Slow and Steady Wins the Race: An Apparel & Accessories Gift Guide

It’s no secret that over consumption, particularly of unsustainable and disposable products, is taking a huge toll on our planet. During the holidays this impulse goes into overdrive. What better way to be a part of the solution than to embrace the Slow Fashion movement and purchase less, but better, this Holiday season. Here is a selection of locally and sustainably made apparel and accessories that are high quality, versatile, stylish, and made to last.

Left: Iris earrings from Anna Monet Jewelry are a ready-to-wear style that offers impressive versatility in combination with any look. Made with brass and horsehair ethically gathered or reclaimed by Native American artisans across the United States. The horsehair is hand-dyed with plant-based dyes and available in various natural colors such as Indigo, Turmeric, Sandalwood, Madder Root, and black and white natural horsehair.

Right: From Clouds & Ladders, Through The Hoops Earrings have a handmade brass frame filled with artists’ grade polymer clay. Shown in Sparkle Black, they’re available in twenty beautiful colors.

Left: The Analu Dress from Lacson Ravello is the ultimate multi-tasking dress. It’s a must-have for your overnight bag—doubling as a v-neck dress, cardigan, or cover-up. The relaxed fit and bamboo/cotton blend fabric make it breathable and perfect for layering over other closet staples. The button front and wrap belt transform this minimalistic essential into a piece you’ll reach for every day. Available in black or vanilla.

Right: Crisp white and rich blue come together in this lightweight, textured cotton check unisex Blueberries Kerchief from Honor Road. The 22″ x 22″ square features a signature quick-tie loop on each corner.

Left: The Intaglio “Sixty-One” Dial from Bespoke Watch Projects exudes flair and elegance in equal measure. Incorporating a hand-finished engraved copper dial in a versatile midsize case, it fits a wide range of wrists.

Right: From Claflin, Thayer & Co, the unisex Simple Card Wallet has three compartments: one front pocket, one back pocket, and a center cash pocket. Holds approximately six cards and cash, and fits easily into back jeans pocket. With raw-edge construction and hand-dyed and burnished edges, it’s available in black, dark brown, or natural vegetan leather.

Left: A single demure dome celebrating the new moon’s splendor, the Petite Dome Necklace from Stella Fluorescent is hand forged and hand painted. Part of the Doma Luna Collection, it’s made in collaboration with metalsmith Diana O’Connor, and uses oil paints made with pigments hand harvested and mixed by Anong Beam of M’Chigeeng First Nation.

Right: Ebb Louise Earrings from YMSF (a collaboration between Yvonne Mouser and Stella Fluorescent) have overlapped layers of white oak and brass limbs, with gold fill chain ear wire.

Left: Selkie Scarves are individually hand-woven in their Oakland studio on a loom using quality and sustainable merino wool, cotton, and hemp. Each unisex scarf is made with style and function suitable for urban and outdoor settings.

Right: Made of thick Italian leather, the Country Leather Medium Tote Bag from MONOLISA is perfect for someone on the go. Comes with a matching removable leather strap holder that opens and shuts via snap, and a leather pouch that is attached to the bag.

Left: The unisex Rosie Chore Coat from Yolotli is a cozy yet robust and generously sized take on a German chore coat. Made of beautiful 12oz deep indigo Cone denim, it has two large patch pockets and Italian buffalo horn buttons.

Right: Made from incredibly soft USA grown 100% organic cotton, Jogger Pants, Crew Tees, and Raglans from Harvest & Mill are available in black and white in men’s and women’s sizing.

Left: From Bryr Studio, the Worker Clog is a fresh take on the traditional Scandinavian clog, updated with clean lines, a modern shape, and an elegant silhouette. True to its workhorse roots, it’s a clog that you can wear all day, every day. Shown in natural leather, it’s also available in a choice of colors.

Right: Glamorously elevated, the Saigon II Geo Buffalo Horn Long Pendant Necklace by Hathorway features a pendant created by two cascading crescent moons handmade from ethically sourced water buffalo horn on a golden circular charm.

Left: The hand-woven Merino wool Peacock Blue Shawl from Entrelanas Designs is ultra soft, light and warm – and perfect for any occasion.

Right: From Heliades, this lovely charcoal gray and berry pink with teal and mandarin gold handmade flower pin is made of re-purposed sol Escape fabric and recycled silk saris from India. These spirit flowers are fun and multi-functional, adding a pop of color to your hair, outfit or bag.

Image at top of page: From Aliya Wanek, the Padma Top is an oversized dolman top with a boat neck and three-quarter length sleeves, and the high-waisted Oumou Pants have an elasticized waist, inset pockets, and binding at hem. Made of 100% Silk Noil. Shown in Cocoa, available in a choice of colors.

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