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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Model Behavior

This morning I took my very first official set of measurements for my two models. I've decided to go with two models because the attention span of my first model is a little, well, let's just say - short. And these are definitely two of the most beautiful and gorgeous girls I have ever seen. Ever!

So the measurement session went something like this: come on in!, play, play, play, oh trains!, play, play, play, oh a slide!, play, play, quick measure, play, play, play, play, bite of lunch on the run, play, play, play.

Overall, a very successful session for 2 two-year-old models hard at work!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fabulous Fabric

I have done some research lately on eco-friendly fabric sources and today, I'm going to share those sources with you. I'm really happy with the selection I've found both on Etsy and on the Internet. There really are some beautiful options available at each of these sources. So, here we go!

The first fabric here below is a really cute and fun fabric that I found in Baby Bird Design's Etsy shop. All of the fabric in Baby Bird Design's shop is 100% organic cotton and is certified by Global Organic Textile Standards. I think this fabric would make a beautiful little girl's dress for the holidays!

I found the next beautiful fabric at Fresh Fabric Australia's shop on Etsy. Fresh Fabric Australia has a lovely collection of fabrics from independent designers and some very nice eco-friendly options. This particular fabric is a print by an independent Australian designer Bianca van Meeuwen (Hollabee). It is hand screen printed with eco-friendly, solvent free inks on an unbleached cotton/linen blend.

Some other non-Etsy sources that I have found with great eco-friendly options include:

So this is what I have so far. What do you think - any sources to add? Let's make sure our favorite places stay in business by sharing and promoting!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

All Work and No Play...

Today we are taking a break from the fabulous world of retail to indulge in a little soul candy.

I first saw this really cool video clip on another blog that I read, Bacon is My Enemy. It's a clip of Bobby McFerrin at the 2009 World Science Festival. This clip is so awesome I've watched it a dozen times now. Without fail, it makes me smile.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Messenger is Here

I have decided to reward myself with a little browsing on Etsy since it has been a pretty productive week. For example, I finally found some eco-friendly fabric and I'm waiting for it to get here. I received the hang tags and stickers I posted yesterday, and I'm still waiting on my fabric labels to come. So, that gives me a little shopping time I think.

Today, my focus has been on messenger bags. To find the perfect one, I look to Etsy. I was very happy with the selection of eco-friendly messenger bags I found and finally settled on this hemp bag from Uzura as my favorite:

The bag is 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton so it's good for the environment. It's also beautiful, durable, and most importantly, functional. I love it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hooray for Hang Tags!

Today, I received the hang tags and stickers that I ordered! I was so excited to see them in the mail, and I could hardly wait to get home and tear open the package. It felt just like Christmas morning! When I opened it, I was so happy. They turned out great!

I had them done by Nina at The Paper Kingdom on Etsy. She was so nice to work with, and she chose the perfect colors as borders and accents. She gave me some great advice and tips on what would look best for me. I'm so glad I listened to her. And she lives in Athens, Greece! How cool is that?

So, the hang tag is on top, and the sticker is on the bottom:

One step closer!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Whole New World

This morning, I woke up to a wonderful email from a very nice reader, Mary Rogers. This email has opened my eyes to an incredible online marketplace - Spoonflower. The creators of Spoonflower are genius!

At Spoonflower, you design and print your own fabric on demand. They have several base fabric options, including organic cotton and a bamboo-cotton blend. So they use eco-friendly fabric! And Spoonflower fabrics are always printed with water-based, nontoxic inks that are wash fast and light fast.

You can browse other people's designs on the site, and there are really some beautiful creations. I could spend hours looking through all of the awesome fabric prints.

Spoonflower even has a weekly fabric design contest. Juliann Law is this week's winner and here is her fabric design:

What a cute print! This fabric is available for purchase on Etsy here:

Thank you Mary for your email!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mission Impossible?

I have spent the past several days looking for the just the right fabrics. The mission: cute, playful, and affordable fabrics that are also sustainable. Sustainable meaning created in a way that is easy on the environment. So we're talking organic fibers, bamboo, and hemp dyed with earth friendly dyes and dying methods produced and sold under Fair Labor/Fair Trade conditions.

Trips to the local fabric stores were a complete bust - terrible selection with matching terrible prices. So, I have turned my attention to the internet. As it turns out, there really isn't a great selection of fabrics that meet all of the criteria: cute, sustainable, and affordable. But I am narrowing a few sources down and have found some online stores that seem promising. So, the search continues.

In the meantime, if you know of an awesome fabric supplier with sustainable fabrics, please share!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Perfect Shoes

Since we have accomplished so many things this week, I thought we'd take a break today and explore Etsy a bit. In exploring, I ran across the perfect pair of shoes for little girls at HydraHeart's shop. These shoes are adorable, eco-friendly, and affordable. I think they would be a perfect compliment to the clothing we will sell on Etsy very soon. Here is a link to the shoes above:

HydraHeart also sells some very cute shoes for women. I absolutely adore ballet flats. They are perfect for dressing up or down, comfortable, and convenient for women on the go. I love these from HydraHeart:

The best part: these are eco-friendly too!

Thank you HydraHeart for bringing us beautiful, eco-friendly shoes that are affordable!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Love Earth

This week, we have been focusing on laying the groundwork to start a business - doing some necessary things like deciding on a business structure and suppliers. These are all extremely important. But I thought I would take today to talk about some of the reasons we are so committed to producing sustainable clothing at Happy Banyan.

Unfortunately, beautiful fashion often comes at the expense of the environment. Much of the time, the production of textiles is done in a way that permanently damages non-renewable resources such as our waterways, our air, and our groundwater; harming marine life and entering our food chain along the way. Sometimes, production takes place in sweat shops by workers who are poorly paid and work long hours in horrible conditions.

These are a few of the many reasons we support sustainable clothing. Sustainable clothing avoids the depletion of natural resources and seeks to conserve an ecological balance between what is used and what is replaced. To protect our environment, we believe in using natural and organic fibers, reusing and recycling, and in the conservation of resources.

We believe it is time to change the way we consume, the way we produce goods, and the way we affect the environment. Join us in our commitment to the Earth!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Day of Shopping!

It's been a day full of shopping - but not really the fun kind where you shop for shoes and cute dresses all day. This has been a day of shopping for suppliers. Yes, today has been all about finding fabric labels, hang tags, and dress forms. I hope I've made some good choices. I'll update you on the orders I've made today and on the suppliers I have chosen after I receive the goods!