brand spotlight: alternative apparel

{check them out: alternative apparel}

alternative apparel is a brand i heard about from the author don miller. his wife {betsy} had come up with an idea for a t-shirt, and they used alternative apparel t-shirts in their design.

since then i’ve looked into the company, and right about now there are a whole bunch of basics i want to add to my closet!

{burnout jersey t-shirt}
{move it flex it tank}
{boxy v-neck t-shirt}

these shirts are so soft and comfortable. they primarily work with jersey material and offer t-shirts, sweatshirts, leggings, etc.

{see more here}

on their website they take you through the entire process of how their shirts are made, and where they are sourced from. they are part of the #whomademyclothes movement. and one of my favorite parts about them?

not only do they have a great product that is sustainably made, they have an entire section on their website dedicated to “brands we love.”

{see more here}

i love that they highlight other brands that believe the same things they do. to me it shows an undeniable authenticity to direct potential customers off of their site and onto another because they believe in what these companies are doing too.

if you’re in the market for any basics, be sure to check them out!

hope you’re having a great start to your week!

xo

kate

the why: because it matters.

i started putting together a brand spotlight post for today {which will probably post on monday} but then i realized that i really just needed to write a little bit more about why all of this matters.

up until about a year ago i didn’t think about who made my clothes. i’d see the tags that said “made in china” or “made in vietnam” and i didn’t think any deeper than that. when the factory collapsed in bangladesh in 2013 i thought about it for a time. i considered it a little bit, but if i’m being honest it didn’t stick for very long. or even more bluntly, i didn’t want to think about it.

because it’s hard.

it’s hard to consider whether or not companies are utilizing their workers in an ethical way. a lot of them aren’t. and we don’t like to think about ugly truths. so often, we just don’t.

unfortunately there are a lot of ugly truths in the fashion world. and that’s why this is important.

because people matter.

we cannot simultaneously say that we fight against the injustices of the world, and that we want to make the world a better, more equal place, and perpetuate an unethical system by what we choose to buy.

it’s all linked.

there’s an #ethicalfashion movement that is picking up steam. and i am so grateful that this information is more readily available.

{on instagram via @fash_rev}

along with this call-to-arms {of sorts} a hashtag has started showing up on instagram – mostly via fashion revolution {@fash_rev}: #whomademyclothes. these are interviews with various types of garment workers about who they are, and what they do to make our clothes.

{on instagram via @fash_rev}

i know that i feel better in my clothes when they fit well and they look good. but i also feel better in my clothes when i know that purchasing them supported a company who is doing the right thing by the people who work for them.

{on instagram via @fash_rev}

it’s a learning process, and i know i have so much more to learn, but the important thing is that we keep trying to learn. that we don’t throw up our hands and say that it’s too hard, and stop thinking about it.

the well-being of the roughly 40 million people who work in the garment industry demands that we think about it.

the point of this post is not to make you feel guilty for the purchases you’ve made, {trust me, i’ve spent a lot of time there} but to encourage you to think about the impact your purchases have, and possibly do something differently now. we can only begin where we are.

enjoy your weekend!

xo

kate

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looking forward & giving back

{found via pinterest from half united} – they’ll be brand spotlighted soon!

august always finds me looking forward to fall. always. this august is no exception; it’s just that this year i’m trying not to buy up everything cozy that i come across.

it’s always crazy to me that it’s still about 90* outside, and yet here we are buying sweaters.

the next few weeks of our family’s life will be crazy, and in that sense i’m looking forward to september even more so than usual.

and i realized that the busy-ness of life is a big part of what causes us to not care. {yes, i realize that seems disjointed. allow me to explain}:

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be the change.

we’re on vacation in charleston, sc this week, and wednesday some of us went into town to do some shopping. i wasn’t looking for anything in particular and thought i’d probably come home without actually purchasing anything.

and then we came across a shop called be the change.

 

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upcycled

one thing i’ve thought about a lot more lately is the re-use side of fashion. so much of fast fashion is use it and throw it away, or to make ourselves feel better we use it and then give it away. {and there is something to be said for giving it away. although i’ve recently learned that a lot of donation centers can’t even use what they receive and end up throwing a lot of it away.} but what if we didn’t? what if we consciously bought only things that we needed? what if we bought things far less regularly, and only things we really thought about and really loved?

and what if we tried to repair and re-use them whenever something happened to them instead of just throwing them away?

i have started thinking more about this in part because of one specific pair of pants that i have.

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brand spotlight: fashionABLE

i found fashionABLE thanks to a friend of mine, and when she told me their story i really wanted to support them and all they are doing.

this became even more true when i looked further into what they do, and how they do it.

they employ a “trade, not aid” philosophy. you can find more info about it on their website here, but really all that means {as they put it} is: “jobs, not charity.” it’s the whole teach a man to fish philosophy.

they started out with scarves, and then added some amazing leather goods and jewelry, and now they’ve added shoes and apparel to the mix. and i just saw last week that they have a denim line in the works.

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two weeks, two trips: packing

over the next two weeks i’m taking as many trips with absolutely no down-time in between. the first trip is a service trip – running a day camp in brooklyn, and the second trip is a family vacation.

my husband and kids will pick me up from the airport at the end of the first trip, and we’ll drive to the beach for the second – likely without even coming back home.

i’m in the middle of the first week right now actually, and i made a concerted effort to pack lightly. what does one bring when headed to brooklyn for a week followed by a week at the beach?

as much cross-over as possible.

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count the ways: double point earrings

these earrings. these are the earrings i posted about back here a couple of weeks ago. and back then i was really excited about them – i didn’t even have them yet, and i was ridiculously excited.

{double point earrings from Goodwin, via Goodwin’s site}
well, let me tell you, my love has not waned. there are so many ways to wear these earrings that it’s a challenge to figure out how i’m going to wear them each day.

and yes, i said each day. each and every day. because that is how often i’ve worn them since they came. every.single.day.

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this week’s best find: bindi embellished tee

this week’s best find is from a great brand called raven + lily.¬†if you haven’t heard of raven + lily, don’t worry, i plan to do a brand spotlight post on them soon! for now suffice it to say that they’re raising the bar when it comes to fair trade, and ethical fashion.

this piece is about as basic as you can get on one hand – it’s just a white t-shirt, but the added embellishment somehow makes it even more versatile than a plain white tee.

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