Conservation Collection, Arkins and coral reefs

Pretty crazy calling an apparel collection “Conservation Collection”? It sounds a bit serious and it is. I’ve written about Germaine DeNigris of Arkins before. When I saw this new collection I knew I wanted to share it with you again. When I read about the impetus behind the name, I knew I had to.

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“Moved by the coral bleaching epidemic, we sought to make a conservation collection with a low water impact. Realizing the direct link the fashion industry has on water pollution had us empathizing with the sea critters who are devastated by the toxic run-offs standard of fast fashion.”

If you’ve ever snorkeled a coral reef, perhaps the Great Barrier Reef, you know that to lose them would be unimaginable. Twenty years ago, when I was able to do so, the old sailors who took us out to the reef talked about the changes they had already witnessed. I can’t imagine what has happened since.

That’s the sad news. The news that makes me happy to be a small part of the slow fashion movement is that there’s such a vibrant and committed avant garde of young designers working hard to change things. The designers like DeNigris and all the others at Not Just A Label, NJAL.

I really like the skirt, but I love the Arkins’ dresses. The one here is similar to the one I already own. It’s classic but new, sexy but somehow conservative. And for someone like me, trying to step away from the all black wardrobe, the grey is perfect.

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Then again, this black dress is beautiful, and I think you would agree, could be worn by any of us.

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On the other hand, for those of you who are brave enough, dark enough, or just big enough fans of white…

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The fibers used in this collection are: organic cotton, hemp, and soy, with sprinkles of spandex. Generally speaking, these fibers and blends are more environmentally friendly. In choosing brands like Arkins, you’ll be partnering with great slow fashion designers in their efforts to stave off environmental degradation. Win and win.

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To shop the Arkins Conservation Collection, go here.

Anita

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