Dietary supplement or dye plant? Over the past year medical practitioners and the fitness world have been increasing advocacy for the use of dietary supplements, oils, and creams made from herbs and plants intended to improve health and nutrition. The use of these ancient remedies is becoming more mainstream and popular in western societies like… Continue reading Medicinal Dye Plants, a Source of Color and Improved Health
Have you ever gone a year without something? For example: a year without eating cookies, a year without drinking coffee, a year without using plastic bottles, a year without doing something/anything that you previously had a causal relationship with? If you have, then you probably know that before taking that year break you didn’t think… Continue reading A Year Without Hate
This blog often shines a light on not only the problems caused by overconsumption and out of control production in the apparel industry, but it also is meant to provide more sustainable alternatives for everyday people and businesses alike. After learning how harmful synthetic dyes can be to our planet, I became inspired to work… Continue reading Guide to Natural Dyeing at Home, A Free Gift From Me to You
What I mean when I say I'm re-launching is... That I am changing the products I make, the fabric I use, and how I make them. But don't worry, my process will still be environmentally friendly and ethical, maybe even more so than before! The best part is that the pieces in this collection will… Continue reading Not letting past setbacks stop me from future possibilities.
That little black dress you are wearing is one of the top producers of industrial wastewater pollution worldwide, our addiction to toxic colors is destroying the planet. Dyeing is a fabric finishing step that usually involves a process of desizing, scouring, bleaching, and then adding color by dyeing or printing, most often using harsh synthetic chemicals and heavy metals.This process impacts not only the workers, but also the environment and the general public. During the fabric finishing step many synthetic chemicals and heavy metals are used in excess. What is unused at the end of the process is discarded, and it comes out in the form of wastewater that eventually that gets dumped back into our global waterways.
Are we living in an era when we are seeing the revival of natural dyes used in textiles and apparel around the world, or am I just seeing it everywhere because I am searching for it everywhere? Over the past year I decided to put the production of my clothing line on hold so that… Continue reading The Natural Dye Revival, a Global Phenomenon.
First step in making any collection is designing the pieces, I choose classic styles that will last for years and dozens of wears. I pick colors that are available from natural dyes, & select between the weaves that have been developed by my skilled artisan partners. The next step was meeting with Casa Flor Ixcaco… Continue reading Our Process, on Designing and Developing the Second Collection.
Exciting news, the second Unity Outfitters' collection will debut on August 19, 2016 at the Redress Raleigh Eco-fashion show! The application process had me a bit nervous, but my submission was accepted and I will be one of six designers presenting this year. Closer to the show date I will share more specifics about logistics.… Continue reading Fall/Winter 2016 Collection to debut at Redress Raleigh Fashion Show on August 19, 2016!
Thank you again to everyone who funded a perk during the Indiegogo (crowdfunding) campaign. Though the amount raised didn’t reach the goal set to start up my business, the funds raised have been extremely helpful and go a long way towards building the brand and an e-commerce website that will be up soon. This blog… Continue reading Launching Unity Outfitters, an update and future plans.
In honor of World Fair Trade Day 2015 I have compiled a short and sweet explanation of what fair trade is. What is Fair Trade? Fair Trade Business focuses on People, Planet, & Prosperity. People = accounts for people on the individual level, the family level, the village level, the regional level, and worldwide. Fair… Continue reading What is Fair Trade?