STAFF GUIDE | UPDATED JULY 2016
Ethical brands we're loving this week. Edited by The Good Trade staff.
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RENT THE RUNWAY
Summer - the season for rising temps and countless weddings, baby showers, birthday and parties. It’s the time of year families gather for reunions, celebrate milestones and take vacations. Our shopping philosophy is usually quite measured - we look to invest in long term staples, pieces that were made ethically and will last 30+ wears. But when it comes to the variety of special occasion events, we're the first to admit this approach kind of goes out the window. It’s the most tempting time to indulge in fast fashion. Renting special occasion clothing isn’t completely environmentally friendly since it involves a lot of dry cleaning and shipping - but it certainly beats buying pieces for just one or two wears. Can you imagine if we all cut down even half of our special occasion fashion purchases? Rent The Runway is our favorite go-to right now. They have a wide selection of designer clothing and occasion dresses for rent and they have user uploaded photos so you can tell how the dress fits other customers in your size/height.
We received our first CAUSEBOX this week and were blown away by the whole experience - gorgeous packaging with truly the best roundup of social good products. Every season CAUSEBOX gathers a handful of brands that are empowering and helping people throughout the world – and puts some of their best products in this beautiful blue box. This summer's box is filled with gorgeous products from brands like The Smile Life, Esperos and Juice Beauty. Such a lovely way to learn of new conscious and ethical brands! The products inside each CAUSEBOX help to provide jobs, meals, education, and clean water to countless women, men, and children around the world.
We’ve been long-time fans of this UK-based curated online shop, but with the current exchange rates, Gather&See is now an especially good value for US customers. Gather & See carries some of our favorite ethical designers like Conditions Apply, Beaumont Organic and People Tree. Each of their forward thinking designers fit into at least 3 of Gather&See's 5 founding philosophies: Fair Trade, Organic, Eco-Friendly, Small Scale Production and Heritage. Check out their organic & fair clothing and accessories and their summer sales!
The lovely jewelry designs from Kaligarh (kā-li-garh), meaning ‘artisan’, are inspired by the history, geography and diversity of the Himalayan region. Each Kaligarh product is handmade by small-scale artisans in Nepal and elsewhere in the Himalaya. Founder and creative director, Jyoti Upadhyay was inspired to preserve the traditional Nepali styles and showcase the artisanry to global consumers. Kaligarh designs beautifully mix traditional artisanry with a modern application and the packaging is equally lovely, we love their hammered brass and silver jewelry!
We recently ran across Simulacra - an athleisure line for women focused on environmental sustainability, local production, and community. In starting Simulacra, founder Christine Yao wanted to create a business that was an answer to the needs of the contemporary woman-- a woman with a full schedule, who takes the time to eat, work, and live well. The type of woman when not working, spending time with friends, or traveling with family, is giving back to the community in a meaningful way. Simulacra works to invest in an article’s intrinsic functionality and aesthetic value and not just the current trends. Simulacra materials are sourced ethically from Canada and made in NYC's garment center and they donate a percentage of profit towards non-profit organizations.