Last Chance! My Sister Final Sale Ends Wednesday

Unite_Tank_1500x© My Sister

My Sister is a clothing and accessories B corp that supports and empowers sexual abuse survivors, and, unfortunately, the company is closing its doors this week on September 26th. Until then, I suggest checking out their collection of bold statement tees and tanks, jewelry and novelties. All items are offered at deep discounts and proceeds go to a good cause. URL: https://www.mysister.org

Can’t Get You Out of My Head: Angela Roi Morning Cross-Body

ethimode_angela_roi_08_2018© Angela Roi
Clockwise from top left: Mustard, Scarlet, Dusty Rose, and Dark Green; all $145 each.

These Angela Roi Morning Cross-Body Bags so got me like Kylie Minogue circa 2001.

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Angela Roi is a NYC-based, luxury vegan “leather” bag maker I recently discovered while flipping through an Amour Vert catalog. I love the array of colors (that Mustard, tho), and they have such a variety of designs, you could easily find something to fit any aesthetic. I should write a whole post on this, but I think it’s difficult to find responsible clothing and accessories that don’t read as very basic or even–uh, ahem–“matronly.” I understand that the movement leans towards making long-term investments which translates to classic pieces, but, hey, I like color! BTW, all the links to the site contain my Angela Roi affiliate URL: http://www.angelaroi.com?ref=263

 

Can Animal Products in Fashion Be Ethical?

Silk moth portrait. White fur and large antennas.© [Guray] / Adobe Stock
Bombyx Mori has some thoughts.

Everlane, one of my favorite companies, recently launched their Clean Silk campaign, touting a more environmentally friendly silk manufacturing process that cuts the chemicals and energy consumption of traditional production. I follow Everlane on Instagram, and noticed comments regarding animal cruelty in the silk manufacturing process. If you didn’t know, silk comes from the cocoons of the silk worm, which are typically boiled with the worms still inside to ensure better quality thread. New silk moth hatchlings pee on their cocoons, which apparently lowers the quality of the silk [insert pee pee jokes here]. That comment thread raised some important questions in ethical clothing production: How does the treatment of animals factor into ethical garment and accessory manufacturing? Are some creatures, like insects, considered less precious than others? Should ethical fabric choices follow one set of rigid guidelines–say no animal products, for instance?  Or should consumers follow their own personal preferences? Like if you eat meat, is it okay to wear leather?

This is a tough topic to approach as there is a variety of animal products used in fashion. Silk, wool and leather are featured in many popular ethical retailers’ collections. Because there are so many factors that contribute to a company’s “green” status, animal welfare may take less precedence than other sustainable markers. Plus, the animals’–ahem–“involvement” can vary quite a bit. Everlane’s Clean Silk initiative includes a prospective commitment to the guidelines of Regenerative Organic, an organization encouraging responsible agriculture practices, including a humane animal welfare program. This hopefully means that future silk worms will be better cared for, but what about now? (I’m not trying to pick on Everlane–I love, love, love them!)

I’m not one to stress animal welfare over all else.  I grew up on a lot of beef in the cattle-heavy Midwest, and I wear leather, silk and wool. I did, however, become a pescatarian solely for animal welfare reasons. [Side note: Does anyone remember a couple years ago when everyone went vegan after watching that documentary on Netflix? The same thing happened to me after watching Okja. Seriously.]   Anyway, considering I don’t eat cows now, should I be okay wearing them?

Honestly, I don’t really have a straight answer to this post’s question. I don’t know if I will exclude animal products on Ethimode in the future. I also haven’t decided if I’ll stop buying silk from Everlane. For now, I do have some suggested resources to check out if you are curious about a company’s animal welfare standing, or simply want to go 100% cruelty-free. There’s always PETA if you’re completely vegan. I’ve also discovered many ethical companies on lifestyle site The Good Trade. And, last and definitely not least, Good on You is an app (and handy website) that has a clear ratings system with consideration to animal products. Good on You‘s ratings are in good faith, but it’s the most comprehensive tool I’ve found so far. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments!

SALE ALERT: Reformation Up to 70% Off

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© Reformation

Left to Right: Caymen Dress, $50 (originally $178); Fitted Crew Tee, $14 (originally $28)

Reformation has some really lovely, feminine clothing made here in L.A. out of sustainable materials. While far from perfect–they have had some issues meeting the demands of the size inclusivity they advertise and there are some reported quality issues–I think they have some sweet designs. Normally Reformation’s prices are prohibitive for me (oh funemployment!), but I found a slew of really inexpensive tees, dresses and skirts. I purchased the two items above to layer as the weather cools. NOTE: All items are FINAL SALE and I find Reformation’s sizing odd (but that may be because I’m short-just under 5’2″), so purchase with caution.

Link: Reformation Sale

Endless Summer with Mayamiko

ethimode_mayamiko©Mayamiko

As fall collections roll out, summer still seems far from over here in Southern California. (I don’t care if Target thinks it’s Halloween already—nobody here [me] is ready for that pumpkin spice sh*t yet!) Anyway, it’s always hot somewhere, and, after I got an email from Mayamiko featuring some new additions, I couldn’t help but celebrate summer a little more with a few brightly colored, warm-weather styles. 

Mayamiko employs Malawian women who fashion fun, feminine clothing from beautifully patterned, sustainable fabrics. Their clothing is actually meant to be “cross-seasonal” which means if you aren’t someplace sunny and warm, you can easily layer under or over your Mayamiko pieces to suit any season. [Apologies if the items listed are sold out—they run through the more popular styles pretty fast!] The items I chose to feature all fall under $100, but there are also some other slightly more costly items on their site that are pretty sweet (jumpsuits!). 

From left to right:

GAIA PLAYSUIT IN BLUE AND ORANGE PANDORA, $68.53

GEO BOXY SHIRT, $50.26 

UNKHA BOW FRONT CUT OUT DRESS IN ORCHID BLOSSOM, $74.63