This post was sponsored by Fibre Athletics and I received an item for review.
There are those of us who buy things because we like them.
And then there are those of us who obsessively Google search, compare items, make charts, email companies, and check and double check for ethical standards.
In case you can't figure it out, I'm the definitely the latter. Which is why I'm am as happy as a kid on Christmas morning reading the product listings at fibreathletics.com. Scroll down to "How It's Made" on each product page and you'll discover a treasure trove of detailed information about the product, from textiles sourcing to certifications to manufacturing.
Ethical Details: Pursuit Top - c/o Fibre Athletics; Everywhere Jacket - c/o Fibre Athletics; Leggings - Soul Flower Stirrup Yoga Pants; High Tops - Etiko
The Fibre Athletics Pursuit Top is made of rPET certified recycled polyester (sourced from water bottles) produced in facilities that are verified to pay and treat workers well. It's then treated with Chitosante, a nature-sourced, environmentally friendly product (made from crustaceans and the cell walls of fungi!) that adds durability and longevity to athletic wear. It also meets the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, which ensures that dyes used are low-impact, non-reactive, use fewer resources, and are safe on human skin.
The top is cut and sewn in a fair-trade certified factory in Chicago.
Why I Like It
Like the Everywhere Jacket, the Pursuit Top ($70) is cut extraordinarily well, skimming the body's curves without constricting movement. The raglan sleeves are cut a little loose for freedom of movement (constricted shoulders are my biggest pet peeve when it comes to clothing) and the back zipper pocket lets you go hands-free. I like to go on walks and I often have trouble finding a pocket large enough for my phone and keys, but this one has ample space for both. I've been blown away by all of the American-made goods I've reviewed on StyleWise, and this is no exception.
I'm wearing the Nova Red color here. It's almost fluorescent red with an orange undertone and I like it a lot. I used to have an aversion to pinks and reds, but they've become my favorite shades recently. I like the way they play against my henna red hair.
Heads Up: Fibre Athletics will be hosting a celebration and fundraiser to assist in the production of new products on April 21st in Chicago. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.