green Gallery…a showcase of eco fashion and accessories.
Our time being limited, we zeroed in on two collections that we think are ‘fresh.’
ELLA VICKERS-RECYCLED SAILCLOTH COLLECTION
Eco-friendly and handcrafted in the USA, Ella Vickers an urban and sea-chic collection of functional messenger totes, padded Captains briefcase bags, wristlets, diaper bags Spinnaker Shower Curtains, and ocean durable duffel bags etc. made from crisp white Dacron Sailcloth and hi-performance Kevlar Sailcloth.
Standing by her motto “green is the new black” the former first mate on an American Cup winner, Vickers launched her eponymous hauler line several years ago. Constructed from discarded sails and completed with marine grade components…each bag is water resistant, durable, as well as nautically stylish.
Plus the striking designs are graphically eye-catching, and perfect as gifts for guys and gals…and dogs.
RETAIL PRICES: From $40 for a zip pouch… to $375 for an Excursion Duffel Set in Medium AND Large.
INFO: ELLA VICKERS
SMARTGLASS – RECYCLED JEWELRY
With the quip “…you won’t believe how beautiful a beer bottle can be…”™ the talented owner/designer Kathleen Plate backs up her words with beautiful hand crafted earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets made from precious metals and ‘discarded’ recycled glass.
Plate started small (gifts for friends) …and has grown her celebrity-adored business into a wearable art form with a social conscience. Even Coca-Cola and Aveda Corporation commissioned her to create a line of jewelry with the companies’ signature bottles.
Think “urban organic” delicate and HIP.
INFO: SMART GLASS JEWELRY