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Pssst, Early Access to Purse & Clutch's Housewares Collection, ...and Such

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Purse & Clutch, purveyor of fine fair trade bags and leather goods, is launching their first Housewares collection tomorrow. The decision to expand their product offerings arose out of a desire to fill a gap in the marketplace. In their words:

At Purse & Clutch, we're obsessed with buying ethically, but have been disappointed with the selection of items from home decor to tableware that fit our design aesthetic. It seems that the overlap between our style & ethically sourced items is so small. We've already been hard at work for the past four years making finding an ethically made handbag that you love super simple & we're on the cusp of launching something new that will expand beyond our current product offerings. Purse & Clutch is becoming Purse & Clutch …and Such!
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That's exciting enough as it is, but you can get access to the collection one day early by using the link below!

Get Early Access to ...and Such here!


The ...and Such collection employs a small batch, small curation strategy and will be available for one day only on the first of every month, so early access is a helpful incentive.

new in: Sseko Designs' spring collection 2016

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I always look forward to seeing how Sseko Designs' creatively reinterprets its original versatile ribbon sandal each season. They did not disappoint.

The Spring '16 collection launched today and I'm digging the new stitched leather soles on their ribbon sandals, the accent updates, and the brand new designs in their collection, like these cool, gold slip on sandals.

My favorites, pictured above, are:

(clockwise from top left, affiliate links included)

It's so inspiring to watch ethical companies I love thrive and improve over time. Sseko Designs deserves their success. They've worked hard to ensure that their business improves not just the lives of the young women they employ, but the local economy, as well. Their employees go on to get degrees, start their own businesses, and serve as mentors for new hires. 

ZADY's Essentials Collection provides total supply chain transparency

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ZADY makes and sells cool ethical clothing, but they're so much more than that. They offer accessible, exhaustive resources on supply chain transparency through their The New Standard initiative, because they believe that the key to change is education. They believe that consumers are smart enough to want real, comprehensive answers from companies about where their clothes come from, from farm to closet. Knowing a little bit about one part of the supply chain isn't enough. The great thing is that, even if you're not likely to do research before making a purchase, ZADY makes learning about the people, animals, and resources behind the products you buy easy - they'll even send email updates each week if you subscribe.

With this in mind, ZADY started their own collection of timeless basics called The Essentials Collection. From the press release: "The designs for the products featured in The Essentials Collection are centered on these principles: design for longevity; utilize the highest quality fibers that also have a low footprint; work directly, as partners, with the supply chain to ensure a low impact from farm to final factory; and support American factories and excellence in production with domestic cut and sew."

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Read the product description for any item in the collection and you'll learn everything you could possibly want to know about materials and textiles sourcing, worker welfare, and environmental impact. An example from the .06 Lightweight Alpaca Sweater listing:

The .06 is made from the wool of Alpacas raised in their natural habitat in the Andes mountains of Peru, where they can roam, hop, and grow their silky fleece in beautiful natural colors, like this heather grey. Soft as cashmere without pilling, as warm as sheep’s wool without the bulk, hypo-allergenic, and one of the strongest fibers, Alpaca is an ideal ingredient for the sweater that will endure in your closet and become a favorite piece. This super fiber is then sorted, washed, combed and spun in nearby Arequipa, Peru, where 80% of the facilities energy needs is provided by solar panels. We receive the best fibers, called baby alpaca (though its not from baby alpaca), which are then sent to New York, where the slightly relaxed fit and menswear inspired chest pocket are crafted, converging timeless style with the ancient wool.
Considering how much research and work has been put into each piece, The Essentials Collection is reasonably priced, with items ranging from $36.00 to $185.00. This stuff is built to last, so the cost per wear is sure to be a good value. I've been eyeing their best selling .02 tee for months and they recently restocked it!

Though there are many companies committed to transparency, ZADY is the leader in examining what "transparent" means from every angle. If more companies functioned in this way, we'd be well on our way to an ethical, sustainable marketplace.

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Shop ZADY's Essentials Collection

Read about the manufacturing industry on The New Standard.


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special offer: eshakti's new website (+ a sweet discount)

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Just wanted to stop in to let you know about a special offer from custom clothing site, eshakti. I first reviewed eshakti at Thanksgiving. I received some good feedback from readers on that post regarding their production standards, which I encourage you to read here.

Eshakti guarantees that they have their employees' (primarily women in India) best interests in mind and that they both pay 50% to 100% over minimum wage and routinely inspect their facilities. They recently updated their website to include more contemporary styles and easy-to-shop themed categories based on current trends. They also offer custom fit options at reasonable rates above the base price. I opted to change the sleeve length on my little black dress last fall, but in the future, I think I'll try full custom!

I like the look and feel of the updates and am finding that a lot of the newer styles appeal to me much more than previous selections. They've definitely embraced the graphic and minimalism trends and, though I'm not going to turn into an Everlane model anytime soon, it's hard not to be influenced by it, so I think it was a smart move for eshakti. It feels to me like they've narrowed their selection, too, which makes the site more manageable to peruse.

Eshakti is offering a $35.00 discount for Style Wise Blog readers. Just click the code below to enter the site and make sure to enter it at checkout. Note that if you use my custom code, I'll get a bit of commission on the sale (which would be groovy!).

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My picks are these vintage inspired swingy shorts and this bell sleeve dress

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I feel like I've been manically posting about brands all month, which is both wonderful and overwhelming. I had some time to work on a longer form post that I hope will be helpful for those interested in diving deeper into the conscious consumerism discussion. It'll post Monday morning.

#whomademyclothes? ZADY knows

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Zady is an ethical brand and business that goes above and beyond your average ethics-minded company. They're activists who made a huge splash when they bought a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal to post their manifesto a couple years ago. They're also the US headquarters for the Fashion Revolution Day movement (are you wearing your clothes inside out today?)

To highlight the fact that labor rights and sustainability go hand in hand, Zady released their .02 T-Shirt on Earth Day and just before Fashion Revolution Day. It's made from start to finish in the United States, so the supply chain is transparent and traceable.

We need to demand better in every step of the supply chain: better regulation, better materials, better treatment of people and planet. One way for companies to ensure that this is being done is to source and manufacture products on a smaller scale, within the same region (Everlane did this with their soon-to-be-released street shoe) or closer to the parent company, like Zady did with the .02 tee. We can't change an industry if we don't know what's going on inside of it, and companies don't feel obligated to hold themselves accountable if they're not even sure who makes their clothes, so we need to keep asking Who made my clothes? until we get real answers.

The conscientious consumer movement feels like Guerrilla warfare a lot of the time. We're full of ideas, but we're not united. We can't always see who or what we're fighting against, or who we're fighting for. Transparency is vital and there's no better time than now to start moving forward together.

So wear your clothes inside out today, or don't. But stir up people to join the team and spread the word. We need all the help we can get.


Read more Fashion Revolution Day posts from the Ethical Blogger Network:

Read more posts from the Ethical Writers Coalition:

sweater sale at fair indigo

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Fair Indigo is an ethical retailer that offers a wide variety of everyday clothing items and accessories. They're putting on their Sweater Sale this week! Prices have already been reduced, but you can get an additional 30% off with code, SWEATERS. The coupon will remain active until this Sunday, January 18.

It's a snow day for me today, so sweaters are quite an appropriate topic.

brand: Nomads Clothing

Nomads Clothing is a UK-based women's clothing designer that has specialized in fair trade garments since 1989 (which means it's basically the same age as me).

nomads fair trade clothing review on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com

The company works with Indian manufacturers to produce clothing using traditional techniques, such as block printing and patchwork. They're also taking steps to become more environmentally sustainable by using more organic cotton and recycled/biodegradable packaging.

I like the understated, grown-up appropriate look of their garments. They make items for a range of ages and lifestyles. Here are a few of my favorites:

nomads beautiful womens fair trade clothing on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com


Their tunics and longer-length tops look like they'd be the perfect layering pieces.

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Nomads contacted me to introduce me to their products. I received no monetary compensation to write this post, but do plan on reviewing their products in the near future, so stay tuned!

Get to know Nomads on facebook, pinterest, and twitter.


brand: PACT Apparel

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Fair trade sometimes gets a bad rap stylistically because designs tend to pull from indigenous craft traditions that, when separated from their context, come off as a bit hippie. I've come to appreciate the stories and people behind fair trade products. And, since they have given me permission to enjoy their products, I don't have to feel ill at ease about dressing in or embracing traditions that don't come from my own heritage (cultural appropriation is a tricky subject here, so I'd appreciate your input, too).

But sometimes I just want a simple tee to wear with my batik print skirt. And where do I even start looking for fair trade socks?


PACT Apparel believes in organic, sweatshop free, small scale production. They specialize in simple basics, from underwear to hoodies, that manage to be both contemporary and timeless. What's more: they're offering 40% off the entire site until December 1. They also sell these at my local Whole Foods, so if you prefer to see them in person, see if your local Whole Foods stocks them!

pact fair trade apparel for men and women on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com

If your family gives each other socks for Christmas, it might be a good time to shop. 

pact fair trade apparel for men and women on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com

brand: seamly.co

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The founder of Seamly.co, Kristen Glenn, reached out to me last fall to participate in her newly launched affiliate program. WordPress doesn't allow sidebar ads or affiliate links, however, so a full blog post seemed like the best way to promote her shop.

Seamly.co was launched with funds from a kickstarter campaign to produce an item called "the versalette," a seemingly simple piece of material designed to be worn up to 30 ways. I've never had much success with that type of garment since I prefer my clothing to have a set purpose, so I really love that the line has since broadened to include dresses, skirts, leggings, and basic tees.

Every item is made from surplus fabric in the USA, so it's guaranteed sustainable and ethically produced. Designs are minimalist and therefore versatile. They're perfect for this season's aesthetic and classic enough to wear for several seasons.

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I'm saving up for the Wrapped Cardigan and the Seasonless Skirt. I'll make sure to let you know what I think once I get a chance to see and wear the garments.

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