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About Emma Brooks

Emma Brooks was a graphic designer for 10 years before founding Pair Up, a sustainable clothing line of colorful basics. She was “craving change,” and decided to do something with her hands, ultimately finding that piecing together textiles and plotting color schemes was similar to what she’d done on the computer for a decade as a designer. Her shift to fashion was also fueled by a desire to help the environment.

“I want to be a part of that solution,” she said, pointing to the fact that Pair Up uses upcycled or deadstock fabrics, releases designs in small batches to help avoid waste, and dyes fabric with a low-water immersion technique that is more environmentally-friendly than traditional dyeing techniques. “I don’t want to just make stuff for stuff’s sake,” she said. “It needs to be more than that.”

Discover Emma Brooks’ places that inspire in San Diego.

An indoor, close-up photo of Jess Vargas—owner Adobe, a San Diego-based artisanal, responsibly sourced home goods store—standing in her shop.
Jess Vargas, Owner and Interior Stylist.

Adobe by Jess Vargas

7740 El Camino Real, Suite 4105 B, Carlsbad, CA 92009

At Adobe by Jess Vargas, customers can find artisanal, responsibly sourced home goods from around the world. Sustainability is top of mind for Adobe owner and interior stylist, Jess Vargas, and her team when they select items for the shop, which is located in Carlsbad. From Japanese ceramics to recycled hand blown glassware, the goal of Adobe is to help people create an inspiring home filled with unique and novel items.

Jess Vargas, Owner and Interior Stylist.
An indoor, mid-shot photo of Leah Kirpalani—founder and president of Shop Good, a San Diego-based beauty and wellness boutique—standing in front of her shop.
Leah Kirpalani, Founder and President of Shop Good.

Shop Good

3027 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104

Shop Good is a San Diego-based beauty and wellness boutique out to simplify living a healthy and clean lifestyle with locations in North Park and Del Mar. Shop Good was inspired by the Founder’s chronic health journey and offers a one-stop shop for all things good from natural skincare, to non-toxic makeup and daily essentials such as chemical-free deodorant.

Leah Kirpalani, Founder and President of Shop Good.
An outdoor, mid-shot photo of the entrance to Thread Spun, a near-San Diego shop that sells handmade and fair trade home goods, gifts, and apparel.
Entrance to Thread Spun.

Thread Spun

1114 North Coast Highway 101, Suite 4, Encinitas, CA 92024

The home goods, gifts, and apparel at Encinitas-based Thread Spun are produced with sustainability in mind keeping with the woman-owned company mission: to make finding unique, well-made goods easy and conscious consumerism enjoyable. In addition to locally-made products, Thread Spun sells work by creators from around the world. The shop also gives a portion of its profits to charitable causes and mutual aid funds “as an act of solidarity with all earth’s peoples.”

Entrance to Thread Spun.


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