"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different" ~ Coco Chanel

Designer Melissa Baswell About the Designer:
At the age of five, Melissa Baswell began creating clothing for her dolls using a needle and thread.  While a student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, she spent her free time as an Environmental Education intern, and/or locked in her apartment making recycled art and reworking vintage fashion into renewed garments. 
Well before "eco-fashion" became an everyday term, her focus was to create eco-friendly clothing that was also fashion forward.

Today, Baswell is recognized as a sustainable fashion industry leader, and serves as the head designer of her Chicago-based Mountains of the Moon fashion label. By pairing vintage-inspired timelessness with clean, modern lines and elegant detailing, she creates fresh, feminine pieces that translate into treasured wardrobe staples.

Called "standouts for their unassuming elegance, dreamy palette and unabashed femininity" by the Discovery Channel's TreeHugger.com, Melissa Baswell's designs have been featured in publications worldwide (Women's Wear Daily, Business Week, Boho Magazine, Design*Sponge, EcoSalon, Second City, Style, and many others), have shown at Chicago and Portland Fashion Weeks, and have been exhibited multiple times at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.  Baswell was also chosen to re-design Clara's costume for the Joffrey Ballet's famous Nutcracker.  Her collections are available at select boutiques throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, Sweden and the U.K.

In addition to her work with Mountains of the Moon, Melissa Baswell is an illustrator and designer for
Bubby and Bean, and a blogger for the creative living blog of the same name. She also works with several bands, events, and photographers in the music industry as a fashion stylist and eco-fashion show producer.  Her clients include Umphrey's McGee, moe., the Dead, Rothbury Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, SCI Fidelity Records, CID Entertainment, Madison House Presents, and Jay Blakesberg Photography.

About Mountains of the Moon:
Mountains of the Moon goes beyond the traditional eco-fashion company by striving to represent the blending of fine art, style, ethics, and environmental and social responsibility and awareness.  We see ourselves as collaborators with our customers in an effort to take a stand in making responsible decisions through our wardrobes.  Our goal for our company and our customers is to work together to express ourselves through fashion and art while making a profound collective difference in the state of our world. To read more about how Mountains of the Moon is a conscious company, visit our Sustainability Page.

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