This post was sponsored by Love Justly and I received an item for review. I have an ongoing partnership with Love Justly, so stay tuned for more.
When I was a teenager, someone told me I dressed like a "middle school art teacher." At the shop where I work, people ask me if I'm an artist because I dress like one. I don't know if that's supposed to be a compliment, but I always take it as one. I wouldn't say I'm an artist in the traditional sense, but I do like putting together outfits. Curation and color sense are components of art, right?
Regardless of where I fit into the "artist" spectrum, I certainly do appreciate art in many forms. It's safe to say that half the reason I'm intrigued by the fair trade movement is because it puts art and artisanship front and center.
This kimono-inspired piece by Symbology, for instance, was block printed using traditional techniques in Rajasthan, India. Symbology pays a living wage to their employees in India and the West Bank with the specific goal of preserving traditional craftsmanship while making modern, wearable silhouettes.
I like the soft, flowing cotton rayon and the sheen of the peacock feathers. It makes an all black, Steve Jobs-appropriate outfit turn into something that maybe an awesome middle school art teacher would wear!
Ethical Details: Kimono Jacket - c/o Love Justly; Sweater, Boots, and Jeans - thrifted; Turtleneck - Everlane
Since Love Justly partners with ethical brands to offer discounts on past-season and overstock products, you can snag the Symbology Kimono Jacket in a number of colors for $38.49. One of the best features of the site is that you can shop by brand, so if you really like the look of a particular product, you can see similar items quite easily and learn some background about the company while you're at it.
Brand awareness has been so important for me when trying to shop ethically, so I appreciate that Love Justly offers itself as a resource for discovering brands. Even though it's an outlet site, it doesn't try to disguise labels, which means if you really like the look of something, you can scope out this season's offerings easily.