Started in 2006, the FIN line of what they call "eco-luxe" already has a local and European following that is now expanding to US shores, via the newly-opened Pittsburg - and online - boutique Equita. At $248 for a pretty but unspectacular knitted cardigan and $276 for the cool off-the-shoulder dress pictured, FIN's fashions might not make it to the wardrobes of those of us still waiting for the Whole Foods of affordable and ethical fashion to arrive. Still, a cruelty-free silk shawl is something to dream of. Via ::Fin
Norway's FIN makes beautiful, sumptuous and classic women's clothing out of organic and Fair Trade cotton, organic alpaca, and staring with the Fall/Winter 2008 collection, selected items in "wild" hand-spun silk. Generally, commercially reared silkworm pupae are killed by dipping them in boiling water or piercing with a needle so that the whole cocoon may be used. Wild silk necessitates smaller-scaled production as the moths are allowed to break free and the damaged cocoon, with less viable silk fiber, is spun.