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When it comes to sustainable fashion, bohemian dresses or minimalist styles often come to mind. However, more people are now becoming aware of fast fashion’s impact, leading to a growing demand for ethical options that will cater to a wider audience.
Enter Mikumo Apparel, a slow fashion label by Asian-American illustrator, Tina (also known as Bon). Drawing inspiration from Korean and Japanese fashion styles, as well as hints of the dark/light academia aesthetics, she aims to introduce a unique approach to sustainable style. Find out more about her and the beautiful launch collection below!
Who is Tina?
With a background in oil painting, and a job in nonprofit management, Tina is a freelance illustrator in her spare time. In March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, she started her first instagram account, @bonbon_illustrator, as an attempt to reclaim her creativity and make art for herself again, rather than for others. Since then, ‘Bonbon’ has amassed a significant social media following of 28.1k and counting.
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If you haven’t heard of Nordgreen before, then now might be a better time than any to shine a spotlight on this Scandinavian watch brand. Established back in 2017, the brand dedicates itself to sustainable practices, as well as gorgeously simple, versatile and functional designer timepieces – including the design featured in this post, the ‘Philosopher‘. All of their watches are available in a versatile range of straps (including a selection of real or vegan leather – with more on that a little later).
Before I delve into their watches (and more on their brand), I also want to shine a spotlight on their Giving Back Program, a partnership that gives you the opportunity to donate a portion of the profits made from your purchase towards a cause that resonates with you – whether it is providing clean water for the Central African Republic, giving education to a child in India or working towards preserving the rain forest in Latin America, it’s there for you.
So if you’re in the market for a new watch or maybe just want to see what brands are doing for our planet, head on over to Nordgreen. They are absolutely transparent and have put so much detailed information onto their website, but here’s my run down!
When it comes to shoes, I can never part with my platforms. Perhaps it’s because I’m a creature of habit (I’ve worn nothing but platforms since I was a student in Korea) or maybe it’s because, at just 157cm in height, I feel like I need to make up for something. Still, those thick, somewhat bulky soles are part of my signature style and I can never go past Windsor Smith to find some amazing designs for every day wear.
Established back in 1946, they were an Australian family-owned business which had a big boom back on 2009 when they launched their first womenswear range. They are responsible for both Windsor Smith (their main brand) and Lipstik, but I’ll only be sharing from the former today.
Read on to discover some of their incredible styles, including those that I already own and ones that I have my eyes on at the moment! 👀