The {Katherine Wolf} Edit

 
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meet Katherine Wolf 

We're so excited to have Katherine Wolf on Communelle today sharing her Edit and to be partnering with her for the Hope it Forward "Dress 4 Dignity" campaign.  Every day during the month of December, Katherine will wear an ethically-made dress--in her wheelchair--to raise money for Hope Heals Camp, a non-profit healing community she and her husband created for families struggling with disabilities of all kinds.  You can follow Dress 4 Dignity on Instagram @hopeheals and #dress4dignity, and you can shop for many of her fabulous ethically-made dresses right here starting December 7th when we feature the dresses Katherine wore the first week.

Want to participate?  Tag yourself in an ethically-made dress during the month of December with the hashtags #dress4dignity and #shopabetterstory.  Unsure what it means for a dress to be "ethically-made?"  Check out our About page and read more about the definition of ethical fashion HERE.


1.  Thistle Farms, Healing Oils, $10

2.  L.L. Bean, Signature Leather Crossbody, $129

3.  Outdoor Voices, Running Woman Sweats, $95

4.  Nisolo, Emma d'Orsay Oxford, $188

5.  Freeset, Hope Heals Burlap Tote, $25

 

1.

THISTLE FARMS
Healing Oils
$10

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the stuff:

Smell is certainly the deepest connection to memory, and after using these essential oils this year at Hope Heals Camp, our summer camp for families with disabilities (the pic below is from the special hand ceremony we did with our campers and volunteers), these scents will always put a smile on my face and some tears in my eyes.  I love the pocket-sized roll-on dispensers, too, which make it super easy to take these with me and apply anywhere.

 

the story

Thistle Farms, founded by priest and social entrepreneur Becca Stevens, has one of the most redemptive and holistic business models I've come across. It melds a comprehensive residential community with thriving social enterprise to help heal, empower and employ women who have been freed from a cycle of human trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Also, they're intentional about ethically sourcing their materials, most of which come from the United States or other trusted international partners.  In addition to essential oils, Thistle Farms offers bath soaks, lotions, lip balms, and naturally scented candles, sold individually and in cute gift sets.

  Photo by Hope Heals (taken at Hope Heals Camp, 2017)

Photo by Hope Heals (taken at Hope Heals Camp, 2017)


2.

L.L. BEAN
Signature Leather Crossbody
$129

 Photo by (and picturing!) Katherine

Photo by (and picturing!) Katherine

 

the stuff:

Big bulky purses have never been my thing, much less since becoming disabled. The last thing I need is some ginormous bag weighing down one side of my body with a black hole interior that eats the one thing I'm looking for inside of it!  To that end, a good crossbody bag is perfectly balancing and small enough not to eat whatever I'm trying to find.  Plus this one from L.L. Bean closes with a simple magnet--NO ZIPPERS--and comes in several great colors.

the story:

L.L. Bean has been employing an ethical business model for a long time. The company is serious about rooting out any possible ties to human trafficking, so it audits its factories and supply chains to ensure workers are treated fairly.  L.L. Bean also sources responsibly made materials from their clothing to packaging.  We sometimes assume that a big company can't be doing things right, but L.L. Bean proves that they can! Another good reminder that ethically-minded brands might be closer to you than you think.

 Photo by Hope Heals // Katherine Wolf

Photo by Hope Heals // Katherine Wolf


3.

OUTDOOR VOICES
Running Woman Sweats
$95

  Photo by @outdoorvoices

Photo by @outdoorvoices

the stuff:

I'm not doing much running these days, but I love these Running Woman Sweats from Outdoor Voices.  If I could live in them, I would...oh wait, I do live in them!  These sweats long ago earned their keep.  They are the softest, most comfortable pants I own, and they wear more like cool loungewear than sweatpants.  I wear them in the gym, on airplanes and pretty much anywhere in between. And after years of wearing them several times a week and machine washing them, they still look and feel brand new--the best!  Totally worth the $95 price tag because unlike cheaper brands, these actually hold up.   

{A note from Team Communelle: we're digging the combo of these sweats with Hope Heals' new ultra cozy blue-on-blue Camp Sweatshirt benefiting Hope Heals camp.}

the story:

Outdoor Voices prioritizes quality, compliance to worker's safety, fair wages and benefits, and dedication to minimizing environmental impacts. And as opposed to the many short-lived pieces of active wear other brands sell, Outdoor Voices specifically seeks to keep their goods out of landfills by making them last longer--what a revelation!  In addition to the sweatpants I love, they also sell really cute leggings and work out pants in fun color block patterns.  Forget Lululemon, check Outdoor Voices out! 

 

  Photo by  @outdoorvoices  featuring  @    hannahbronfman  //  @    thefader

4.

NISOLO
Emma d'Orsay Oxford
$188

  Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)

Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)

the stuff

I LOVE this oxford's simple but beautiful design--like all Nisolo's shoes. And it's so comfortable--the leather literally molds to your foot. Plus I love anything in this camel-colored shade--it goes with everything. Since my stroke, I can't wear heels, so I'm always on the lookout for stylish flats with sturdy soles.  These look great with skirts and winter sweaters, but the cut-out design makes these summer-appropriate, too.  A shoe for all seasons (in California, at least!) 

{You guys!  Nisolo has been so gracious to offer a 10% off discount code for Katherine's fans during the month of December!  Use HOPEHEALS10 at checkout.}

the story:

I love that Nisolo's producers receive, at a minimum, beyond fair trade wages, healthcare, and a healthy working environment. The company's main factory in Peru has been making shoes like these for generations, and it shows!  I also love Nisolo's pricing philosophy: "If you're paying too little for a product, someone is likely getting the short end of the stick. If you're paying too much, that person might be you."  With Nisolo, the price is just right.

  Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)

Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)


5.

FREESET
Hope Heals Burlap Tote
$25

  Photo by Hope Heals

Photo by Hope Heals

the stuff:

 

Our ministry, Hope Heals, has long-partnered with Freeset to create tangible reminders of hope that benefit our work as well as workers in Calcutta, India. We love this custom burlap tote they made for us.  With long cotton handles and a sealed interior, it's the perfect bag for Trader Joe's grocery runs or beach visits.

the story:

Freeset is the perfect partner for brands that need custom products. All of Freeset's bags and textiles are certified Fair Trade, and its business model offers women in India who have been freed from human trafficking the chance to learn a new job and be paid a good wage for doing it. I find it painfully ironic (and all too common) when well-intended, do-gooder organizations source things like t-shirts or bags from not-so-well-intended, not-so-do-gooder manufacturers. Check out Freeset instead!

  Photo by @freesetglobal (Instagram)

Photo by @freesetglobal (Instagram)