October 30, 2014


We're an animal conscious company—always have been, always will be! But sometimes it's a little difficult to find accessories that are animal-friendly and attractive. So we decided to host an open call for fashion accessories—handbags, clutches, wallets, belts, etc.—that use materials alternative to leather, suede, pearls, feathers or any other material that threatens the welfare of another being.

We take the term "uncommon" pretty seriously around here and are on the hunt for truly unique artwork. Our buyers love anything that has an exciting story, so tell us about it in your entry. Where does your inspiration come from? What hurdles have you jumped to get to your final draft? As far as what not to submit, make sure your art is free of trademarks or logos.

You can submit your designs by clicking the "Enter Here" link at the bottom of the page. Please be sure to fill out the form in its entirety before submitting your entry. You will receive a confirmation email if your entry was submitted successfully.

We thought you might ask that! If you are our grand prize winner—and let's face it, why wouldn't you be?—you'll receive $500 cash (OK, it's a check, but you get the idea) and a potential vendor contract at UncommonGoods. You'll work with your assigned buyer—to build an inventory schedule based on your capability. Your design will be shown on UncommonGoods.com, in our marketing emails, and possibly in the catalog. You'll also reserve the right for a judgment-free victory dance.

This question bums us out, but all runners-up will receive a critique of their work from the guest judges, will receive tips for marketing and growing their businesses from the UncommonGoods marketing team, and may still be considered for entrance into our collection.

Drop us a line at vegan-accessories@uncommongoods.com  or go here to visit their website. 

October 29, 2014


Fashion Snoop is an online forecasting trend service that reports on color, design themes, key items, details, etc., for women's, men's, kid's and accessories.  To learn more and subscribe to their services, go here to view their amazing site and check out their inspiring blog. 

 Here is a preview of FASHION SNOOPS',  S/S 2015 NY RUNWAY.  To order a copy of the report, go here.

The Summer of Love girl is festival-ready at Tommy Hilfiger and Anna Sui. Both designers incorporated looks for the bohemian spirited or pyschedelic hippie. Flowing chiffon maxi dresses were often printed or embroidered, and denim was a highlight with patchwork techniques. Crochet and openwork knits were used for layers.

An Army Navy look surfaces with uniforms that that embrace pockets and neutral military tones.

The Row progresses from last season's Inner Calm story into an equally sublime Zen approach, which confirms Fashion Snoops' Stop trend in Visionary. The spiritual look is reliant on solid neutrals and minimalist lines, with the exception of intricate wrapped techniques at the waist. Linen and natural fibers exude the message of purity and elongated silhouettes are favored.

October 28, 2014


Patternbank is an exceptionally great resource with over 20 years in the print, graphics and fashion industryTheir global research brings you essential inspiration ideas for graphics, prints and patternsmaking Patternbank a valuable resource and intelligence tool for any business, designer or buyer.  To stay informed of their reports, sign up for the Patternbank Weekly Digest here.  

Below is a preview of their Print Trend Report Part I Spring/Summer 2015.  You can order their report here 

Patternbank brings you the key Spring/Summer 2015 Print and Pattern trends from the latest London, New York, Paris and Milan catwalk shows, in an essential in-depth report. The Patternbank team have gathered information from the designers collections and compiled a selection of the most prominent print looks trending for Spring/Summer 2015 together with an insight into colours for the season. This informative catwalk report will be an indispensable tool for your Spring /Summer 2015 Print and Pattern developments.
  • 12 print trend stories for Spring/Summer 2015

    Cut-Out & Placed /Geometric Structures / Deconstruct / Brushed & Scribbled / Nomadic Habit / Graphic Garden / Inky Gradients / Perforated Pattern / Oceanic Currents / Textile Collector /Mosaïque / Exotic Vegetation

  • 44 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 500 on trend hand-picked images

  • Covers New York, London, Paris & Milan SS15 shows

  • 5 colour trends for Spring/Summer 2015

October 27, 2014


Pattern People is a surface design studio founded by designers Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery. Their studio provides a collection of thousands of ready-made print designs available for immediate use on apparel, paper products, beauty packaging, accessories, interiors and more.  They are also available for commissioned design and can develop to your project's specifications. Visit their site here, to browse their inspiration blog and shop tutorials, trend guides and designer tools. 

Their Pattern Mix, is now available which features 100 surface designers from around the world and encompasses 800 inspirational print designs and 200 plus pages of colorful patterns. Go here to order it now. 

Below are reposts from their blog - inspirational PRINT/PATTERN mood boards by  Bekah Hilleson.


Light and airy barely prints add lovely texture to feminine silhouettes.


Abstract textural prints shine bright in glowy pinks and oranges.
A techy take on the traditional tartan.

Plaid with a touch of animal fierceness.
Nicole Miller & Shali fur for Fashion Gone Rogue | ZAC by Zac Posen | McQ Alexander McQueen

October 24, 2014


We are re-featuring talented Fashion Designer Martijn van Strien who has recently launched an experimental fashion label called m p h v s.

If ever the worlds of fashion and science were located on two different sides of the universe, Martijn van Strien is well on this way to assemble them together into one perfect dark harmony. He creates a world where anything is possible and constantly changing. Urban becomes rural, ugly turns into beauty and rainbows come in black and white. Ever future-focused, his aim is to make the best possible version of everything. Textile design might just be the beginning.

Van Strien’s interest in the technical side of fashion and design made him stand out at the Design Academy Eindhoven where he graduated in December 2012. There he specialised in textile design and trend forecasting. Skills and knowledge he developed further at the Textile Department of Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, focusing on handcrafts and textile manufacturing. 

His two graduation projects at DAE, Threads for Cockaigne and Dystopian Brutalist Outerwear, received wide international praise and recognition. Both collections arose from imaginative worlds and abstract concepts. The first found inspiration in craftsmanship from the past, Medieval tales in particular. While the second explored future and ‘sustainable’ adaptations of textile design. For this he was awarded a prestigious ‘Keep an Eye’ grant during the Dutch Design Week, to continue designing and experimenting with various materials. This grant was used to develop a new collection and launch a new experimental fashion label, mphvs, in October 2014.

His interest in future-focused and sustainable fashion, brought him to Antwerp, where he assisted fashion designer Bruno Pieters at Honest By. Besides exploring material sourcing, his work included all the Honest by graphic design, website, publicity and organising a book project. 

 ‘’Nothing endures but change’’, (Heraclitus) and in the case of Van Strien this craving for evolution has become a recurring element in his work. Intrigued by the speed of fashion, standing still will never be an option for the young creator. In order to do this, it is important to keep your eyes open at all times, discovering and analysing new things. Preferably with one eye peeking into the future. 

At the same time, he likes the mystery of not knowing how something is constructed. It is this curiosity that makes him want to take a new approach to ‘sustainable’ fashion, working with recycled or organic-based synthetic materials instead of the old fashioned eco materials like organic hemp or cotton. He plans to develop his expertise in textile design through partnerships with established studios in the fashion industry. 

In the world of Martijn van Strien anything is possible, styled and constantly evolving.


© Martijn van Strien - all rights reserved.  

contra • dictions

"Here the boundaries meet and all contradictions exist side by side." - Fyodor Dostoevsky in 'The Brothers Karamazov'.

Inspired by a man who travels the edges of his existence. 
The cuts and patterns reflect his journey and originated in the buildings, bridges and other man-made structures he passed. 

Made using high-tech equipment to turn unconventional materials into wearable pieces, this collection is an exploration into the future of fashion. Taking a parallel path to the opportunities 3d-printing brings to product design, this technique makes one-of-a-kind, custom garments possible to exactly fit the “consumer’s” size and demands. A 21st century approach to haute couture.

The shapes are inspired by architecture. They’re kept simple and square because the main focus is on the material. It’s a ‘unisex’ collection because I don’t believe in the difference between men and women. Physically there doesn’t have to be much difference, so also what they wear can be similar. The pieces are all made from one and the same material, a pvc tarp in either black or white. All seams are welded in straight lines

The material came from a long research into the possibilities of making heavy industrial materials lighter, flexible and more wearable. The goal was to add different qualities to one piece of material to eliminate the need to use different materials in one garment. All holes and outlines are cut into the material by using a laser cutter. Which makes it easy to adapt a garment to specific sizes, prints or other requirements. Each garment can be unique, there is no need to mass-produce large amounts of the same garment.

The mood of the collection is inspired by a man traveling the edges of his existence. Its about staying on the move, visiting different places, looking for the unknown in search of yourself. It’s about being confused and lost and liking it, about perpetual change. About the contrast between real and unreal, between organic and geometric, alive and dead, material and no material.

image credits:
photos.  Olya Oleinic
hair & make-up.  Cristina Vila
models.  Ian @ FIC  &  Katie @ Paparazzi


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October 23, 2014


A great resource for fashion and creative professionals is Trendstop.com an online fashion and trend forecasting agency based in London.  They have an extensive data for forecasts and trends in all areas of clothing, accessories and beauty for Men's and Women's.

Here are a couple of key Women's color trends for the S/S 2016 season. Go here to order your copy. 


Replacing Winter's Ermine Purple, a deep, red-toned purple creates the rich appeal of Grape Juice. Mary Katrantzou works with a brogue-inspired digital print on an unconventional dress, as satiny textures look elegant on slit skirts at Emilio de la Morena. House of Holland demonstrates a more casual approach with a plain fabric surface.


Beetle Black makes the transition from Winter, refreshed with a vivid green tint while retaining a rich iridescent gloss. Antipodium applies the shade with shimmering pleats to a layered dress, while black and white contrasts add emphasis at Mary Katrantzou. Supple leather textures add a rich finish, as seen in Simone Rocha's coat.

October 22, 2014


Wolverine Leathers is the global leader of Performance Leather which offers an array of performance features, colors, weights and other varieties. Their speciality is in working with designers, product development and sourcing to meet their needs in footwear design. Some of their clients include UGG, DKNY, Adidas and Vans to name a few.  Go here to learn more about their company. 

Here is a preview of their Sprint/Summer 2016 trends where you can view the entire report here for their colors and materials. Their trends are inspired by 4 concepts: Le Printemps, Artland, Rah Rah and Mesa.


Set in Paris in thé 1880s, la belle époque, a time of great economic prosperity, entertainment, intellect and creativity.  Colors: soft elegant ranges of silken blues and pink, set against luminous limestone, wrought iron and bright pops of geranium. 

Set in an artist colony on the fringes of the city (any city) and celebrates the vibrant new fusion of contemporary art, music and fashion.  Colors feature oil paint colors set against a canvas white and urban grey.
    RAH RAH    

Takes us back to the authentic fun and competition of 1970s team sports - pre-tech, pre-juice. Colors based on the sports, pennants, players and cheerleaders graphically juxtaposed and oh-so-familiar retro shades of shrimp, mint, grass maize and varsity blue.

Is a beautiful arid story set in the deserts of the southwestern United States feature red rocks, terra-cotta, adobe, desert sky sage brush, silver mine metals and cactus.


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