Eco Style West Vol. 35

Sustainable style news from EcoSalon’s West Coast Fashion Editor.

All that Glitters – You had me at Goodwill. Get up early and get in line to join hundreds of bargain hunters lining the streets for Seattle’s annual Goodwill Glitter Sale this weekend. Opening at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13, the 2011 the Glitter sale will dazzle you with all the glitzy and sparkly items that come through their doors over the years. Held at Seattle Goodwill’s Dearborn Street store to fund the organization’s free job training programs, there will be thousands of second-hand designer deals from Jimmy Choo Shoes to Carolina Herrara, and everything in between to brighten up these darkening days.

Gräu Haus – Claudia Grau, one of Melrose Avenue’s original designer/retailers from the 1980’s and perhaps the first modern eco-friendly designer, recently opened a new retail store at the Crossroads of the World shopping mall on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. One of the earliest pioneers in deconstruction, she began to repurpose used clothing into new garments in the early 1980’s. Inventing what she calls “collage clothing” where she combines pieces from old clothes to make new ones. Grau has referred to her bold, eclectic style as “adventurous clothing for fearless women,” her ever evolving hand-dyed and hand-sewn clothing will be available to purchase online this month with the launch of her e-commerce site.

Local Color – Blending art and design with some colorfully cool fashion, check out RGB shop+gallery’s Before It Was Sewn exhibit opening Saturday, November 12. Located on Fillmore Street in San Francisco’s Marina district, RGB showcases local artists, photographers and illustrators in its rotating art space. Get down to music by DJ CrazyChan and live modeling by Crystal Lynn. 
Complimentary drinks provided by Magners Irish Cider. Arrive early and enjoy 10% off your purchase the entire evening.


Rowena Ritchie

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