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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Carytown Goes Green

Tomorrow night, Sept. 6, is Fashion First in Carytown, a night when many of the stores stay open late and host special events or sales. This month, many of the stores are focusing on an eco-friendly theme. So get out and shop for sustainability. Here’s a sampling of store events.

Que Bella will introduce a new reusable shopping bag for frequent shoe-buyers. Anyone who spends at least $200 will get one free and shoppers who bring it back for their next comfy-yet-stylish shoe purchase will receive a $5 discount. In addition, Lauren Carroll, co-owner of the cruelty-free, eco-friendly shoe line Charmone will be in the store from noon to 8 p.m.

At Soak! shoppers will be offered organic Hawaiian hand treatments along with special discounts and refreshments. The evening will feature Malie Kauai’s line of all-natural aromatherapy products. If you stop in, make sure to smell the coconut vanilla: The creamy, rich scent is absolutely delicious.

Need Supply Co. will launch three new socially and environmentally sustainable clothing lines. The first is Good Society, a denim line that uses 100-percent organic cotton. The company focus on clean, simple jeans for both men and women and donates 10 percent of its profits to various charities worldwide. Loomstate is a denim and chinos line for men and women that’s also made with organic cotton. And for customers who want an entire “green” outfit, Need Supply Co. will be featuring Alternate Earth, a line of basic tees made from organic cotton that come in a range of styles and colors. While you’re in the “green” mindset, owner Chris Bossola wants you to recycle your old jeans. So, if you bring in an old pair and buy a new pair, you’ll get a 20 percent discount and your old jeans will be donated to charity. And if that isn’t enough, Sticky Rice will be serving up vegan sushi and DJ Rudy Lopez will be providing music.

Animal-friendly handbags by Canadian Matt & Nat will be the focus at Jet Set Boutique. Many of the designs have the look of leather with a price tag of $150 or less. If you buy one during Fashion First, you’ll get 20 percent off. A fashion show at Pink will feature Stewart + Brown, an eco-friendly fashion-forward clothing line.

These are just a few highlights of tomorrow’s big night. Look for more events in the other boutiques as you wander up and down the street.


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