In 2006 Monique Péan traded her career in finance for fashion design. Now the former investment banker runs a socially responsible and eco-friendly award winning fine jewelry company, carried at upscale retailers like Barney’s. Her specialty — creating unique yet elegantly designed pieces like diamond trimmed fossilized wooly mammoth bones. The best part is a percentage of every piece purchased goes to a non-profit that provides clean water to third-world countries.
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Opal and woolly mammoth ‘Amautas’ necklace, Monique Péan, $42,245, barney.com.
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Ivory and opalina trapezoid bracelet, Monique Péan, $37,455, barney.com.
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Woolly mammoth ivory and diamond earrings, Monique Péan, $7,075, barney.com.
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Down To Earth Designs
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You may recognize Korto Momolu as the first runner up from Bravo’s fifth season of Project Runway. Since the show this print lover has branched out into eco-friendly jewelry design, creating both wood and fine jewelry that can accessorize almost any of her fabulous looks.
Eco-friendly designer Robin Wilson, CEO of Robin Wilson Home, has built a lifestyle brand focused on healthy living. Wilson does it all, from designing interiors that promote the health and wellness of indoor air quality to 100% cotton robes and kitchen cabinetry. “My grandmother worked in the kitchen during the era of The Help, now my name is on the kitchen in the era of eco-friendly design,” Wilson tells ESSENCE.com.
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A Robin Wilson eco-friendly designed condo for a newly wed couple in New York.