Mitscoots Outfitters Launches Blankets and Pillows for the Homeless

Mitscoots Outfitters Launches Blankets and Pillows for the Homeless

Image: Mitscoots

All of the charitable brands I’ve written about here have warmed my heart. In a crazy world full of anger and hate, it’s so nice to focus on the good of humanity from time to time. Among my favorites of all the charities I’ve discovered while running this blog is Mitscoots, an Austin-based brand born in 2012 after its founders witnessed first hand the fundamental needs of the homeless while on volunteer work in the city, in 2008. Quality gear and a clean pair of socks were the most requested items, and with that in mind, the Mitscoots brand began. Mitscoots works with local and national charities to send an equal pair of one of their high quality socks, beanies, tees and more to someone in need with every purchase. The brand also employs the transitioning homeless to help package up and ship your purchased items to you! This helps develop confidence, skills, motivation and network building for these individuals to began building better lives. Everything Mitscoots creates is also manufactured in the United States.

I have several pairs of Mitscoots socks and have bought them as gifts for others! Everyone has been very receptive to both the brand mission and the quality of the socks themselves, and I’ve even inspired others to load up the website and grab a few pairs themselves. My first Mitscoots socks was a pair of boot socks last Fall, which fit so comfortably in my Frye Melissa boots! I still purchase some every now and then—my latest purchase is a pair of athletic socks for the gym, which definitely have helped with a few blister issues when running on the treadmill. Everything has lasted wonderfully through several washes.

I am happy now to see that Mitscoots has expanded their support and product offerings into a new collection of blankets and pillows! These are like your traditional fleece blankets, but better (apart from the amazing charitable benefits)! These are water resistant with a durable blanket edge stitch, made from thermal micro fleece, at 60 inches wide by 74 inches long. Several beautiful plaid designs are available, as well as two 100% cotton loom-woven versions. Also included in this new collection are waterproof thermal micro fleece traveler blankets with reinforced webbed cotton straps, sized at 50″ wide by 58″ long. The traveler pillows are sized at 9″ wide by 15″ long and have all the same qualities as the blankets.

I’m kind of a sucker for fleece blankets (you never can have enough for the couch or camping trips), and I know with all the festivals I love attending, I’ll be grabbing a new blanket and maybe even a new pillow or two sometime…from none other than Mitscoots!

Shop more blankets and pillows from Mitscoots Outfitters here.

New Dark and Modern Asymmetrical Artistry from Marcellamoda

During my college years, my tastes were changing so often that I experimented with style a lot, to the point where fast, cheap fashion was the focus of my shopping efforts. I think many of us go through this though, because we don’t really know better. We like cheap abundance during that time in our lives, rather than paying more for fewer, quality things. I shopped based on what I saw advertised or in shop windows (as long as I liked it of course), rather than hunting down unique designers online (which I usually couldn’t afford anyway). Nowadays, however, things have changed a lot, both in availability of unique pieces and knowledge of the value of searching them out. However, the only constant with my tastes then and now is that I never really liked heavily patterned items, and usually shopped items without patterns at all.

Two Februaries ago, I wrote about Marcellamoda, a beautiful, dark, modern, minimalistic designer on Etsy which focuses on edgy, clean, asymmetrical apparel for cocktail hour, work or the street. The brand has its roots in Bulgaria, opening in 2009 by sisters and best friends Siyana and Marta, who call themselves “Marcella.” This was the name of their grandmother, who was a famous Bulgarian designer. Both of them are heavily involved in the arts, which definitely shows in everything that Marcellamoda produces! The brand started off as a small family-run boutique, with everyone designing, sewing and modeling everything themselves. Now it’s grown into a team of talented seamstresses and other assistants in Europe! All designs are hand made and inspired by the urban streets of New York City, where the original founders live during most of the year.

Etsy is definitely one of the destinations that has made unique apparel more accessible, and this is one of the amazing brands I’ve had my eyes on for so many years now. These are the statement pieces for your wardrobe that you reach for when you aren’t necessarily trying to make a statement…I believe every closet needs effortless items that speak without being loud, that work for multiple occasions and go with just about anything! Spending a little more for a few quality, classic pieces like this is worth it, since they will last you for years and you tend to take better care of them, too. Marcellamoda is priced pretty well, however—quite a bit less than your typical designer brands!

Of course, I love it when fabulous brands such as Marcellamoda take things a step further into charity…The Marcella sisters grew up in a family that cared deeply about helping marginalized children, so 5% of all profits are donated to UNICEF!

Here are some of the newest and most eye catching pieces from Marcellamoda. I’m definitely drooling over that Tank Top below!

“Marcellamoda started as a small family boutique – designing, sewing, modeling our designs – and now includes our whole family and a great team of talented seamstresses and assistants in Europe.”

“Our grandmother was a famous Bulgarian designer and truly defined our sensibility for clean lines and beautiful fabrics. Although we’re self-taught designers, we have a combination of art, music, and business education that makes us aspire toward building a dream of beauty and aesthetics. “

“One of us, Marta, is an opera singer with a Master’s degree in Opera Performance from The Juilliard School, New York, with an ever-growing love for design. She is excited about the intricacies of making patterns, choosing fabrics, and trimmings, communicating with customers and doing everything possible to make everybody on the team smile with her awesome sense of humor!”

“Siyana is also passionate for design, but her strength is on the entrepreneurial side – the knits and bolts of making sure everything is run smoothly. With a MBA degree from Emory University and a 10-year career in finance in the U.S., Siyana decided that the world of art, design and entrepreneurship, mixed with social work is how she would truly make a difference.”

“How about our design and manufacturing processes? We care about how every garment is made – in the most ethical and conscious way!”

“After our designs and patterns are complete, our family and team of talented seamstresses in Europe start making your order with lots of love, care, and the utmost attention to detail and quality.”

“We care about our employees – we believe that if they are happy, you, our customer will be happier!”

“We grew up in a family that is passionate about helping marginalized kids and made us believe that people should strive to be better than themselves! This is why we selected UNICEF as the charity you can support through your purchases – 5% of all profits are donated to UNICEF.”

Shop all available items from Marcellamoda here.

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.

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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!

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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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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Ethnic Infused Street Style by Psylo

Ethnic Infused Street Style by Psylo

Image: Psylo

If you live in the western states right now, I’m sure you can agree that this heat wave we’ve been having has been quite unbearable! I have to admit that I haven’t worn a pair of jeans in weeks. It’s very hard for me to wear loose, light fabrics as bottoms because I feel like I’m wearing almost nothing—jeans give me a feeling of security. However, especially after the Global Eclipse Gathering two weeks ago, I’ve grown more comfortable wearing lighter fabrics in the heat. Even at work! Discovering all of the amazing apparel vendors at the event was great timing for me, as I found myself shopping and building wish lists with all of them more than I have the usual denim brands I love. I’m usually like this after any festival, but feeling a new sense of comfort and freedom in the heat (and year-round) with some of these designs has made them leave more of an impact in the direction I want this blog to go. I’ll always love denim, but independent and sustainable designers are such a huge passion of mine! Plus, it’s nice to break out of the usual jeans and a tee shirt rut.

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Native Print Blankets for a Cause by SoulCrafts

Native Print Blankets for a Cause by SoulCrafts

Image: SoulCrafts

It’s still been so hard to get over the festival vibes after the Oregon Eclipse Gathering! There were over a hundred vendors and I got rather excited to collect business cards and peruse their goods to share with all of you. Denim will always be at my core but I really have such a passion and a huge appreciation for independent designers, especially those who use sustainable materials in their creations. I still have to go through all of the cards I collected and figure out the best way to share them all here, but I’ll start with one that helped us out considerably during the cold nights at the event!

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The Fall/Winter 2017 Collection from Nomads Hemp Wear

OK guys, I’m back from vacation! As I’m sure you all know, we all often need a vacation from our vacation as it’s kind of tough to pick up the pace again after such a relaxing and memorable time, but the daily grind calls again as usual…as well as this poor blog I’ve been neglecting as other obligations took over and my much needed break finally arrived. For those who missed my last post, I was out for about two weeks on a trip up to Oregon for the week-long Global Eclipse Gathering to see the full solar eclipse, which was nothing short of spectacular! At the festival, I collected a ton of business cards for ethical and independent, handmade brands to feature here but it’s going to take me some time to sort through them all and gather material for a post. So, in the spirit of festival fashion I figured I would start things back up with one of the brands I am always so happy to feature, the Canadian-based Nomads Hemp Wear and their beautiful new Fall/Winter collection for 2017!

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