Eco Style West Vol. 13

Sustainable style news from EcoSalon’s West Coast fashion correspondent.

Botanicals In Style – Head to the heavenly-scented UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley for their annual Green Gala this Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 2-5 p.m. This fashion event is a true assault on the senses (I mean that in the best possible way), featuring a sustainable eco-fashion show including EcoSalon favorites Feral Childe, Adie+George and Nicacelly. Curated by Permacouture Institute’s Sasha Duerr, the runway show will take place against the stunning backdrop of the Redwood Grove Amphitheater. Local artisan wine and food will be served in the garden amongst the preeminent collection of plants from around the world, and a live and silent auction of items will help raise much-needed funds to support the garden’s living collection and educational mission.

Urban Skew – Too cool to spool? Challenging traditional notions of fiber arts, Amy Ahlstrom’s Sampled Layers of Meaning: Urban Quilts exhibit at a. Muse gallery in San Francisco is a vibrant show of “ultramodern fiber art, influenced by pop, lowbrow and graffiti art, reflecting the urban experience.” Constructed in vivid Dupioni silk and deep black cotton, the quilts are a striking and tactile record of urban imagery and a fraying cultural landscape. Join Ahlstrom for a reception this Thursday, June 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a performance by Conspiracy of Beards.

Man Up – This Father’s day, give him the tie he won’t expect. San Francisco start-up, Wood Thumb, has created a wood tie made from reclaimed lumber salvaged from construction and demolition sites. Surprisingly lightweight and flexible, the locally handcrafted ties are this year’s most enduring (and endearing) fashion accessory for dad.

Rowena Ritchie

Rowena is EcoSalon’s West Coast Fashion Editor and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.