Fashion Transparency — No, I don’t mean mesh!
We live in a fast paced society where “new” is highly valued and the pace of production, in so many arenas, is even higher. When it comes to fashion, we don’t often think of how the fast cycles of fashion and the drive for cheaper and cheaper products impacts and shapes the goods we consume.
The fashion world is taking this moment to honor the way that clothes are made by celebrating Fashion Revolution Week, a moment to pause and consider how companies can be more obvious about their manufacturing processes.
Here at Namaste we are thrilled to celebrate two lines that are quite thoughtful in their transparency.
Built as a vertically integrated company, Groceries is doing everything in its power to forward its values based agenda. They make sustainable clothing while providing sustainable lifestyles for their employees. They cut, sew, and dye under one roof, operating their own factory in the US, thereby providing fair conditions to their workers and limiting the carbon footprint of their garments. They use only organic and sustainable fabrics, like eucalyptus and hemp, recycled plastic, and organic cotton.Groceries shares the stories of its’ workers, their backgrounds and experiences, pairing lives and faces to the products they create. They walk their talk, and we are proud to share their product line in our boutique.
“Doesn’t it just feel better to wear clothes that you know are made sustainably and in a safe environment for workers? For me it certainly does! When I heard about Groceries Apparel mission to value sustainability and honor their employees, I instantly wanted to try their products – and when I did it was a game changer. From locally sourced materials, to using vegetable dye, to 100% organic cotton, these products feel like something different, something that holds meaning and encourages one to ask the question of how products are made in an ever-growing, fast-paced fashion industry. To learn the stories of their workers was moving and inspiring – to know the background of their experience made the product feel all that more personal. To have been wearing an item knowing that it was in the hands of caring, honest, and hard-working people who are being treated well and valued, made all the difference. ” — Rhiannon Valdez-Bevan, Front Desk Coordinator (shown here wearing Groceries dress in black, and Groceries crop top in white with Project Social T wide leg crop pants)
Dedicated to fashion transparency and ethics, Beyond Yoga is another brand we are proud to support. They believe in sustainability and strive to produce many of their garments locally in LA. “From the growing and harvesting of Pima Cotton to the final sewing and all the processes in between, our approach is always clean and responsible. All of our global partners are WRAP certified, an independent team of global social compliance experts who are dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing. We value the rights of workers and believe in fair and safe workplace conditions.”
Plus this brand is body-positive, makes super rad apparel for movement, and is much loved by our staff!
“I love Beyond Yoga!! When I finally bought my first pair, I quickly bought a few more because they felt soooo good! It has become my favorite yoga apparel company. Not only is the clothing well made, super comfortable and flattering, they are also a company I can trust. They ensure that what they are producing is sustainable, humane and environmentally conscious. I feel good on the outside and on the inside. Win-win!” — Bekah Andrews, Yoga Advisor (shown below in Beyond Yoga tricolor leggings and bralette)