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Published on September 13th, 2008 | by Delia Montgomery

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A Green-pro Designer for Custom Couture

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Ever think of securing a custom designer? Most people only do so for special occasions, but it’s especially more common for high-fashion couture admirers. And why not for green couture?

Well it’s not common knowledge, but custom green couture is an expanding service. Existing and famed designers are shifting from conventional materials and some like Crystal Miler have been at it from the start.

Crystal, proprietor and designer of Conscious Clothing in New Mexico, started specializing in hemp wedding attire more than a decade ago. She is a hemp maestro who favors it with a Tencel® blend. “I just love the way it drapes and resists wrinkling,” explains Crystal.

Tencel® begins with cellulose which is processed with a nontoxic, recyclable dissolving agent, making a minimal environmental impact. Hempcel® is a registered name for a 55% hemp and 45% Tencel® fiber blend that provides a beautiful flow. Hemp silk is typically integrated into Crystal’s design details and for one-of-a-kind features, hand silk embroidery done in Chiapas, Mexico can be embellished onto a custom garment.

Couture garments are cut and sewn to order, each with exquisite attention to detail. As you can imagine, most of her clients are upcoming brides. Many of those brides want a design that carries them beyond a wedding. So with one tailor-made desire leading to another, Crystal has the customization process streamlined to perfection.

See Crystal’s Custom Designs page to read the four-step details. Her method satisfies local and distant clients, starting with discussion and sketches.

Eco-savy people take pride in their environmental concerns. Today they can express themselves with more social support than ever before. It’s so very natural to show respect for earth with special eco-green attire during special occasions.

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About the Author

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on www.ChicEco.com, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design." Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers. From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases! My other forte is connecting suppliers with business-to-business tools. Aspects of my business vary with consulting services while I'm proud to be the aide that embraces unique and innovative gigs. I'm originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here. Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style. In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.



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