Rare is the day that the chaotic universe of holiday fashion delivers up the most perfect, creamy little white dress. Effortless and versatile, a dress that’s as comfortable running errands and dropping by the office as it is attending every last holiday bash and New Year’s soiree on your jam-packed December calendar. Rarer still does that dress hail from New York’s garment district (without breaking the bank), hand sketched by a woman who is as interested in anthropology and the history of fashion as she is in designing an ethical, timeless wardrobe, in hopes that the dresses she patterns from scratch will be passed on to the next generation.
Authentic. Well-made. Long-lasting. Socially-conscious. These words are not spoken enough around this weekend which marks a few American holidays. With so much emphasis on sales and giving and getting, it’s all too easy to become wrapped up in the frenzy of more and to forget to figure out the stories behind the things we choose to buy. This time of year I constantly remind myself to consider what is joyful, beautiful, useful; what is consciously made, well made, fairly made. In the past discerning these good objects has felt like an arduous research project for me as many retailers can be opaque or even deceptive about their labor, materials, and manufacturing practices.
This season I’m excited to be collaborating with local friends Tvachia Leather Co. to share their new gorgeous collection and to give away two of their beautiful, drum-dyed bags. Based in Atlanta, Tvachia designs rich, minimal bags that are handmade in Calcutta. The name Tvachia comes from “tvacha,” the Hindi word for leather, and at the company’s core is a focus on quality, detail, and a generous spirit. Tvachia is a long-time supporter of Asha for Education, a non-profit organization aiming to close the equality gap in India, where each pebbled leather bag is hand-built by Calcuttan artisans. Their current collection hopes to inspire life, love, simplicity, and giving. In keeping with that message, one Rose & Fig reader will receive two Tvachia bags of your choice: One to keep, and one to give to a friend. To enter: Follow @roseandfig and @tvachia on Instagram, then tag someone special in a comment on this photo letting them know why you’re thankful for their friendship. Each comment counts as an individual entry, so the more generous …
When in doubt, l-a-y-e-r it out. That’s my wardrobe war cry as the mercury drops off and it works just as well with jewelry all year round. Amiright, Iris Apfel? I’m stoked that go-to’s Rocksbox and Gorjana have partnered to work the style with this layered necklace set that is both textured and simple, hand-picked by Gorjana herself.
Earlier this week on a visit to North Georgia I went to sleep with a bedroom window open and woke up to find the season’s first frost had settled overnight. I couldn’t help but jump out of bed and scurry around the crisp grass, gulping up big deep breaths that fogged up every exhale. I love everything about fall, from brisk morning walks over scalding coffee and crunching leaves in riding boots, to long campfire nights spent over red wine and under big woolly blankets.
Just in time for fall adventures I’ve just shared a few of my favorite eco-friendly travel tips at Bodhi & Birch’s new blog, The Leaf. Head over to the gorgeous journal to check them out and explore Gem Bolton and crew’s musings on body and mind care, ethical makers, and how to recharge this Autumn. More on how to pack light and travel well and a handy festival packing list. Paris photo above is from this trip.
Simple styling tips to help you make the most of your wardrobe This week I have a special treat for you: Rose & Fig’s very first guest post! Fellow blogger and steadfast Skype friend Malorie Bertrand is a communications professional by day and a freelance blogger and stylist by night, focusing her efforts on promoting sustainable fashion. She’s founder of the fab EF Magazine (which you may know from this post) and is currently working on launching an online boutique that will sell Canadian-made sustainable fashion and accessories. Here are a few of her oh-so-easy tips for making the most of your wardrobe pairings. The fall is the best time to clean out your closet. It gives you the chance to stow away your spring/summer pieces, bring out your sweaters from the basement, and assess your threads. There are a gazillion blog posts about how to clean out your closet, but what about after the purge? How do you actually put outfits together? My clients often say that the hardest part for them is figuring …