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Goodbye Summer

This I Wear | Goodbye SummerPerhaps you know it’s Fall when your latest Vogue looks like they cut down an entire forest to print it, you’ve run out of vacation days, or just because you are finally ready to retire your jean shorts for the year.

Well, I know it’s Fall because my blog vacation has come to an end. It was such a lovely break for me, so thanks for hanging tight. As you can see above, my trip to Glacier National Park in Montana with Climate Ride was pretty epic. I’ve heard that they are going to host another hike next year, so if you’re interested in hiking, meeting other environmental enthusiasts, and fundraising for amazing environmental nonprofits, you can let them know by filling out this form! I imagine the next trip will fill up as soon as it is announced.

Coming back online has been slow, but I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. I am also looking forward to trading my jean shorts and hiking gear for some cozy sweaters and coats. And since I’m in San Francisco for work this week and it is cold and grey, Fall does feel within reach!

While I was away, I kept up with my reading and I have to say that there were a lot of hardworking folks this summer, creating some amazing stuff. Here’s a few:

– I just purchased and downloaded Into Mind’s Personal Style & Perfect Wardrobe Guide. I cannot wait to work through this book as I’ve been loving Anuschka’s minimalist take on wardrobing via her Berlin-based blog for the last few months. Let me know if you’ve tried it yet or if you’ll be working through it with me!

– I still have a lot to learn about leather and this interview with the Horween Leather family on the Distance was really informative. A few really great tidbits on quality and how the leather industry works.

– If after reading the Horween article, you are craving more “heritage” brand stories, Alabama Chanin’s look into the history of the Scottish cooperative, Harris Tweed, is so good and perfect if you can’t get enough of textiles.

– Last week was an amazing week for books about women (and men) and the stories behind their clothes. Not one but TWO books – “Worn Stories” and “Women in Clothes” are now out. Read a review of both books here.

– On September 21, thousands of people will march in NYC to demand an international climate change treaty as the UN convenes to discuss the issue. I’ll be there and would love for you to join me! More info here.

Looking forward to catching up with all of you soon!

P.S. What’s on your Fall shopping list? I’ll be doing a few “if you need it” posts and would love to do a little shopping research for you. Tweet @thisiwear or email me with what you’re looking for.

If You Need It: A great bathing suit

This I Wear | Eco-Friendly Swimwear from Faherty Brand

The more that I tell stories of clothes here, the more I get asked the simple question of “where should I be shopping?” And unfortunately, there’s no single perfect source for everything we need that just happens to be ethically produced. Right now, the best place to shop for something ethically made is where you can find it.

So I’ve started little challenges for myself, as if I’m training for the marathon (the marathon of helping all of you find the responsibly produced stylish versions of everything you need). So when I think of an item I’d want, I see if I can source it ethically with as much style and quality as I’d demand of any purchase I’d ever make.

In honor of July 4th, today’s challenge is the swimsuit. Google “eco-friendly swimwear” and you will find a whole lotta ugly. Like a lot. But ask your Twitter followers after a fruitless full hour of googling, and you’ll get Faherty Brand (Thanks, Hattie!).

Faherty Brand, founded by a savvy pair of twin brothers, is a recently-launched swimwear line for men and women. The line predominately uses recycled polyester fabric, one that they’ve worked hard to create, so that it dries fast, retains its shape, and uses less resources like water and energy in fabric production. And well, the swimwear happens to be super flattering too.

If you’re curious, the swimwear is made in Taiwan, and they’ve shared a peek into their suppliers, though no information about their practices. But the brand also carries scarves created in partnership with Fair Trade social enterprise, Mercado Global, which works with women artisans in Guatemala (and I happen to be a huge fan!). I’m curious to learn more.

So, if you need it, find a great bikini (or some swim trunks) from Faherty Brand.

What are you searching for but can’t find ethically produced? Email me your challenges and I might tackle it in a future post.

[Images via FahertyBrand.com]

My Closet: The best sandals ever

Naya Leather Sandals | This I Wear

It is truly a rare piece that one might call “reliable” when referring to one’s closet. Me and these sandals? We have that special bond of trust.

In New York, I had one priority when it came to shoes: comfort. But “comfort shoes” and cute often seem to be at odds (can I get an amen, Ladies?). Comfortable, cute, and environmentally responsible in one pair of shoes, therefore, literally defies all laws of nature. But one day I stumbled upon the best sandals of all time, at a DSW no less. Vegetable tanned leather, non-slip recycled rubber sole, cushioned, adorable, and not outrageously priced. Interestingly enough, they are made by the Naturalizer company, specifically their brand Naya (which I should investigate more). In two years, these sandals have never let me down.

Because of their nature-defying characteristics, I originally didn’t want to pack these shoes for India where they’d inevitably get ruined on the backpacking trail. They’ve seen a lot of adventure already – could they handle more? Though their wear shows (and in all honesty, smells), I planned to wear these shoes forever.

But I started packing and realized that I was willing to risk an early death of these sandals. Not only are they reliably comfortable, but they make me feel like myself. And as I’m already in India, I can tell you that these shoes have been a welcome and familiar source of relief in a place where everything is foreign. As of today, they can even count the Taj Mahal as one of their many adventures.

Trust in the things in your closet, in the people that create them, and in the way they consistently make you feel is not to be underrated. It is a great feeling to be able to not have to think twice before wearing something (unlike that cute shirt with the slightly off fit or the jacket whose zipper sometimes breaks, etc.). These shoes make me feel confident that I will get to the next place blister-free and that I’ll feel comfortable in every sense of the word even when I’m out of my comfort zone.

If they don’t make it through India, I may be investigating how I can get another pair. Because me and these sandals? We have something special.

Comment below or tweet @ThisIWear to share which pieces in your closet you trust the most.

P.S. This is my first post from the road. Please excuse any errors while I get used to using new resources.

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