We often hear that what we offer is too expensive - that sustainable clothing is out of someone's price range. We are now offering Afterpay as a way to break up the cost over time. We hope this brings more access to buying sustainably and supporting the small independent brands we carry.Continue reading
Last year posed serious problems for production, deliveries, and frankly just being open. What we could get in the shop was often received at awkward times in the season. So this year our end-of-season sale will also include some major deals on styles for spring, summer, fall, and winter!
One way to have a more sustainable wardrobe is to purchase items that can transition from season to season. Many of our brands have core collections made with fabrics that easily go from winter to spring to summer to fall.
One and done in the Remy Plaid Jumpsuit
Comfy and playful in the Josie Cotton Gauze Dress
When faced with closing our shop because of shelter-in-place we joined the Together Apart Alliance as a way to give back a portion of sales to Feeding America, while also striving to sustain our own small business by offering a discount to encourage shopping.
Our shop alone was able to donate 3000 meals through Feeding America during this campaign!
When I first opened the shop in 2015 part of my mission was to give back a portion of sales to organizations fighting for equality for all, women's rights, and environmental protection. Over the past 5 years we have donated portions of our sales with small campaigns, but nothing consistently simply because we operate on very small margins. Now I figure a small impact is better than no impact at all. Starting in June 2020 we will be making a bigger commitment!
We will donate 5% of sales to different organizations each season. You will be able to see the list of organizations in the footer of our website.
PO-EM is a creative collection of handmade textiles, wares and art by artist & designer Carla Venticinque-Osborn. Collections take inspiration from stories, poems, the hand's work, the animal gaze, storytelling through pattern, utility, and merging old things with new things. Every piece is intent on being genuine, and serves as an ode to the handmade.
Last summer I had the chance to go to New York to view the Spring/Summer collections for 2020. While I was there I took the subway to Brooklyn to visit the PO-EM studio. Owner and designer Carla Venticinque-Osborn showed me her newest collection (now available), let me take photos of her workspace, and recommended a great lunch spot, Five Leaves. One thing I've noticed from visiting designers in their workspace is the abundance of natural light. Carla's space has beautiful light and a cool exposed brick wall.
Carla works with artisans in India, Guatemala, and Mexico to produce her original textiles exploring traditional methods like block printing, weaving, and resist-dying.
The "Camo" print below was designed by Carla for her SS20 collection. She starts with art which is then turned into a block printed pattern. Block printing is when an artisan carves a design into a block to create a stamp. Then with ink applies that stamp to create a pattern on fabric.
PO-EM is a sustainable brand producing via socially and environmentally positive channels of production. They use natural non-toxic dyes and materials and support craftspeople-artisans-makers. Their artful clothing are also relaxed styles, reminding us to slow down in this world.
Every studio needs a dog for inspiration:)
We've banded Together (Apart) with other small businesses to offer this sale while also giving back. Use discount code TOGETHERAPART for 20% off full priced items on our site and we will donate 5% of those sales to Feeding America.
Here is a list of other participating small businesses:
The CDC is now suggesting that all Americans wear cloth masks to help slow the spread of Covid-19. You can see their recommendations and guidelines here. We will not be selling masks on our website, but many of the designers we work with and local makers are offering them for personal use and for donation. You can help support them and the sewers by purchasing masks directly from their websites.
There are also multiple tutorials (sewing and non-sewing) on YouTube to make face masks. Stay safe!Continue reading
Here are some of our favorites this season for gifts and stocking stuffers! These are all available in our Oakland brick and mortar shop. (See something you like, but it's not listed online? Just send us an email and we'll send a link for you to purchase.)
Tiz Olive Scarf, Bar Perfect Necklace, Peppermint Eucalyptus Lip Balm, Avocado Toast Earrings, Striped Slouch Socks, Coffee Crunch Chocolate Bar.