Weekend Bag: Chateau Moderne

For a weekend at Hotel Chateau D’Orfeuillete in France, fill your bag with French basics that are both très sexy and très eco.

When packing for a weekend stay at Hotel Chateau D’Orfeuillete in France, channel classic French style by bringing staples that are both très sexy and sustainable. Be inspired by the XIX Century (that’s 19th, for those of you who don’t read roman numerals) environment and the hotel’s modern decor featuring bright pops of color like purple and pink.

Jamie Joseph Small Rose Cut Indian Ruby Earrings
Hand-cut facets in these earrings highlight the beauty and gorgeous color of these Indian Ruby stones. The elegant wisteria prong setting, as well as the earwires, is made from 14K reclaimed gold. Hand-crafted in Seattle, Washington.
$610, Juno & Jove

Misericordia Romance Dress
This midnight blue dress from French eco-label Misericordia is the perfect travel companion. It’s simple and elegant, features flattering draping and a plunging neckline. Wear it with high heeled pumps for a romantic dinner or pair it with pants for a more casual look. Made from 100% modal at the Misericordia workshop in Peru.
Approx. $156, Misericordia

Necklace by Joanna Cave
This necklace by British jewelry designer Joanna Cave strikes the same balance between Marie Antoinette-style glamour and modern design as the Chateau itself. It’s made from gold-plated recycled silver, using traditional techniques.
$149, Yoox

Scotch Naturals Water-based Nail Polish in Queen Of Scots-Regal Shimmering Violet
Nail polish is the perfect way to add a pop of color to any outfit, and this rich purple shade will surely match that furniture in your room. Scotch Naturals make a non-toxic, eco-chic alternative to those yucky solvent-based nail polish.
$14.99, FutureNatural

Charini Soft Bra & High Waist Brief
If this is a romantic weekend (which most getaways to French chateaus tend to be), sexy lingerie is a must-pack. Sri Lankan designer Charini does not use elastics, plastics, harmful dying or metal in her eco-collection. Each piece is crafted from luxury reclaimed materials by local artisans who use traditional Sri Lankan techniques to produce hand woven silks and trims.
Bra, $214,86 & Brief, $161.15, Asos

Arlington Satchel by Lost Property of London
Lost Property of London designer Katy Bell takes abandoned fabrics and lovingly transforms them into practical and stylish upcycled bags. This satchel is made from soft grain leather and reclaimed fairtrade coffee sacks.
Approx. $318, Lost Property of London

Camilla Norrback Zeta Platform Pumps
This pump by Swedish eco-designer Camilla Norrback is a nod to that classic Chanel version — a French fashion staple. Made from natural and non-polluting vegetable-dyed leather, these also have a recycled rubber sole.
Approx. $298, Camilla Norrback

Carmina Campus Wallet
This fun, colorful wallet his been made from different colored pieces of upcycled leather, sourced from unused samples. It’s made in Italy and, like all Carmina Campus designs, it’s one-of-a-kind. Each piece  comes with a label that explains the technique used and the time it took to create it.
$216, Yoox


Johanna Björk

Johanna is a sustainable fashion writer currently based in Ojai, CA. Read her weekly On Trend column to learn what's new in eco fashion.