Apr 15

Street Style Huntress: Who made my clothes?

by Aldona Barutowicz · 0 comments

I had the lovely pleasure of being invited to Sustainable Style YYC, an event presented by REAP Business Association and First Calgary Financial as part of Down to Earth Week. This marked the 8th year of the festival and the 3rd year of Sustainable Style YYC, which took place at CIVIC on Third this year, a beautiful space that was perfect for this event!

REAP is a not-for-profit association for locally owned and sustainably operated businesses. REAP’s members are at the forefront of the new economy, demonstrating that business can make a fair profit while contributing to healthy and prosperous communities. Collectively, they represent more than $4 billion in annual revenue, more than 7,500 Calgary area jobs, and $8.5 million in annual charitable donations.

This year’s event included a lot of great local businesses, such as Studio Intent, The Clothing Bar, Tribe of Lambs, Alora Boutique, Neal’s Yard Remedies, and many more! The Style Lounge was definitely my favourite, and of course hearing about all of the great projects and businesses in our city that are doing their part in encouraging and leading the way in sustainability. Swizzlesticks SalonSpa were there to touch up makeup and hair, and of course, many stylish people for me to photograph!

 Some elements of a sustainably stylish product:

-Organic Textiles & Materials: Fabric from natural sources or fibers grown without any pesticides and/or toxic materials.

-Recycled/Upcycled/Vintage: Created with reclaimed, recycled or re-purposed materials, or vintage fashions second hand garments originating from a previous era.

-Second-hand goods: Previously owned fashions; dealing in or selling goods that are not new.

-Low Impact: Dyes made from vegetable matter or with processes using less (or no) water. Non-toxic fabric finishes.

 -Local: Designed and constructed in the Calgary area.

For additional information, please visit belocal.org.

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