Do your values permeate everything you do?

Alumni in Action

Susan Crow is a sustainable designer, entrepreneur and CEO of East Fourth Street Jewelry, a luxury eco-jewelry business in Minnesota. Crow got her Professional Certificate in Sustainable Design from MCAD in 2009 — a pioneer helping create the pathway for the MA in Sustainable Design program.


We are incredibly proud to be included in the beautiful newly released book TRASHION FORWARD – THE RISE OF SUSTAINABLE LUXURY created by Kenny Jackson-Forrest, the UK based blog Style & Trashion.  

Jackson-Forrest has gathered unprecedented leaders of the ethical fashion movement across the world such as Tamsin Lejeune founder of The Ethical Fashion Forum and Common Objective and Sass Brown @clothingethics. People that we have followed since 2008 the year that East Fourth Street was conceived.


“Business can no longer be held to a different standard than your personal life.
Your values should permeate everything you do”.
~ Kenny Jackson-Forrest


We wanted to offer a brand that did things differently, from our supply chains to our in studio practices. Responsibly sourcing our materials because we know it’s the right and good thing to do.

Below are images of Crow’s work found in the book.

Thank you Kenny for this gorgeous book and for asking us to be involved!

~ Susan Crow

You can read blog Jackson-Forrest’s posts about East Fourth Street Jewelry here:

You can learn more about Susan Crow here:


Susan Crow

Jewelry designer Susan Crow is the creative mind behind the brand, East Fourth Street. Once referred to by Huffington Post as the “woman with a passion for sustainable jewels for the conscientious person,” Susan’s work is a marriage of design and socially responsible ethics.

Clean lines, organic shapes created in 18kt gold for a client seeking minimalist elegance without complexity, characterize her work. East Fourth Street was recently included in the leading B2B Italian Fashion Trend magazine Collezioni Accessori’s Eco-Feature because Susan is devoted to responsible jewelry supply chains, design practices and was one of the first designers to bring Fairmined gold to U.S. jewelry buyers in 2013.

She sources diamonds from certified reclaimed diamond suppliers, colored gemstones from suppliers that have established programs that support the mining and cutting communities that mine and produce them, and using Fairmined metals that return profits back to artisanal mining communities ensuring that their gold is mercury-free. Her studio strives for zero waste, low energy, and responsible chemical use.