Monthly Archives: April 2010

the process

Today I launched my “cottage industry” of local sewers. I dropped off my first box with Lucia, a scarf, several hundred bits of beach plastic (pre-drilled), recycled nylon rope for thread, and a map of how to sew the pieces….
Lucia came with her mother and met me at the fountain five blocks north of here. Both of them used to work in a beading factory in North Miami…
There were about forty replies to my ad on Craig’s list – Beaders Wanted. Its a start, employ locally and aid the Florida economy in a miniscule way. I’ve started two companies in the past, one in London one in New York but I always had my eye on the outcome, this time I’m loving every baby step of the process.

I must be growing up.

the sewing package…

white on white – a map…

the crazy plastic driller….

drilled and loved, the next batch – an orange scarf….

my work bench in the garage of our “candy-land bachelor pad”…


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Barneys New York is cool… and green… and blue

Website of more beach plastic including jewelry:

Plastic is Forever E-commerce site will open soon, check back for announcement or subscribe to this blog….


The announcement yesterday that made me happy!

Barneys New York: Happy Earth Day! Congrats to Barbara de Vries for winning the Earth Day “Sustainable fashion designed to be environmentally friendly” competition! We absolutely ♥ her efforts to clean up the beaches & how she uses plastic waste in her beautiful “Plastic is Forever” designs! Thanks to all who entered + we hope you will continue to live an earth-friendly life!

Plastic is Forever says — Thank you Barneys and Julie Gilhart…

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a silk slip for earth day…

raw and crinkled silk georgette slip scattered with beach plastic from the Plastic is Forever collection by Barbara de Vries

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The world’s first beach plastic tank top

spindles from a crate found stuck in the sand…

nylon cloth wedged permanently under the rocks…

from the Plastic is Forever Collection by Barbara de Vries…

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the world’s first beach plastic brazilian bikini

bone like aged plastic with salt and sand patina attached with black nylon boat rope

organic and man-made  in harmony

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