*This post was generously sponsored by MATTER Prints. I received a fee as well as free product in exchange for original photography, writing, and access to my audience. All opinions are, as always, honestly mine.*
Depending on the pair, MATTER's comfortable pants can take you anywhere from the couch, to a fancy affair, to a stroll in the countryside. Easy, flattering and traditionally-inspired cuts are not only a joy to wear, but are designed to create as little waste as possible. That's kind of the whole thing with MATTER - everything they do is focused on provenance and story, on origin and beauty at the same time. The brand works intensively with artisans to discover, become inspired by, and create a modern version of prints and patterns that are tied to a story and a culture. The prints are then worked seamlessly into something that translates to the modern woman who has a healthy dose of wanderlust. Slipping on my pair of silky MATTER pants connects me to artisans around the world and gives me a mind to step out and go find them.
Vibe: Bold, relaxed, yet sophisticated
Customer age: 25 - 60
Price range: $109 - $209
Sustainability practices: MATTER uses natural fibers and AZO free dyes, and engineers their patterns to minimize cutting waste. The cutting waste that they do create gets used in their MATTER Mini line as well as their accessories. The brand intentionally designs outside of seasonality, with quality and fit as a high priority so that their garments can be worn all year long and for many years to come.
Ethical practices: MATTER works directly with artisans to design and create their unique prints, respecting the conditions and timelines within which these rural artisans live, producing only during the months of the year that make sense. The relationships that they build with artisans help them influence the sustainability of their operations. The rest of their production is completed in urban centers where factory workers are treated and paid fairly. While MATTER recognizes that artisan craft is absolutely a necessity in our world and should be preserved and encouraged, the company also knows how to straddle that realm with the world of modern production without exploiting people or planet.
Quality: 5/5 stars
My MATTER pants have seen days at the office and days spent romping around the city and they have held up beautifully. Even in a pair of swishy silk pants I don't feel as if I need to treat them delicately for fear of breaking. Seams are reinforced and the fabric is just as luxurious as it is durable.
Sizing: 5/5 stars
With flexible sizing (thank goodness for adjustable waistbands!) my MATTER pants are the perfect fit on the first try.
Where to buy: On their website.