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    One To Watch 03- Handcrafted designs by Bay Area Mira Blackman

    These days I do a lot of thinking about what I put on my body- what I buy and from where. Why? Because it really does matter. The wonderful magical items that hang in our closets, adorn our beautiful bodies, and make us smile back at ourselves in the mirror did not just appear there out of thin air.

     

    Each and every piece was made by another’s hands- a living breathing person’s hands. When I buy something- yes, I must love it- but I also must love the way it was made and how that person who made it was treated.

     

     

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    It can take some time and work to track these stats down. But, lucky us, it is 2017. We’ve all got google. The information we need to know is but a few finger strikes away. It’s actually not all that hard to find a more progressive, ethical fashion brand (or even a secondhand or vintage clothing store).
    Shopping local and close to home can make this easier to track down, of course, which is one reason why I love it so much. Oftentimes you get to actually meet that person face to face who made your clothes. Eureka!

     

    I’ll admit living in the Bay Area has made this even easier than in other parts of the country or world. This is a mecca for all things sustainable and conscious living, to my delight. I’m devouring as much of it as I can.

     

     

    This brings me to today’s designer spotlight. The Bay Area’s own Mira Blackman. I’ll admit I found (stalked) her on Facebook upon relocating to California. And it wasn’t long before I got up the guts to give her a call and invite myself over (wink).

     

     

     

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    Mira Blackman is an Oakland, CA based designer who I’m thrilled to have met in person. I have, in fact, visited her studio- where the magic happens. I can attest firsthand- she’s the real deal. Not only is she an incredible artist and craftsman, but she’s an all-around cool girl. #goodvibesonly

     

     

    “Slow fashion is ancient. Slow fashion is the future.” Mira Blackman

    Each of her pieces are one-of-a-kind and made by hand. It is like wearing a piece of art. Yet for a true investment piece, you are a getting a standout value for the price-point.

     

    Her original textile designs are a collaborative effort with a fair trade woman run weaving collective in Uganda, using 100% organic African cotton. IMO that’s impressive.
    See earlier Mira Blackman blog posts {here & here}.

     

     

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    Check out Mira’s website for more on her one-of-a-kind designs, and the rich history of the all natural, handmade, heritage textiles she works with. And my favorite thing about her work- everything is designed to minimize fabric waste, which makes her one heck of a sustainable fashion queen.

     

     

    Each purchase is a vote. Each choice matters.

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    Shown here:
    Shibori Kimono Vest: Mira Blackman
    Dress: Marie Hell Score Dress (for more on this see here)
    Sandals: Marni from Maribel

    Get involved. Become part of the movement for a healthier, more sustainable fashion world. I believe that together we can change the face of fashion.  Wear what you love and wear what empowers you. Also consider where your clothes were made and who made them. Your purchase may empower the person who made them (or not). Shop wisely.

     

    Every purchase is a vote. Make yours count. Dress in clothing you love and that have a positive impact on you and the rest of the world.

     

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    *The items featured on this blog are what I consider sustainable fashion and/or are items I have owned for a very long time- which I would then consider a sustainable fashion choice simply for the longevity of it.

    Photography by Jessie Cagliero

     

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