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When did this happen? Hannukah has joined Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas is fast approaching. Soon it will be 2016 and some resolutions will be in order! For now, though, I'm focusing on surviving the Holiday season with it's whirlwind of parties, feasts and pop-up shops. This year, to combat all of that craziness, Jeremia and I are opting out of the usual California Christmas, staying put in NYC instead. We plan to spend a quiet Christmas with a few friends and as little gifting as possible. Still, that can't stop me from putting together a great holiday-inspired outfit!
Rather than going out to purchase a sparkly or sexy new holiday getup, I'm relying on an old favorite, a meaningful heirloom, some gold details and a cozy new find from A Wool Story. My Timberline hat in maroon is the perfect accent for taking this Fall outfit to a holiday event! It adds a hint of casual warmth as well as a pop of festive color. Best of all? It is practically perfect in terms of sustainability.
Meghan Navoy, founder of A Wool Story, sent me the Timberline hat (for free) because she knows how much I love all things natural, handmade and upcycled. Yup, you heard me right; A Wool Story hits the trifecta of sustainable fashion simply by being thoughtful and getting creative with materials. The raw materials that go into a garment are often the largest environmental cost of the end product, and while wool is natural and can certainly be produced sustainably, that supply chain does have its issues. A Wool Story gets around those issues by using only second-life materials that are sourced from thrift shops in NYC and Detroit. Meg hunts down old wool sweaters and lovingly unravels them by hand, reforming the strands of wool into a brand new ball of yarn.
Every item made by A Wool Story is carefully crafted by Meg in her Detroit home (previously in her Brooklyn apartment) and requires a few hours to create. One can tell the appreciation that Meg has for handcrafts just by glancing at the looped yarns of A Wool Story's products. As a lover of textiles and making things with my hands, I find Meg's labor of love to be beautiful and inspiring. Her business and impact may be small, but the transparency and care that go into it set an example for how sustainable fashion can work. Perhaps a micro-business with a unique impact can cause more change than we think - perhaps more micro-businesses and less corporations is exactly the situation we need. Just thinking out loud here.
Meg and I have conversed before about how emotionally straining it is to be a young, passionate, creative entrepreneur, and knowing how she feels, I feel connected to A Wool Story. I sincerely want to see Meghan succeed with this project, so I'm here to tell you that you should probably buy one of her hats (or a pair of mittens!) this holiday season;) Check out her simply honest story and peruse her currently available wares - maybe you need a navy hat to keep your ears warm on New Years Eve, or perhaps a friend of yours just moved someplace cold and needs cute, warm hands! If you order any "Ready to Ship" item before Friday, December 18th, you will receive your package before Christmas, and with the code "SUSTAININGLIFE" you can take 10% off.
What I'm Wearing This Holiday Season:
Images taken by Sabrina Chun and Alden Wicker.
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