All posts filed under: In Good Company

A Walk in the Woods in Waxed Cotton

  Call me old fashioned: Hearkening back to centuries-old Irish farms and the rainy wilds of British isles, something about the storied construction and classic look of a well-made waxed cotton coat gets me every time. As romances tend to go, though, I’ve found good waxed canvas can be awfully tough to find — made more difficult if you’re on the hunt for hardworking, ethical options that are tailored for women. Enter Portland-bred Bridge & Burn’s Outsider Collection, which offers one solid line up of thoughtfully designed, impeccably detailed waxed outerwear that ranges from lightweight to extra toasty. Some background: Bridge & Burn was founded by a computer scientist turned independent designer who’s a little obsessed with attention to detail, craft, value, and quality. Half a decade ago he had trouble finding each of those traits in an affordable jacket, so started crafting his own gear, built to withstand the Pacific Northwest’s mercurial weather. The Outsider Collection mirrors that pragmatic, independent streak. Combining original British Millerain waxed canvas with Polartec Thermal Pro fleece, men’s and …

4 Ways to Wrap up in a Blanket Scarf

Gina Moyano and I first crossed paths six months ago. Just as I was gearing up for a balmy summer in Atlanta, she was beginning to dream up fresh handbag designs for her luxe collection of sustainable accessories, Chakanu, which she creates in collaboration with a selection of hand-picked artisans in her home country of Ecuador. Through Chakanu Gina combines sustainability and ethical working conditions with modern, high-quality accoutrements. Like Rose & Fig, Chakanu is a labor of love born outside of working hours — Gina is a fellow brand manager with an affinity for sustainable practices, and, like me, she cares an awful lot about making things that are good for people and for our planet. We originally planned on collaborating on a brief post sharing a review of her gorgeous shawl scarf but the more we talked, the more important I felt it was to share the broader picture of Gina’s story.

Elizabeth Suzann Silk & Sevilla Smith Shoes

     I can’t go a few days of wearing these without someone asking who made these beautiful shoes by Sevilla Smith, so I’d like to share a little review: Know that each pair is made according to your exact specifications, from leather type to width to the occasional Midas touch. When these flats arrive they should feel very tight for the first couple of wears, but won’t leave a single blister — scout’s honor. Give them two days to loosen up and they’ll melt into the softest, buttery leather socks that have ever adorned your sweet feet. Since they’re made-to-order it will take around two to four weeks for them to arrive at your doorstep — it’s worth the wait. Every pair arrives with its own little hand-stamped shoe bag. There’s also a sling-back style as well as a lace-up ankle boot. Unless she’s on the road, Faye Sevilla Smith’s shoes are hand-hammered within ringing distance of The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sevilla Smith ‘The Sandy’ D’Orsay Flat in black pebble grain leather …

Spring Uniform and Oille Natural Giveaway

      Happy first day of spring, beauties. Oille Natural organic skincare and I are celebrating the season of growth with a little giveaway. Who brings you clarity and helps you grow? Tag a friend here for a chance to win two bottles of their brilliantly stimulating Organic Hair Serum – one for you and one your favorite friend. While we’re talking favorites, here’s a look at what I’m wearing out everywhere as we (finally!) transition into gorgeously sunny spring weather. All my ingredients for a simple, chic, comfortable spring: The super luxe, super sustainable, super softest sweater. Zady .06 Charcoal Lightweight Alpaca Sweater ℅ (wearing a small, also in heather grey and caramel) Founded in Nashville, Made in LA bags by the lovely Ceri Hoover. Ceri’s clean, simple clutches are perfect for spring travels all the way into long summer nights. I’m also digging these strappy mules, launched as a part of the SS16 collection. Ceri Hoover Currey foldover clutch in black raven leather ℅ (also on sale in oxblood clutch and navy cross-body) Old …

Day to Night: e. fitzpatrick and the Perfect Cold Weather Dress

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.

Socially-Conscious Makers Market: Orange Harp

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.