Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rainy Day brings HIMANE lot of luck!

This past Friday I got caught in the heavy rain on my way to a meeting within seconds from hips down I was completely soak, but not my beautiful HIMANE Signature Tote. All dry with everything inside. We all need an HIMANE Signature Tote. Why? because it is very practical,  very light, easy to clean,  water resistant and not expensive. Here  are a few of our TOTES! Call us for more details.

Tottie Tote



On my way back to the studio, big smile on my face because I collected 5 beautiful colorful umbrellas. One of them a leopard print made me think about something Loren Talbot from Local Labels said:
" Each one is a potential bag or dress, a design and a metaphor. When I see people carrying a particular interesting design, I think about how she would turn it into a clutch or duffel bag. This upcycling of abandoned umbrellas by Catherine is an amazing example of using abandoned resources for useful (and in her case very fashionable) products."

You can read more here from Local Labels: 

A few pictures of REFAIT the New Upcycling umbrella bags line by HIMANE. Contact us for more details.

 Wilma- Upcycled Umbrella and Recycled Leather

Marmelade UJ

Sotdo UL



Planner Tote
Erisna Duffel

Friday, August 19, 2011

Recycle your CLothes!

Americans throw away 68 pounds of clothes on average each year, and we only buy 10 pounds of recycled clothes annually.

The materials used to make our attire are often environmentally toxic and require significant amounts of energy and water during the manufacturing process. If you are going to buy new clothes, why not buy those made out of sustainable materials? Such as:
  • Sustainable cotton
  • Hemp
  • Bamboo 

Of course, buying recycled clothes has an even smaller environmental footprint.

The 12 to 15 percent of people who shopped at consignment and thrift stores in 2006 saved 2.5 billion pounds of clothes from re-entering the waste stream. 

What you can do?
  • Sell your clothes online. E-commerce sites like eBay allow you to sell them at the price of your choice or watch as people bid madly back and forth to get their hands on your old shoes and vintage jeans. You can also list your clothes on Craigslist and
  • Go to your local consignment store. Places like Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading will give you cash or store credit in exchange for the clothes they buy from you. Other consignment shops will give you a cut of the profit they make on your old gear.
  • Donate your clothes. Goodwill and Salvation Army are in almost every state and offer tax forms you can file for incentives. You can also look in your neighborhood for clothing collection boxes for local charities.

About your Clothing!

Be smart about washing the clothes you now own. 80 percent of the energy our clothes consume is used when we wash them. Roughly 26 billion gallons of water are used each day in the U.S., 4.5 billion of which go to operate washing machines. Dry your clothes on the line and wash them only when necessary.

When you do wash your clothes, wash them in cold water. Washing clothes in cold water can cut CO2 emissions by 100 pounds and save you up to $64 per year on your energy bill.
You can also line-dry your clothes in the spring and summer instead of using the dryer. This will keep 700 pounds of carbon dioxide from making their way into the environment.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Japanese Designer Rie Hosokai Turns Balloons Into Inflatable Couture

Pins and needles may be an integral element of most garment construction, but for Japanese artist Rie Hosokai, the pointy tools could leave her designs coming up flat, literally.
You see, Hosokai deftly twists and manipulates balloons—yes, that’s right, balloons—into statement dresses that are far removed from the latex animals you see at kids' birthday parties.

Read more here: