The Launch: April’s Hottest Fashion Drops

The Launch: April’s Hottest Fashion Drops


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We’re finally getting into the swing of spring, and fortunately, the fashion is right there with us, ready to bloom. From SCAD Lacoste’s new exhibition honoring Isabel Toledo to Dolce & Gabbana’s cartoony T-shirt collab, we’ve got the scoop on the best and boldest fashion news, collaborations, openings, and releases this month. Watch this space for more intel as the month continues.

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SCAD Lacoste Honors Isabel Toledo With New Exhibition

Who: SCAD Lacoste and Isabel Toledo

What: New exhibition, Isabel Toledo: A Love Letter

Where: SCAD FASH Lacoste Museum of Fashion + Film in Lacoste, France

Why: Studying abroad in France would be a dream for any fashion enthusiast or Francophile. Now, visitors can get a taste of that same joie de vivre by paying a visit to SCAD Lacoste’s new exhibition honoring Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo at its picturesque satellite campus, located in a medieval village in Lacoste. Curated in collaboration with her artist husband Ruben Toledo, Isabel Toledo: A Love Letter is a retrospective of Isabel’s work, featuring archival pieces, large-scale illustrations, and family heirlooms. “Isabel designed—and dressed—with emotion,” Ruben exclusively tells ELLE.com. “I always worked to extrapolate that feeling onto canvas or paper, and, in this exhibition, murals, so that the viewer enters her emotional landscape. Art always has the power to explain complex ideas with joy and humor—the perfect blend of Ruben and Isabel.” The exhibition, which offers “a glimpse into the designer’s mind and the Toledo universe of design,” adds Ruben, marks the first of many activations at SCAD Lacoste in celebration of the university’s 20th anniversary.

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Dolce & Gabbana Drops Cartoony T-Shirt Collaboration

Who: Dolce & Gabbana and Gianpiero D’Alessandro

What: Collaborative T-shirt collection

Where: Available exclusively online at dolcegabbana.com

Why: Dolce and Gabbana has teamed up with renowned cartoon designer Gianpiero D’Alessandro on a series of limited-edition T-shirts inspired by the nostalgic childhood pastime of binge-watching Saturday morning cartoons (ah, memories). D’Alessandro, who first started drawing in the bedroom of his home near Naples, Italy, features the characters of Sweet Bunny and Baby Carrot as mascots of the collaboration, which debuts just in time for Easter. D&G’s dedication to quality craftsmanship coupled with the D’Alessandro’s creative mind allows us to confidently dress for the child at heart.

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Saint Laurent Launches New Icare Bag

Who: Saint Laurent

What: New Icare Maxi Shopping bag

Where: Available online at ysl.com

Why: Saint Laurent’s got a brand-new It bag—and some famous friends like Zoë Kravitz have already been seen toting it around town. Made of supple lambskin leather, the Icare Maxi Shopping bag features quilting and a perfectly oversized silhouette that’s roomy enough to hold all your essentials, and then some. With the iconic YSL signature, no one will mistake it for a regular tote.

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Loewe Releases New Paula’s Ibiza Collection

Who: Loewe

What: Paula’s Ibiza collection for SS22

Where: Available online at loewe.com and at Loewe boutiques

Why: When we’re talking party destinations, Ibiza is always at the top of the list. The island of uninhibited fun has served as the inspiration behind the Loewe Paula’s Ibiza collection, one of our favorites for a fun night out in a tropical locale. For SS22, the collection features sexy summer staples (sequins, lace, cutouts, and prints) inspired by mod-era surf photographer LeRoy Grannis. Playful straw and raffia accessories accompany fine leather goods, dyed ombrè to recreate the colors of an island skyline at sunset. All that’s left to do is book your ticket.

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Foundrae Celebrates New Reverie Collection

Who: Foundrae

What: Reverie launch event

Where: The Foundrae store in NYC

Why: It was a night of music, dancing, and jewelry. Celebs and fashion enthusiasts like Jemima Kirke (pictured here) surrounded a beaming Beth Bugdaycay for the launch of Foundrae’s newest collection, Reverie, The Path to Joy, this week. Foundrae hosted the event to celebrate the new jewelry designs, inspired by the state of emergence, like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon. The butterfly motif created by Bugdaycay signifies the freedoms we’ve learned not to take for granted over the past two years. A spade and Roman numeral “X” appear alongside the butterfly in the Reverie series, marking the tenth tenet in the history of Foundrae. Reverie inspires the joy of coming together again, just as the party intended.

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Everlane Debuts the Cactus Leather Collection

Who: Everlane

What: New bag collection

Where: Available online at everlane.com and at select Everlane stores

Why: Everlane’s classic Oversized Hobo Bag, Triangle Tote, and Sling Bag have gotten a fresh (and sustainable) makeover with leather from prickly pear cactus. The organically sourced textile made in cooperation with Desserto is Everlane’s first foray into using plant-based leather alternatives. Turns out, cactus is a super-soft, cruelty-free option that negates the need for toxic chemicals used in making leather. And of course, being a desert plant, there’s no need for excessive watering. Heads up, the Cactus Leather bags are selling fast, so it’s best to get a move on these eco-chic accessories while you can.

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Guizio Teams Up with Toral on Exclusive Footwear Capsule

Who: Guizio and Toral

What: Exclusive footwear capsule collection

Where: Available exclusively at guizio.com, toral-shoes.com, and at Toral’s store in Amsterdam

Why: It-Girl brand Guizio has joined forces with Spanish brand Toral on an exclusive capsule collection of boots made for walking…and dancing, and strutting, whatever spring may bring. The limited-edition four-piece collab combines bohemian-esque heritage styles with founder Danielle Guizio’s inimitable sense of cool. Each boot is handcrafted from Italian leather and made in Spain, so the quality isn’t lacking either.

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Etro Releases Liquid Paisley Capsule Collection

Who: Etro

What: Liquid Paisley for SS22

Where: Available online at etro.com and at select Etro boutiques

Why: The classic boho-chic print at the center of Etro’s new collection suggests that spring is definitely in the air. And so is the Liquid Paisley capsule collection, a genderless series dreamed up by creative director Veronica Etro. With the new wares, she celebrates the brand’s movement towards youthful and vibrant designs and inclusive fashion. Whimsical swirls and ornate details in pink, green, and yellow bloom across a wide variety of apparel and accessories. Liquid Paisley demonstrates Etro’s love of this centuries-old pattern, building a bridge for its next generation to enjoy.

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FKA Twigs Directs New Film for Woolmark Prize Designers

Who: FKA twigs and Woolmark in partnership with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation

What: Honorary art film

Where: Now streaming via YouTube

Why: Competing for the prestigious Woolmark Prize is the ultimate test for any designer to create wearable art out of Australian Merina wool. In honor of this year’s nominees, singer-songwriter FKA twigs directs and stars in PLAYSCAPE, a film inspired by the legendary sculptor Isamu Noguchi and his creative process. Woolmark finalists Ahluwalia, EGONLAB, Jordan Dalah, MMUSOMAXWELL, Peter Do, RUI, and Saul Nash are all celebrated in twigs’s artistic tribute to the variety of self-expressions that derive from the concept of play.

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Veja Joins Forces With Mansur Gavriel

Who: Veja and Mansur Gavriel

What: New sneaker collaboration

Where: Available online at veja-store.com and mansurgavriel.com

Why: For what’s destined to be the shoe collab of the summer, footwear brand Veja, beloved by Meghan Markle, has partnered with cult-favorite NYC label Mansur Gavriel on a collection of sustainably made luxury sneakers. As a nod to Mansur Gavriel’s eye for minimalism and use of color, the monochromatic Campo style (pictured here) comes in a rainbow of hues. Made in Brazil, the shoe comes equipped with a vulcanized sole that’s bio-sourced and made of up to 65 percent recycled materials, with an upper made of ChromeFree leather (translation: no chrome, heavy metals, or acids were used in the making of this chic sneaker).

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Marshall Columbia Introduces the Moonflower Bag

Who: Marshall Columbia

What: Third collection and debut of the Moonflower shoulder bag

Where: Available online at marshallcolumbia.com

Why: For the inner child in all of us, Brooklyn-based designer Marshall Columbia delivers Collection 3, inspired by his earliest memories. The release includes a menswear capsule and, notably, the Moonflower shoulder bag (pictured here), with a cushy, quilted exterior and paracord detailing. The accessory draws inspiration from Columbia’s technical experience as a costume designer while remaining true to his youthful spirit. Made in New York, the unconventional design harkens back to the shapes and colors of the arts and crafts table at school. Time to play dress-up!

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Belgian Shoes and Boyarde Partner on Artsy Loafers

Who: Belgian Shoes and Boyarde

What: Partnership with Boyarde

Where: Shoes are available online at belgianshoes.com or by calling 212-755-7372. Contact [email protected] or +44 745-344-0032 regarding the artwork.

Why: Belgian Shoes has served as a New York institution for luxury footwear since 1955. Not to mention, its loafers have been worn by the likes of pop culture icons throughout the decades, from Laurence Harvey to Kate Moss, rendering the brand the perfect canvas for London-based artist Boyarde. In a new collection, two of Belgian Shoes’ staple silhouettes are adorned with Boyarde’s surrealist, hand-painted designs. Your afternoon stroll just became a lot less casual.

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Shinola Debuts New Timepiece Collection

Who: Shinola

What: New timepiece collection

Where: Available online at shinola.com

Why: Shinola is ready to travel again—and it wants you to do so with a chic timepiece, naturally. Case in point: the lifestyle brand’s new Traveler Watch, available in four vintage-inspired colorways with classic paper vellum textured dials, is the perfect road trip (or plane ride) companion. Choose between a woven canvas strap or leather strap that will fade until it’s time for your next getaway.

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Joshua James Small Drops Third Collection

Who: Joshua James Small

What: The “You Are Human, Therefore You Are” collection

Where: Available online at joshuajamessmall.com

Why: The latest drop from independent London-based designer Joshua James Small delivers what he does best: sustainable high fashion that’s made to be worn. Inspired by art ranging from late Victorian era paintings to contemporary conceptual pieces, “You Are Human, Therefore You Are” is a feat of creativity. Eye-catching silhouettes made from materials like upcycled curtains and deadstock Swarovski crystals demonstrate Small’s unwavering commitment to reframing the way we think about luxury. The takeaway here: regardless of origin, there is something special about taking what’s been neglected and reshaping it into something new.

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Alina Abegg Releases Stuck On You Collection

Who: Alina Abegg

What: Stuck On You jewelry collection

Where: Available online at alinaabegg.com

Why: Nineties nostalgia is permeating the fashion world, with nouveau-grunge, minimalism, and shiny, Britney-inspired separates popping up left and right. And one quintessential accessory from the decade is back with it: the stick-on earring, especially pairs made to look like glam little gemstones. Berlin-based fine jeweler Alina Abegg drew inspiration from these stickers for her latest offering, Stuck on You, a playful array of rings, necklaces, and earrings that emulate the colorful stick-ons you probably grew up wearing. The only difference? You’ll need your ears pierced this go-around.

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Superga Partners with Emily Ratajkowski

Who: Superga and Emily Ratajkowski

What: New ambassadorship and collaborative collection

Where: Available online at superga-usa.com

Why: Italian footwear brand Superga is stepping into spring—on vulcanized rubber soles—with an announcement of its new global ambassador: model, actress, and author Emily Ratajkowski. Along with the news comes a collaborative capsule collection, which softens the old-world heritage of Torino, Italy with relaxed, cool-girl designs inspired by Ratajkowski’s personal style. For SS22, you’ll see her creative take on the brand’s 100-plus-year-old tennis shoe design, as well as a spin on the Alpina, a retro-era trekking sneaker. Summer adventures require the right pair of shoes, and Superga and Emily Ratajkowski have you covered.

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Adidas and Pharrell Williams Release Genderless Collection

Who: Adidas and Pharrell Williams

What: Genderless collection of premium basics

Where: Available online at adidas.com/pharrell, in-store, and via select retailers

Why: After a popular first-run, the fan-favorite unisex apparel line from Adidas and Pharrell Williams has returned. The latest iteration of the collaborative series, called Humanrace, is a colorful array of premium basics made for everyday wear. The collection is sized per Adidas’s Unite Fit system, which doesn’t take traditional gendered measures into account, making the process of fitting more about the human than the standard. The minimalist designs (think: crewneck sweatshirts, sweatpants, hoodies, tees, and shorts) are all constructed from quality organic French terry cotton, making it easy to create a laid-back, yet impossibly cool look.

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Zara Origins Returns With New Edition

Who: Zara

What: New edition launch

Where: Available online at zara.com/zaraorigins and at Zara locations in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Houston

Why: Zara Origins is moving further with its goal to create the building blocks of your wardrobe with its latest release, introducing bolder tones and more modern silhouettes. The second edition of Zara Origins features staples for all occasions: breathable linens, technically crafted outerwear, a retro worker jacket, even a twill wool suit. To top off the looks, the retailer has also expanded its first accessories collection to include natural pearl necklaces, sunglasses, bandanas, slippers, and visors. Functional and stylish options at an outstanding value? Sign us up.

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New Balance and Ganni Team Up for Sneaker Collab

Who: New Balance and Ganni

What: New sneaker collab

Where: Available online at ganni.com, newbalance.com, and at select Ganni and New Balance stores worldwide

Why: For the first time ever, Copenhagen label Ganni is teaming up with New Balance to hone in on a remake of the iconic 2002R silhouette. The construction remains true to the athletic wear brand’s model of using recycled materials, while the Ganni influence permeates the style component with a high-spirited, youthful energy and two distinct colorways. The partnership sets a new standard in functional, fashionable, and sustainable footwear.

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Jacquemus Unveils New Collection Exclusively at Net-a-Porter

Who: Net-a-Porter and Jacquemus

What: New collection via exclusive retail partnership

Where: Available online at net-a-porter.com

Why: One of the most exciting brands in French fashion is teaming up with luxury online retailer Net-a-Porter just in time for summer—a welcome reminder that everyone’s favorite season is quickly approaching. The Jacquemus for Net-A-Porter collaboration gives off Palm Springs vibes in a color story involving mint green and coral pink. The collection, comprised of 23 pieces, includes beach-ready swimwear, unique ready-to-wear silhouettes, sweetly nostalgic accessories, and, of course, the unmistakable, highly Instagrammable Jacquemus bags. Net-a-Porter has chosen wisely in professing its love for Simon Porte Jacquemus’s outstanding designs by showcasing them front and center. Now customers can find their ultimate vacation wardrobe all in one place. All that’s left to do is book a flight.

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Dior Introduces Or Capsule Collection

Who: Dior

What: Dior Or capsule collection

Where: Available online at dior.com

Why: All that glitters is gold—or silver, or rose gold, or rainbow. Dior’s new Or collection brings the house’s striking metallics to signature house pieces, from handbags like the Lady Dior to its classic J’Adior slingback heels. Knit polos and full skirts are rendered in sweeping gunmetal lamé, and body-hugging knit polos take on an extra sheen. Complete the look with a mini Lady D-Lite adorned with multicolor beads, perfect for catching that early morning spring light.

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Fendi Releases Petite and Micro Peekaboos

Who: Fendi

What: Micro and Petite PeekabooISeeU bags

Where: Available online at fendi.com

Why: Great things come in small packages, and Fendi proves this is definitely the case with its new Micro and Petite PeekabooISeeU bags. Not lacking in style or craftsmanship, the new line of accessories provides the appropriate pop of color and shine to any look. The Petite comes in a dozen bright tones that translate impeccably onto Fendi’s signature nappa leather. To honor the mini bag’s release, Fendi enlisted Italian director Luca Guadagnino to film icon Adwoa Aboah floating high above Rome—with her Micro Peekaboo in tow, naturally.

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Celine Debuts Haute Maroquinerie Collection

Who: Celine

What: New accessory collection

Where: Available online at celine.com

Why: As is his wont, French photographer and fashion designer Hedi Slimane is the driving creative force behind Celine’s new Haute Maroquinerie (French for “fine leather goods”) collection. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind, assembled to order by an expert artisan in a range of 14 colorways. Specifically, the attention to detail in the crocodile bag, accented with gold hardware, is testament to the high standard of craftsmanship held by Celine. With this range, Slimane chose to focus on two signature bag designs: the contemporary 16 and the classic Triomphe. Both creations pay tribute to the French masters of art and architecture that Celine aligns with.

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Dolce & Gabbana Casa Opens Two New Milan Boutiques

Who: Dolce & Gabbana Casa

What: New retail spaces dedicated to D&G’s home collections

Where: Milan, Italy

Why: The first boutiques dedicated to the world of Dolce & Gabbana Casa have just opened in Milan—and the label’s vibrant themes of Blu Mediterraneo, Leopardo, Carreto Siciliano, and Zebra are brought to life via furniture, table accessories, fabrics, and decorative items that demonstrate the ideal D&G lifestyle. Both boutiques are divided between home accessories and large furnishings, yet remain cohesive in their aesthetic. The Via Dorini location houses the elegant fabric sofas, majestic oak tables, and sophisticated bar cabinets, while the Corso Venezia space is an artful display of decadent cushions, mouth-blown glassware, and Sicilian ceramic dinnerware, all of which showcase the skilled craftsmanship that Italy is known for. For the Italian brand, home is indeed where the art is.

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Calvin Klein Teams Up with Palace on CK1 Palace

Who: Calvin Klein and Palace Skateboards

What: New collaborative collection

Where: Available online at palaceskateboards.com and calvinklein.com and at Palace stores in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo

Why: Few places represent the bustling energy of metropolitan life better than New York and London. It makes sense, then, that the two skylines set the scene for the latest collaboration between Calvin Klein and Palace Skateboards, two brands that call the cities home, respectively. CK1 Palace is a combination of the cool minimalism of Calvin Klein and Palace’s devilish streetwear attitude. The collection takes its inspiration from the ‘90s, when skate culture was a dominant force in fashion and Calvin Klein’s iconic campaigns were omnipresent. For CK1 Palace, the tri-Ferg logo is imprinted on CK’s signature underwear, denim, tees, fleeces, basketball jerseys, baggy shorts, and, to top it all off, a unisex fragrance. The look, feel, and scent of the collab brings us back to Calvin Klein’s glory days—with Palace’s modern take, of course.

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Still Here Launches New Denim Collection and Café Concept

Who: Still Here

What: New bone wash denim collection and café

Where: Available exclusively online at stillhere.nyc and at Still Here Café later this month

Why: Denim and coffee are pretty much a match made in heaven—ask any fashion person ever. Just in time for Earth Month, denim brand Still Here is bringing everyone’s favorite pairing under one roof at the soon-to-be-open Still Here Café in New York’s Nolita neighborhood. In addition to serving coffee made from actual cotton waste (yes, you read that correctly), the store will house the label’s new (and sustainable) bone wash jeans, made from fabric comprised of 80 percent upcycled cotton and 20 percent organic cotton. Just make sure not to spill.

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Louis Vuitton Releases Charitable Bracelets Made by Virgil Abloh

Who: Louis Vuitton and UNICEF

What: Charity bracelet collection

Where: Available online at louisvuitton.com and at select Louis Vuitton stores

Why: From the mind of the late, great Virgil Abloh comes the latest creative riff on Louis Vuitton’s Silver Lockit bracelets benefitting the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The first LV Lockit collection created for the worldwide humanitarian aid organization debuted in 2016; since then, a new iteration is released each year to raise money for relief in areas like India during the COVID-19 outbreak, Lebanon after the Beirut explosion, and, most recently, the crisis in Ukraine. The colors and materials of the bracelets hark back to Abloh’s runway presentations, with black titanium details contrasting against neon cords. For each purchase of the new Silver Lockit bracelet, $100 is donated to UNICEF to help children in urgent need—a steady continuation of LV’s commitment to aiding UNICEF in its efforts to protect children around the world.

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Lafayette 148 Presents the L148 Outdoor Collection

Who: Lafayette 148

What: New outerwear collection

Where: Available online at lafayette148.com

Why: Lafayette 148 is bringing its luxury POV (literally) into the wild with the launch of its new outerwear collection, appropriately called L148 Outdoor. Comprised of a waterproof elongated anorak, trench, and car coat, each piece is constructed to brave the elements—in the most stylish way possible. Special design techniques such as thermo-sealed taped seams that form masculine silhouettes are softened by feminine details. April showers have truly met their match.

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Wandler Launches Artist in Residence Series With Germans Ermičs

Who: Wandler

What: First Artist in Residence collaboration with Germans Ermičs

Where: Available exclusively online at wandler.com

Why: Elza Wandler, the creative director behind cult accessories brand Wandler, is a passionate art and design enthusiast—a trait that’s exhibited in her sculptural handbags and footwear. So it’s no surprise that Wandler is launching its very own Artists in Residence program for artists to inject their unique POV into Wandler’s beloved accessories. For the very first collab in the series, Wandler has tapped Lavtian-born, Amsterdam-based artist German Ermičs, known for his innovative takes on color play and space, and using striking color permutations on glass objects. Ermičs’s signature Blue Collection was the jumping off point for the series of handbags, spray-painted by hand in an elegant blue gradient. The result? Wearable art that blends utility and style.

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Etam Debuts in the U.S.

Who: Etam

What: Etam’s U.S. debut

Where: Available for purchase at 10 Nordstrom locations in the U.S. (NYC, Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Washington D.C., and Phoenix) and online at nordstrom.com and us.etam.com

Why: A new brand is touching down in the States, offering the French tradition of savoir-faire corsetry for all fashion-loving Francophiles to enjoy. For background, Etam, founded in Paris in 1916, is the only lingerie label to participate in Paris Fashion Week, and its most recent collection includes a very covetable genderless capsule. The company prides itself on being a sustainable option for delicate, low-profile lingerie. In fact, half of Etam’s styles are made using recycled or organic fiber, and it uses technical methods such as vegetable dyeing and making linen lace from flax to reduce harm to the environment. Suffice to say, Etam’s lingerie gives your everyday undergarments what it’s been missing—that certain je ne sais quoi.

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Goldie Introduces Goldie Organic

Who: Goldie

What: New sustainably sourced T-shirt line

Where: Available online at goldietees.com and amazon.com

Why: Goldie, purveyor of high-quality, sustainable basics, single-handedly changed the T-shirt game back in 2016 when it quietly launched with a curated collection of its perfect take on the staple. To further improve on its first (very successful) design attempt, it’s now rolling out Goldie Organic, a new collection featuring six new styles certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard, meaning both the materials and supply chain are environmentally conscious. Additionally, the manufacturing process prioritizes fair pay and working conditions in the northern Amazon and mountains of Lima, Peru. These lightweight, super-soft tees complete any casual look, and reflect Goldie’s mission of protecting both each other and the planet.

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