St. Patrick’s Day only comes once a year, but adding a little green to your look year-round might not be a bad idea. Of course, I’m not talking about stocking up on Kelly Green sweaters, you probably only need one of those unless green is your favorite color, but opting for brands that make clothing and accessories with eco-friendly materials like sustainable textiles can reap benefits for the environment. Luckily, there are brands available in New York stores that are just as into reducing their—and your—carbon footprints as they are creating head-turning silhouettes and styles. Stock up on these five eco-friendly clothes and accessories as you shop for spring and don’t feel bad if you drop more than a pretty penny.
MADE*HERE NEW YORK
Though you may not be thinking sweaters in warmer temps, a good cardigan can take the place of a coat and keep you cozy when that guy in the office starts putting the air conditioning on full blast. Created by Merrick’s Karyn Villante, MADE*HERE NEW YORK’s sweaters are made from recycled, sustainable yarns and natural fibers like cotton that are grown in the United States.
Don’t just look the part of boho-chic, be boho chic. Kim Roach’s love of nature isn’t just reflected in prints like Circle of Life —the soft, comfy clothing available at Yoga Works locations in New York City, is made from 94 percent recyclable materials like plastic water bottles.
A family-run shop in Manhattan’s West Village, Teich is your go-to spot for head-turning accessories for day or night. Local artisans have made beautiful jewelry and handbags using organic materials and natural and vintage fabrics. Think hand-dyed scarves from Fig & Bella made of natural materials like cashmere, silk and wool.
ALEX AND ANI
Long Islanders rejoiced when popular jewelry brand ALEX AND ANI opened in Roosevelt Field Mall in November. The jewelry, like the much loved and stackable charm bangles, are made from sustainable materials and produced using eco-friendly methods.
Kaight’s mission is simple: provide customer’s with fashion-forward clothing and accessories that are locally produced, made from organic textures and reclaimed materials, sold under a fair trade and produce no waste. The Brooklyn shop stocks bold handbags, vintage jewelry and trendy and classic clothing from emerging designers.