Brand Profile: Dear Survivor

I recently fell in love with Dear Survivor after finding them on Instagram. Once I made it over to their website, I found beautiful jewelry, hand-crafted leather accessories, and an incredible story. The heart behind these products became clear, and I was deeply moved by founder Christine Longoria’s mission for her company.

But I wasn’t quite ready to purchase. I’ve read enough to make me skeptical of jewelry supply chains – especially when it comes to gemstones, leather, and metals – so I wanted some clarification. When I’ve reached this point in the past, I emailed the company or brand to ask my questions. My plan is always to wait for a response before I buy, which puts a purchase off for at least a few weeks (and sometimes indefinitely). So, without high expectations, I typed out a few of my questions and hit send. Continue reading

Fashion Revolution

On April 24th, 2013, 1,134 garment workers lost their lives when the Rana Plaza collapsed in Bangladesh.

We’ve been conditioned to think fashion is silly and frivolous, a mindset that severely limits our ability to combat the industry’s ills and effectively address its global impacts. Why do we downplay the effects of a $1.2 trillion dollar industry (or $3 trillion if we include the textile trade)? Within the United States alone, fashion was responsible for $250 billion dollars spent and 1.9 million people employed in 2014. And we still think it’s all about playing dress up? Continue reading

Alphabet Soup

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an organization whose label would signify responsibly-made clothing? Absolutely! Have your pick:

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Truth is, we are not lacking when it comes to watchdog organizations, certifications, and standards – this list isn’t even exhaustive (the Ethical Fashion Forum lists a few more certifications and memberships here). If you want to measure impact, whether that be environmental, social, or otherwise, there is an organization available. Is this sea of logos, labels, and symbols effective? To answer that question, ask yourself how many of these icons you instinctively recognize. Take that one step further: if you recognize them, do you know what they mean? Continue reading

Brand Profile: Foremost

Affordable, American-made clothing coming your way.

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Today, after a year spent re-imagining the brand, Foremost launched their first collection for 2016: Release 01. They’re starting with the basics: crew and v-neck tees in an array of neutrals for both men and women. The lightweight fabric is a 50/50 blend of Supima Cotton and Micromodal, and the shirts themselves are designed in Texas and produced in California. New releases will be available every two weeks, with new collections about every 8 weeks – you can see what’s coming up on their website. Continue reading

Trending (For Now)

The vote is in: logos are back. Could this be true? Logos were prolific not too long ago: they served as status symbols that differentiated the haves from the have-nots. This outward expression of one’s financial status is called “conspicuous consumption” because it is meant to be seen by others, leading onlookers to establish certain conclusions about the wearer. This explosion of logos led to a market for knockoffs and counterfeits, allowing the have-nots to look just like the haves – ultimately negating the power of logos to draw the aforementioned lines of separation.

What followed was a backlash against conspicuous consumption and a desire for luxury of a subtler nature – one that didn’t shout its price tag but required more of an insider’s knowledge to truly appreciate. Fast fashion capitalized on this trend: while it couldn’t offer the desirable logos, it could offer runway fashion to the masses. Why invest in one luxury item when you could instead buy twenty luxury lookalikes? Without prominent logos, most people couldn’t tell the difference. As consumers, instead of saving up for one fabulous designer piece, we opted for a conveyor belt closet: one with a constant stream of new clothing. It ceased to matter how much you spent on each item – our goal became keeping up with trends and always having something new. Continue reading