One of my goals on this blog is to share companies that are fighting against fast fashion. Companies that are doing something to change the mentality and are ethically supporting women with training and fair wages. As a bonus, some of these companies are also supporting causes that I believe in, such as employing women who were part of some form of modern day slavery.
One such company is Elegantees.
Elegantees was founded by Katie Martinez, who wanted to use her background in fashion to start a clothing line, but who also had a heart broken for women who were abducted or sold into the sex trafficking industry. After several years and partnering with others who wanted to support women from Nepal, Elegantees now supports 18 women in their Kingdom Hope Garments sewing center. The women who work here are survivors of sex trafficking, and they are given counseling and training in sewing. They are paid a fair and living wage so they can support their families. You can read more about their story here.
I don’t know about you, but I want money I spend on anything to be spent wisely and with purpose. I love that buying clothing can support real people. Real restoration. Real hope. Shopping for clothing from ethical companies such as Elegantees is a way to start.
My wardrobe is pretty simple. I don’t want to have a lot of clothing and have purposely simplified my wardrobe over the last few years. I consider myself most comfortable in jeans and tee-shirts or tanks. Some might call that boring. I call it comfortable and where I most feel like myself. I also love skirts and simple dresses that are classy and pretty, but also modest and comfortable. I want to buy clothing that I can wear multiple times each week, that will wear well, and that are versatile and can be worn with jeans, skirts, or the rare pair of slacks I might wear.
Every piece I have purchased from Elegantees fits my criteria. When I look at my closet, the majority of shirts that I wear are from this company. There’s something about being able to have brand loyalty with a company. I know how they are going to fit, I know the material and how it will feel and I know how well it will wash. In order to make a piece of clothing someone sustainable from a consumer perspective, the piece should be worn at least 30 times. My clothing from Elegantees has been worn well more than that and you would never know by looking at them.
When I started thinking more intentionally about what I wear, I had an unexpected experience. I thought about the people who made my clothing when I got dressed. I wondered about their lives, I wondered about their families. There’s something about knowing where your clothing comes from and recognizing your purchases can make a real difference in the life of a real person. The idea of shopping small for clothing is freeing and beautiful.
Knowing that I can make a difference for one person by purchasing a shirt or a dress (and now skirts and matching mama and daughter dresses!) from Elegantees makes me a return customer. And not only do I love the mission behind this company, but they have amazing customer service!
Katie has a heart of gold, to see women freed and restored in Nepal. She is incredibly generous time and time again. I’ve watched several times over the past year or so where she offered something extra for customers so that more women could have work. I know she will work tirelessly to see as many women as possible able to have redemptive work, creating beautiful pieces for you to wear.
Beautiful clothing, quality made and sewn by hand, clothing that supports and restores life to real women.
Shop small. Shop with purpose. Shop Elegantees.
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