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Black never seems to lose its prime position in smart dressing…even in summer.

In school I was taught that black is the absence of color and I suppose that’s technically true. But maybe black is something like salt, an essential ingredient that is rarely foreground, but nonetheless, essential. I see it as a sort of seasoning for the whole Sympatico color palette.Because Sympatico’s hemp/Tencel blend has superb breathability, black [...]

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Saying sayonara to Peach: I have just a handful of items left in Peach, a seasonal shade never to be seen again.

Most seasons I offer a shade or two for just that season; when the dye lot is completely sold, that’s it. And that time’s come for Peach as the end of summer lies just ahead, I have a smattering of tops as well as a full range of Angled Skirts still available in this sunny [...]

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My newest color, Turmeric, like its namesake, spices up summer.

Our Graphite Swallowtail Top works well with a Turmeric Flip Skirt.The word's out on turmeric. Not only does this Asian root crop spice up foods with its distinct flavor and color, it's also known for its powerful antioxidant properties. My nutrition-savvy doctor swears by the stuff. While I can’t promise an antioxidant effect, Sympatico’s newest shade is [...]

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What does being an artisan mean?

Though I use machines in cutting and sewing the Trapeze Tunic, I consider my approach artistic and artisanal. It's hip at the moment We see the “artisan" tag nowadays everywhere; artisanal this and artisan-made that. Big companies are buying up smaller enterprises, seeking artisanal cachet. Everything from bread to beer to beans is being marketed as artisanal. But [...]

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What’s with all the buzz about hemp clothing?

I yielded to temptation with this post's  headline. I can only plead that everybody seems to resort to puns where hemp coverage is concerned. But behind all the jokey headlines there’s a dawning reality that hemp offers a great alternative to synthetic fibers and rayons and even the old standard for comfort, cotton. Anastacia’s Tuxedo Top and Curved Skirt are [...]

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What are the qualities that make a great casual skirt?

This question got me thinking about what matters to me when designing or wearing casual skirts. It really boils down to just a few things: Fabric that breathes, is made to last and is good for you and the planet A flexible design that addresses gaining or losing a few pounds And above all, STYLE! Classic shapes and [...]

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Why I love working at home

With a few brief exceptions, I’ve worked at home my whole adult life. Telecommuting is a big thing these days, but working at home, especially when I was raising two kids seemed as utterly logical then as it does now.Me at my serger, happily sewing Sympatico clothing.Many Sympatico fans are home-based in their work too. Like [...]

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Buying local: what that means when it comes to clothes.

Most of us are sold on buying local, knowing that it helps our local economies. But there are so many other bennies like the unmatched freshness of your local farmer’s market or CSA’s produce. And there’s the uniqueness factor: local artisans make all kinds of unique goods not to be found in the big-box landscape—goods [...]

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Easy care travel wear without synthetics

"I get ideas about what’s essential when packing my suitcase." Diane von Furstenburg Is it possible to travel with an all-natural, sustainably-made wardrobe? The answer to that question is, of course, it depends on where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. Sometimes those realities impose solutions that involve so-called technical fibers. Given airline weight limits, it [...]

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Travel Tale: Our latest Travel Tale winner’s Tank and Tunic Tops are staples in her on-the-go wardrobe.

Our latest Travel Tale winner has an appreciation for simple elegance in both industrial design and the way she dresses. Charlotte Clement’s account of her travels and the role her Tank Top and Tunic Top play in her travel wardrobe earned her a Sympatico gift certificate for $100. Here’s what she says:Charlotte gets a lot [...]

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