What do you get when you combine Rainbow Rising Dio Band shirt The minimalism of Simon Miller with the joyful aesthetic of Brazilian footwear label Melissa? You get a fun collection of easy-to-wear clogs and slides ready to be worn in the spring. In line with both brands’ commitment to promoting comfort and sustainability, the shoes are made with 100% recyclable PVC and Melissa’s signature “jelly” technology. In addition, Canadian brands Goodee and Obakki have just released a collection of celestial stoneware pottery, which doesn’t disappoint. The duo worked with Australian ceramicist Bianca Pintan to develop two plates and one bowl that feature organic silhouettes and a high gloss finish reminiscent of a lunar landscape. Fittingly called ‘The Moonstone Collection,’ all styles are available in black and white and are a great statement piece to add to any table.
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Sarah Jay’s collection of sustainable and locally made styles had a bit of a brutal beginning. “Early in my career, I had an existential crisis,” admits the Toronto-based celebrity stylist, eco-activist, and conceiver of the documentary Toxic Beauty. “I just felt like I was drowning in excess. I loved fashion, but I was concerned about where our clothing was coming from and how it was disposed of.” Al Gore’s 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, is partially to blame for Jay’s self-reflection. “That film really fact-checked me and opened my mind, but it also coincided with the worsening of my chemical sensitivities,” she says, referring to the by-product of her days submerged in chlorine as a synchronized swimmer and her self-described addiction to hair dye and beauty products. As her health declined, Jay adopted a new and more organic wardrobe to satisfy her skin (and environmental conscience), and thus, her collection commenced. One of her first sustainable pieces was a dress by Ukrainian-Canadian designer Katya Revenko. “I was working for her when she won the Elle Canada Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels Fashion Design Competition in 2006, and she paid me with clothing,” recounts Jay. Sixteen years later, Jay is now a freelancer, but she often brings stylish souvenirs home from work.