Christine Marchuska: Designer, Philanthropist & Enviromentalist

Christine Marchuska made a big career move this year. After six years of working in the financial industry, she was ready for something different. Being unsatisfied with the amount of “green” clothing available in boutiques, Christine decided that it was time for her to realize a childhood dream of combining fashion, business, philanthropy and the environment. That dream came to be in July 2008, when the t series, a line of eco-friendly ts designed by Justin, Christine’s brother, launched. This was followed in October by her own designs, which are part of the cmarchuska Signature Collection.

Perhaps the most talked about piece in the cmarchuska Signature Collection is the christine dress (see above – $110 – S to L), which is made with 50% cotton, 50% modal fabric with recycled Italian polyester buttons. Other cmarchuska Signature Collection pieces available include the following:

long-sleeved mseries t (fitted silhouette with epaulettes to shoulders and dress shirt-style cuffs. 100% cotton – $55, XS to XL)

kiva t (100% organic cotton, available in pristine white or noir black – $40, S to L)

hunter scarf (made with an organic blend of modal and silk available in noir black – $50, one size)

These items are all made with high-quality, sustainable fabrics and manufactured in New York’s garment district. Short-sleeved m series ts are also available in men’s.

Currently, Christine is working on expanding the cmarchuska Signature Collection to complete her 16-piece collection. All of these pieces will fall into the line of “affordable luxe” and made with sustainable fabrics. They will be produced in Marchuska’s signature colours of pristine white, noir black and vert green.

Marchuska is available for sale online and at the Acaia Aveda Lifestyle Salonspa in Vestal, NY.  A percentage of all sales will go to charitable organizations. In addition to the official Marchuska website, you can find the line on Facebook (they have a group and a fan page) and on the Marchuska blog.