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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 Trapeze 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 Trapeze Tunic 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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Tips for Your Travel Tales Entry

Because so many of you have shared your adventures while wearing Sympatico, I was inspired to create Travel Tales — a semi-regular email feature.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 for the Blog. [...]

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Mix it? Match it? The Sympatico color palette

The underlying idea of Sympatico’s color scheme is straightforward. Classic colors such as Graphite, Natural and Grey Fog work like neutrals and form the base of the Sympatico wardrobe. My fashion colors, in this case, Peach, add panache. Shades must communicate and work with each other to make the cut in my color scheme. Mix and [...]

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Tencel's the "good rayon," but doesn't get respect

“What is Tencel, anyway?” I get that question a lot at the Lithia Artisans Market where you’ll find me most weekends through October. Even though it’s been around since the 1970s, I find Tencel is far less well known than other modern fibers. And that’s a shame, given its sustainable, Earth-friendly production and wonderful look and [...]

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Presenting Peach—Sympatico's newest shade

Direct from the dye bath, here’s my newest shade: Peach! With the promise of summer just ahead it’ll inject a colorful note into the warm months ahead. As with all my new shades, my aim was to come up with a shade that coordinates well with the rest of the Sympatico palette. Peach hits that [...]

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Understanding ease: Get a great fit shopping for women's clothes online

Like snowflakes, DNA, and fingerprints, no two figures are quite alike. As a result, coming up with size schemes that make sense on actual bodies is a challenge that has never been satisfactorily solved by clothing makers. Toss in the question of how much ease you need, and shopping for women's clothing online becomes pretty [...]

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Earth Day every day: Eco-friendly hemp & Tencel clothing

I love how Earth Day underscores how doing the right thing environmentally calls for a genuine mindset instead of just a day’s celebration. It requires a fundamental love for the only home we have. Earth Day has been inspiring us toward that for 48 years, and though at times it seems we’ve made too little [...]

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Travel Tale: This archaeologist digs Sympatico

Like so many Sympatico customers, Rebecca Allen is a frequent traveler. In putting out my call for entries for our recurring feature, Travel Tales, Rebecca responded with the following account of a recent New Orleans trip.Rebecca A, ready for her trip, in her Angled Skirt.I’m an archaeologist, which means that much of my wardrobe has [...]

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