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This is Rubber?

Angela Greene and Ken Kobrick have created a line of trendy and functional handbags that are not only eco~friendly but eco~chic as well!  The bags are made from old tractor trailer tires.  To create their signature look, Greene and Kobrick utilizes recycled leather for texture and to keep the bags lightweight, and  vegetable dye for color.  These luxury bags have become very popular with celebrities such as, Kimberly Elise, AnnaLynn McCord, Blair Underwood and Susan Sarandon to name a few.

The Scrunch On Sale now for $224.50

I love this bag! It’s trendy, classic, and chic.   And if you decide to go to the website, www.passchal.com, to view and possibly order a handbag, and it’s sold out, send them an e-mail and they will be able to make you one so no worries!

The Scrunch

There are bags for all of the occasions in your life.  Prices range from $250 ~ $450.  But go there now and catch the sale!

Photos courtesy of www.passchal.com

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Interview with Eco~Designer Chrissy Wai-Ching

While doing research for my book, Absolute Style and Beauty due out this summer,  I came across eco~designer Chrissy Wai-Ching’s website, www.wai-ching.com. Chrissy is known for her sexy, whimsical wedding gowns.  In addition to wedding gowns, Wai-Ching  also designs kimonos, suits and some of the sexiest dresses I’ve seen in a long while.  And yes, I will be adding one of the dresses to my summer wardrobe!

Chrissy’s line is colorful, playful, edgy and body conscious.  I recently spoke with Chrissy about what inspires her and what can we expect for the summer.

Chrissy Wai-Ching

1. How’d you get started in fashion design?
Started doing fiber art pieces, first 2D, then sculptural pieces,
finally wearable art.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?
Nature, northwest scenery, women I meet, vintage fashion, textiles
themselves.

3. Are you a part of the “Slow Fashion” movement?
Yes, we are handmaking and handdyeing everything start to finish and
everything is made to order, so it’s a very customized process.

4. Tell us about your spring~summer line? What can we look forward to?
layered dyeing techniques, exciting textures, more silk collaging, I’m
inspired right now by a retro future look (Blade runner meets
barbarella)

Zolotova Wedding Gown $1,989

5. Who are your clients?
Brides mostly.  Also customers that get separates (20’s and 30’s)
Women who are looking to wear something really different and express
themselves with a custom made piece of clothing.

6. What made you decide to create clothes that utilized
environmentally materials only?

I enjoy nature and feel that it’s a necessity to be environmentally
responsible.  It makes a statement, especially in a wedding gown.
Also, the eco fabrics are much more high quality and better to work with.

Xenia Wedding Gown $2,089

7. What would you tell an inspiring fashion designer?
Be authentic, follow your own vision.  Don’t be afraid to stand out,
that will give you an edge.  Don’t follow trends too closely.
8. How do you balance personal and professional time?
Depends on the season.
Since most of the work is bridal, I try to take more time to do fun
trips and activities in the down season and then feel refreshed to
really give it my all during the spring/summer.
Putting together a good system and production schedule is essential.

9. Is it safe to care for your clothes with Dryel?
Yes, Dryel works, and pieces can be spot treated with Woolite.
10. Will you ever create a clothing line for career women?
I don’t currently have plans to, but that may be in the cards for
Wai-Ching in the future.

Yowying Dress

Yowying Dress $695

To view the entire Wai-Ching line visit, www.wai-ching.com

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Eco~Fabulous

When you go shopping for new clothes of course you’re looking for clothes that make you look and feel fabulous.  Well, ANGeLRox does that and a little more.  This eco~friendly clothing line is made with love and beautiful sustainable fabrics.   The  clothes are practical and sexy!

ANGeLRox Wrap Dress

This photo spread shows ANGeLRox’s  sassy signature wrap dress which retails for $188.  There are more gems to be found at: www.angelrox.

Cheers!

Tayelor

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