Little Green Dress

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I am so excited to be kicking off this series! I was ‘window shopping’ on Etsy for some summer clothing and started to notice that there are some seriously talented people creating beautiful fashions that are eco-friendly; whether they are using reclaimed materials, recycling or upcycling fabrics or sourcing new materials that don’t come with a hefty environmental impact. And I wondered, what would it look like to spotlight all of them in one place? [ like here?! ] So I started to reach out to the shop owners, tell them just how rad I think they are, and ask if they wanted to buddy up for a spotlight … and here it is.

First up is Trish Hurless with Rubypearl from Texas

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Tell us about Rubypearl

Rubypearl uses collected fabrics, scarves and trims to create one-of-a-kind dresses for women and children. A lot of the materials used are very old, which I feel creates an aura of history for the dress. The dresses are timeless and will be worn for years which adds your own history. Each dress is different and is a piece of art.

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How did you decide to start making eco-friendly fashion and make that a business? 

Ten years ago, when my daughter was one, I was laid off from my job. I wanted to work from home and have my daughter with me so we put our family on a budget and I put my skills to use. I began making women’s and children’s clothes for a friend’s boutique and needed fabric to practice pattern making. I visited a neighborhood thrift store and stocked up on sheets and that’s when the idea of re-purposing fabrics hit me. It was inexpensive, eco-friendly and fun to hunt for materials. A few years later I joined a friend who was creating Rubypearl dresses and we worked together for a while before she left for other ventures. I’ve been making and selling them ever since and also still have my original children’s clothing line, Sadie Loves Kiki, in addition to a new one, Rosa Rebelled. I’m very busy lol! All three of my lines use re-purposed materials.

I asked what some of her favorites are and Trish told me it’s really hard to choose [i agree] so I’ve picked some of my favorites from her current stock in her etsy shop:

‘Some dresses conjure a specific decade’ like this Vintage Sunset Slip Dress,

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‘some are edgy’ like this Rubypearl Black Widow Corset Dress

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‘and some are just downright funky’ like this Rubypearl I Love Pink Slip Dress.

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So it depends on your mood.

Do you have any eco-mantras that you live by?

I thrift as much as possible. When researching for my business plan I came across some astonishing statistics on wastefulness, especially clothing. I’m not a die-hard but I try to only acquire things I absolutely need or I will get lots of use out of. Thrifted whenever possible!

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Check out Rubypearl’s Etsy shop for more.

If you’d like to be featured in my Little Green Dress series, let me know



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