ECO NON TOXIC NAIL BEAUTY

I get asked alot about eco friendly options for your nails. Is it possible to get nail polish and nail grooming products that are less toxic for us and less harmful to the environment? Well let me tell you that our prayers have been answered and there are plenty of options now on the market for non toxic nail beauty. Such brands include Scotch Naturals, zoya, Suncoat, HoneyBee Gardens, RGB and...
August 16, 2014 by EKOLUV

AN ECO LIFESTYLE WITH DECKLE AND HIDE





I've always loved hand crafted goods that are of beautiful quality and the Deckle & Hide leather goods and Candles are no exception. I first met the lovely Anne while being a model shooting for her artwork and I must say she is one talented lady. Not only is she such a beautiful person she is a well established artist with her work shown in places such as New York, she also takes amazing pictures...
July 09, 2013 by EKOLUV
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AN ECO LIFESTYLE WITH DECKLE AND HIDE





I've always loved hand crafted goods that are of beautiful quality and the Deckle & Hide leather goods and Candles are no exception. I first met the lovely Anne while being a model shooting for her artwork and I must say she is one talented lady. Not only is she such a beautiful person she is a well established artist with her work shown in places such as New York, she also takes amazing pictures and makes her own organic candles, her partner Luke is the creator of the leather goods and combined they are the matsermind duo behind the amazing Eco label Deckle & Hide. I find these two so interesting and inspiring that I just had to do an interview with them.

5 minutes with Deckle and Hide...
What was the main inspiration behind starting Deckle and Hide Leather Accessories and Organic Candles? 
In both instances the inspiration came from our own need for specific items that were not available on the market. 


For me (Anne), the creation of my own range of candles began as there was a lack of healthy candle products on the market. I was very concerned about breathing in the toxins emitted from the candles I had bought (the black smoke was a dead giveaway that something was not good). I was concerned for our health and especially the teeny tiny lungs of my beloved pet parrot, Vonnegut. So I decided to make my own candles where I could ensure every ingredient was 100% plant based. I then began a quest to source the best ingredients from around the world. (please note the candles are not 100% organic, but they are 100% plant based. Some oils I cannot get as organic). 


This article has some good comments about the toxins in candles http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/04/toxins-in-candles-sad-but-true.html It is also not widely known that "fragrant oils" fall into a category called a "trade secret" law which means that the manufacturer of the fragrance does not have to disclose the ingredients used to make the fragrance - nor how harmful the ingredients may be!


For the leather, Luke was on the hunt for a simple, minimalist iphone case and wallet etc. His quest returned no results so he decided to embark on designing and making his own products. Every piece is designed by Luke with the minimalist philosophy of "one purpose, one product" and each piece is designed for use - ie. the iphone case to fit slim in a jeans pocket and to protect the iphone, without detracting from the iphone's already slim design (a lot of the iphone cases on the market just bulk out the iphone itself). The clutch was the result of a design brief from me (Anne) to fit all my essentials (my wallet, phone, keys, lipstick and pencil) whilst being as small as possible...with the ability to expand should I need to fit a few more items. He uses the finest full grain hides to suit each item he makes and each piece is hand stitched (as opposed to manufactured off-shore).

What is the vision behind Deckle and Hide? 
According to Luke "It's a party all the time" but I would say "quality design and quality ingredients for quality people"

Why did you decide to start your own brand and what do you hope to achieve?
We didn't intend on starting our own brand. We simply wanted well designed and well made pieces for ourselves. But then the word got out and people started requesting orders. We started off making items to order and now we stock in selected boutiques. It is our every intention to keep our range small and our order numbers small so that every item remains handmade by us and quality assured by us. There is something so nice about knowing the two people who have handled and created the product you buy. We never want to resort to getting our designs mass-produced off-shore under conditions that may be unethical.

Do you find starting your own business challenging? If so, what are some of these challenges you face in being an artist and entrepreneur?
For two creative, right-brained people, playing the role of business-person and sales-person is not our strong point. But that's okay. We like to let our product do the talking.

What advice do you give to other artists whom may be interested in starting their own business?
If you are passionate about your product, you will be successful. If you are going into business for the sake of making money, don't bother.
Where do you see Deckle and Hide in the next 5 years and what are your other dreams and aspirations as an artist and or entrepreneur
Again, we want to keep our range small and our order numbers and number of stockists small so that every item remains handmade by us and quality assured by us. As an artist and a designer couple, we hope to continually expand our practice and continue making and creating the things we love, until we don't love it any more or we die, whichever comes first.


Thanks Anne and Luke, what a great interview. I love their products and so I am delighted to have some available for you all through EKOLUV here

Enjoy! X Emily
July 09, 2013 by EKOLUV (noreply@blogger.com)
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THE STORY BEHIND OUR CLOTHING

 In Smile Clothing kit in India 2012
 An enchanting moment in time with my love (founding partner of Smile Clothing) At the Taj Mahal, Agra, India
 Smile Clothing Drop in Indonesia 2012
Smile Clothing's Popular Lighthouse Tee
Have you ever taken into consideration the effects of your daily duties? It seems just too easy these days that we do things automatically without even thinking or considering...
June 12, 2013 by EKOLUV

THE STORY BEHIND OUR CLOTHING

 In Smile Clothing kit in India 2012
 An enchanting moment in time with my love (founding partner of Smile Clothing) At the Taj Mahal, Agra, India

 Smile Clothing Drop in Indonesia 2012

Have you ever taken into consideration the effects of your daily duties? It seems just too easy these days that we do things automatically without even thinking or considering the impact using and buying things have on our climate and ultimately each other. Now what about the clothing your wearing? Were there Fair Trade working conditions for those involved in the production of your garment? Has the garment been mass produced? Has it been created from fabrics that in turn impact our environment in a toxic way? By buying your garment did you help support a cause/movement or small business in doing so? Now I'm not saying doing the things we do daily are bad, clearly we have evolved into a generation where a global communication network has become a necessity and therefore we need access to utilities on a greater/faster/cheaper and more accessible scale but what I'm trying to point out here is to see the bigger picture.


As we are emotional beings, it seems that we are now looking for fashion that talks to us, tells us a story and transports us into another world that is different from ours. It's the emotional experience and connection that we are all searching for - it is what we want, what we need and what our world needs. Now what about this connection? Isn't fashion supposed to be a statement or reflect the way we feel or be a representation about ourselves? What does your clothing say about you?      

Let me introduce you to a company who's very core is compassion, catering to the needs of children who may not have access to an education due to a lack of uniforms or clothing to attend school. This company's name is Smile Clothing, and It delights me today to share with you some moments and pictures from some of the clothing drops that I had the pleasure of joining in the past year.  

Smile Clothing's business model supporting a one for one movement, where every item of clothing you buy, the equivalent of a T-shirt or school uniform is donated to a child in need. Giving them access to what these guys believe is a basic human right, an education.

If you haven't yet heard about Smile Clothing, you soon will. This company is makng waves internationally and has already been recognised and featured as a 'brand to watch' on Virgin Unite's Website. Featuring regularly in magazine and newspaper articles, It seems the word is spreading quickly about the incredible things this group of guys (Smile Clothing) are doing and are becoming a popular clothing wear of choice amongst many young and more conscious consumers.

You can visit Smile Clothing's website here at www.smileclothing.co       

June 12, 2013 by EKOLUV (noreply@blogger.com)

A DAY AT THE EKOLUV HQ



Like any day, I like to start with my favourite green smoothie while I'm working on EKOLUV and wrapping orders for my postal run. I'm currently working away at expanding our product and brand base and excited to have more wonderful brands in store for you all. Also in hand while I'm plugging away at the blog/store I have my latest copy of my favourite mag Peppermint Magazine, I've always loved...
June 03, 2013 by EKOLUV

H&M CONCIOUS COLLECTION FEAT VANESSA PARADIS

If you don't already know H&M have recently launched their new Concious Collection featuring the beautiful Ms Vanessa Paradis. I've always loved H&M and am a good customer but since they've launched their Concious Collection It gives me even more reason to shop and not feel the guilt (When I say guilt I mean knowing more about the product I'm buying which comes from a company that supports...
April 12, 2013 by EKOLUV
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SMILE CLOTHING UPDATE

Hi all, see below the latest Smile Clothing Update. Clothing drops throughtout Indonesia in 2012, have seen many Smiles. I got to be apart of this wonderful journey and for that I am greateful. Please check out their range at www.smileclothing.co 

Click the link here to watch the video: https://vimeo.com/50754939


October 10, 2012 by EKOLUV
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