Toggery Collection by Kate D'Arcy

Kate D’Arcy with some of her Fall designs

Designer Kate D’Arcy, 26, is a new up and coming ecofashion designer, and I was lucky enough to get to check out her line in person last week. Kate’s debut line for her label Toggery, is made up of basics with flair, and as you can see from the pictures, tons of color too! All fabrics are super-soft, and for autumn I particularly loved the organic cotton fleece cropped jacket (not shown below) and the soft and comfy cowl-necked dresses. Her designs look great and are flattering to the female figure, yet all the pieces I checked out seemed versatile enough so that I could see wearing them to work and for hanging out on the weekend.

Kate says that she wants to make clothes for people who are from all walks of life, including but not limited to treehuggers and environmentalists. She says that by creating a line of fashions that are both fun, affordable and gorgeous, even non-eco chicks will want to pick up her stuff, just because it looks great. It’s that kind of attitude that is bringing ecofashion out of the ‘green’ corner, and will get lots of people into organic cotton whether they do it on purpose or not!

Kate uses organic cotton and sustainable dyes, and all her fabric is made, dyed and sewn in her home state of Pennsylvania, which I think is super-impressive since fewer resources are used to ship fabric around (reducing Toggery’s carbon footprint). Also, by having her designs sewn in the U.S. D’Arcy is supporting American seastresses, who are paid a fair wage.




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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.