Anthropologie – a Long Way to Go

ModernSprout Seed Kit at Anthropologie
ModernSprout Seed Kits at a local Anthropologie store.

A few weeks ago, I went hunting for ethical products in Anthropologie. If ethics and cost weren’t an issue, my house would be draped in Anthropologie. I fell in love with their global, Boho style years ago.

I had high hopes for Anthropologie. Their website occasionally stocks products from several well-known ethical brands, including Naja*, Coyuchi, Mercado Global, and Fortress of Inca. You can find fair trade baby toys, organic beauty items, and several made-in-the-USA clothing brands.

Unfortunately, when it comes to their retail shops, ethical sourcing is, shall we say, a growth opportunity for Anthropologie. The fair trade and organic items from the company’s website are nowhere to be found in stores.

Anthropologie stores do stock some made-in-the-USA pieces, although you’ll need to hunt for them. Left of Center, Lacausa, Michael Stars, and Love TanJane are a few of the American-made brands I discovered in my local shop. I also found a display featuring Baggu, a handbag brand that manufactures in the US and China and seeks to minimize waste through their designs.

American-made jeans  are one of the easier items to find in stores, with Paige Denim and Citizens of Humanity getting sizable rack space.

Handpoured soy candles from Candlefish at Anthropologie
Candlefish products are made from soy wax and hand-poured in Charleston, South Carolina.

When it comes to ethical linens and home goods, you’re mostly out of luck. Anthropologie’s gorgeous, globally-inspired textiles appear to be subject to standard manufacturing practices with no additional certifications. I would love to see Anthropologie add a line of GOTS-certified linens, similar to Target’s organic Threshold sheets*.

There are some bright spots of artisan-made products at Anthropologie stores, including hand-poured soy candles from South Carolina-based Candlefish and handmade Kingston Jewellery from Australia. On my last trip into the store I found lovely, non-GMO seed starting kits from ModernSprout.

The good news is that Anthropologie is doing some things right. I love that their website provides visibility to smaller, artisan-made brands, and I appreciate the USA-made apparel in their stores. I imagine stock becomes an issue with many ethical brands, who may not be able to supply Anthropologie’s 200+ store locations.

Considering their global aesthetic, I’m going to keep holding Anthropologie to a high ethical standard. I’m hoping we will see more sustainable brands and partnerships from Anthropologie in the future.

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Layers for Spring

Spring Layers

I adore spring. When the sun finally emerges after a long winter, I come alive again.

Spring in Nashville is crazy, with 80-degree highs followed by 30-degree lows, often with torrential rain in between, so layers are a must. Here are ways to style two spring looks in a weather-friendly way:

Boho Babe
Start with: Patterned maxi from Reformation. Reformation seeks to create sustainable, eco-friendly clothing. $248.
Add for warmth: Organic leggings from PACT Organics, made with certified fair trade cotton under the Global Organic Textile Standard. $35.
Tie on: Lace-up boots from Chippewa for a 90s vibe. Bonus: Great protection from sudden spring rain! Handcrafted in the USA. $250.
Finish with: Fringed crossbody bag from Manos Zapotecas. Handmade using traditional techniques in Oaxaca, Mexico, under fair trade principles. $124.

Casual Chic
Start with: Striped chambray shirt from Taylor Stitch ($88, Made in California) and organic cotton Prana jeans ($99). Bonus– The jeans are available in 3 different inseams.
Add for Warmth: The Ava Sweater from The Deeply Co and Slumlove Sweater Co. Made in Kenya by artisans earning a living wage. $98.
Tie on: Classic Oxfords from Nisolo, produced in an ethically-run factory in Peru. $168.
Finish with: The Kidist Satchel from FASHIONABLE, handcrafted in Ethiopia. $188.

If the brands here are a bit out of your price range, hit your local thrift store to see what you can find secondhand. Better yet, shop your own closet and put together a similar look!

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Love Justly Favorites

I received a product from Love Justly for review. All opinions are my own, and no other compensation was received.

Last week I shared a bit about Love Justly and how they are making sustainable fashion more affordable. Today I’m excited to share some of my favorite picks from their current collection.

Teshi Trousers from MadeFair — These classic cropped trousers are made from bamboo and created by sustainable London brand Komodo. Pair these with a Breton-stripe shirt and black flats for a chic Parisian look. $48.

Suede Loafers from Sseko — Crafted in Ethiopia, these beautiful loafers are made in an Ethiopian-owned factory from locally sourced materials. The Sseko brand seeks to provide economic opportunities and financial support for higher education in their partner communities. $63.

Arielle Tee from Elegantees — This graceful twist-front shirt is handmade by female artisans in Nepal who have escaped human trafficking. Pair this versatile, easy-to-wash top with slacks for a sleek look at work. $25.

 

V Earrings from VK Designs — These edgy, sterling silver earrings are handcrafted in Portland, Oregon using fairmined silver from Peru. An easy way to add statement to a classic outfit. $55.

 

 

Hem Cuff Shorts from Liz Alig — Amp up your warm-weather style with the gorgeous texture of these shorts. These beautiful, woven designs are handmade at a women’s cooperative in Guatemala that provides employment and economic opportunities to local families. $40.

Kimono Dress from Symbology — This bold wrap dress from Symbology is hand-printed by female artisans in India. Pair it with heels for a night out or sandals for a breezy resort look. $72.

 

Looking for more outfits? A few of my other favorites include the Lily Paige boots, the Liz Alig woven dress, and the MadeFair infinity scarf. And remember to sign up for the Love Justly mailing list to hear about their newest styles!

 

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