Fashion & Accessories

By Kim Taylor

The season has begun: holiday parties, holiday shopping, New Year’s Eve, winter brunches and family get-togethers beckon. Here are a few items that fuse quality with style and comfort and work as gifts or as a practical solution for your winter wardrobe.

Spyder has winter coats for sport and daily wear that are gorgeous, reliably warm, and well made with high tech materials so you won’t have to sacrifice quality or warmth for style through winter’s severity. This Emprise coat, the longest silhouette in the line, can pair with jeans for casual shopping or with a professional ensemble for work. Trimmed in fur, flattering, and as warm as a down blanket, this coat will enable you to feel up for anything this winter in spite of wind, snow drifts, gales or blizzards. Also perfect for ice-skating at Rockefeller Center! Find it at http://www.spyder.com — and pair it with the equally toasty, fur-trimmed Icey Down Mittens because in cold weather, accessories are everything.

Pure Handknit and Neon Buddha are sustainable and fair trade clothing companies under the auspices of Pure and Co. The cornerstone of this ethical company is the group of 4500 knitters in Chiang Mai, Thailand, who are learning English, working on advanced degrees, and improving their lives in myriad other ways as well. The company’s carbon footprint is as reduced as humanly possible, and its dye house facility is 100% pollution free and self-sufficient. But how are the clothes? Incredible! Check them out at http://www.pureandco.com and http://www.neonbuddha.net and find them at Anthropologie stores. Support this earth-friendly company and look fantastic in the process; great gift options, too!

Uncommon Goods is a thoughtful collection of sustainable, handmade, recyclable, organic, or unique products. This B Corporation (the designation for societal integrity) has everything imaginable for Holiday, encompassing women, men, kids, teens and pets – as well as jewelry, home, office, garden, dining & entertainment. You can even find a unique rose-gold wedding band by Tavia here, featured above (if you need to drop any hints for the New Year, ladies). Peruse everything at http://www.uncommongoods.com, a one-stop shopping source that you can be happy to support. A portion of each purchase goes to charity through their Better to Give program, and more than $700,000 has been donated to date.

Happy Holidays and have a bright New Year!

Originally published December 2013
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