3 Eco-Friendly Black Designers You Should Know

3 Eco-Friendly Black Designers You Should Know
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 18, 2012

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Monique Péan

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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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Korto Momolu

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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.

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Ashwood and Cortex necklace with turquoise accents, Korto Momolo, $90, kortomomolushop.com.

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Tigerwood and Ashwood beaded necklace, Korto Momolu, $90, kortomomolushop.com.

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Petal shaped Rosewood necklace, Korto Momolu, $120, kortomomolushop.com.

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Robin Wilson

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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.

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100% cotton waffle weave robe, Robin Wilson, $50, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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6 pc Egyptian cotton bath towel set, Robin Wilson, $50, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Fossilized walrus ivory scrimshaw ring, Monique Pean, $14,080, barney.com.

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Woolly mammoth scrimshaw hexagon cuff, Monique Pean, $4,710, barney.com.

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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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Layered wooden necklace, Korto Momolu, $55, maderaus.com.

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Wood cluster necklace, Korto Momolu, $59, maderaus.com.

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Wood cluster necklace, Korto Momolu, $59, maderaus.com.

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