Native, Naturally

September 1, 2009

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The incredible craftsmanship, color usage, and pattering of traditional Indian textile is going to be big this fall. The pairing of these styles with plaids, denim, canvas and moccasin-inspired shoes and boots is a great way to include it in your wardrobe. Because these textiles are traditionally made from wool and other animal hairs (like in the Pendelton for Opening Ceremony image up top), it is quite difficult to find animal-friendly and eco-friendly versions.

NavShirtThriftLuckily, thrift stores are chock full of this stuff, from silk-screened shirts to plaid pants and vests, to this western shirts I found, with a great black, silver and tan Chimayo pattern on it. I definitely recommend starting off at the second-hand stores, for both your wallet and the environment.

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Vuoris “Native” and “Tribe” organic tee-shirts  honor the men and women whose heroic efforts, so often unnoticed, propel us towards a more sustainable future. The “Eagle” tee from Loomstate and the “Endangered Wolf” tee from Loomstate for Barney’s celebrate two iconic animals that both need respect and protection. I’d wear this over a skull and crossbones, any day.

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The Aztec Shirt from Sierra Trading Post, and Navajo Shirt from Orvis would look great underneath a solid sports coat or beneath a vest. Also try a Navajo vest over some organic plaid like Patagonia’s two shirts below.

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Try some burgundy organic denim from Monkee Genes or pick up some plaid pants from the thrift shop!

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These are some cruelty-free shoes and mocs that can pull the look together, or just function as the sole element:


Crayola Terrorism, Vick Fights Eagles, and SolarRolls

August 19, 2009

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• Michael Vick will now fight with Eagles instead of dogs.  After doing jail-time and anti-dogfighting campaigns with the HSUS and PETA, Vick has returned to the NFL and joins the Philadelphia Eagles. Will the Eagles be able to dodge the press about this, and furthermore, was it a wise decision when they already have an amazing QB Donovan McNabb, and considering Vick won’t be allowed to play for another seven months? What do you think?

• Speaking of Fighting Eagles, get this organic Loomstate tee at 25% off! For Kaight’s third anniversary, enjoy 25% off all purchases through Aug. 31. Online customers use coupon code “three” to redeem at www.kaightshop.com.

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• Raise your hand if you think Crayola supports “terrorism”. Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) and civil rights attorneys will make oral arguments before the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) is unconstitutional. The AETA is being used for the first time since its passage by Congress in 2006 to do exactly what civil rights advocates  feared it would do – criminalize activities protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – activities like writing slogans in chalk on the sidewalk.

How can you help? Join CCR in protecting our basic constitutional rights by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper about the AETA.

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SolarRolls are not eco-friendly sushi. Meet the first flexible solar panel. Waterproof and durable, this gadget gives you portable electricity anywhere there’s sun. You can charge your car battery, run a video camera, or use it to power cell phones. The possibilities are endless.  Starting at $295

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An elephant known as Jewel, who IDA has been working to rescue for over two years, was attempted to be confiscated from her abuser by the USDA. Her abusive handler, Will Davenport – who has a history of abusing animals and violating the endangered species act in the illegal purchase of elephants Tina and Jewel from the Cole Brothers Circus. Read the whole article.


Brave New Gear

August 12, 2009

Here are some cool tools to add to your aresnal for the approaching autumn. Whether you’re headed back to school or back to work, new flax kicks, acessories, and organic cotton shirts are a good place to start.

Loomstate teams up with Jil Planter for some cool accessories.

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The UO Linen Oxford combines a flax upper, a faux-leather inner, and a wood and resin sole. Now that’s smart and on sale for $39.99 .The other styles have real cow skin in them, so stick to these beige kicks.

Paul Smith has a distinguished autumn organic check shirt.

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TOPMAN offers up some handsome plimsoles in poly faux-leather brown, and red tartan. These are great for back-to-school and autumn adventures.

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Nordstrom has a good selection of organic cotton dress shirts for under $30.

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Circus Exposed & Mighty Menswear

July 24, 2009

Don’t forget the organic menswear sale at GILT GROUPE today starting at noon! If you’re not a member of GILT, click HERE.

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Ringling Bros is in deep dung. A new undercover video contains footage of “beating, whipping and hooking,” according to PETA.

Check out these stripes and solids from Splendid Mills – made with organic cotton and recycled poly:

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Loomstate, Edun, and Rogues Gallery: Organic Menswear Online Sale

July 21, 2009

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Loomstate, Edun, and Rogues Gallery will be showcasing organic menswear at up to 70% off retail at the exclusive GILT GROUPE on Friday 7/24/09 starting at Noon EDT.

Gilt Groupe provides access, by invitation only, to Men’s, Women’s and Children’s coveted fashion and luxury brands at prices up to 70% off retail. Each sale lasts only 36 hours, and it’s first-come-first-serve.

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Loomstate Sale, Urgent Alert on Peru & The Other Dark Side of Horse-Racing

June 8, 2009

1, Loomstate, one of our favorite organic lines, is having a sale on GiltGroupe.com this Friday, 6/12. Gilt Groupe is invite only, so click HERE to join as my friend! The sale starts noon on friday, at discounts up to 70% off.https://i0.wp.com/la.racked.com/uploads/2009_04_targetmen.jpg

2. The situation in Peru is escalating. Over the weekend, police conducted a violent and deadly raid, opening fire on peaceful indigenous Awajun and Wambis protesters, killing 25 and injuring more than 150.

International oil, logging and mining companies have been handed over the rights to even more of Peru’s Amazon by President Garcia – killing, displacing, and destroying indigenous communities. At this moment, over 50,000 local Peruvians are conducting peaceful protests to defend their rights and the environment, but they are under siege.

In Hollywood, actors Q’orianka Kilcher, Alex Meraz, Colin Farrell, Clifton Collins Jr, Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera), Woody Harrelson, and Esai Morales are protesting in solidarity. Please SIGN THE PETITION.

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3. Where thoroughbreds go to retire – the other dark-side of horse-racing. While millions of viewers watch this year’s Belmont Stakes, former champions like Charismatic and War Emblem are half a world away in Japan. Thousands of other less famous U.S.-bred thoroughbreds have also been exported overseas for breeding and racing. When they are no longer useful, most of these horses will be slaughtered. PETA undercover investigators have recorded exclusive footage in a Japanese horse slaughterhouse.


Loomstate for Target: Affordable Organics

May 14, 2009

One of our favorite lines, Loomstate, has partnered with Target to do a line of affordable, organic menswear and womenswear . Founders Scott Hahn and Rogan bring us denim, tees, chinos, board shorts, jackets, and knits all around $20 – $40.

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What’s so great about organic cotton anyway? Watch this vid.