Being exposed to the “transformational” or “conscious” festival circuit has opened me up to such an incredibly awesome new world of independent style. Many people know they should be shopping more sustainably, but aren’t quite sure where to look…and browsing through (and getting to know) the vendors at many of these events has gotten me accustomed to the true benefit of supporting some of these hard working artists—supporting small is always good, but it’s also about the quality (you can tell when there’s real love put into someone’s work), ethical nature (no sweat shops), and unique appeal (the creativity always blows me away)! I’m sure you’ve seen me pouring out my love for plenty of these particular designers over the years, but apart from specifics, this newfound knowledge has been a very useful lead in finding others that I may not find at festivals. One of them being ZhenNymph, one of my absolute favorites!
Uniquely Genuinely Bohemian Pieces by ZhenNymph
This is one of those beautiful brands that I should have included in my “Independent Designers for Festival Attire or Alternative Style” post awhile back, as it definitely deserves a mention! I re-discovered ZhenNymph recently and recognized some of the pieces from the Etsy shop! There are so many big brands out there pushing the ultra popular bohemian look, and even though I don’t want to be hating on Free People (believe me, I’m not! I wish I could buy everything there so I always fear walking into their stores!), but sometimes the look starts to feel a little played out and redundant. Festival season is when it really shines…but the true free spirits let no event or season limit them. ZhenNymph was created by Henn a.k.a. “Zhenn”, who began making her own clothing in 2007 and selling them on her travels around Europe and Asia. The brand took off, and I’d say it gives most other bohemian brands a serious run for the money! You can tell she puts so much love into her work, with these amazing designs that are beautiful and yet still say so much. I love how so many of them can definitely be worn at festivals, but many of the pieces have more of a couture look (without the couture price), that anyone could wear on a day to day basis. Zhenn practices meditation at meditation retreats and you can definitely see her peaceful spirit through her work, and she also offers wholesale to anyone who owns a shop and wants to carry her works of art. This is one of those times I wish I did, and could!