It should come as no surprise by now that I am a fan of sustainable fashion. It dawned on me however that the target market is a bit narrow. There’s not much sustainability in the couture world and there are even fewer options for parents looking to clothe their children.
For the latter, there is the problem of price point. A lot of the characteristics of sustainably crafted clothing cost money – lots of it. Not everyone can afford to get their hands on specially engineered fabrics or domestically produced materials, but as children’s clothing label Kallio NYC demonstrates, there are other ways of going about offering sustainable alternatives for kids.
There is something beautiful about vulnerability. We often get hung up on the scarier side of chasing dreams, but the very spirit that arms you against the threat of failure makes life worth living.
I’m often reminded of this in unexpected places. Most recently, I’ve found myself inspired by three sixth-graders in Brooklyn: Malcom Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins, and Alec Atkins who together form an up and coming metal band Unlocking The Truth.
Unlocking the Truth – Atkins, Dawkins, & Brickhouse
Maintaining a band isn’t the path of most middle schoolers, but the trio is extremely passionate about writing and performing their music. However I want to caution against viewing their work as childish enthusiasm. Above all else, Unlocking The Truth is an unbridled expression of creativity. The fact that the band member’s are young is intriguing, but ultimately incidental.
Sometimes all it takes is a little nuance to dress up a look. In this case, these leather wraps from Jennifer Behr update an otherwise casual ponytail. They are made by hand in New York City and are available in several colorways ranging from loud to understated.
Be sure to check them out on the Jennifer Behr website, but also feel free to scroll through her other hair accessories.
The purveyors of sport and style at Outlier just released a beautiful short sleeve button-up for the last dog days of summer. The shirt is cut and sewn in New York City from a custom 85% cotton / 15% linen blend that features a characteristically open weave to help air circulation.
Linen-Cotton Blend Detail
Back “Pivot” Construction & Contrast Stripes
In addition to keeping you cool in the heat, their patent pending “Pivot” shirt construction allows you to reach forward without activating any tension in the fabric. A great aspect about the Rockaway shirt in particular is that you can actually see this pattern in action by tracing the contrasting horizontal and vertical stripes throughout the garment. It’s hard to find a better marriage of aesthetic elements and innovative design.
You can find more about Outlier’s work at their website, including information on their unique custom-blended fabrics, limited collections, and collaborations. Enjoy the weekend!
A great find from NYC-based Outlier. They specialize in technical wear sturdy enough for bicycle commutes, while still being suitable for casual office/weekend wear. Not only do they custom blend their own fabrics to meet the different demands of each garment, but everything is cut and sewn in New York. Having a pair of the autumnweights in khaki, I can attest that they are durable as hell and sport a great tailored fit. The fabric stretches a bit for what they call the ‘true freedom of movement,’ so it truly is ideal for biking, climbing, &c. And, on the off chance they don’t hold up, there is a 6 month money back guarantee regardless of the condition. Definitely worth a look in 3 different colorways at the Outlier shop.