I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to sample pieces from Groceries Apparel. They define what environmentally friendly and socially responsible is. All their fabrics are 100% organic, recycled or closed loop tencel. Groceries Apparel only uses non-toxic or low-impact dyes and all items are locally made in the USA, in their own California Factory. All pieces are sewn by hand, garment-dyed and pre-shrunk. Shop the entire Groceries Apparel collection here.
I choose the Avalon dress in two different colors which you can find here. I wanted pieces that would not only look nice but be easy to coordinate and also very comfortable while traveling this summer. The crop top I have on under both dresses can be found here and I can't stress enough how soft and luxurious the fabric of all the items feels next to my skin.
This top is called the Karly and can be found here. The leggings are from a different company called Leg Appeal which you might recognize as the fabulous place I found the patterned feminine stockings I wore here and also here . Actually, I wore the brick patten tights from the collection at Leg Appeal in this recent post as well. These leggings are called The Lampart Pant and can be found here.
Although I absolutely love the fabrics, design, fit and feel of my pieces from Groceries Apparel I was intrigued by how the company came about. I wanted to know why it existed and what the motivation was. I found out that the fashion industry is the second most toxic industry in the world, behind oil. Groceries Apparel realized that the industry has all the key elements for a perfect storm of forced labor: under-regulation, complicity and corruption of companies and government officials, and a vulnerable marginalized population.
The supply chain in the industry has long been shrouded in secrecy for the benefit of brands and retailers, at a devastating cost to workers.
Many brands and companies think they know where their products are being made. The reality is much more of their work being subcontracted, making monitoring next to impossible. The end consumer doesn't know what their purchase is actually supporting. It's easy to turn a blind eye to "overseas" and "unfair," but they are often supporting much worse, including human trafficking and child labor.
Groceries Apparel believes the consumer has the right to know what their purchase is supporting. This belief formed the foundation of their entire company.
They support family farms, localized manufacturing, living wages, and Monsanto-free, organic ingredients. I've been drawn to companies and people that believe in using only organic means and materials such as Sue Fontana, the artisan designer who created both of the necklaces I am wearing here. I introduced you to Sue here when I wore this gorgeous fine silver and pearl necklace.
The other necklace I am wearing here is also one of Sue's amazing creations and she used a fine silver pendant with a freshwater pearl, genuine leather and a sterling bail and clasp. Follow Sue on Instagram here and Facebook here for inspiration and to be the first to see each new creation!
Sue also has an etsy shop in which you can find these gorgeous pieces. See the entire etsy shop here.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it worthwhile. I feel blessed to be able to work with such companies like Groceries Apparel and Aries Artistic Jewelry to bring you organic, socially responsible and environmentally friendly fashion that makes you feel as good as you look.
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