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Cindy Kimball, the winner of this edition of Travel Tales, loves her Sympatico clothes because "they are comfortable, wear well even on trips after having been packed away in luggage, are light and look nice."
But she's a true devotee of the Sympatico Tank Top. She put a trio of them to work as part of her core wardrobe while hiking Britain’s scenic Cotswolds.
Heading into a pub at the end of a day hiking to Chipping Camden.
Every day, we would walk to a small village, eat dinner in a pub, spend the night in a B & B, and after breakfast, our luggage was shuttled to the next village and we would walk/hike to it. I wore your tanks with a skort as I hiked for seven days and 54 miles. I tend to be warm blooded, so the tanks work well for me.
From walking the Northern Cascades range in Washington to sojourns in New York and Hawaii, Tank Tops have earned a regular spot in Cindy’s luggage.
As a bit of a travel junkie, I love hearing about, and better yet, seeing your adventures—especially when Sympatico wear is involved! Send me your Travel Tale along with one or more pictures of you in your Sympatico wear and I’ll send you a $100 gift certificate if I use them. Email with the subject line, “Travel Tales.”
There's a controversy about modest fashion between those who think it is for oppressed women who are often seen as backward religious adherents and others who consider it aspirational and reflective of independent women who dress for themselves rather than for men.According to The New York Times’s chief fashion critic, Vanessa Friedman, modest dressing is a defining [...]
Last year I visited the Batik Market in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, a city known for its art, especially its batiks. During my visit, I watched an artisan make a batik fabric which using wax as a resist. With repeated dips in dye baths, complex patterns emerge. The quality of Indonesia batiks depends upon the type of fabric [...]
In the late 1970s I was part of a rural cottage industry that depended on home based stitchers to help craft the natural fiber apparel we sold. At the time, the US clothing industry was in the midst of a seismic upheaval. It had begun sending its manufacturing offshore in search of the lowest possible [...]
Lots of you tell me you take your Sympatico wear along when you travel. I’d love to hear (and see) more about how it worked for you. Where did you go? What styles did you wear? How did your Sympatico items travel? Got any packing tips? In telling your Travel Tale, feel free to color [...]
When I began Sympatico, it was with the aim to make comfortable, wearable clothing and to do the right thing environmentally. But finding the right fabric proved to be challenging. Early on, I zeroed in on Tencel as a possible candidate since it's really soft, lets your skin breathe, absorbs moisture, drapes beautifully and resists wrinkles. Unlike [...]
When I recently put out a call for Sympatico fans’ travel tales (and photos) for publication here, I didn’t know that I had Edith Vermiji in mind. But in reading her submission, I realized she’s emblematic of so many women who visit my booth at craft fairs. Smart, educated, engaged in interesting work, and widely [...]
It’s not uncommon for me to hear shoppers in my show booth exclaim, “Oh, good—elastic!” They know what I know—elasticized waists make a lot of sense when dealing with non-standard tummy proportions. But it goes further than that. Anyone who has a fluctuating waistline or experiences bloating can appreciate the forgiving fit elastic offers.Unfortunately, [...]
I read recently that people mostly wear variations on only about five outfits. Considering how many garments are in my closet, that makes no sense at all! And yet, when I think about the combinations of items that make me feel attractive, comfortable and most like myself, it's true! Obviously I still need dress-up clothes [...]
When I last wrote about industrial hemp cultivation in the United States , things were looking up. A number of states had recently legalized growing industrial hemp—in some cases permitting experimental crops. Kentucky, at the forefront of this movement, was actively pursuing hemp as an alternative to tobacco. Consumer demand for body-care products, foods, textiles, and building materials augured well for the future of industrial [...]