You have probably heard of Nikki Reed--actress, singer, and one half of possibly the world's most beautiful couple. But one thing you may not know about Nikki Reed is her extreme passion for all things natural and eco-friendly. Together, Reed and her husband, Ian Somerhalder, donate their time and money to causes dedicated to animal rights and environmental preservation. Every Sunday, she devotes her Instagram to @yearsofliving, a documentary television series about “the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change.”
This year, Nikki decided to go a step further in her efforts. Teaming up with Freedom Of Animals founder, Morgan Bogle, she launched Bayou With Love, a minimalist and eco-friendly fashion line. Using nontraditional materials like recycled cotton canvas and post-consumer plastic, everything is made solely in the United States with ethical factories. Taking inspiration from the Louisiana Bayou, the collection includes dresses, pajamas, accessories and more, all with earth-toned colors and simple silhouettes. There is also a mini collection of sustainable cosmetic products sold exclusively with Anthropologie.
According to Harper's Bazaar, the apparel industry makes up almost 10 percent of global carbon emissions. Reed, being a lover of both fashion and environmental protection, found a way to contribute to the fashion industry’s gradual shift to sustainable practices. Bayou With Love aims to translate the beauty of natural balance in the world into a physical form through fashion. It allows consumers to make a deeper connection with how they look and how they feel, because “wearing Bayou is wearing love.”