INSIDE ALTERNATIVE: TIFFANY RUIZ

by Eleni Snider  (Originally posted in Common Thread) Photos by Stephen Zeigler Street fashion aficionado and design extraordinaire, Tiffany Ruiz is the latest addition to Alternative’s Los Angeles Design Lab. Coming from a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to a design career, this California girl has what it takes to create super comfortable and … Continue reading

Gucci Bamboo Sunglasses Made of Biodegradable “Liquid Wood”

by Veronica Crespi Looks like Gucci’s foray into sustainable eyewear was more than a passing fancy. After it debuted a line of bio-based frames synthesized from castor seeds, the Italian luxury house is poised to introduce the first-ever sunglasses made with “liquid wood.” The material, which Benetton currently uses for its hangers, combines wood fibers from sustainably managed forests, lignin from the paper-manufacturing process, … Continue reading

Tommy Hilfiger Philanthropic “Millennium Promise” Line Eyewear

Tom Cruise should ditch his Ray-Bans for sunnies that do more than keep out the glare. After all, his missus is the international brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger’s “The Promise Collection,” a range of clothing and accessories that supports efforts to halve extreme poverty by 2015. Together with eyewear manufacturer Safilo, the brand is releasing a limited selection of sunglasses … Continue reading

Vivienne Westwood’s Ethical Fashion Africa collection

‘s Ethical Fashion Africa collection After the success of the first capsule collection, Ethical Fashion Africa Project, Vivienne Westwood renews her commitment with a new and larger collection of handbags and accessories also dedicated to men. The new models for him and for her were realized using recycled materials- electric cables, discarded aluminum and plastic bags, otherwise destined to … Continue reading

Colorful Vegan non leather elegant and fun Options for Summer wedges.

Shoes for vegetarians and vegans are not always easy to find. Shoes without leather tend to be sneakers or running shoes. But as we all know, there are more vegetarian shoes for sale. Thanks to Amazon and other online shops, now you can do some vegetarian shopping online. Many people think that being vegetarian or vegan … Continue reading

Jeffrey Campbell Designs Exclusive Vegan Shoe Line for Convert Store

Can a summer wardrobe be eco-chic and affordable? Yes, says Randy Brewer, owner Convert, a California-based boutique that offers a wide selection of sustainable apparel at high-street prices. Launched in 2010, the store was the veteran buyer’s response to the dearth of ethical, fashion-forward threads that didn’t leave a dent in your bank account. Response has been overwhelmingly positive, Brewer says; … Continue reading

Eyewear that Cares

CLEAR VISION Warby Parker is an eyewear company that wants you to do more than just watch. In addition to its “buy a pair, give a pair” credo, the company has partnered with Invisible Children to design a pair of sunglasses that frame the issue of child soldiers in East Africa—literally! SIGHT UNSEEN Kayu, or “wood” in Malay, is the … Continue reading

  • Fashion is increasingly a visual part of our global reality. the studioArena explores moving fashion beyond the development of European mercantile capitalism, commodity fetishism, and the politics of production (the way fashion emphasizes consumption at the expense of production.
  • Fashion has always played a leading role in constructing images and meanings during periods of rapid social, economic and technological change. It can act out instability or loss, or it can stake out the territory of new social and sexual identities.