Sustainably Chic

Supporting Filipino Craftsmanship through Vibrant, Ethical Handbags & Jewelry

FashionNatalie Kay
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Clare Hynes 

Being a Florida gal, I was naturally drawn to Clare Hyne’s aesthetic. From the palm trees to the bold colors, this line is begging to be taken out under the sun. I feel like ethical fashion is known to have a few minimalistic color schemes, and everything is sort of subdued and neutral. I think this is great when it comes to building your everyday wardrobe, but adding a piece from Clare Hynes can really make your outfit shine!

Reasons to Love Clare Hynes

Sustainable Craftsmanship: Designer Clare Hynes has partnered with artisans in The Philippines to bring you their debut collection. After traveling all over the world and working with GKonomics in Palanog, Tacloban, Clare was able to connect with female artisans to help produce her line. 

Vibrant Designs: There is just something really fun & positive behind this collection that so easily brings us in. Like I mentioned before, color is something you don’t see a ton of in ethical fashion. There are a lot more neutral color palettes, but when you work with accessories, it’s so much fun to have something pop! 

Handwoven Fabric: As you probably already know, I love textiles, and handwoven ones are the most special. Clare Hynes is using an indigenous fabric called T’nalak, which is made by the T’boli people of lake Sebu, Mindanao, and Inabel on large antique wooden looms via a process called ‘Abel’. The women creating the T’nalak fabric have been passing this tradition down from generation to generation, and it continues to be a sustainable source of income for them. I’ve included a photo below so you can see part of the process. It is amazing!

What I’m Wearing

The Meghan Clutch Bag: This might just be the most unique & versatile handbag I own! The Meghan Clutch can be worn two different ways - one with a long cross-body, gold-braided strap handcrafted in Mindanao, by a husband and wife team - and another with a small handle made with wooden beads from Cebu, Philippines. The handbag itself is made from T’nalak fabric and a large brass cube clasp {which I think is such a fresh, new look - I mean, how many of your purses clasp like this?!}.

Where to Purchase

You can find the entire Clare Hynes collection online - here - and don’t forget to stay up-to-date with new products on Instagram

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