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the moral wardrobe: one stop shopping at Ash & Rose

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One of the struggles with shopping ethically is that you can't always find everything you're looking for in one place. You end up hunting around local shops and online boutiques piecing together your wardrobe and suffering the consequences in the form of high travel and shipping expenses.

Single-brand shops are great, but I like to mix things up, so I really like companies like MadeFAIR* and Ash & Rose that do a great job curating cool things with the conscious consumer in mind.

I've reviewed Ash & Rose once before, but this go round was even more successful than the last. I love this Seamly.co top in black and white stripes because it follows the curves of my body without being too tight or too loose, and the fabric is thicker and holds its shape better than most tees on the market. I'd also been looking for a knit moto jacket for awhile and Ash & Rose had put this one by LUR Apparel in their Clearance section, so it was a great time to scoop it up. LUR uses a recycled fabric blend for their apparel and Seamly.co uses remnant fabrics, so both items were both ethically and sustainably sourced.

Have you found any one stop shops for your ethical and sustainable shopping? I'd love to hear what they are!

*I received a discount on items I purchased from Ash & Rose. I was not required to write this post.

the moral wardrobe: Dorsu Slip-On Dress

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Dorsu makes easy, well cut basics using remnant fabric sourced from Cambodia's clothing manufacturing industry. When I saw that they were doing a fundraiser a few months back to scale their business and build out their workshop, I decided to donate as a sort of reverse birthday present to myself. They were kind enough to reach out and send me a few items to review on Style Wise.

As the years roll by, I'm becoming increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of the things I purchase. Worker welfare is absolutely important, but we can't really say something was "made ethically" if we're disregarding the ecosystems and natural resources people rely on to flourish. That's why I love that Dorsu has intentionally filled a gap in the industry by setting up shop close to where remnant fabrics in the global supply chain go to die: right in the heart of a major manufacturing center...

We purchase fabric remnants leftover from garment factories who discard off-cuts during production. In the past, this waste was dumped into landfill or burned, however, it is now recovered and sold into a local market chain. Buying this fabric allows us to support the prevention of unnecessary waste in Cambodia, keep our supply chain as close as possible and contribute to local economy.

dorsu slip-on dress review

Here I'm wearing the Slip-On Dress in a taupe and black colorblock design. I like the relaxed fit - it looks just as good worn as a tunic as it does as a dress. Admittedly, it was warm enough this weekend to go sans jeans, but I think the layering adds a nice edge to the look. I had this balled up in my suitcase for days, too, and it's only a tiny bit wrinkled. The site says it's made of cotton, but it feels silky like rayon.
  ethical color block dress from dorsu
Ethical Details: Dress - c/o Dorsu; Flats - old and upcycled; Necklace - c/o Hands Producing Hope

Dorsu's site shows prices in AUD, but you'll be happy to know that they ship to the US and that the conversion rate is quite good! The Slip-On Dress sells for 49.00 AUD, which is about $36.00 USD (you'll have to add about $25.00 for flat rate international shipping, so keep that in mind). There are also a number of domestic shops that sell Dorsu, so I encourage you to hunt around or ask your local fair trade shop if they carry Dorsu.

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