Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dare to Wear the Denise

One of the biggest challenges for an eco fashion designer is sourcing the right materials for their designs.  Whether it's made from eco fabrics like organic cotton, hemp or linen, fabric sourcing can be a challenge for small producers who cannot meet high minimums.   At Paper People, one of the ways we get around this challenge is by using reclaimed vintage fabrics.  We avoid the need to purchase large quantities of fabric while still being able to use original, high quality materials like wool.  

But the Denise Sweater was no small feat.  Made from 4 or 5 reclaimed sweaters - all in matching colours, we had to save up a lot of sweaters to be able to create this piece!  One of our most popular new styles, this sweater is great for those ladies hourglass ladies who want to accentuate their waist and comes in a variety of fun fall colours.  Each piece is truly one of a kind.

Jenn goes for the Denise Sweater in brown and throws on a pair of Nordic print lettings and boots.  This sweater is cut long, so you shorter gals out there can get away with wearing this one as a tunic!

Jessie is looking glamorous in her purple Denise Sweater.  She pairs her sweater with a black, satin skirt, lace tights and black pumps.  She tops of her look with a studded belt and vintage brooch.

Meaghan is looking casual and trendy in her turquoise Denise Sweater.  And like a true environmentalist, she's decked out in the trendiest eco fashion accoutrements: oversized vintage deadstock frames from the Drake General Store, dark denim by Nudie Jeans and shoes made from recycled plastic bags by Unstitched United available on Ethical Ocean.  For more great eco fashion brands, follow Meg on Twitter.

 Tanya pairs her red Denise Sweater with a black mini skirt, sheer black panty hose and ankle boots.  She's all ready for a night on the town!  
The Denise is available at independent retailers across Canada & the US:
Awear (Collingwood, ON) 
Eco Diva Clothing (Arlington Heights, IL)
Ecoexistence (Toronto, ON)
Ecotopia Naturals (Sidney, BC)
Eleven : Eleven Boutique (Calgary, AB)
Flock Boutique (Ottawa, ON)
Fresh Collective (Toronto ON) 
Gaia (Thornbury, ON)
Luvly in Lunenburg Nova Scotia
Persephone's Wardrobe (Guelph, ON)
Radway Studio (Cowichan Bay, BC)
Something Else (Port Colborne, ON)
Still Eagle (Nelson, BC)

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