ConsciousElegance

Conscious Elegance Eco Fabrics & Wedding Dress Designs

Massachusetts, United States · 122 Sales

ConsciousElegance

Conscious Elegance Eco Fabrics & Wedding Dress Designs

Massachusetts, United States 122 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(47)

Announcement   Welcome to Conscious Elegance!

We love to share our sustainable fabric with fellow DIY'ers, crafters and designers. We also create custom-made eco wedding dresses for folks who'd rather let us do the sewing!

We've been making handmade eco-friendly wedding dresses officially since 2007 (and unofficially for much longer than that). During our adventures, we've been asked if we would share our fabulous fabrics. Well, yeah. Result? We've been providing brides and mums and fashion students and crafters with gorgeous sustainable fabric for years.

Lead-time for orders:
1-2 days for in-stock fabric and ready-made dresses
2-4 weeks for fabric specially ordered in
4-6 weeks for custom made to order items which use in-stock fabric
6-10 weeks for custom gowns where fabrics need to be sourced (such as vintage silk)

You can expect to hear a confirmation of your order within 24 hours unless something weird is going on. If we know about the weirdness in advance, we'll put the shop on hiatus so people are clued in.

We do accept rush orders for custom wedding dresses; please contact us with your wedding date for more information. Our average lead times usually increase to 2-3 months beginning in January because wedding season.

Our gowns are made entirely by hand; as a result we can usually accommodate requests for design changes. Email us for details.

Our business is green down to our toes. Obligatory Happy Talk:

*We were awarded 'Green Business of the Year' by the North Tyneside Council's Environmental Agency

* We're longtime members of Green America, which is a national-not-for-profit organization that requires businesses to submit to a stringent application and vetting process, to help highlight the true eco businesses and separate them from the green-washers.

*In past years we were spotlighted by ShoestringVenture.com, which highlights small businesses and tells their story with the hope of inspiring other entrepreneurs.

*We are also included on the website JustDoYourDream.com which focuses on people who are following their heart's desire. (actual page: http://justdoyourdream.com/lori-del-genis-dress-designer/)

*We're active in local action groups and we educate the community about sustainable fabrics and by donating our scrap fabric to local schools to foster their creativity.

*One of our sustainable designs was on exhibit at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Mass. That was so cool.

Our dresses and accessories are created in the USA by local artists who are paid a fair living wage and a percentage of our profits is donated annually to environmental causes.

From some of our Happy Etsy customers:

"AMAZING customer service. 100% positive experience! "

"This fabric is beautiful, and I appreciated your prompt communication!"

"Fantastic customer service, and extremely helpful and informative."

We'd love if you checked into our reviews to see what other folks had to say. We're grateful for their candor and honesty.

Please see our Polices for more details. We'd love to help you make your Special Day utterly fabulous!

Announcement
Last updated on Mar 30, 2016

Welcome to Conscious Elegance!

We love to share our sustainable fabric with fellow DIY'ers, crafters and designers. We also create custom-made eco wedding dresses for folks who'd rather let us do the sewing!

We've been making handmade eco-friendly wedding dresses officially since 2007 (and unofficially for much longer than that). During our adventures, we've been asked if we would share our fabulous fabrics. Well, yeah. Result? We've been providing brides and mums and fashion students and crafters with gorgeous sustainable fabric for years.

Lead-time for orders:
1-2 days for in-stock fabric and ready-made dresses
2-4 weeks for fabric specially ordered in
4-6 weeks for custom made to order items which use in-stock fabric
6-10 weeks for custom gowns where fabrics need to be sourced (such as vintage silk)

You can expect to hear a confirmation of your order within 24 hours unless something weird is going on. If we know about the weirdness in advance, we'll put the shop on hiatus so people are clued in.

We do accept rush orders for custom wedding dresses; please contact us with your wedding date for more information. Our average lead times usually increase to 2-3 months beginning in January because wedding season.

Our gowns are made entirely by hand; as a result we can usually accommodate requests for design changes. Email us for details.

Our business is green down to our toes. Obligatory Happy Talk:

*We were awarded 'Green Business of the Year' by the North Tyneside Council's Environmental Agency

* We're longtime members of Green America, which is a national-not-for-profit organization that requires businesses to submit to a stringent application and vetting process, to help highlight the true eco businesses and separate them from the green-washers.

*In past years we were spotlighted by ShoestringVenture.com, which highlights small businesses and tells their story with the hope of inspiring other entrepreneurs.

*We are also included on the website JustDoYourDream.com which focuses on people who are following their heart's desire. (actual page: http://justdoyourdream.com/lori-del-genis-dress-designer/)

*We're active in local action groups and we educate the community about sustainable fabrics and by donating our scrap fabric to local schools to foster their creativity.

*One of our sustainable designs was on exhibit at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Mass. That was so cool.

Our dresses and accessories are created in the USA by local artists who are paid a fair living wage and a percentage of our profits is donated annually to environmental causes.

From some of our Happy Etsy customers:

"AMAZING customer service. 100% positive experience! "

"This fabric is beautiful, and I appreciated your prompt communication!"

"Fantastic customer service, and extremely helpful and informative."

We'd love if you checked into our reviews to see what other folks had to say. We're grateful for their candor and honesty.

Please see our Polices for more details. We'd love to help you make your Special Day utterly fabulous!

Lori Del Genis

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Lori Del Genis

66" Soft White Hempsilk (remnant discount)
US$39.00
Violet Hemp Silk Organic Cotton Satin 2 Yards
US$57.00
Violet Hemp Silk Organic Cotton Satin 3 Yards
US$85.50
Violet Hemp Silk Organic Cotton Satin 4 Yards
US$114.00
Violet Hemp Silk Organic Cotton Satin 5 Yards
US$142.50
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(47)
Anne-Louise Vreeman

Anne-Louise Vreeman on Apr 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This fabric is stunningly beautiful. The hand is just perfect. I can't wait to work with it and would love to see it in more colors.

Lena Spreitzhofer

Lena Spreitzhofer on Apr 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I ordered this fabric for my wedding dress collection and it is absolutely gorgeous. It's easy to work with and looks amazing. As a big plus the shopowner is very easy to work with and very helpful. I would definitely order from here again.

Rachel Lorenz

Rachel Lorenz on Jan 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Lori took such care to package the fabric beautifully, and when I suggested that there was a cheaper shipping option, she took the trouble to look into it, and then applied that cheaper method! The fabric is exactly what I'd hoped it would be, gorgeously silken, with a weight halfway between charmeuse and duchesse satin. Just right for an evening gown with character! Will definitely order more from this wonderful vendor!

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About

Honoring the Earth and All Her People Through Gorgeous Sustainable Fabric and Eco Wedding Dresses!

Our Mission
To offer beautiful eco-gentle fabrics and to create fabulous fun-to-wear, eco-chic wedding dresses for fellow dress-lovers at a fair price. Sustainability, social responsibility, & affordability are our priorities and reflected in every aspect of our business. We partner with our clients to honor their values & give truly exceptional service.

At Conscious Elegance we are committed to creating Safe Space and strongly believe that everyone should have the right to marry, regardless of self-identity, gender expression or sexual preference. It’s so rare and beautiful when people find each other. We support love in its many forms among consenting adults and we welcome clients of all genders and expressions. Please see our Inclusion Policy for details: http://consciouselegance.com/our-inclusion-policy/


Lori
I’m a third-generation dressmaker and have been a seamstress for over *cough* 30 years. I can still remember planning my wedding in 2005. There was lots of compromise (always!) but one thing I would not compromise was the dress. That dress was mine, all mine. It was the only bit that would be completely my choice. And my choice was not only going to be gorgeous, but eco friendly and socially responsible. My dress would be in harmony with both the earth and my values. For my wedding, I was glad to let someone else do the creating and support a fellow artist. But it was a real challenge to find a truly ethical business that gave back to the earth instead of robbed it and didn’t support sweatshops or factories; I knew that there had to be others like me out there who cared about the footprints they leave. And so I started scheming to create the change I wished to see and the idea for Conscious Elegance was born.


Green
Our business espouses Zero Waste Principles. We use exclusively 100% certified organic cottons, pesticide-free hempsilk blends, and reclaimed materials in our dressmaking and we're happy to offer our materials by the yard to fellow artists and crafters. We offer new fabric options with the highest percentage of plant fiber that we can find, to be kindest to our fellow fauna. We use certified organic cotton thread in all of our garments (very rare, even in eco-dressmaking!) and our private label is sewn on certified organic cotton. Our garments are individually created in private studios, by fiber artists who are living their Dream.


Making a Stand
In 2006, I finally took the plunge to start a dress business when my beautiful friend, who had been shopping in traditional wedding boutiques, was made to feel like she did not have the right to have a gorgeous wedding dress because of her size. She cried on my shoulder for an hour. I decided right there and then that I wanted to create the most fabulous dress ever for her. It was exactly what she wanted and her happiness has informed my choice to offer this service to anyone and everyone. Although we've taken a public stand on our support for models of all sizes (again see our Inclusion Policy, mentioned above), I hadn't until now spoken out on body-shaming issues here or on our website, out of respect for her privacy. With her permission, it is time to come forward. Our studio is a Safe Space and there will be no shaming of any kind; every body is beautiful and we pledge to work with our clients to help to create the dress of their dreams.


Fabric and Dresses
We offer eco-friendly fabric and custom dresses on Etsy to give fellow dress-lovers and crafters a chance to shine. Interested in a custom-made eco wedding dress not seen here? You can view many of our designs on our website: www.ConsciousElegance.com

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  • Lori Del Genis

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Lori is a venerable hippie who lives with her spouse outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She wants to save the world by using only the most eco-supportive stuff she can find and she's happy to share with fellow artists who want to make a Difference.

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