Cradle to Grave Certified Fashion

Announcement of Chic Eco’s poll for the Most Creative Women’s Apparel Designer honored London designer Nina Morgan-Jones as the first runner-up on September 2008. Nominations were submitted by email and most didn’t include much more than the designer’s name. Wow, that was not the case with Nina’s positive support. Below are a few quotations:

The hottest organic couture fashion designer.
Innovative high fashion shoe designs with a firm footing in ecological benefit.
Her designs with exclusive organic fabrics and leathers are fashion-industry leading.
She creates fantasy clothing and shoes while maintaining an earth-goddess Gaia quality.
For those that think organic is just a bunch of hippies wearing tie-dyes, look at Nina’s designs.

The style is timeless, Bohemian-exotic. To sum the quotes up, Nina creates sustainable apparel and accessories that are beautiful, sexy and fun.

Nina is the fashion inspiration for ROMP, whose collection is certified organic by the Soil Association and GOTS approved for natural dyes. UK’s Soil Association is one of (if not the most), strictest certifiers on our planet.

Beginning 2002, Greg Sturmer, the CEO of ROMP, worked in collaboration with a government-owned tannery in Slovenia. Results are the fruition of a five-year project led by visionary Greg, where the first attempt to unify world organic certification standards was accomplished.

Sturmer pioneered elimination of toxic dyes, metals, and other chemicals typically used in the leather tanning process. Following that amazing accomplishment, he created products with complete traceability.

The trace system tracks from field to store, including the name of the farm the animals came from, the environmental processing data, and the names of supply chain partners involved in the garment construction. Finally, organic farmers with the best available animal husbandry receive value for their quality skins.

Nina’s earlier collections hold great acclaim in London, Paris, Japan and New York. As of this year’s Earth Day on April 22nd, the LA ROMP boutique on trendy West Third Street offers sustainable leather and suede jackets, jumpsuits, bags, shoes, luggage, organic cotton jeans, fashion T’s, and home furnishings.

This is the only cradle-to-grave certified fashion company to date. ROMP is proud to be part of the solution, — rather than part of the problem.

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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.