Something about this time of year feels like time is standing still. The earth and the plants seem to just be: not quite ready to return to the dirt as roots and definitely no longer young spring blossoms.
I’m a fall and winter lover, but this year I do feel a little sad to watch summer go. I’ve cherished slipping out the door to chase my kids onto the wet grass with bare feet. Our garden this year is the best it’s ever been. Tomatoes, cornflower, daisies, lady slipper, marigolds everywhere. The air smells like promises of healing and change and cooler air.
It’s hard sometimes to be human and have zero control over anything. The seasons are a never-ending lesson in letting life happen and trusting in the divine timing. Mother Nature always knows.
Indigo is magic. Hand dyed with the highest loving energy, dipped 5 times in 100% organic and plant-based indigo. The dye is so pure that when it’s spent it’s spread on our garden as fertilizer!
INGREDIENTS: 92% forest fiber from acacia, eucalyptus, poplar, pine, spruce, beech, birch, and maple trees grown on tree farms in Eastern Europe, 8% spandex for stretch, organic indigo dye, cotton threads, and water based ink.
FIT: Drop crotch, slim leg, pockets at hips, and a low rise.
WE CARE DEEPLY: Hand dyed deep indigo by Hayley, hand printed with white flowers that were freshly picked from the garden by Hayley, hand sewn by Nadya!
Q - Why is it so expensive?
A - Clothes can only be made cheaply if people and/or the planet are being exploited. In 2022, the reality is we are extracting limited resources from the planet to make limitless things. The more plastic clothing made in slave like conditions overseas we support with our hard earned dollars, the more we tell brands that YES, we are down with limitless consumption. When we pay workers a living wage and consider that the planet cannot survive at the pace we are overproducing, clothing can't be inexpensive. We need so much less than we're told we need, therefore do not need to buy dozens of $6 items. It's always better to save up for ethical pieces. (This message is to those with some disposable income, not to those living in poverty.)
We pay a premium for high quality fabrics and labor. While an average top may cost $2.50 for Shein to make, we pay anywhere from $30-$50. That means on a $78 dollar top, profit may be $30-40, which must cover operating expenses (website fees, shipping, advertising, freight charges), taxes, and payroll to our fairly paid employees. Our end of the day profit is closer to $3-6. If we did this for the money, we'd be in the wrong industry. We do this to make an amazing heirloom piece you'll treasure for years.
Q - When are sold out items restocked?
A - We don't make the same thing twice, and this is why: our creations are art! An artist would not repaint the same piece over and over. And for you, our beloved customer, this means your piece is very unique and bespoke. No one else will have it. This is how we used to make clothes long ago-- items just for you that are meant for you and not mass produced to maximize profits.
Q - Where is it made and who makes it?
A - We only work with small family owned shops employing 8-10 people paying well above minimum wage in Los Angeles, CA.
Q - Is it sustainable and organic?
A - Anyone who claims true sustainability while producing a product is greenwashing, intentional or not. We are responsible. To be truly sustainable we should all be wearing undyed, unisex, 100% recycled fabric scraps, government issued uniforms for 5-10 years at a time. While we are not that, we are much, much better than most of the alternatives out there. Our fabric is 99% closed loop, low plastic, made with fair wages, GOTS certified dyed, water based inked, made in the USA, and we donate money to a new charity every month. We will never stop seeking more ways to be make a cleaner and more beautiful piece of clothing!