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Sustainable Fashion Brands: Beautiful in Every Way

Earth day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. What better way to show your support for Mother Earth than indulging yourself in eco-friendly luxury items.

This new breed of high-end designers are throwing out the ever so popular idea of the “granola and hemp” lifestyle and putting sustainable products on the market. Here are a few of the stylish sustainable fashion brands there.

avilanAvilan’s Storied Diamonds

The Avilan story began with a seed. This local company realized that it was time to improve the way the diamond industry operates and created the Storied Diamond. Since the diamond is the ultimate expression of love, Avilan buys and sells sustainable diamonds to maintain a deep admiration and respect for human rights and the environment. You can find out more about Avilan’s at avilandiamonds.com.


SUNO is a New York based, women’s wear label founded in 2009 by Max Osterweis in collaboration with designer Erin Beatty. With eye-popping prints coming from vintage African textiles, this line is really starting to heat up. Osterweis has considered Kenya a second home for quite some time and wanted to incorporate a line inspired by the post-election violence threatening to damage the economy and industry in Kenya. The business has evolved to include production in Kenya, Peru, India and New York. You can find more about the SUNO collections at sunony.com.

StellaMcCartneyStella McCartney

Stella McCartney isn’t just a vegetarian looking to make clothes; she is an environmentally friendly designer and has a line that uses biodegradable, raw and natural products to make her company more sustainable and ethical. Stella refuses to use leather, skins or any animal furs in their products as she want to lead by example in a sustainable industry.

In 2012, Stella reduced her carbon emissions, waste and water usage resulting from the production of products and services by 25 percent. You can find more on Stella’s creations at stellamccartney.com.

AutmnAle-1EE Cuffs

Veronica Gadea founded EE Cuffs in March of 2011 with a desire to create fashionable accessories that anyone could wear. Inspired by the environment to make “wearable art,” Gadea uses elements found in everyday life to craft these mesmerizing one-of-a-kind accessories. These cuffs can be found in the Washington D.C. Area and also online. From wooden cuffs with embellishments to vintage and recreated paper cuffs, you just can’t go wrong. You can find more of these exclusive creations at eecuffs.com.


Hearts is a Scottsdale based, eco-friendly fashion business with the hopes to “promote change from purchasing power.” By making this venture as sustainable as possible, owner Hart Cunningham looks to make his entrepreneur-generated-philanthropy mindset a worldwide success for the business itself as well as the environment. By seeking out fine artisans and craftsman, Hearts is able to market exclusive pieces while preserving the beauty of the world. You can learn more about the Hearts movement at hearts.com.


Scottsdale-Based Hearts Helps Make Social Awareness Fashionable

Fashion has and continues to have a profound influence on shaping culture and society around the world. The amount of influence may vary depending on where you are, but there is no arguing that the influence is there.

What if a group of like-minded people did more with it — cultivating the power and influence of fashion for the greater good? Well, no more what-ifs because that group now exists, and they go by the name Hearts.

Hearts is an ethically conscious fashion brand that offers consumers originally designed handbags and accessories that are fashion forward but also socially aware.

As of November 21, Hearts, a web-based retail company headquartered in Scottsdale, unveiled more than 500 uniquely designed handbags, jewelry and accessories. Design styles range from vintage to modern and most have cultural influences.

“Fashion is a powerful vehicle for the expression of our individuality,” says Creative Director Stephanie Petro. “Hearts’ designs provide a stylish and easy way to actively support environmental and social causes while driving positive transformation at the community level.”

Each piece is made with the people and the planet in mind, representing Hearts’ core value system. The company believes they have a social responsibility. Hearts’ design philosophy incorporates ecologically conscience materials and minimum footprint manufacturing processes with the goal of positively affecting specific social issues like access to clean water and human equality.

For example, the website offers “iHeart” bracelets, created with recycled glass beads in varying colors and a gunmetal chain. The different colors represent a specific cause, including the Chile to Kili organization for cultural awareness, Pencils of Promise for education awareness and The Shine Project for human rights awareness. Some of the bracelets were even handcrafted by local, Arizona teens.

Hearts focuses on educating people on the effects of modern consumerism so they can make more conscious choices while shopping. Hearts makes that easy with its transparent approach; each product is listed with artisan statistics, materials and the manufacturing process.

Hearts continues to lead by example by joining the CarbonFree Shipping Program. Through this program Hearts will offset their carbon emissions generated by the shipment of products to Hearts costumers. The CarbonFree Shipping label will also appear on all packages to assure Hearts customers that they are fulfilling their promise.

“Hearts is dedicated to changing the ways products are made and distributed and setting an example for other fashion companies to do the same,” says Hearts Owner, Hart Cunningham. “At the end of the day, our vision is not about selling products, but about making a difference in the world we live in so that our children can inherit a cleaner planet than we did.”

Check out Hearts’s Lookbook:

Hearts Lookbook
Hearts Lookbook
Hearts Lookbook

For more information about Hearts, visit hearts.com.