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H Fredriksson

H Fredriksson offers the ultimate in chic attire for even the most discriminating orGLAMic shopper.  Based out of Brooklyn New York, and inspired by Swedish design, this eco-friendly company is manufactured locally and out of sustainable materials.  And while the label, established in 2006) isn’t quite new, the Spring/Summer 2010 collection will make you feel as though you have stumbled upon an eco-fashionista’s secret.  I love the hip, muted designs with pops of color to delight the senses.  Available for purchase online, items are also sold across the United States and Japan. Click here to browse the entire collection, shop online, or find a retailer near you.

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While any true orGLAMic follower knows that we have an aversion to too much color, all rules went out the window upon discovering the Chictorian Chair by G-I-N Designs.  Brooklyn-based Orlando Dominguez carefully handcrafts this delightful explosion of eco-friendly color to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.  He begins by locally sourcing chairs from antique dealers, estate sales and private owners, gathers materials from decommissioned leathers and suedes no longer utilized by New York handbag designers, and then drapes and assembles the ‘scraps’ on the stripped frame which is sanded and painted with zero-VOC acrylic water-based paint.  Click here to learn more about G-I-N Designs: a furniture/sculpture/art lifestyle brand and studio.

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Alright Manly Men – with springtime approaching, it is time to take stock of your outdoor entertaining areas.  Luckily San Francisco-based Bevara Design House offers sleek, masculine pieces of element-friendly furniture that are eco-friendly to boot!  The Slab collection is made primarily of eco-concrete (which consists of a mix of cement, granite, stone, marble powder, and natural fiber, and weighs in at approximately 40% less than regular concrete).  In addition, their Slatt collection boasts regionally harvested and locally made pieces, while their Skin collection offers custom-made furniture made of post recycled, post consumer wood.  Click here to find the right orGLAMic product for you and your home.

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Always on the lookout for modern ways to celebrate old traditions, this Arroyo Modern Hanukkah Menorah absolutely takes the cake.  I have mentioned Amenity Home on orGLAMic before, but they always impress me with their take on “comfy-modern” designs.  The FSC-certified walnut candle blocks of this menorah, hand-crafted by Los Angeles artisans, can be used throughout the home all year long and then come together to work beautifully for any Hanukkah ceremony.  I also like the fact that the blocks can be rearranged year after year to offer a fresh perspective and look.  The soy candles in this menorah are hand-poured and made with 100% cotton wicks for a clean burn.  Click here to bring this orGLAMic design to your families Hanukkah celebration for years to come.

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cielo2With bedding and beds on the mind (tired from the first couple of weeks back at work!?) let’s end the week with n uber orGLAMic crib.  The Cielo Crib by Q Collection Junior is beautifully constructed with modern, sleek lines but is also eco-conscious.  I absolutely love the unisex, elegant design!  The hardwood is made of locally-sourced ash, the mattress support is made of formaldehyde-free plywood, and the water-based finish is non-toxic and free to VOC health hazards.  In fact, the Cielo Crib is the world’s first indoor air quality certified crib. Good for baby and earth, click here!

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Morocco

These adorable stuffed animal cushions by Morocco are the ideal gift for a little loved one. They are fair trade and handmade by Moroccan artisans in Marrakech who use local and recycled materials, providing much needed employment to economically fragile communities.  I love that a company as large as FAO Schwartz is carrying these orGLAMic products, and the more we buy and support endeavors such as these the more we will be able to find!  Click here to purchase these pillow pals.

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Since over half of orGLAMic readers are based in the LA area, I’m going local for this post and telling you about a fabulous restaurant that I ate at earlier this week.  Akasha opened this past Valentine’s Day smack dab in the middle of Culver City’s booming restaurant district.  The menu will satisfy everyone from vegans to carnivores, providing tons of comfort food along the way.

Sustainability is the key element in Akasha’s kitchen, which sources from small family farms, organic growers, sustainable and fair trade companies, and artisan food makers.  I loved that even the waitstaff wear organic uniforms consisting of Levi’s Eco Jeans (which you heard about here on orGLAMic last month!), organic T’s and aprons made of hemp and recycled polyester.  Make a reservation to indulge in the shittake, roasted squash and basil pizza, a glass of organic wine, and the bakery cookie plate which comes with a shot of organic milk, by clicking here.

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