Style Wise | Ethical Fashion, Fair Trade, Sustainability



stylewise ethical and sustainable fashion blogger writer freelancer consultant


Hello! My name is Leah Wise and I'm a writer, blogger, singer, and thrift shop manager living in Charlottesville, Virginia with my husband, Daniel, and our pet rats (ask me about my rats!). 

I first started thinking about the ethics of what we consume more than eight years ago while working at a craft store that sold cheap, sweatshop goods marketed as "artisan made" without fair prices to match. The disparity between the workmanship of these goods and the $3.99 price tag made me question the system behind it. Honestly, I had never thought about the makers before that experience. 

I think many of us in Western countries grow up thinking that production is automated, made by robots in clean, state-of-the-art factories. After all, this is the 21st century. But the reality is that human production is often still the most precise, highest quality, and cheapest form of labor. Exploitation in the garment industry is just one nefarious symptom of a troubled world, but it is an important one because we are encouraged to consume at such a breakneck pace that we can't help but be complicit. 

As I uncovered the stories of artisans and makers, I began to take an interest in environmental sustainability and responsible business practices, because these things are inextricably linked. Now I seek to provide thorough, nuanced, and accessible resources, articles, and reviews that work through the complexity of garment and goods production systems. I believe that small steps matter, but I also believe very strongly that we must build strong, sustainable coalitions that lobby for better regulations while working to imagine and create a narrative of hope. You can't merely buy your way to a better world, but like all good habits, committing to doing the best thing you can within your means and circumstances is a catalyst for change and an example to others. 

In addition to blogging, I write, speak, and consult on ethical fashion, digital marketing, theology, and the thrift economy with bylines in Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Mind Body Green, and Elephant Journal. You can hear me chat about ethical fashion and thrifting on Reframe Your Life and the Green Dreamer podcast (links below).

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  1. Love your blog and your story on elephant journal! This is something I do want to start thinking more about bc I've never really learned much about sustainable and ethical clothes but I definitely want to be a part of the solution bc it's so horrible how ppl are being treated in other countries when it comes to making our clothes or other things! Thanks for the comment on my blog! I'll have to keep checking back over here! It's so cool you found me through Pinterest! Man social media really connects people! To think we once took a class in college together and then went through such a similar faith journey! Love it!

  2. I love your blog too!!! I'm so glad you got back to your Christian roots!!! Me too. I love reading about sustainability and upcycling. It's so bad what fast fashion is doing to the environment and humanity.