In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, amNY is celebrating up-and-coming New York designers who have a flair for fashion and helping the planet. We spoke with Inessah Selditz and Tara Eisenberg of the women's fashion label Sublet.
Backstory: In 2005, Inessah Selditz answered Tara Eisenberg’s Craigslist ad for a two-week apartment sublet. This supposedly short-term sublet turned into more once the gals discovered their shared passions for both fashion and the sustainable movement — hence the name of the company, Sublet.
Eco-friendly goods: Selditz, who studied fashion design at the University of North Texas, designs at her Brooklyn studio while Eisenberg focuses on the brand’s business side. The 20-somethings only use eco-friendly materials — organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, silk and surplus fabrics — but their garments have more of a downtown vibe than a forest-friendly one. “It’s for girls doing something in the city, running around, going to happy hour, meeting friends at a gallery opening,” Selditz said.
What's on tap: Prints! For the first time, Sublet is incorporating prints into its wares (courtesy of themselves and Brooklyn designer Caroline Hwang), most of which are inspired by math, science and nature. “It’s sweet without being too sentimental,” Eisenberg said.
Buy Sublet: Thistle & Clover, 221 DeKalb Ave., Fort Greene, 718-855-5577; subletclothing.com