made in the usa

Olive + Herringbone

I am full steam ahead on spring getting here as soon as possible! This warm weather girl has had enough of cold hands. I am trying to stay patient and enjoy the remainder of winter by wearing all of my favorite winter outfits while I still can.

Olive + Herringbone Ethical Outfit | Trés Belle

By far one of my favorite combos this winter has been this gorgeous olive green top from The Flourish Market combined with my black and white herringbone jacket and wedges. You don’t often find shirts in this color, but it’s one of my favorites. The cut is so flattering–you can hide an I-just-ate-an-entire-pizza-belly under there and look absolutely fabulous while doing it! And, I love that the shirt is not only ethically made in the USA, but that 5% of the sales go to Help One Now‘s family empowerment program in Ethiopia.

Olive + Herringbone |  Trés Belle

 

My herringbone TOMS wedge booties were a Poshmark find. Buying clothes and shoes secondhand on Poshmark is one my favorite things to do, since you can get high-quality, name brand clothes for much less than full price. Buying secondhand also reduces strain on the environment, since reusing clothing keeps it out of landfills, and slowing the production of new clothing reduces pollution generated by the production process. And, aren’t these booties just adorable?? They’re comfy, too.

TOMS herringbone wedge booties  |  Trés Belle

Incidentally, my black Pilcro and the Letterpress leggings were also purchased secondhand at my local upscale consignment shop, Fifi’s (located in Cameron Village in Raleigh).

Anyone else scored some good Poshmark/consignment store finds lately? I’d love to hear!

xoxo Laura

Mission Impossible: Searching for the Illusive Fair Trade Men’s Suit

Finding fair trade clothing retailers PERIOD is hard enough to begin with, but when you’re on the hunt for a specific, specialty item, I’m learning that you’ve really got your work cut out for you. When hubs recently commented on how he needed some new suits for work, I quickly jumped on the opportunity to browse fair trade men’s suits online (I knew the chance of finding a local store was 0%). However, there was nothing to browse. I found zero (ZERO!!) suits online that were fair trade certified. I’m trying to give the universe the benefit of the doubt by assuming there’s got to be at least one fair trade suit out there on the market, but it’s just buried on a website whose developer doesn’t do good SEO.

What gives, clothing industry? Or maybe I should say, what gives, American businessmen? Is there really so little demand for fair trade suits that companies see no point in making them?

So, what’s a socially conscious man to do? Despite the dearth of fair trade options, I did find some ethically-made suits.

Brave GentleMan offers a number of “fair labor” and vegan suit pants and blazers made from eco-friendly fabrics. Honestly, the clothing sounds more or less fair trade, it just isn’t certified.

Brave GentleMan Burgundy Blazer. from Mission Impossible: Finding a Fair Trade Men's Suit | Très Belle

Apolis, a Certified B Corporation (meaning they’ve been graded and received a “passing” score for social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency), offers one full suit for sale. And, when you buy the jacket and pants together, you get 15% off, which is nice!

Apolis (Certified B Corporation) Suit. from Mission Impossible: Finding a Fair Trade Men's Suit | Très Belle

Another brand that I’m pretty excited about is Hardwick. Most of their suits are made in the USA with fabrics that are made in the USA (per my chat with Hardwick employee Andrew Welsh, fabrics made elsewhere are noted in the clothing item descriptions). Because the U.S. has minimum wage laws, this (hopefully) means the suits are essentially fair trade, though I did not ask about sourcing for things like the zippers and buttons.

Hardwick Made in the USA Men's Suit. from Mission Impossible: Finding a Fair Trade Men's Suit | Très Belle

For those interested in environmental sustainability, check out Rawganique. They offer chemical-free and sweatshop-free hemp jackets and slacks in addition to organic cotton dress shirts.

Rawganique Hemp Slacks for Men. Sweatshop-free, chemical-free. from Mission Impossible: Finding a Fair Trade Men's Suit | Très Belle

Pretty please y’all, if you find suits to add to this list, comment or contact me! I get over-the-moon excited when I learn about new ethical clothing brands!

xoxo Laura