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from INDIGENOUS, Organic + Fair Trade Fashion


Published October 17th, 2016 by Emily Roberts

WFTO 10 Principles of Fair Trade | Ethically made fashion by Indigenous

The 10 Principles of Fair Trade are fundamental tools for fighting poverty. In observance of Anti-Poverty Week, INDIGENOUS is participating in the World Fair Trade Organization's Agent for Change campaign. 

The WFTO started the global observance of Anti-Poverty Week in 2015 as a way of showcasing Fair Trade's positive impact. When producers are freed from the conventional imbalances of trade, they are able to work their way out of poverty. Along with the WFTO and all its members, we believe that trade should work for people and the environment, and not at the expense of either. 


Published October 6th, 2016 by Emily Roberts

Beyond apple picking: what to wear all season long

Lately my inbox is bombarded with emails addressing an apparently pressing matter: what to wear apple picking. I imagine multitudes of women, separated by distance and culture, yet all staring into their closets. Just wondering. "What SHOULD I wear apple picking?" 

I live in an apple-tree-rich region, yet I have only been apple picking twice. Who are these women who apple pick often enough to buy new clothes for the event? Do they exist? Besides, can't you just wear jeans and a t-shirt? Yes, folks... I'm fairly certain that the Apple-Picking-clothing genera was recently invented by desperate email marketers.

What I want to know is, what do I wear all autumn long? What sweater or tunic is going to get me through the overcast days and drizzle? I want that cardigan that'll go with everything I own so I don't have to think about it, ever. I want clothing that my kids can snuggle up to on the cold winter days ahead. I'm thinking long term here.

This line of thought has made me rather touchy at work. I've been wandering around the office touching and trying on the fall line, and I have a few picks to share. They're guaranteed soft, versatile, and impeccably made. And you can throw in organic & fair trade (because ethics make all the difference). 


Published September 30th, 2016 by Emily Roberts

Do you know a high school or college student with a head for fashion and a desire to change the world through everyday actions? Or maybe you're one yourself? Project Green Challenge starts October 1st, 2016. This powerful and diverse call to action features 30 days of environmentally-themed challenges, providing students with mentorship, advocacy, and leadership skills.

Each day during October (Fair Trade Month!), registered participants will be given a uniquely themed challenge. Twenty prizes will be awarded daily. 


Published September 18th, 2016 by Emily Roberts

Everyone who tries on Indigenous clothing is astounded by the exceptional fit. You can thank Yohanna—our expert fit designer—for those constant tweaks and improvements that make all the difference. She recently took brief but lovely vacation to Vail, Colorado. Hear about her mini vaca, and see what she spotted at the top of a mountain. (Hint: it was eco-friendly & ethically made.) 


Published September 14th, 2016 by Emily Roberts

womens long fringe poncho

For those who draw inspiration from the streets and runways of fashion week there's always a dilemma: how do you adopt these dramatic pieces and make them work in your everyday life? 

And if you're looking for clothing you can feel good about—clothes that are ethically made and eco-friendly—then taking on the latest trends can be even more difficult. Fast fashion is only too willing to oblige with the latest styles, but do you really want them knowing the environmental and human impact? 

Heading the list of trends we love is the long fringe poncho. If you have never owned a poncho, let us convert you. They're easy wear, inherently chic, and ultra comfortable. This key transseasonal piece is perfect for adding over any amount of layers. Our attention was caught by dramatically long fringe spotted on the streets of fashion week, as well as runways. 

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