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Nolcha Shows at NYFW A/W 2017: Ethical and Sustainable Fashion Featured


The Nolcha Shows at New York Fashion Week have come to be synonymous with independent designers—and that includes plenty of talent that is working ethically and sustainably too.
We’ve been covering Nolcha’s shows for years, and we’re proud to be a media partner with the shows too!
We’ll be back soon with more from the latest collections from each of the designers below, but until then, here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come!
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Acid NYC is made in the great city of New York, and the label’s designers hail from Brooklyn and the Bronx, so they are keeping it close to home, giving back to the community that they grew up in. Designers Evelyn Luna (formerly of DVF) and Scott Chester are all about museum-quality prints on their eye-catching designs. 
Asked about their design philosophy this season the team wrote:
This season we stay shallow not diving too deep so as to not make waves. This season we languish on the sand in silk and blow in the breeze of salt air. We breach the surface of texture, our designs being filled with light and yet we are firmly anchored in our colorful community.
Read our full feature on Acid NYC’s S/S 2016 show here.
Samantha Leibowitz New York is also proudly made in NYC and the designer is inspired by the arts, architecture and gardens. This designer is new to us and we can’t wait to see what her runway show features!
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The Nolcha Shows Media Lounge will be featuring the following designers in their fashion media lounge:
Wren & Roch  is made in NYC by two women designers who are creating more than just another accessories brand: Their mission is amazing.
The Vision/ mission of Wren & Roch is to empower victims and survivors of rape, domestic violence and childhood sexual assault by raising awareness, eliminating stigmas and educating for the prevention of abuse. We wholeheartedly believe that every Wren & Roch handbag purchase can change a life; when our customers make the choice to carry their courage.
El Voyage weavings is a high end collection of handwoven scarves for the stylish shopper seeking individuality while empowering small, local producers to join in the global marketplace. Created by Yenifer Lam and Vicky Cohen, two women with unique global roots and a shared passion for life’s everyday luxuries. With more than 20 years of global-sourcing experience between them, the fashion-industry veterans look far and wide to find the brand’s artisanal partners. Producers are carefully selected to help support emerging economies, and also to bring local, traditional expertise to the global community.
Read our full feature on El Voyage’s extraordinary weaving!

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.