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Vintage Rose is my newest shade and it gets along famously with a wide swathe of other Sympatico colors.

As with all styles, the Tuxedo Top and Stovepipe Pants use low-impact, fiber-reactive dyes.The slightly muted quality of Vintage Rose makes it easy to wear and coordinate with a broad range of shades. The somewhat dusty tone is enhanced by hemp/Tencel’s linen-like texture that drapes prettily thanks to the Tencel content. As with all Sympatico shades, Vintage Rose is [...]

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How to see the real beauty within

Guest post by Jennifer Scott of Beautifully AliveLadies, let’s get something straight today: we all know it’s a tough and judgmental world out there. As far back in history as we learn about from the textbooks in school, women have been taught to decorate their bodies and faces with clothing, makeup, and jewelry. It has been instilled in us as a [...]

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I designed these women's hemp and Tencel pants to fit your life

Wide legs. Skinny legs. High rise. Low rise. Straight hems. Flared hems. Most of us have lived long enough to see these ripples in pants fashions come and go several times over. In designing Sympatico's Stovepipe and Cropped Pants I aimed for classic shapes that are both flattering and comfy. Looks that will outlive all those fleeting [...]

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Our Hemp and Tencel tops prove the real-world virtues of Sympatico’s unique blended fabric

Seeking a sustainably grown and produced natural fiber fabric that would work with the whole Sympatico line led me to the hemp and Tencel blend I’ve used ever since. While both hemp and Tencel tops have lots to recommend them, weaving those two fibers together results in a blend that enhances the virtues of each.The [...]

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Natural, in all its shades

I’ve spent a good bit of time over the past decade looking intently at Sympatico’s undyed fabric. As it comes from the mill, in its undyed state, the 55% hemp and 45% Tencel content impact the fabric’s final look and feel. The color of Natural can vary a fair bit between bolts of fabric. Which makes [...]

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How to care for hemp clothing

The hemp content in the Trapeze Tunic and  Flip Skirt is easy care and very durable.Actually, most of us already know pretty much what to do with easy-care natural fibers like Sympatico's blend of hemp and Tencel. The classic wisdom applies: Wash cold unless stained. Hemp is durable and does not require hand washing.For stains, use detergent directly or presoak, [...]

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Industrial hemp: you may be surprised by all the ways it’s used today

Today, you’ll find industrial hemp in a head-spinning array of products. Clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and biofuel are all made with hemp and the oil from its seeds. A stroll down the aisles of your local health food store or co-op should turn up plenty of food and cosmetic items touting hemp as [...]

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How does sustainable clothing benefit the environment?

Genuinely sustainable clothing is made with an eye on several bottom lines — not just the money one. Sustainable clothing designs must work for everyone: the earth, the workers who make it, and of course, the consumers who wear it. But what what is it that makes clothing truly sustainable? Nikki’s Swallowtail Top and Cropped Pants are sustainably made in [...]

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Pants weather straight ahead: Stovepipe Pants

As autumn approaches, Stovepipe Pants paired with [L-R] a Princess Top or Tuxedo Top are a stylish and smart choice.Yes, I know. While August continues to sizzle, it’s hard to think about chilling winds and deep freezes, but for some of us, that’ll be a reality all too soon. Even now, up here in the Siskiyou Mountains, nights have a [...]

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Packing a long skirt for travel can make a lot of sense; here’s why.

Although intrepid women explorers are sometimes shown wearing pants, there’s a convincing case to be made for the long travel skirt when it come to adventurous excursions. On my own overseas jaunts I’ve found a long skirt often makes an ideal travel companion. Why? Let me count the ways:A well chosen long skirt dresses up [...]

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