June 1, 2011

June MBF Favorite Picks

The weather here in NYC is finally starting to look more like what it's supposed to be -- spring! With the rainy days hopefully behind us (fingers crossed), we dish out our spring/summer must-have pieces for this month's MBF Favorite Picks. Carefully hand selected, each pick below is equally chic and eco-conscious. So if you haven't done so already, get ready to store away your winter wardrobe and make room for the sunny days!

photo via: Madewell

Wanderlust Angkor Friendship Bracelets
Taking us back to the days of summer camp, these one-of-a-kind friendship bracelets make the perfect compliment to any outfit. Buy several and layer up different color combinations, or pick one as a pop color to brighten up your look. A perfect gift for your best friend (and one for yourself), these bracelets are hand made by artisans in Cambodia using plastic from recycled bottles.

photo via: Fleabags

Fleabags Salt Bag: Aquarium
The core concept of NYC-based label, Fleabags, is based on the goal of creating a bag that was as green as possible while maintaining high quality and covetable design. Thus, much research was put into the types of canvas, leather and parts available in the United States that would fit their eco-friendly standards. Fleabags are wholly sourced in the US and made in New York of organic and vintage materials, and vegetable-tanned, American and Italian leathers.

photo via: Liebling

Liebling's Naomi Sandal
Liebling is a unique brand of handmade ladies shoes launched in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2009. With an emphasis on comfort, functionality and uniqueness, each shoe is produced in limited editions. Check out their latest collection here.

photo via: Hound
Hound Meridian Dress
With color blocking as one of this summer's biggest trends, Chicago-based brand, Hound, offers a wide range of fun and flirty dresses, tops, and bottoms in their latest collection.

photo via: Poketo

Poketo Upcycled Leather Passport Case
Poketo's upcycled leather passport case is the perfect companion to your summer travels. Handmade from 100% vintage leather sofas, no two of these cases are ever the same in color and texture. Choose your favorite color combination and Poketo will send you one that matches as closely as possible.

photo via: Wolfum

Wolfum Home Products
Wolfum's beautifully printed coasters and napkins add just the right amount of pop to your summer barbecues and dinner parties. All of Wolfum's products are handmade in Los Angeles using recycled poly and organic cotton manufactured in the US. Wood products are comprised of fairly harvested Latvian Baltic birch and US based FSC certified walnut.

photo via: Kaight
Bodkin Twister Swimsuit
Flattering almost any body shape, Bodkin's Twister Swimsuit is the most fabulous one-piece we've seen yet. Made in NYC from salvaged lycra and nylon, this is going to be a staple for the beach bumming days.

photo via: Ecouterre

We haven't forgotten about you, gentlemen! Riz Boardshorts make the perfect uniform to hot summer days. Using 100% recycled and recyclable sueded polyester, each old pair can be sent back and recycled in their "Rizcycle" process, reducing harmful waste and conserving natural resources.

photo via: AHAlife

Elvis & Kresse Fire Hose Accessories
Let's not forget, Father's Day is June 19. Show a little love and appreciation with Elvis & Kresse's reclaimed fire hose wash bag, the ultimate accessory for weekend travels, albeit a business trip or a relaxing vacation. The extremely durable and cool pouch is made from fire hoses collected in the U.K. Each bag has lettering and numbers to indicate the origin of the firehouse it was made from. 50% of profits are also donated to the Fire Fighters Charity.

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