This week I had the pleasure of attending a Fashion Revolution event in D.C., hosted by Wearwell at WeWork U Street. The event featured local sustainable and ethical brands, a panel discussion, and a clip of the movie The True Cost. It was a wonderful opportunity to get exposed to sustainable and ethical companies based in the D.C. area, and hear some lively discussion about sustainability and ethics in fashion. Now for a recap of just some of the trendsetting brands at the event:
I am so, so excited about this brand. I had the chance to speak with co-founder Mary Kingsley, and got a preview of one of the dresses that will be in their capsule collection (spoiler: it’s SO cute). Founded by a mother-daughter duo in Maryland, Lady Farmer is a local start up that is for “any woman interested in the intersection of her own well-being and that of the planet”. The ultimate goal of Lady Farmer is to be “farm to closet”, that is, to provide as much transparency as possible in their supply chain and manufacturing processes, and to put as few steps between the farm (growing the fibers) and your closet as possible. They are committed to cultivating and creating clothing that is organic and non-toxic, and are exploring other natural fibers such as hemp. All of this to lessen our environmental impact and live more naturally, cultivating a stronger bond with nature. You can support them right now by purchasing an eco-friendly Lady Farmer shirt or tote bag. The shirt is made from organic cotton grown in North Carolina, and the tote bag is biodegradable 7oz 100% natural cotton with recycled content. Lady Farmer has a crowd-sourcing campaign launching this year, and as soon as I have more details on that I will share them with you. I can’t wait to see more from this brand, including their first capsule collection!
Kicheko Goods‘ jewelry immediately caught my eye at the Fashion Revolution event. Another local D.C. brand, Kicheko (which means smile/laughter) crafts beautiful jewelry that invests in education for children in need in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kicheko currently partners with the Mango Tree School based in Uvira. Their mission is simple:
I spoke with Sarah, the founder and designer, and it is clear that she is passionate about the brand’s mission and commitment to making the world a better place, one piece of jewelry at a time. In addition to the wonderful work they are doing to support education for underprivileged children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kicheko also strives to use materials from sustainable and ethical sources throughout the world.
The picture featured here is the In Bloom necklace, which is made of genuine Peruvian opal (from the Andes Mountains) and set in a gold-plate bezel.
Wearwell is a fashion subscription service based in D.C. for the conscious minded consumer. You can opt for seasonal or monthly delivery. It was founded with the goal to make sustainable and ethical shopping easy and convenient for the modern woman. What’s not to love?! Based on your favorite styles and causes, Wearwell will hand-select and send you items from top conscious brands, and the best part is that you’ll also learn exactly how each piece is making the world better! Similar to other subscription services, you can keep what you like, and send back the rest. Wearwell is currently at the tail end of their crowd-sourcing campaign, which ends April 30th! So if you want in, you can pre-order your first box on Indiegogo right now!
I hope this round up exposes you to some sustainable and ethical local brands!