*This post was generously sponsored by AGAATI. I received a fee for planning an event in collaboration with the brand in addition to my photography, writing, and access to my audience. All opinions are, as always, honestly mine.*
The story of AGAATI's founding is one that I hear more and more as the sustainable fashion movement grows and gains the credibility it is due. A fashion student at Parsons with a passion for style and an eye for design was introduced to the idea of sustainability and never looked back. AGAATI founder, Saloni Shrestha, is now dedicated to learning more about sustainable and ethical fashion and supply chains as she navigates her first year of launching a small fashion brand. With bold colors, sleek lines and gaudy-in-a-good-way embellishments, AGAATI clothing is perfect for a strong woman with a desire to stand out and lift every spirit in the room. Made from luxurious fabrics with a beautiful drape and an ever-present glow to them, these pieces are perfect for standing out at the office, the hotel bar or upscale party, or in any street-style competition! The whimsical silhouettes are anchored by bright colors and intricate details, creating a story and a dream around each piece. Sustaining Life readers receive 15% off all orders by using the code AGAATI15 at checkout!
Vibe: Feminine, whimsical, luxurious
Customer age: 30-40
Price range: $150 - $400
Sustainability practices: AGAATI California utilizes a combination of deadstock and handmade materials. Deadstock fabrics are sourced from Los Angeles where they have been set aside by design houses and handmade materials are sourced directly from artisan villages in India where specialty weaving and dyeing techniques are at their best. Most materials are made from natural fibers.
Ethical practices: All pieces are manufactured in India in small village facilities that AGAATI founder, Saloni Shrestha, visits personally each year. These factories pay and treat their workers fairly and provide unique embroidery services, therefore supporting artisans who keep these ancient and dying crafts alive.
The AGAATI piece that you see here belongs to my friend Marie, who has only had it for a few months of a season where she doesn't get to wear it often. Watch this space for updates on how her piece wears over the months and years to come!
Sizing: 3/5 stars
When I tried on a handful of AGAATI pieces at their trunk show in New York, I found the sizing to be fairly true but I deviated between a small and a medium from style to style.