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I blog about sustainable fashion, earth-friendly fibers like hemp and Tencel, capsule wardrobes, travel wear, and related subjects.
Like a lot of you, I dipped into the Marie Kondo phenomenon over the past winter to learn about decluttering. I came away more committed than ever to simplify and declutter in my own life.
Our Tuxedo Top in basic Black makes a good candidate in a simplified, clarified wardrobe.
She advises decluttering by category rather than by room, and that really makes sense. When it came to clothes, though, I found my reaction was a bit complicated. Kondo suggests beginning with the clothes category because we have formed the least attachment to them. I found that disheartening, but also realistic in a world that’s awash in fast fashion.
The places I was able to wholeheartedly get aboard with Kondo's views focus on the core values of respect and care. My parents both experienced the Great Depression and their respect for possessions was instilled in me early on. So it was easy to buy into a lot of her fashion advice, based as it is on the same principles that can help shape a minimalist yet stylish wardrobe. And I loved her advice about properly caring for a wardrobe of carefully chosen, well-made clothes and accessories.
Get organized: fold things like socks and scarves that otherwise become forgotten as they migrate to the back of your dresser drawer or closet. Give things you have no further use or desire for to someone else before it loses its value.
Like all the truly worthwhile things in life, adopting your own version of the Kondo way can add clarity. Clarity can come in mundane ways, such as figuring out what your wardrobe really could use, now that you’ve stripped it down to the essentials. But also clarity can be of a higher order. When figuring out what to wear is no longer a chore but instead a pleasure, there’s time to to bring that same clarity to bear in focusing on the truly important things in our lives.
I use an earth-friendly hemp and Tencel fabric and low-impact dyes to create the Princess Top in Turmeric and Cropped Pants in Bayleaf.The question still comes up regularly: exactly what’s involved in the creation of ethical clothes? And that’s a fair question—so many “green” terms are bandied about in the name of marketing and, worse, greenwashing. For the conscious [...]
Why hemp clothing? Because it fells good on your body and it’s good for the earth.When the 2018 Farm Bill was passed by the US congress late last year, you might have expected hemp advocates to breathe a deep sigh of relief. After all, for the first time at the federal level, the bill differentiated [...]
Eco-friendly clothing made with natural fibers offers a solution to the pollution of micro-fibersThe outdoor apparel maker Patagonia along with other industry partners have commissioned a study to better understand how microfiber pollution happens. These tiny plastic particles are shed every time synthetic textiles are laundered. While many people associate plastic pollution with plastic bottles [...]
As an entrepreneur focused on sustainability, I find it encouraging when I come across ethical clothing brands who share my commitment. That’s why I am highlighting a collection of companies, including ethical fashion brands and artisans, who share Sympatico’s values. Here are some those folks and their very gift-worthy creations:The GoLightly Scarf in Pretty PurpleHand-knit in [...]
In a world where market share is the holy grail, running a tiny ethical clothing company can sometimes feel quixotic. The economies of scale and efficiencies that accompany a business growing bigger are a focus of many business plans. That’s especially true for goods such as apparel that the global market sees as a commodity. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]