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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)

The {Keira} Edit

{11.15.17}

 

 

meet keira

Arizona girl Keira Jones writes about her fair fashion journey on her blog, Style Me Fair, sharing reviews and tips on how to shop sustainably (perk: with discount codes for her favorite brands).  You can find Keira on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook @stylemefair.  Today she's with us, sharing five ethically-made staples she can't live without.

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1. JOYN, Myra Brown Leather Crossbody Satchel, $150

2. ABLE, Hammered Circle Earrings, $30

3. Sseko Designs, Carmel Leather Stitched Ribbon Sandal, $65

4. Everlane, Double-Lined Silk V-Neck Cami, $65

5. Ten Thousand Villages, Essential Companion Tote, $40

 

1.

JOYN
Myra Brown Leather Crossbody Satchel
$150

Photo by JOYN

Photo by JOYN

the stuff:

I received the Myra crossbody in the mail as a generous gift from JOYN, and I can tell you it's amazing. I receive endless compliments on it, and the quality is truly outstanding. The bag is made of beautiful recycled leather, and it's extremely durable-- plus it's the perfect size for fitting a wallet, sunglasses, keys and your phone (and a few lipsticks, of course!) The best part about JOYN bags are the beautiful block-printed fabrics incorporated into the inside of every bag--it makes each one so unique!  Use the discount code STYLEMEFAIR10 for 10% off your purchase.

 

the story:

JOYN has such an incredible story.  The founders live and work among their maker cooperatives. Not visit. They actually live there.  JOYN makers have access to full benefits, vocational training, maternity and paternity leave, on-site daycare and career development.  Plus, 100% of makers further their traditional education during work hours.  I love that all of JOYN's cotton fabrics are hand-woven--they didn’t give up on handwoven products even when that was the easier route.  Quality and artistry that shows!

Photo by (and picturing) Keira

Photo by (and picturing) Keira


2.

ABLE
Hammered Circle Earrings
$30

Photo by (and picturing!) Keira

Photo by (and picturing!) Keira

 

the stuff:

These hammered circle earrings from ABLE were one the first ethical fashion purchases I made, and I still wear them multiple times a week since they go with everything.  I always get complimented on them since they are unique, yet simple and elegant.  I love that they haven't tarnished one bit, despite hundreds of wears--and quite a few showers!  Want to snag a pair?  Use the code HIGHFIVE for $5 off your purchase!

the story:

Nashville-based ABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances.  I love that ABLE recently launched "accountABLE," a reporting system that designed to create true transparency into the social impact of the company's employment and manufacturing practices (particularly the impact on women).  

Photo by @ livefashionable  (Instagram)

Photo by @livefashionable (Instagram)


3.

SSEKO DESIGNS
Carmel Leather Stitched Ribbon Sandal
$65

Photo by (and picturing) Keira

Photo by (and picturing) Keira

 

the stuff:

One of the main principles in slow fashion is wearing your clothes multiple times, eliminating the need for excessive consumption. Sseko carries a variety of sandals designs, and many of them can be transformed into completely different sandals by switching out the straps for various patterns, sizes, and materials. You can also lace them multiple ways.  Right now I'm loving the tan spaghetti straps laced in a gladiator style, but I know that once I tire of this look, there are so many others to try.  These shoes are also so comfy and well-made. Living in Arizona means that I can practically wear sandals year round, so these have become a staple in my closet.

the story:

Where to even start... Sseko Designs is doing incredible things and paving the way in the ethical fashion industry. All of their products are made by bright young Ugandan women who have the goal of attending University. Sseko Designs has sent 87 young Ugandan women to University... and counting!  All their materials are sourced in East Africa, which allows them to pour back into the economy.  Sseko has the goal of empowering women in East Africa to make an income for themselves and succeed in business through a for-profit model.

Photo by   Jenny Greenstein //  Your Soul Style

Photo by Jenny Greenstein // Your Soul Style


4.

EVERLANE
Double-Lined Silk V-Neck Cami
$65

Photo by (and picturing) Keira

Photo by (and picturing) Keira

 

the stuff:

I am all about red this season!  It’s a great way to incorporate a fall color that can also transition smoothly into winter. This classic tank is made of silk, a delicate material that must be hand washed. At first the thought of washing this by hand after each wear was a bit daunting, but it was much easier than I anticipated! I’ve quickly learned that caring properly for your clothes is the key to ensuring they will stand the test of time. This is the perfect tank for work or the weekend. Very versatile, comfortable, and beautiful!

the story:

Everlane’s mission is “‘Radical Transparency."  For each clothing item they sell, Everlane breaks down exactly how much that item cost to make. I love this feature, and respect Everlane for telling me exactly how much they are profiting and how much the seamstress who made the item was paid. 

{Communelle editor's note:  while we love that Everlane has helped to change the conversation about transparency, we were surprised to discover that H&M is actually more transparent than Everlane.  Pricing transparency is great, but we want supply chain transparency, too!}


5.

Ten Thousand Villages
Essential Companion Tote
$40

Photo by Keira

Photo by Keira

 

the stuff:

This basket was beautifully handcrafted from palm leaf fiber in Bangladesh. I love that it has multiple purposes for functional use (such as shopping or a picnic), but also makes for great home decor!  The leather straps are beautiful, and the basket is sturdy.

 

 

the story:

Ten Thousand Villages is committed to being a pioneer in the #livelifefair movement through fair wages, good working conditions, long-term partnerships with the communities where their products are made, and eco-consciousness.  Since its founding in 1946, Ten Thousand Villages has generated $140 million in sustainable income for artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be unemployed. 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Ten Thousand Villages

Photo by Ten Thousand Villages

The {11.13.17} Edit

1.  Parachute Home, Linen Venice Sheet Set, $189-$399

2.  Preemptive Love Coalition, Love Anyway Sweatshirt, $45

3. The Little Market, Stacked Knitting Basket Set in Silver Herringbone, $98

4.  The Anchal Project, Large Overdyed Cross-Stitch Black Pouch, $55

5. Josie Maran Cosmetics, Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil, $28

1.

PARACHUTE HOME
Linen Venice Set
$169-$399

Photo by Parachute Home

Photo by Parachute Home

the story:

All Parachute Home bedding is made in a family-owned factory in northern Portugal, which is owned and operated by the founder’s great-grandchildren, and the Oeko-Tex certification their products carry means you can be sure your sheets aren't made of harmful chemicals or synthetics. Though we can't imagine why you'd return these luxe linens, if you do, they'll be donated to Habitat for Humanity instead of resold.  And, on top of that, Parachute Home partners with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to send life-saving malaria-prevention bed nets to those in need. For every Venice Bedding Set sold, they donate one bed net--and have donated over 20,000 bed nets so far! Let's add one more, shall we?

the stuff:

Who doesn’t want to own something that actually looks better wrinkled?  Sophisticated, stylish--there’s nothing that says “I’m Good at Being an Adult” like linen sheets. And like a good adult, you’ll be investing well: linen is far more durable than cotton, and actually gets stronger with washing, so these are sure to last you a decade or more. Plus Parachute Home's linens are free of chemicals and synthetics (kinda important in something you're rubbing your face on all night), and they don't artificially soften fabrics like many other bedding companies.  But we kind of buried the lead here, which is that--according to a study out of the University of Milan--you actually fall asleep faster, sleep more deeply, and wake up in a better mood on linen sheets. Sign us up.

Photo by Parachute Home

Photo by Parachute Home


2.

PREEMPTIVE LOVE
COALITION
Love Anyway Sweatshirt
$45

Photo by the Preemptive Love Coalition

Photo by the Preemptive Love Coalition

the story:

We raved about the Preemptive Love Coalition on our first edit, so click back and see what you missed (and load up on their Activated Charcoal Soap and their Sisterhood Soap, both of which are excellent stocking stuffers).  Then get this sweatshirt before they sell out.  Every purchase funds the Preemptive Love Coalition's peacemaking work on the front lines of conflict in the Middle East.

 

 

 

the stuff:

In a world of statement tees involving tacos and champagne, why not save your bod for a message truly worth sharing?  The words on this one were reason enough for us to pre-order it the day it went on sale; we weren't expecting such a fantastic fit or the softest material ever (we don't know what "sponge fleece" is, we just know we want it on our bodies always).  Now that we have it, we're making up for the pre-order wait time by not taking it off; turns out it's great for a couch picnic of tacos and champagne.

 

 

 

Photo by the Preemptive Love Coalition

Photo by the Preemptive Love Coalition


3.

THE LITTLE MARKET
Stacked Knitting Basket Set
$98

Photo by The Little Market

Photo by The Little Market

the stuff:

Here's the deal y'all: baskets are the new drawers. From laundry to toys to that collection of single socks on top of your dryer, a cute basket offers a stylish place to throw your junk in a flash, leaving all of your last-minute guests to marvel at how clean your house always is. Or borrow a trick from one of our favorite designers and use this as a chic spot for your favorite potted plant. Hand-woven from cattail stalks and recycled plastic, these three knitting baskets from The Little Market will be a part of your home for years to come (long after you've killed that plant).

the story:

The Little Market is an online fair trade shop founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla where customers can purchase elevated home goods and accessories handmade by artisans around the world. This basket set was woven by the Wolof Weavers of Senegal, a cooperative effort of over 100 highly skilled women weaving in nine villages. The coil style is a technique that has been handed down for generations, and the women who use it are earning income that is essential to the livelihood of their families. Forgo those mass-produced crochet bins you've been eyeing at Target and bring a little piece of Senegal into your living room instead. 

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4.

ANCHAL PROJECT
Large Overdyed Black Cross Stitch Pouch
$52

Photo by Anchal Project

Photo by Anchal Project

the stuff:

The cure for your daily chaos, this pouch will serve more purposes in your life than your first boyfriend did.  We use it as a laptop case, a diaper bag, and an oversized clutch for nights out. Check out the other fun fabric options offered if you must, but you can't go wrong with this classic black with white stitched crosses, a print that’ll never go out of style. Handmade in India using vintage cotton, every pouch is truly one-of-a-kind, exuding character and charm--just like you. 

the story:

After a visit to India during design school, the co-founders of the Anchal Project (pronounced “on-chal”) became convinced that they could use their design skills to affect social change—starting with the oppressive conditions and lack of economic opportunities they witnessed amongst women in India. They raised $400 selling handmade notebooks and cards, invested in a sewing machine and a few artisans in India, and the Anchal Project was born. Now officially a 501(c)3 non-profit in the United States, every purchase of an Anchal product provides an artisan with a full-time job, health care benefits, design training, and educational workshops.

 

Photo by Anchal Project

Photo by Anchal Project


5.

JOSIE MARAN COSMETICS
Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
$28

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the stuff

It all started with a video.  This video, to be exact, which, yes, is an ad, but when we watched it for the first time there was a moment (maybe when Josie rubs her dry elbows on that heavenly front porch) when it seemed as if her Infinity Cream might actually change our life.  It hasn't manifested beautiful backyard dinner parties or baskets full of organic produce (yet), but it has become our go-to cure for, well, everything.  This magic balm goes on as a cream, melts into an ultra-absorbent oil, and leaves you with just the right amount of shine (think glow not grease). It subs for lip gloss, tames renegade eyebrows, smoothes out dry patches, and fills in for eye cream in a pinch.  Pure bonus, it works wonder on baby eczema, too.  It’s luxury and convenience times infinity...cream.

the story

From inception, Josie Maran Cosmetics has been all about fair trade practices, sustainably harvested ingredients, and eco-friendly packaging. Her products don't contain any parabens, artificial fragrances, or chemicals.  Argan Oil is her main weapon, and it's now become ours.

The {Purposeful Closet} Edit
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Meet Andrea

A Texas native currently living in Nashville, Andrea Miner is the force behind The Purposeful Closet, an online platform for ethical fashion brands.  She says she does what she does because she "wants fashion to once again be about the quality, creativity, and people behind it."  Preach, girl.  You can find her on Instagram @thepurposefulcloset and online at www.thepurposefulcloset.com.

1. French Girl, Cleansing Wash, $18

2. esby, Duffy Crop Jumper in Slate, $295

3. ABLE, Mamuye Leather Tote in Chocolate Brown, $178

4. Nisolo, Mariella Mule in Black, $178

5. The Citizenry, Tierra Rug, $155- $325

 

1.

FRENCH GIRL
Cleansing Wash
$18 (2oz)

Photo by  Grayscale  (read Grayscale's review of French Girl Organices { here })

Photo by Grayscale (read Grayscale's review of French Girl Organices {here})

 

the stuff:

Clear skin, s'il vous plaît! This all-natural, earth-friendly cleansing wash from French Girl is everything I need to wake me up as I splash my face to get ready for the day and everything I want to get me ready for bed. This beauty line has completely changed my skin’s life. With two different lines for different skin types, this stuff is made for everyone. Get ready to tell your friends (and strangers) about your skincare routine, because they’ll be asking!

Photo by POPSUGAR Australia (read their review of French Girl Organics { here })

Photo by POPSUGAR Australia (read their review of French Girl Organics {here})

the story:

French Girl’s organic beauty line first launched on Etsy in 2010 and has continued to grow ever since. With a commitment to using exclusively organic and sustainable ingredients that are locally sourced from a Seattle farmstead, these products are what skincare dreams are made of.  Plus, all French Girl products are vegan and cruelty-free. They’re never tested on animals - just on the girls who love them!


2.

ESBY
Duffy Crop Jumper in Slate
$295

Photo by (and picturing!) Andrea

Photo by (and picturing!) Andrea

 

the stuff:

Throw it on and go!  Whether I'm getting ready for a night out or just running errands for the day, the Duffy jumper keeps me looking good and feeling comfortable while I'm doing it. The drawstring allows for a relaxed fit, or it can be cinched to define the waist. Whether I'm sporting wedges or flats, this is an easily transitional piece for every day and every mood.

 

the story:

Esby was founded in 2014 by designer Stephanie Beard. They feature quality clothing that is designed to be worn over and over. Their beautiful pieces are meant to flatter all shapes, while maintaining comfort and wearability. Everything is made right here in the USA, using only the highest quality fabrics sourced from around the world.


3.

ABLE
Mamuye Leather Tote in Chocolate Brown
$178

Photo by ABLE (website)

Photo by ABLE (website)

the stuff:

I like big bags and I cannot lie! Whether I want to throw everything I own into it or just my wallet and some daily essentials, this bag can handle it all!  The soft and sturdy leather only gets better-looking with time. As the leather wears, it darkens and softens while maintaining its structure, which means the Mamuye tote will transition with me through every day and every season.

Photo by ABLE (website)

Photo by ABLE (website)

the story:

Recently renamed from FashionABLE to ABLE, this company is all about women empowerment and working with women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances. Their mission is to give women opportunities so that they are able to be part of and create a sustainable economy wherever they may be. ABLE has grown from what used to be a single collection of hand-woven scarves, to expanding into leather goods, handmade jewelry, denim, and shoes.


4.

NISOLO
Mariella Mule in Black
$178

Photo by Nisolo (website)

Photo by Nisolo (website)

 

the stuff

Meet my new go-to shoe. The Mariella mule from Nisolo is perfect to slip on and wear everywhere. If you dream of a shoe that you can wear with your favorite daytime denim and on a date night with a dress or skirt, this is it. With an almost 1.5 inch heel, this updated take on the classic mule style is truly timeless.

Photo by (and picturing) Andrea

Photo by (and picturing) Andrea

 

the story

Nashville-based Nisolo has taken the fashion world by storm, becoming one of the first mainstream social impact labels. Their commitment lies in ethical production as well as ensuring the healthy lives of their producers. Nisolo offers high-quality products at fair prices without sacrificing the safety and lives of the people behind them. Now that’s something to be a part of!


5.

THE CITIZENRY
Tierra Rug
$155- $325

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the stuff:

The cactus. The sand. The sun. The heat. Okay... maybe not the heat, but I love how stunning the desert can be. There’s something about the vibrant and simple life that draws you in. Maybe it’s all the Pinterest images of Saguaro cacti but it makes me want to bring a piece of the desert into my home. Enter the Tierra rug from The Citizenry.  It has the perfect Aztec vibe and works in pretty much any space. You can throw it in your kitchen, entryway, or bedroom and it will add just the right amount of flare. It takes one full week to complete one of these rugs and you can feel good about supporting the fair trade cooperative of 14 Zapotec women who live and work in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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the story:

This isn't the first time the Citizenry has been featured on Communelle, and I'm sure it won't be the last.  What else can I tell you about this incredible company?  The Citizenry was built on the premise that we should fill our homes with pieces that celebrate the people and lives who made them.  By personally traveling to different countries where their products are made, the team at the Citizenry are able to use only local materials and establish real relationships with their artisans. With fair trade standards, the Citizenry’s artisans are compensated fairly for sharing their incredible talents and gifts.

The {11.1.17} Edit

The {11.1.17} Edit

1.  Rothy's, The Point in Petal Pink Solid, $145

2.  Kinsman Soap Co., Activated Charcoal Soap, $10

3.  Parker Clay, Mulu Clutch in Black, $118

4.  Reformation, High Cigarette Jean in Salton, $128

5.  re:Loom, Early Morning Small Rug, $99

 

1.

ROTHY'S
The Point Flat
$145

Photo by Rothy's (Facebook)

Photo by Rothy's (Facebook)

the stuff:

You’re wearing your favorite pair of flats again.  You wore them yesterday, too.  Come to think of it, maybe you’re wearing them too often?  When you take them off they have a certain…aromaRothy’s is here to help you, folks.  Their magical flats, which come in rounded toe and our favorite bossy point, are ultra washable.  Scrub 'em with a sponge, throw them in the washing machine, hose them off in the yard!  Sort of like Crocs, except... not at all like Crocs.  We weren't fast enough to snag the pretty Petal Pink Solid before it sold out (all proceeds went to breast cancer research), but we're loving the Flax Birdseye with our high-waisted cigarette jeans or with a work-ready dress.   

Photo by Communelle

Photo by Communelle

the story:

Made out of recycled water bottles (from plastic fiber printed from a 3D printer, you guys!) with carbon-free biodegradable soles, Rothy's tech-forward flats are giving new life to the scourge of our oceans and landfills while giving us footwear we can feel good about. Soft and flexible, Rothy's look like high-end fabric, so no one will know you're walking around in an old Dasani bottle unless you tell them.  The "re-usable" box ours arrived in wasn't our favorite design (we might have hacked it to shreds with a steak knife trying to open it), but we love how little packaging there was overall.  We also love that unlike companies that can't trace their entire supply chain, Rothy's owns and controls its factory China. Oh, and bonus--though we suspect these suckers will last for years--Rothy's shoes are fully recyclable at the end of their life.


2.

KINSMAN SOAP
Activated Charcoal Soap
$10

 

the stuff:

If you’re still using soap with FD&C Green #3 in the ingredient list, consider this an intervention. Step away from the toxins and embrace this all-natural, hand-forged soap made with love by refugees using only 100% pure ingredients— including olive oil, beer, and the current cool kid at the beauty product table, activated charcoal. Enjoy it yourself, or save it for a stocking stuffer for your SO. Either way, you’ll keep your skin and your conscience clean.

Photo by Preemptive Love Coalition (website)

the story:

If only this soap could talk.  Kinsman Soap is an effort of the Preemptive Love Coalition, an organization that's on the ground in worn-torn regions in the Middle East to provide emergency relief to refugees and

 create jobs for those victimized by ISIS.  In addition to bringing storied soaps and statement tees to the U.S. market, the Preemptive Love Coalition provides small business grants, tools, and coaching to refugees in Iraq and Syria so that displaced men and women can start again and flourish.  

Photo by Preemptive Love Coalition (website)


3.

PARKER CLAY
Mulu Clutch
$118

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the stuff:

You want to be the girl who doesn't carry a purse, but you don't want to be the girl who spills the contents of her wallet and shatters her phone screen on the asphalt while crossing the street on Saturday night.  Enter the chic Mulu Clutch from Parker Clay.  Small enough to tuck under your arm, but big enough to hold all the essentials; carry it on its own or toss it in your tote when you've got your laptop in tow.  Either way, you've got style in the bag.

 

 

Photo by Parker Clay (website)

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the story:

We dare you to read Parker Clay's "about" page and not get a lump in your throat. Started by a Santa Barbara couple who went to Ethiopia to adopt a child (and then ended up living there for years), Parker Clay is a true example of the power of ethically-run businesses to impact communities for good. The company partners with the non-profit Ellilta - Women at Risk to provide meaningful economic opportunities for women in Ethiopia who would otherwise have to turn to the sex industry as a means to support themselves and their families. The Parker Clay production facility in Addis Ababa is supporting community transformation by providing local artisans with stable, skilled work at premium wages.  All that, and their bags are some of the chicest we've found.  Too many wins here to count.

 

Photo by @parkerclayintl (Instagram)


4.

REFORMATION
High Waisted Cigarette Jeans
$128

the stuff:

The throwback denim trend is here to stay, and we’re fully on board. These are just high enough in the waist, just loose enough in the legs, and just the right wash to give you all the best parts of the 80s nostalgia wave with none of the teased hair or shoulder pads. Dress these up with a blazer for work (the slightly darker Baltic wash is un-distressed), or channel your inner Molly Ringwald and pair with a white tee tied in a knot to crop top length on the weekend. The more you wear these, the more lived in and comfortable they get.

Photo by Reformation (website)

the story:

Los Angeles-based Reformation is serious about eco-conscious fashion. For each garment they sell, Reformation calculates the environmental impact.  For example: these jeans, made from surplus fabric, save 32 lbs of carbon dioxide, 2601 gallons of water and 3 lbs of waste. How’s that for knowing what your outfit’s worth?  In terms of human cost, all of Reformation's apparel is produced by responsible manufacturing partners here in the U.S. or abroad, with "most" hourly workers being paid more than minimum wage and over half earning more than the L.A. living wage threshold (their impact statement says they're working towards 100% living wages across the board).  We're hopeful "most" becomes "all" very soon -- it bodes well that three-quarters of the company's management team are women or people from underrepresented populations.  Get it done, y'all!

 

Photo by @reformation (Instagram)


5.

RE:LOOM
Early Morning Small Rug
$99 

the stuff:

We’re pretty sure your current rugs are just lying there doing nothing to fight homelessness, which is why you need this sunny beauty in your life. Hand-woven by men and women in Atlanta who are experiencing homelessness or have struggled to maintain jobs, it's the perfect one-of-a-kind addition to your entryway. Plus it’s reversible, so when your muddy boots trash it just before your mother-in-law shows up for dinner, flip it over like the girlboss that you are and carry on.

 

Photo by re:Loom (website)

the story:

re:Loom might make rugs, but they aren't fighting homelessness lying down. The company employs people who are struggling to maintain jobs, providing them with a stable salary, full healthcare coverage, and opportunities to engage in the operation of the weavehouse. If you're not in the market for a floor rug, check out their adorable mug rugs to give your coffee a comfy place to rest.

Photo by @reloomatl (Instagram)