West Coast Love: The Podolls

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The Podolls are a San Francisco based sustainable design team who create all of their items in the city using handcrafted fabrics from India and Japan. The result is an effortlessly cool aesthetic filled with pieces any west coast woman would want to add to their staples. The husband and wife duo met when Josh Podolls contacted Lauren Bodall, who was a buyer at a local boutique, about creating some graphic tees. They realized they shared the same interests in art, design, and simple well-made clothes. It was all uphill from there. Their spring collection consisted of easy-to-wear dresses, button down shirts, tailored bags, and a pair of beautifully made denim coveralls. If you’re looking for something that is not only good for the earth but easy on the eyes, check out The Podolls.

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Images courtesy of The Podolls.

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TGIF

Weekend mornings are my favorite part of the week. I get to take my time waking up, make myself something slightly fancy for breakfast (ok, not really but it’s something better than what I blindly reach for on my way out the door Monday through Friday), and lounge around outside for a little while. With my weekend morning traditions comes my favorite part: reading all of the articles and blog posts I added to my Reading List throughout the week on my Macbook. It’s so nice to be able to devout some time to reading about things that inspire and fascinate me.

With that said, I’m planning on making “TGIF” a weekly installment where I post all of these findings in a hope that it may inspire or fascinate you as well. Some of the links will be related to sustainable fashion but not all of them will because life requires a bit of variety and I’m more than happy to oblige with that particular requirement. I hope you all enjoy it and have a weekend filled with whatever brings you the most happiness.

  • These prints are to die for. They are absolutely amazing and inspire me to make the most of this spring and summer. (via Honestly WTF)
  • Fashion Revolution Day came out of the tragedy of the Rana Plaza Collapse last year (via EcoSalon)
  • It’s time for me to get my summer reading list together and this list gave me some great ideas. (Via BuzzFeed)
  • Amour Vert, a sustainable fashion brand located in San Francisco, is making me want everything and anything in tangerine. (Via Amour Vert)
  • Mixing menswear pieces into my wardrobe just got a little bit easier. (via Refinery29)
  • Stella McCartney has committed to becoming “Wildlife Friendly.” Like we all need another reason to love her. (via Ecouterre)

 

Embracing the Unexpected.

I wear black almost daily and I love it. I like the way black works with my skin color and hair. I like the way it wears so well in the city. Mostly, I like the way it can be worn in any fashion and with whatever accessories I feel drawn to that day. Sometimes I feel uninspired by it though. This feeling usually occurs on a spontaneous, albeit much needed, sunny day in Portland. I start to feel misplaced, like i showed up to the beach in a head to toe snow suit.  On these days I long for something clean, colorful, and easy-to-wear. I want to take advantage of what the bright skies have to offer. As Portlanders we treat unexpected sunny days as a second chance at a missed opportunity and blithely rush out into the streets to hang out with friends, take a walk around the park, or just plain sit in the sun.  So in honor of impromptu sunny days in April, I’ve included some items by sustainable designers that might help you embrace everything spring has to offer.

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Portland Fashion: Ms. Wood

Alicia Wood is the type of designer that represents what the Portland fashion scene is really all about. While we don’t have the same type of industry backing us up as New York City or LA, we take pride in the artistry behind the things that we do. Ms. Wood is the name of her design company and she creates beautiful clothing that is both fashion-forward and functional. Her husband helps her create the wooden pieces behind some of her shoes and they work together to create one of a kind pieces that are sure to resonate well with Portland women.

State of Style did a great job representing the Portland fashion scene and highlighting one of it’s top contenders. It’s important to include how fashion works in our everyday lives and the hard work and dedication that these designers put into it. State of Style provided an insider look into Alicia Wood’s home and design space andgave us some insight into how she balances her life without sacrificing her personal style. Portland fashion can’t be summed up with designer names, it comes from an acute understanding of how important hand-crafted details are along with supporting local designers who put their heart and soul into the work that they do.

You can check out Alicia Wood’s work at http://www.mswoodboutique.com/index_home.php

Greetings from Portland, OR!

Hello blogosphere!

My name is Dani and I’m a fashion student currently residing in Portland, OR. I love simple, well-made fashion and am constantly searching for new designers who share this same aesthetic. One of my biggest inspirations is nature and just being in it. I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in the Bay Area where I was surrounded by the ocean and beautiful weather and it’s had a huge impact on how I view this little place called Earth. This blog is dedicated to sustainable fashion and design but don’t worry, it’s not all burlap and Birkenstocks. One of the main things I hope to accomplish with this blog is to show people that you don’t have to sacrifice style in order to help protect the environment. I can’t wait for the exciting things to come on this little blog of mine.

-Dani