Sustainable Wearable Art by Sacred Geometrix

I always say, for every favorite jean there’s a favorite tee to go with it! I love collecting graphic tees almost as much as I love collecting denim. Another one of my favorite vendors I found at the Global Eclipse Gathering was Sacred Geometrix, a brand that features beautiful designs based on sacred geometry, on tees that are made from bamboo, organic cotton, and/or recycled materials. Since we spent a lot on this trip, I held back on spending any money at the vendor area (a huge accomplishment for me, but then again I did splurge at Lucidity Festival earlier this year). However, I had to get one of their tees: the ‘Manta Rays‘ tee in grey (seen below in black). Too freaking cute! Also cute, were handmade organic cotton crop tops with geometric prints (such as this one) that are great for yoga or festivals, but I’m focusing this post on the beautiful screen printed tees (and scarves) featuring totally unique designs that I found at this vendor’s tent.

Sacred Geometrix was started by Roy Busch when he was 21. Since the age of 3, he loved drawing (much like I did), and eventually found himself creating screen printed tees after being inspired by the geometric art of Nassim Haramein. His passions lie in sacred geometry, and with every tee he creates using geometric line work and unique compositions, he aims to “open the awareness of the viewer to observe a new intricate reality of hyper dimensions and allow for the beauty of our natural world to shine through.” Since then, he moved on to pattern making and becoming a seams smith with the help of his girlfriend, and through his new workshop he’s opened a whole new world to share his handmade designs. Sustainability became a focus of his later on in his craft, so many of his work is created with bamboo, organic cotton, and recycled materials. You can find the Sacred Geometrix booth at transformational festivals all around California…and hopefully in the future, beyond!

Here are some available examples of Roy’s awesome wearable art.

“(Roy’s) designs seek to open the awareness of the viewer to observe a new intricate reality of hyper dimensions and allow for the beauty of our natural world to shine through using geometric line work and unique print compositions.”

Sustainable Wearable Art by Sacred Geometrix - Booth

Image: Sacred Geometrix. Booth at Lightning In A Bottle 2017

Shop everything currently available at Sacred Geometrix at their Etsy shop here, including more tees, crop tops scarves, and other printed pieces for men and women!

On Trend and Sustainable Denim by Reformation

I am so excited to share yet another new sustainable denim line with all of you! Here’s the spiel again: the clothing industry is quite dirty and wasteful, especially when it comes to denim. Think of the land, water, and pesticides needed to grow the cotton, the water needed to wash the denim and the chemicals used to create those beautiful worn washes and finishes we all love. According to Forbes, 1,500 gallons of water is used just to create one pair of jeans, and a whopping 450 million jeans are sold in one year in the United States. You can do the math.

Reformation is an already-popular ethical and sustainable clothing line based in Los Angeles. Denim, being an industry that isn’t going to die anytime in the foreseeable future (and is still growing despite staunch competition and an increasingly saturated market), was a reasonable next step for the brand. Yael Aflalo, Founder and CEO of Reformation, states “We basically referenced vintage pieces we love. We spent years researching, innovating and searching for our best eco-friendly version of denim possible.” This new denim collection launches o October 23rd, and highlights all of the major denim trends out there today, in a variety of washes, fits and vintage-inspired cuts. The huge breakthrough here, is that each jean now takes a small fraction of the usual 1,500 gallons of water to manufacture, and non-chlorinated bleaches are used for washing. A “neutral-based enzyme” (Forbes) helps reduce the use of water and other resources like energy. Instead of sourcing all of their denim fabric from cotton, Reformation uses recycled denim and the sustainable fibers Modal and Lenzing Tencel, which are sourced from a tree pulp which requires less water and pesticides to harvest. Everything is also manufactured in partner factories in Los Angeles, which follow strict environmental and ethical guidelines.

If that doesn’t sound amazing enough, Reformation also purchases water restoration credits through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) as part of The Wet Program, which helps clean up their footprint in water use. For the launch of their denim collection on the 23rd, the brand plans to purchase additional credits which will then go towards donating 1,000 gallons of of restoration credits for each pair of jeans purchased to the National Forest Foundation for clean water projects in California. This foundation is currently working with the San Gabriel River project which aims to create a community space for education about our changing environment and water issues.

It is incredible and heart warming enough to see any brand make any effort to be more environmentally friendly, but it is so encouraging to keep the faith for our future when you see brands like Reformation taking it a step further with even more initiatives and partnerships with foundations and organizations that work hard to make our planet a better place! Each jean’s product page lets you know how much carbon dioxide, water and waste is saved with its purchase. For example, the Winona Mid Slim Jean in Volta saves 31 pounds of carbon dioxide, 1,460 gallons of water and 1.8 pounds of waste. Reformation tracks the environmental impact of each garment.

Here are some notable pieces from Reformation’s new denim collection. Everything is available for preorder now, for the release on October 23rd.

“Created in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, we design and manufacture the majority of our limited-edition collections in our factory headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. All other garments are produced by responsible manufacturing partners here in the U.S. or abroad using sustainable methods and materials. We source sustainable fabrics and vintage garments while incorporating better practices throughout our supply chain to make beautiful styles at a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional fashion. It is our mission to lead and inspire a sustainable way to be fashionable.”

“From water and pesticides needed to farm cotton, to toxic chemicals used in dyeing and finishing denim, plus water and energy used in home laundering, denim has a significant environmental impact. Our mission at Reformation is to lead and inspire a sustainable way to be fashionable. We want to make beautiful, compelling product, but with a focus on how we can have the smallest environmental impact possible.” -Yael Aflalo, Founder & CEO (Forbes)

View more and preorder more beautiful pieces of Reformation’s new denim line here. This is going to be quite a sizeable release!

Cutting Edge Unisex Festival Apparel by Eternal Mode

Alright, enough about jeans again for a bit, and time to share more from the incredible Global Eclipse Gathering I attended in August! I can’t believe it’s already been two months. As with all transformational festivals, I love perusing all of the amazing art among the vendor area. This event was larger than all the other events of its type I’ve been to, so I collected quite a bit to share here! I probably have enough to last me another year or so. One of the apparel vendors that caught my eye the most was Eternal Mode, a Los Angeles-based brand that creates some pretty impressive tribal-inspired unisex apparel for festivals, yoga and beyond. Their booth was one that I didn’t want to peel myself away from, every time I happened to walk by!

Eternal Mode’s mission is to “create everlasting, instantly recognizable designs, and to provide high quality, one-of-a-kind items.” Through their designs, they express their beliefs in “the oneness of all people and our inherent connectedness to each other.” This brand is a prime example of “slow fashion,” creating small batches of each item in order to give the highest attention to quality and durability as possible, and through environmentally-friendly practices. You can definitely see the unique appeal of these pieces, especially in person! There’s nothing like touching and feeling pieces in person that were created with love and with natural materials. At their booth, they definitely had a lot more pieces available (as you can see in the bottom-most photo) than what’s currently available on their website—festival season is just about over, so I’m excited to see what new designs this brand will come up with for the next year!

“Eternal Mode represents a unisex style with a cutting-edge appearance. Our intention is to create everlasting, instantly recognizable designs, and to provide high quality, one-of-a-kind items. Through the art of fashion we express our belief in the oneness of all people and our inherent connectedness to each other.”

“Our instantly recognizable style is the result of combining progressive design with expert craftsmanship. We rely on personal relationships with our artesian producers to ensure excellence and consistency in all our work.”

“Utilizing small-batch production methods and environmentally friendly techniques, we ensure that our products have a low impact on the environment and high benefit to the local community. Our team gives personal attention to the quality and details of each piece. All of our materials are 100% natural and are hand selected by our designers to ensure that only the best quality product reaches our customers.”

Shop Eternal Mode on Etsy here, or on their website here, and keep checking back for new releases! If you also frequent music festivals of the transformational type (think: Burning Man), keep your eyes out for these guys!

The New Sculptex Skinny Jean for Active Comfort from Athleta

The New Sculptex Skinny Jean for Active Comfort from Athleta

Image: Athleta

I am starting to feel a little like a broken record…but it is so fascinating how many new denim lines have emerged to compete with the exploding “athleisure” trend lately! We all know that activewear has moved beyond the gym and into the streets as everyday fashion, and although vintage, 100% rigid denim definitely has its own prominent and fast-growing industry, the well-known complaint about jeans just not being all that comfortable and too restricting still exists. Finding the right fitting jeans is still always a challenge as well (although not quite as much in recent years as in the past), which is why so many brands have worked hard to come out with more lightweight, ultra comfortable fabrics that keep their shape, hold you in, and stretch enough to move with you in every direction. To list a few again: James Jeans, Hollister, Mavi, AYR, Joe’s and AG are just a handful of brands who have re-engineered denim to create the weightless, non-constricting feeling of a yoga legging. Most of the time it’s a denim company making this move, but every now and then, an activewear company creates denim to match some of their best-selling pieces. Athleta, an activewear company owned by Gap, is one of them.

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Limited Edition Artist Tees by Alternative and Atlanta Artists

Limited Edition Artist Tees by Alternative and Atlanta Artists - Tee

Image: Alternative.
ArtsATL Artist Series Limited Edition Graphics T-Shirt featuring the art of Caomin Xie.

When it comes to fashion, sometimes less is more. That’s why I’ve been a fan of Alternative for quite some time. This well known Atlanta-based brand has excelled at creating some of the most soft wardrobe essentials in the industry. Their mission of providing “that soft, lived‑in look and feel of our favorite vintage tee” has helped them land themselves on numerous celebrities and influencers alike, as well as style and comfort-conscious folks like you and me. But of course, it definitely helps that they are also one of the most well known sustainable brands out there! Over 80% of their products are made with either recycled or organic materials, and everything is manufactured under sustainable and fair labor practices. They also have implemented a G2 wash, which allows them to use 60% less water, and non-toxic dyes are used for all of their vintage-inspired tints.

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Sustainable and Organic Denim and Apparel by Kuyichi

Sustainable and Organic Denim and Apparel by Kuyichi

Image: Kuyichi

The times they are a’changin’! By now it’s probably no secret that the apparel industry is a fairly dirty one—especially denim. Those pretty denim washes you love take up a lot of water, and oftentimes toxic chemicals. Cotton can contain pesticides, and take up large amounts of land to grow. More and more brands every year are adopting more organic and sustainable practices as the style industry continues to make a huge shift in awareness and manufacturing practices. It makes my heart so happy to see!

I’ve written about several eco-friendly denim lines so far, like Everlane, Sonas, Tortoise and Patagonia, as well as already well-established brands that have improved their production methods, like Joe’s and True Religion. I also did a summary in honor of Earth Month in April of 2015 of a bunch of other eco friendly denim lines. One of the brands I highlighted was Kuyichi, which continues to make awesome strides in sustainable fashion.

Kuyichi got its name from the Peruvian god of the rainbow who brings color into society. They are a Dutch denim brand which started the “organic revolution” by being the first to create organic jeans, sourced from Tanguis cotton from Oro Blanco in Peru. After witnessing the polluted and poverty-stricken cotton industry in Peru in 2000, the brand’s founders were motivated to make a change. Since jeans are the most common product created with cotton, they founded their journey by creating 100% organic cotton denim. Kuyichi also takes social responsibility seriously, working to improve manufacturing conditions in the industry. The brand also now incorporates recycled materials into their product lines, and releases sustainability reports every year which also includes information about their suppliers and code of conduct.

As I’m sure you know, fast fashion is insanely wasteful, both in quality and the idea that new clothes must be purchased each season. Kuyichi prides itself in supporting the “slow fashion” movement, creating timeless denim pieces that keeps its value all year, removing seasonal collections from its product offerings. In 2016, Kuyichi made a new start by bringing in four new owners, one being Dutch Televison host Floortje Dessing. This awesome lady knows sustainable fashion like the back of her hand, as she is the owner of two ethical fashion shops in the Netherlands since 2006 called Nukuhiva. Kuyichi also takes a step further in 2016 with their jeans by stopping the use of leather as brand patches, and instead using jacron which is a very durable material made from recycled paper.

Kuyichi is definitely a brand to keep your eyes on!

“We started the organic revolution as being the first brand to produce organic jeans. Along the way we realized that our collection is timeless and keeps its value. We started loving the concept of slow fashion. A beautiful pair of jeans keeps it’s value. That’s why we have let go of the season collections.”

“Kuyichi uses organic and recycled materials. Our collection is made of recycled denim, recycled PET, organic cotton, organic linnen and Tencel. All the cotton we use is GOTS certified.”

“At Kuyichi we believe in taking environmental en social responsibility for our actions. This includes more than making just good products at the right price. We want to give a positive impulse to the garment industry by choosing organic and recycled materials. We select our suppliers with care and want to improve conditions in this industry. Since the beginning of Kuyichi in 2001, this has been the core of our company.”

Sustainable and Organic Denim and Apparel by Kuyichi - Violet Tee - Gita Sweat Image: Kuyichi. Gita PLP LS Sweat[/caption]

“OUR name KUYICHI is derived from the Peruvian god of the rainbow who brought color in society as well. Why Peru? The first organic cotton we used was Tanguis cotton from Oro Blanco in Peru.”

Shop Kuyichi at their website here, or shop a few other denim options from the widget below:

Elevate Your Style with New Activewear from Carbon38

Elevate Your Style with New Activewear from Carbon38

Image: Carbon38

I have such a soft spot for activewear…way back over ten years ago when I first started my journey into fitness, I didn’t care much about clothing that I was simply going to sweat in and toss in the hamper. I’d frequent Ross for the cheapest items I could find, before I realized how much better I felt in pieces that were less bulky and more breathable. Back then though, there wasn’t as huge of an option for stylish and comfortable activewear. Over the years, I collected much more functional pieces that were definitely more stylish than before, but I still didn’t give gym style that much thought. Lately, as activewear made its way from the gym to the street in competition with the denim industry, there has been an explosion of amazing designs out there—it seems the sky is now the limit when it comes to creativity in designs within the athleisure market boom! I now have several pieces that I love so much that I don’t even wear in the gym at all, mostly from Zobha, a huge favorite of mine.

I wrote about Carbon38, an incredible online stop for high end activewear, about two years ago with a post about leggings I was seriously coveting. Since then, I’ve kept my eyes on their impressive growth. Not only do they have their own activewear line, but they also carry favorites from brands such as MONROW, Onzie, NSF, Blanc Noir, ALO Yoga and more. Unlike most shops of its kind out there, they take more of the edgier side, with gorgeous detailing such as moto and hardware accents, sleek wet-look fabrics, braiding, embroidery, and totally unique cuts. Their new Moto Collection, made up entirely of pieces by Carbon38 themselves, is a dream for a fitness and style nut like me…it’s all almost too awesome to sweat in! Here is a sampling of some of my favorite items from all new arrivals on their website, including some pieces from said collection.

I kind of want it all. Don’t you? Shop more amazingness from Carbon38 and other brands they carry here.

Superior Unique Leather Boots with Attitude by A.S.98

Superior Unique Leather Boots with Attitude by A.S.98

Image: A.S. 98

OK, sorry again for my absence—I’m now back from long road trips and extensive work obligations for awhile…so now I can get back to posting on a decently regular basis again! Thanks for sticking with me. I still have so much from the Global Eclipse Gathering that I want to post, but I still have not yet had a chance to sort through everything I collected there that I intend to share with you all. All of this material will certainly last me awhile, so I like the idea of mixing in other brands that make me think of the nomadic, transformational festival environment (along with the usual denim and other notable things I run across) to draw it out as long as I can since really, eco-friendly and independent brands is part of the soul of my blog apart from denim. A little over a year ago, I posted about a new footwear line that a favorite sustainable retailer, Nomads Hemp Wear, was carrying. These shoes had been featured in photo shoots for the brand for quite some time, and after asking them where they were from, I was so happy to see them finally offer them for sale in their online store! A.S.98 is the name, handmade leather shoes and boots is their game—and I’ve been keeping my eyes on them ever since then.

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Psychedelic Tees and Tanks by Symbolika

Psychedelic Tees and Tanks by Symbolika

Image: Symbolika

I may come off as a pretty stylish gal based on all the fun things I find to share with you all here, but really oftentimes I just want to throw on a comfy pair of jeans and a tee. Fortunately, this classic weekend look is allowed at my work, so whenever I’m not feeling all that stylish I’m free to feel chill…but effortless style definitely still rules over deliberate frump! I often opt for band tees, but I’ve recently enjoyed growing my tee collection with all sorts of fun graphics. Sometimes, especially for adults though, it’s hard to find graphic tees that don’t make you feel like you’re trying too hard to be a kid again, but there are a lot of fun options on the market nowadays. Apart from band or brand tees, what much else is there? As linked above, there are several options…but Etsy is an awesome place to shop!

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The New Eco Friendly Denim Line from Everlane

The New Eco Friendly Denim Line from Everlane

Image: Everlane

It can be pretty hard to search out eco friendly apparel brands out there in the sea of fast fashion retailers, but it’s finally beginning to get easier. More and more well established brands, whether they have already staked their claim in the premium denim market or not, are realizing the importance of sustainability and environmentally friendly practices as awareness slowly but surely grows. Everlane is one brand I’ve had my eyes on for awhile, as a brand that provides modern, classic and mature wardrobe staples. Denim has never been part of their lineup, as denim is usually a very dirty industry. Creating those beautiful washes we love uses a lot of water, and often releases dangerous toxins into the environment. However, Everlane stayed true to their values and finally found a way to add a denim shop to their expansive collection of apparel for both women and men.

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