About Kate
Kate Black is the founder and publisher of Magnifeco.com

Kate's Posts

  • NOORISM: Old Denim as Sustainable Luxury

    By Kate | Women

    I am designing for the independent, strong woman who cares about the environment, loves denim, loves vintage, but wants high quality pieces that are special and will last a long time in her closet. -Noor Zakka That designer Noor Zakka graduated from...


  • Peggy Sue Collection: Transparent and Traceable Wows the Runway

    By Kate | Women

    A Fibershed is a geographical landscape that defines and gives boundaries to a natural textile resource base. Awareness of this bioregional designation engenders appreciation, connectivity, and sensitivity for the life-giving resources within our hom...


  • Toronto Fashion Week: 81lbs of Thrifted Clothing Refashioned

    By Kate | Women

    When IMG pulled the plug on Toronto's Women's Fashion Week, many thought it would be the demise of runway shows for Canada's fashionable city. Yet, without missing a step, the local fashion community rallied and this season a renewed TWFW is back on...


  • Mara Hoffman: Where Fashion Meets Feminism

    By Kate | Women

    With International Women's Day right around the corner, it's the perfect time to highlight the work of New York designer, #sheboss and women's empowerment supporter, Mara Hoffman. Growing up in a woman-dominated household (Hoffman has nine close fema...


  • Is Your Perfume or Cologne Affecting Your Fertility?

    By Kate | Beauty

    There is no easy way to say this: perfume and cologne stinks. It stinks because we spend a fortune (fragrance is a $36.6 billion business) for a small piece of luxury (the gilded bottle bearing the name of a luxury fashion house or celebrity) and the...


  • How to Have a Mindful Holiday: Giving the Gift of Time

    By Kate | Living

    We've just written 12 days of holiday gifting ideas, featuring over 100 ethical and sustainable gift ideas. But when it comes to the holidays, buying and gifting 'things' is not the only way to celebrate. One of the things our loved ones want more th...


  • How to: Buy Ethical and Responsible Jewellery

    By Kate | Jewellery

    "When we buy things in one place, it has repercussions some place else.... When we put our credit card down we endorse a corporation and their practices and what it takes, and how it affects thousands, if not millions of lives." — Edward Zwick, dir...


  • Holiday Gift Guide: Making Air Travel Zen, Gift Ideas for Travelers

    By Kate | Living

    Between launching EcoSessions (our global event series that connects industry, designers and citizens around topics for change) and speaking about the Magnifeco book, I flew over 70,000 miles this year. Whether traveling for work-or getting ready for...


  • Holiday Gift Guide: Sweet Ideas for Babies

    By Kate | Kids

    Sweet baby's first (or second) holiday? One thing is clear, you want the cleanest, purest products for them, without sacrificing style. Our list keeps them chic and clean: Traveling in style: Keep baby close, comfortable and ergonomic with the Ros...


  • Lust List: ILIA Silken Shadow Sticks

    By Kate | Beauty

    This is an unsolicited, unpaid review. I discovered the product on a recent stop at The Detox Market in LA, fell in love and followed up with Sasha for more details. Vancouver-born, LA-based Sasha Plavsic launched Ilia Beauty as a collection of s...