graphic tee

the moral wardrobe: Hands Producing Hope Tee

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adventure tee
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graphic tee
Ethical Details: Tee - c/o Hands Producing Hope; Necklace - c/o Hands Producing Hope (previous collab); Boots - Oliberte

Hands Producing Hope is the brand behind one of my most worn necklaces, the Shalom Necklace, which I featured here a few months ago. They're expanding their resource and employment program to Nkombo Island in Rwanda and are in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign. They're seeking $20,000 to:

  • employ staff on the ground to personally oversee the program's development 
  • offer consistent training to a group of women who will be our newest artisans 
  • provide an allowance that will allow the women to attend training classes with their children instead of working in the fields 
  • host a variety of life skills workshops to help equip these women 
  • set aside for scholarships for the women and their children to attend school 
  • purchase start-up supplies & place an initial order!

The nice thing about Indiegogo is that, unlike Kickstarter, the recipient gets to keep anything they receive even if they don't meet their end goal, which means any amount can make a difference. Plus, there's a tiered rewards system and you can unlock this "And so the adventure begins" tee at $50. I put my money where my mouth is and donated $25.00 toward the cause even though Hands Producing Hope let me review this tee ahead of time. 


Donate here. Shop Hands Producing Hope here

trade in your madewell graphic tees for this one from KK Intl. x Ugmonk

krochet kids x ugmonk collab

I consider graphic tees a staple item, but I only wear them on days when the dress code calls for extremely casual, like when I'm cleaning out my closets or dusting blinds. If I'm going to wear one, I want it to say something that matters to me. With the prevalence of inane graphic tops that say things like "Saturdays and Sundays" and "Oui," we might as well balance it out with something a little more weighty. You can love weekend getaways to France and still be a deep thinker, right?

Krochet Kids teamed up with graphic designer, Ugmonk, to offer a limited edition range of t-shirts and prints that broadcast an important message: 

"Behind every product is a person."

behind every product is a person

Krochet Kids' products are signed by the individual who made the item and all employees receive a living wage and access to medical care and educational resources. 

Ugmonk collaboration products were made at Krochet Kids' manufacturing facility in Peru. This tee would look great beside my Who made your clothes? tee from Fashion Revolution Day 2014.

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*All images property of Krochet Kids Intl. This post contains affiliate links.


Do you like graphic tees? Do you recommend any other ethically produced tees with ethical messages?

eat your vegetables

eat your vegetables

eat your vegetables by fracturedradiance on Polyvore

I spotted this Gorman veggie print tee on an Australian blogger and immediately clicked the link to purchase it. Turns out it's a small, Australian label and the price plus shipping to America is astronomical.

So I did what anyone would do when they're desperate and in need of help: I wrote a whiny facebook status. Several friends, to my delight, sent me links to veggie shirts, but I needed to find one that was ethically produced. My mother-in-law sent me a link to One Lane Road, maker of the green shirt above, which made me realize I hadn't yet bothered to check etsy.

None of the etsy screenprinted options measure up to the all-over print of Gorman's tee, but at least I now know a niche market exists for vegetable t-shirts. If I do buy one, it will be the bottom gray one with the carrots front and center. Yum.
Sources: Gorman / One Lane Road / EMaryniak / Borders TeesGive me a little Smirk

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style recipe: graphic tee + high waist jeans



stylerecipe by fracturedradiance showing how to wear white tops

I have never been a jeans person, but months of cold weather have encouraged me to wear them more often, just as much out of a desire for wardrobe diversity as a need to stay warm(ish). I have, however, been a big fan of artful graphic t-shirts ever since I discovered Threadless freshman year of college. The combination is casual and thoughtful, so I find myself gravitating toward this look on weekends and afternoons off.

The above looks incorporate glasses from ethically minded companies, Benji Frank and Warby Parker; fair trade and domestically produced tops and jeans, and Swedish Hasbeens boots.
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