It’s Earth to Fashion week here at Style.com, and we’re covering every corner of sustainability, from natural beauty products to the hard facts about the supply chain. Even if you’re new to the eco-friendly mind-set, you can still participate by shopping a little more responsibly. Throughout the week, we’ll be introducing brands that make a difference for the environment, impact job creation, and employ safe production practices.
Up first is Ash + Ames. Sustainable brands aren’t typically associated with high-end luxury, but much of Ash + Ames’ selection of jewelry directly benefits female artisans around the world. Founders Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile travel the globe to collaborate with women in different countries; in India, female artisans create elegant, exotic-looking pieces with pavé diamonds that are mined responsibly, which also provides them with stable jobs. Another recent trip brought Ashworth and Nobile to Haiti, where they used repurposed wood from fallen guayacan trees for sleek, sculptural cuffs and chokers that retail for less than $200. Elsewhere on the company’s website you’ll find a wide range of pieces, from vermeil druzy earrings crafted in Turkey to pendants made from vintage Afghan coins. Customers who are particularly interested in getting involved can take it one step further and host trunk shows with the brand. Shop three of our favorite items in the slideshow, and visit ashandames.com for more information.