In recent months, we’ve looked at brands like Maiyet and John Hardy, plus artists like Nick Van Woert, who are questioning our culture’s environmentally destructive and archaic methods of production and consumption. We invited Greta over for a slumber party at The William Hotel, and asked her to introduce a few more ecologically responsible visionaries into our midst. |ABOVE| Suzanne Rae cotton gown, Natalie Frigo necklaces // SUZANNE RAE describes her work as both feminine and feminist, built on a minimalist aesthetic and a foundation of social awareness and sustainable decision-making. Her silhouettes are mannish, form-obscuring and monastic, but still somehow still womanly. It’s honest, tactile, ethical austerity. |ABOVE| Allison Parris gown, Natalie Frigo necklace // ALLISON PARRIS’ COLLECTION is built around the idea that retaining moral values and being able to wear beautiful, well-made clothing are not mutually exclusive pursuits. Thus, the designer uses organic silks, fabrics made of recycled materials and factories within Manhattan’s Garment District in order to create a better clothing experience from beginning to end. |ABOVE RIGHT| Suzanne Rae oversized shirt, Natalie Frigo earrings and necklace, Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur shoes // ARDEN WOHL’S COLLABORATION with Cri de Coeur came about of a quest for footwear that was not only vegan, but also totally nontoxic ~ to fill a gaping void in a market that has Stella McCartney at the top, flimsy PVC options at the bottom, and very few quality, contemporary offerings in between. |ABOVE| Suzanne Rae sweater, Natalie Frigo earrings // NATALIE FRIGO SCULPTS each and every design by hand in her lower Manhattan studio, marrying recycled metals with ethically sourced gemstones. She uses conflict-free stones, individually tracking each one through its full chain of custody, ensuring that ethical practices were used in its mining, cutting and polishing. A newly mined 18-karat ring can create up to twenty tons of waste, whereas a recycled ring creates almost none ~ and its metal is as beautiful reworked as it ever was new. |ABOVE| SVILU dress and sweater, Arden Wohl x Cri de Cour shoes |BELOW| SVILU blazer and pants, Natalie Frigo earrings // SVILU’S SILHOUETTES are borrowed from the boys but designed by and for women, with an eye towards subtle specialness and a dedication to environmental sustainability. Their materials are mindfully sourced; the styles are locally produced and designed to endure the ebb and flow of trends. Like all the brands featured here, they ask us to consider our consumption. Buy slow, buy thoughtfully, buy well, buy less.|THE FUTURE STARTS SLOW| starring Greta Eagan |PHOTOGRAPHY| by Scott Brasher |STYLING| by Kelly Framel |EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE| by Erin Framel |HAIR + MAKEUP| by Alice An |SHOT ON LOCATION| at The William Hotel
Greta Eagan stands for ethical fashion, considered fashion, slow fashion. She’s the recently published author of ‘Wear No Evil‘ and creator of FashionMeGreen.com, an all-around eco-warrior and conscientious fashion icon. Greta believes we can change the world with our wardrobes, and has made it her life’s mission to show us all it’s possible.