Indie Eco Pop Up Shop on the Lower East Side
Jul 28, 2011 - by Jessica Lapidos
Craving a good shopping adventure this weekend? I mean really good, to all people involved in the process. Wares that are crafted by locals worldwide, and most importantly, made beautifully. There's a retail movement going down on the Lower East Side this Saturday and Sunday, a pop-up shop brought to us by Ahkun.org. The company that supports local production facilities across the globe is bringing together independent designers, who think and create with the world in mind. Check out some participating designers here.
This crop top by Afia is made from a textile created by women artisans in Ghana.
Holstee, a company of chill people set on L-I-V-I-N the dream, have created wallets like these out of a multitude of trash from the streets of New Delhi, India. This company also allegedly redesigned the t-shirt, and they make them in North Carolina.
For the eco-minded prep, there's Tomkins Point. It is sourced and made in Calcutta, from farmer-owned trading companies.
Study NY is more than a directive, it's a 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Award Winner. This hand-woven silk ikat was sustainably produced in New York City. I own this "4-way" dress by Study NY, and have found infinite ways to wear. And the material, an opaque cotton lace imprint, is phenomenal.
Ahkun Summer Pop Up
Saturday-Sunday, July 30-31
Lower East Side Girls Club
56 East 1st St. btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.
Bonus: 10% of all proceeds will be donated to artisans abroad through Kiva. Happy shopping!