Gifts that do Good
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Gifts That Do Good: The Shipibo Bag
Nov 18th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Hand Painted Bags from Shipibo Communities on the Pisqui River

Gifts that do good: The Shipibo BagUnder the shadow of the breathtaking Cordillera Azul Mountains, women from Shipibo communities based along the Pisqui River embroider and paint handcrafts using designs passed on from mother to daughter for centuries.  

By making these intricatly painted, fair trade bags available to the worldwide market, INDIGENOUS is part of an integrated effort to improve the quality of life for the Pisqui River Shipibo communities. 

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Shipibo Woman Creates unique textile design

INDIGENOUS at the Grand Opening of robin b. clothier
Nov 15th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

You can shop INDIGENOUS at a brand new, gorgeous location! This weekend marked the Grand Opening of robin b. clotheir in Greenwich, Rhode Island. If you're near, stop by 175 Main Street East, to shop her inspiring selection of covetable clothing, jewelry and accessories. 

Grand Opening of robin b. clothier clothing store in Greenwich, Rhode IslandSee More >>

Indigenous organic + fair trade fashion Sample Sale preview 2015

Friday, November 13th, 9am-5pm 
& Saturday, 14th, 10am-3pm

Our Holiday Sale is back by popular demand. Visit us at our new sample sale location to snap up exceptional deals on quality, artisan-made clothing. Each piece is natural, organic + fair trade.  Do your holiday shopping, or fill your wardrobe for the year. Take home gorgeous fair trade gifts for everyone on your list.

The Barlow logo - Sebastopol Ca

Find our pop-up store at The Barlow in The Shed (behind Zazu)
6771 Laguna Parkway, Sebastopol, CA

The Future of Cotton: Color, Purity & Ecology
Sep 24th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Natural organic cotton for eco friendly clothingYou picture a fuzzy white ball, right? Or rows and rows of plants, all the same, soaking up water, sun, and pesticides. You might even think of the cotton farmers in India, never able to make enough to pay back their creditors. Slaves to their fields.

That’s not the kind of cotton we’re talking about. And those are not our cotton farmers. That system is unsustainable, bound to fail the earth and fail its people. Exploiting everyone and everything it comes into contact with. What we’re talking about is something entirely different: organic Peruvian cotton, in many colors. And that makes all the difference. 


Want fewer decisions in the morning? Pick some new accessories for Fall.
Aug 15th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Womens Ethically Made Accessories for Autumn | Our picks for Fall 2015 

“I once had someone tell me that as you grow up and grow into your career, you should start using the one-thirds rule, which is: Buy one-thirds of the amount of stuff you buy, and pay up to triple the price for it. It’s longer lasting, you’re more likely to buy something that’s timeless and classic, and you have fewer decisions to make in the morning. Decision fatigue is a real thing—Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, many super successful wear the same outfit every day for that reason. When you have fewer superficial decisions to make, you can focus your energy on the things that are actually really important in your career.”

~Cynthia Salim in The Gloss

We covered this interview with Citizen’s Mark founder Cynthia Salim in an Ethical Fashion Friday post a couple of months ago. But this quote in particular has stuck with me for two reasons.

First is the concept of decision fatigue. The idea that the process of choosing, among dozens of options, what to wear on any given day was actually taking energy I could be spending in other places (my family, my kids, my work, etc.) was eye opening for me.

Second was the one-thirds rule. Buying one-third the amount of stuff I typically buy impacts more than just my morning attire decision. If I choose consciously, it means a more ethical closet. And it means I contribute far less fashion waste.

It also means that as summer ends, I need to think about how I buy for the new season.  And I’m thinking I need accessories.

Accessories are a great way to step into the new season. A pretty poncho can completely transform an outfit into something new, a fun bracelet can transition you from day to evening, and a great scarf can pull everything together.

Emily and I got together this week to pick our favorite Indigenous accessories that perfectly mix up our wardrobes and a few that we have been eyeing as Fall approaches.

See our picks for Fall Accessories >

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