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Over the last year, my eyes have been opened a bit more to the world of fast fashion. I mentioned it briefly in my initial post about shopping small. Watching the movie, True Cost, has increased my awareness of the effects of the fashion industry and the creation of cheap clothing.
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 supporting women who were part of some form of modern day slavery.
One such company is Elegantees.
This company 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 10 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. Or watch this video where Katie talks about the purpose of Elegantees.
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 something that restores. That brings 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.
I purchased the Namra tank a few weeks ago from Elegantees. It’s my first official piece of ethically produced clothing that I intentionally purchased. The first time I put it on, I was amazed at the feeling of empowerment I had, that our purchases do make a difference. When I wear it, I know where it’s from and who made it. Her name was on the tag attached to the shirt and by purchasing it, I know that I am supporting her family directly. Pardon the wrinkles in the tag. It didn’t come like that but somehow my kids get a hold of everything.
This purchase supported a business that is trying to make a real difference in the lives of women. The connection I felt was not expected. And now, every time I wear this shirt (which is once or twice a week when you have a simplified wardrobe), the feeling is the same. It’s not a sense of pride, but a sense of knowing that a simple purchase supports a real cause, a real family. It’s like when you buy produce locally and you know the farm where it was grown. Like when you put lotion on and know someone made it by hand and put it in the bottle for you without a machine. The idea of shopping small for clothing is freeing and beautiful.
Check out my NAMRA tank, in my preferred look of jeans with a child by my side (and of course a tissue in the grass). Photo courtesy of Eliana.
I love that this tank is longer. It’s fitted and hugs your waist just a little and yet has a little give around the hips. It’s a perfect all-around tank to have that I’ll wear even in the winter layered with a sweater. I’ll definitely be buying another color. The fit is perfect for all body types. For those who care, I’m wearing a small. I probably could do an extra small for a little more of a fitted look but this one suits me too.
And check out the inside clothing tag! I love the reminder against my body every time I wear it.
Want to check out Elegantees for yourself? They have a new and beautiful line for Summer. I’m eyeing up the OPHELIA dress myself. And since you’re my readers, you can use the code OTBMAMA for 10% off all your purchases, all the time! Just enter it at checkout. How’s that for fantastic!?
Beautiful clothing, quality made and sewn by hand, clothing that supports and restores life to real women.
Shop small. Shop Elegantees.