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Introducing Willian by Designer Keia Bounds-Thompson

Willian, a ready-to-wear women’s fashion business headquartered in New Jersey, utilizes a variety of natural and organic fabrics, often combined with vintage materials reworked into contemporary silhouettes.

Designer Keia Bounds-Thompson, also proprietor, sought a a sustainable fabric consultant. With her sweatshop-free and eco-friendly vision, Keia and partner James Thompson embraced 100% certified organic with natural and recycled materials.

Results are a light-weight fleece, cotton jersey, Tencel®, twill, and indigo. The indigo is dyed naturally, as well as their recycled silk. The Fall 2010 collection primarily utilizes recycled wool and silk for the coat and poncho. Photo credits to Paul O. Colliton, who captured models beautifully at New York Fashion Week Green Shows early this year.

Sustainable screen printing is an in-house touch one can find in obscure places on some of the collection items. Most all the production takes place in their Hoboken, New Jersey studio where they do their best to reduce waste and have a low impact on the environment.

Upon graduation from Philadelphia University, Keia was bound for NYC. With three internships under her belt from Urban Outfitters, Cynthia Rowley and Gary Williams, she began her journey. Her career started with Tracey Feith, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. She also worked in film/TV and editorial as a key costumer and celebrity stylist.

It was the RL gig where Keia noticed how much waste big companies were creating. That awareness influenced her to create Keia K, one-of-a-kind reconstructed garments using vintage scarves and fabrics. She sold them in Brooklyn and Manhattan boutiques.

What a lovely combination of talents!


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Written by Delia Montgomery

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on, 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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