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Ethical Closet Series: Nayla

Ethical Closet Series: Nayla

Ethical Closet brand alert! NAYLA is an eponymous footwear line founded by Nayla Atallah. The designer has great experience in the fashion industry, working at Theory for almost 7 years before she decided to start her own journey into sustainable fashion.  Based in Miami, Nayla is passionate about the natural world and believe that protecting it has never been more important. Not wanting to compromise good looks, she created a footwear line that unites the best of both worlds.  Launched in March 2020, the brand is built on three pillars: environmental sustainability, social sustainability and charitable efforts. Nayla Atallah has gone above and beyond to create a...

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Ethical Closet Series: Just Bee Queen

Ethical Closet Series

Ethical Closet Series: Just Bee Queen

  Just Bee Queen is an ethical resort wear brand based in Miami and a brand we are excited to have as a part of our Ethical Closet! Maria and Sydney Strauss, the Cuban-American mother and daughter duo and founders of Just Bee Queen, set out to create an ethically produced, sourced, and sustainable high end resort brand that would appeal to women of both their generations. Influenced by their Caribbean and Latin American backgrounds, they wanted to create the perfect ready-to-wear garments that would be a resort staple as well as a versatile streetwear collection. The mix of color, movement,...

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Ethical Closet Series: Claudia Gontovnik

Ethical Closet Series: Claudia Gontovnik

Claudia Gontovnik is the latest brand to join our Ethical Closet Series! A sustainable fashion brand that creates clothes equivalent to a fun and well-edited mood board, the Miami based designer who’s brand is named after gives new life to one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the differences in today’s world and embracing imperfections.   Claudia Gontovnik is a multidisciplinary artist that focuses on the creation of one of a kind pieces which manifest themselves through a brand whose mission is to inspire self-expression and style with sustainability values. Gontovnik designs the collection in her Miami, Florida studio. In a world saturated...

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Ethical Closet Series: Sigál

Ethical Closet Series

Ethical Closet Series: Sigál

Don't miss: Instagram Live with Gabriella Smith and Sigal Cohen, May 7th 6pm EST @gabriellasmith! In this week's Ethical Closet Series we speak to Sigal Cohen, founder and designer of SIGÁL, a brand that creates beautiful and ethical tropical resort wear.  Miami-based, Venezuelan designer, Sigal Cohen Wolkowiez is the sole creative force behind her namesake label SIGÁL. In 2008, Wolkowiez, a trained graphic designer, completed a Printed Textiles Program at London's Royal College of Art. Immediately after graduating from the program, she began handcrafting textiles with motifs including watercolor prints, ink illustrations, and collage techniques for various clients in the fashion...

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Ethical Closet Series: JetLagMode

Ethical Closet Series

Ethical Closet Series: JetLagMode

The Upcycle Foundation is excited to introduce the Ethical Closet Series!  A series of interviews and Live conversations that celebrate the sustainability efforts of our favorite brands!  Our goal with this initiative is to provide you with brands that are good for the planet and good for the people, so that you can build an Ethical Closet that is true to your style. This week we talked to Carolina Baena, founder and designer of the accessory brand JetLagMode. Don't miss our Instagram Live with Carolina on Friday May 1st, 6pm EST at @gabriellasmith. Read interview below:      UP: Tells us about your brand, why did...

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