These funky, eclectic pieces, all designed by Rene herself, are created with formaldehyde-free silk, recycled textiles and organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo fabrics. All of these are sourced, says Rene, "directly from weavers who live in the villages where the cotton is grown, where the silk is gathered, and where the money is needed most" whenever possible.We caught up with Rene after a busy weekend at the Green Fest in San Francisco, where her little booth was swamped with women busily trying on silk corsets. Faernyn's Grove, Rene says, wasn't always eco. In fact, when the company launched back in 1997, the fashion was very much conventional, some of it made with the eco-nightmare that is PVC (vinyl). All that changed when, during a trip to Albuquerque, Rene met some green architects who introduced her to sustainable issues and technologies.
Fast forward to June 2005, when Faernyn's Grove launched its first complete line of sustainable fashion, inspired by Japanese architecture, gothic style, and eco-ingenuity. This line's more focused on sexy everyday wear, though Rene still does gothic and fetish wear -- and is working to green that subculture in the process. "I'm excited about that because that is a crowd that generally doesn't think too much about where their things are coming from," says Rene, who's trying to replace all that shiny black vinyl with greener substitutes, like natural latex and recycled rubber.
So whether it's a couture wedding dress or a gothic corset you need, check out Faernyn's Grove. Rene does custom designs -- and offers free custom alterations for her creations. ::Faernyn's Grove