Hi all, I’m still here! I know it’s been awhile, but sometimes life obligations take over. My passion for blogging and helping promote ethical, sustainable and small brands will never die, however, and I plan to keep going for the forseeable future! Despite the disruptions in our economy due to Covid, it has been incredible seeing so many new and current brands still forging forward as best they can. The last time I was posting on a more regular basis, my most recent brand connection was Porter Blue Apparel, a fast-growing, new sustainable premium denim brand based out of San Francisco, California. This awesome name is still working hard and making strides, and I’ve been so excited to also be helping them with marketing and building up their new website! In addition, I’m happy to continue helping them promote through product reviews. So without much more, here’s another: the Wanderer Flare in Gracie Wash by Porter Blue Apparel.
You may have seen my last two reviews from Porter Blue Apparel, the Rebel Straight and Heart Breaker Skinny jeans. Both are still big favorites of mine for many reasons; not only are these pieces super soft and built like your favorite pair of vintage jeans with a modern flare, but when it comes to ethical and sustainable manufacturing, this brand paid HUGE attention to detail. I’ve already written so much about these efforts on my previous posts, but it’s worth pointing out the highlights! Porter Blue incorporates the Better Cotton Initiative to reduce water consumption by 40% and improve soil health by eliminating toxic pesticides and fertilizers, as well as helping educate farmers to use more improve the environmental impact of producing cotton. The brand uses laser finishing technologies to reduce water, energy and chemical usage in the wash process (which gives denim that desired worn-in look and feel), and also chose a factory with an impressive wastewater treatment process to revert waste back to its original quality—good enough to drink! All metal hardware on Porter Blue Apparel’s jeans are made from post-consumer recycled materials, and even packaging is made from 100% recycled content. All denim labels are made from vegan faux leathers as well. Read about this brand’s sustainability efforts in more detail here!
The Wanderer Flare actually comes in two washes. I am showing off the one in Gracie wash here. The other is a darker rinse wash. These jeans come in size 24-34, and I actually took a 24 here, when I usually fit a 25 or 26. The sizing chart is super spot on if you are unsure! The fabric makeup is 98% cotton and 2% elastane, so they are stretchy enough to hug your curves but still have the tough durable feel of vintage denim, and don’t lose their shape. They are super soft and feel like I’ve been loving them for years! I love the higher 11″ rise (more comfortable and flattering than many high rises out there) and the pockets are super cute. The inseam of 33″ is great for wearing heels, or perfect for you taller gals out there! Not that I care much for trends, but flares are coming back in style and as a skinny jeans gal, these are a new favorite. I don’t wear flares much but these are quickly changing my mind.
Another thing I love about Porter Blue Apparel is the fact that most sustainable premium denim out there is edging on into the mid $200s, but this brand has kept them more on the affordable side of that market. It’s tough manufacturing affordable eco friendly styles, and I totally understand that many have a hard time spending over $100 on jeans, but considering the fact that these will save you money in the long run and you’ll be doing the planet a favor, I’d say it’s worth it and props to Porter Blue Apparel for keeping them at a lower price point compared to so many others, despite their amazing efforts in sustainability and ethical manufacturing (NO sweat shops)!
Sustainable premium denim is where it’s at! Shop the Porter Blue Apparel Wanderer Flare in Gracie wash here!