Boot Report



Ah, fall, when every girl’s fancy turns to thoughts of boots. I’m discovering that boots are one of those buy-to-last pieces — as much as I might want a new pair every season, I’d rather pay more for an ethically made pair that will last for years and years.

Whether you are investing in a new pair of boots this year or you just like window shopping, don’t miss these fabulous boots for fall: (From top, left to right)

Lily Paige from Made Fair
Seriously, can we talk about these boots? Just gorgeous. Made fairly by Fortress of Inca, but I believe this color is available only in Made Fair’s collection of curated styles.

Espe from Root Collective
The Root Collective’s first foray into boots has been amazingly successful — even their pre-orders have been selling out! These booties are great for a casual, everyday look with jeans. Made fairly in Guatemala with handwoven details.

Harper Chukka from Nisolo
I love my chukkas from Nisolo. These super-versatile boots are made fairly with transparency in Peru. These are becoming a standard hipster uniform in Nashville.

Modern Chelsea Boot from Everlane
This sleek Chelsea boot is made in Italy under Everlane’s banner of radical transparency. Head to Everlane’s site to learn more about the manufacturing process and working conditions.

Luisa from Fortress of Inca
Check out the simple lines of this tall boot from Fortress of Inca. These are definitely an investment piece; made fairly in Peru with byproducts of the country’s meat industry, these boots mean you’re investing in fair wages, paid maternity leave, and sustainable materials.

Delrey from Fortress of Inca
I just can’t get enough of Fortress of Inca this season! Their selection of ethically made shoes and boots is amazing. I may have to watch for some sales.

Combat Boots from Vegetarian Shoes
You know you want some classic combat boots to go with your floral dresses this fall. These vegan-friendly boots are made from a breathable, synthetic leather and are made in a factory in Poland.

Will you be shopping for boots this fall or making the most of what’s already in your closet?


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Sustainable Shopping at Target


Sustainble Shopping Made Easy: Target

One of my goals is to make fair, sustainable purchases feel attainable for everyone. Let’s face it — ordering online from an unknown, overseas brand does not fit the definition of fun or easy for most of us.

But sustainable doesn’t have to mean difficult, as I discovered on my recent trip to a store many of us visit every week — Target! Thanks to the company’s efforts at incorporating fair labor practices into their stores, you easily can add some sustainable shopping into your next Target run. Here are some of my favorite ethically made products at Target:

PACT Apparel
You’ve probably heard me gush before about PACT. Their cotton basics are an important part of my wardrobe, and a sampling of their men’s collection is now available at Target. You can buy fair trade, organic t-shirts, boxers, and socks for the gentleman or rogue in your life.

Threshold Organic Sheets
I was so excited to find that Threshold’s organic line now meets the Global Organic Textile Standard! In addition to certifying that organic fibers are used in production, the GOTS standard also requires a high level of workplace safety and worker wages. Next time I need sheets, these will be at the top of my list.

Beauty Aisle Buys
Target has a great selection of organic skincare, including Acure Organics and Andalou. I love the fair trade options available from Alaffia, Dr. Bronner’s, Shea Moisture, and S.W. Basics. These companies do a great job labeling which ingredients are soured from fair trade cooperatives, ensuring an ethical treat for your skin! Be sure to check out the travel size collection, which provides a great way to sample these brands.

Fair Food
I knew Target carried fair trade stalwarts like Numi tea and Green Mountain coffee, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that store-exclusive brands Simply Balanced tea and Archer Farms coffee also use fair trade ingredients. And don’t forget the chocolate! Bark Thins, Equal Exchange, and Endangered Species Chocolate can fulfill your ethical snacking needs.

For the Littles
Looking fairly made baby clothes? Check out the Burt’s Bees line of organic clothing, made fairly according to the guidelines of the Global Organic Textile Standard.  Older kids will love the line of Tegu toys, made responsibly and sustainably in Honduras.  If you have fur-babies, they can be sweatshop-free, too, with made-in-the-USA Nylabone treats.

Halloween Specials
Yes, I nearly started crying in Target when I found the supply of fair trade chocolate in the Halloween aisle. The chocolate industry has long been known as a key transgressor when it comes to child labor, and I’m excited to see fairly made options in a mainstream store. Check out fair trade candy from Unreal in the Halloween section of your local Target store, along with made-in-the-USA, organic candy from Black Forest. Oh, and I found a lovely surprise in the costume section — a couple of costumes, include Harry Potter and Princess Leia, are prominently marked as made in the USA!

As you wind your way through Target on the rest of your shopping trip, keep your eyes ready.  Made-in-the-USA and responsibly-made items are spread throughout the store, providing easy alternatives to products made cheaply in unsupervised factories overseas. Some Threshold rugs are made in the United States, along with Libman brooms and Nature’s Wick candles. And don’t forget the USA-made school supplies!

Remember, Target’s inventory varies greatly from store to store. For best results, try the nicest, largest store in your area (I had to drive across town), or look online at in-store inventory. When in doubt about a product, check the label for the fair trade logo or other manufacturing details.

If you incorporate some sustainable purchases into your next Target trip, I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to share any other fair trade products you find so we can all support sustainable brands. Our small purchases are making a big difference in the world.


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Links and Happenings

Did you guys catch my Target trip on Instagram? I can’t wait to show you all the fair trade, sweatshop-free goodies I found while shopping. In the meantime, a few fun links:

Check out this amazing fall giveaway hosted by Soko, FashionABLE, Raven & Lily, 31 Bits, Sseko, and other sustainable brands. Enter through October 9!



Congrats to The Root Collective, who have been certified as a B Corporation. I’m so proud of this company and how hard they have worked.



TheMercantileNashville friends, you won’t believe the amazing sustainable fashion events coming up in our city! THIS Sunday, September 25th, The Mercantile arrives at Mercy Lounge with sustainable brands, shopping, music, and food. Brands at the event include Sseko, Society B, Nomad Collective, Raven & Lily, and tons more! If you’ve been eyeing these brands online but are hesitant to take the plunge, this is a great opportunity to check them out in person.


Several fun bits of news from the Nashville Fashion Alliance: The Reclamation, hosted by the NFA, features 12 fashion designers repurposing clothing from Goodwill into new creations. Proceeds will benefit Goodwill and the NFA. The Nashville Fashion Alliance also is hosting The Wardrobe Project on October 1. Local, independent designers will be showcasing and selling their designs in space featuring large-scale works by Nashville visual artists.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for my Target post later this week.

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