Sustainable Premium Denim by Porter Blue Apparel – Wanderer Flare Jeans in Gracie Review

Sustainable Premium Denim by Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Front View

Porter Blue Apparel Wanderer Flare in Gracie Wash. Earrings: Coco Loco Jewelry, Tank: First Earth

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 by Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Back Angle View

Sustainable Premium Denim by Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Front Angle View

Sustainable Premium Denim by Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Side View

Sustainable Premium Denim by Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Side Back Angle View

Sustainable Premium Denim by Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Front View Angle

Sustainable Premium Denim by Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Leg Up

Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Back View

Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Handstand

Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Squatting on Ground

Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Squatting on Ground Back View

Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Back Closeup

Porter Blue Apparel - Wanderer Flare Jeans - Side Closeup

Sustainable premium denim is where it’s at! Shop the Porter Blue Apparel Wanderer Flare in Gracie wash here!

Eco-Friendly Denim from Porter Blue Apparel – Rebel Straight Jeans Review

Eco-Friendly Denim from Porter Blue Apparel – Rebel Straight Jeans - Front Angle View

I have been so happy to get back into sharing product reviews with you guys! Every brand I share is hand-picked by me based on my discerning passions on quality, brand missions and sustainability. However, there really is nothing better than being able to feature up close and personal, first-hand accounts of products I value. Last week I reviewed the Heart Breaker Skinny, one of Porter Blue Apparel’s brand new, pre-production pairs from their up and coming eco-friendly denim Kickstarter campaign. I was also sent the Rebel Straight to share with you as well. Denim is normally a pretty dirty industry in terms of the manufacturing process, so it really means a lot to me to help promote the cause of cleaning it up, as many brands have recently taken upon themselves.

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Eco Friendly Denim from Porter Blue Apparel – Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans Review

Eco Friendly Denim from Porter Blue Apparel - Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans Review

I’m totally on a sustainable denim kick, if you haven’t yet noticed! For real though, the number of eco friendly denim brands starting up right now, regardless of the fact that we are in the middle of an economically-paralyzing pandemic, is something I am raising both hands high in the sky to. Last week I wrote about one of them, Porter Blue Apparel, and their environmentally-kind denim Kickstarter campaign. This brand is impressive with the lengths they are going through, as a fairly new brand no less, to create a new line of 100% sustainable jeans. I am excited to share a first-hand look at what these jeans will be like, as I was lucky enough to be sent two awesome pre-production sample pairs from the brand. First off, I’ll be sharing the Heart Breaker Skinny with all of you.

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Sustainable Denim Jeans Kickstarter Campaign by Porter Blue Apparel

I’ve written a lot recently about existing premium denim brands cleaning up their practices to be more sustainable, which is amazing in itself, but emerging as a new denim brand isn’t at all easy, especially if you are taking this responsible step right off the bat! I don’t see new sustainable denim brands often, but when I do see these new efforts, you bet I like to highlight them here to help them out as best I can. There are definitely some obvious steps that brands can take, such as using organic cotton, using less water during the wash process (believe me, it’s usually an obscene amount), or using non-toxic dyes. However, the technology for sustainable jeans is evolving and it’s awesome to see the strides being made. I wouldn’t ever expect a new brand to adopt so many of these new practices immediately, but I’m about to share one that well, basically is.

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