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20 of 20 for 20

Guess what! This year Elisabethan celebrates 20 years of providing recycled, reinvented & repurposed clothing for people just like you! Since 1996, long before the eco-fashion revolution, Elisabethan’s founder and creator, Elisabeth Delehaunty, has been committed to making exceptional garments & goodies from all the post-consumer fabric she could get her more »

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HRC 2016, part 2

For those of you suffering from campaign season fatigue, this post is about FASHION… and because so many of you were eager to see the finished products of the special batch of skirts we made this summer. We finally got our hands on some! (We’d tell you we have made more »

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To donate or not to donate…

This article is a good reminder that even if your tees are too worn out for Elisabethan, it’s still worth donating them to thrift stores that can send them “downstream” to textile recyclers. Just ask if they do. And as for what age group donates their clothing most, we see more »

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HRC 2016

We’re finishing up a batch of skirts for a very important customer… (hint: her initials are HRC) We’ll share more details soon, but for now, here’s a photo of Sara getting the Tee Appliqué Skirts ready to ship to Philadelphia for a big event happening there this month! #hrc2016 #presidentialpalette more »

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Does Fashion matter?

Interesting read about a thoughtful, motivated, savvy young woman who is looking at what a career in fashion means today, and what she is doing about it… “I’m not even the same designer that I was. I think it’s for the better,” Luna said. “I don’t want to sound snobbish more »

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…we call it Refinery

So, we’ve been working on a new project, and if this is the first you’ve heard of it, we freely admit we are not great at self-promotion. We’ve teamed up with Allison McGuigan, former owner of Echo Consignments, and are opening a store. Yes, a store. We call it Refinery. more »

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SLOW is the new black

Good read… ‘bethan fans know a lot if this already, but we just want to keep spreading the word: slow fashion is where it’s at. In the words of Maxine Bedat, owner of Zady — Be an owner, not a consumer when it comes to clothing! http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-04-04/slow-fashion-designers-tout-their-wares-better-planet

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March 17

Top o’ the morning to you! What are YOU wearing today? Any green? Elisabethan definitely gives a nod to our Irish ancestors… Luck of the Irish to you on this St. Patrick’s Day… and everyday! And here’s an Irish saying to for you… “May you never forget what is worth more »

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Laundry is overrated

Came across this great video from grist.org with help from my cousin Dana and her roommate… and while it may a bit of preaching to the choir, aka Elisabethan peeps, it’s good to be reminded there IS a price to cheap clothes — because those price tags can be so alluring. Keep watching to see more »

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Bowie

RIP, David Bowie. 1/8/1947- 1/10/2016 One of my big influences as a kid…  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/arts/music/david-bowie-dies-at-69 Some really thoughtful comments from readers and some great stories of “Bowie sitings” on the streets of New York. Watch that man.

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Creative chaos

Fall production is well underway and we can’t help but share some of the deep delicious colors we are working with… Here it’s RUFFLE TEE GLOVES—-we are making them with double ruffles now (at fingers AND wrist).  WE LOVE the creative chaos of combing colors!               more »

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HOT DIGGITY

Still a day to go at our Pop-Up SHIN DIGGY!  We’re open noon-8pm, Friday May 29. Join us from 4-8pm for treats & refreshments and a fun DIY project to do with us or take home & make!

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The Mom of the Year

We LOVE getting coverage from bloggers—-especially when they GUSH about us as much as Meredith Spidel at THE MOM OF THE YEAR does — Take a look HERE — she’s really funny too!  Thank you, Meredith! (AND, we gave her a Ruffle Pippi Scarf to giveaway… details in her post)

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swish skirts

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COLOR

Need a little palette change from snowy WHITE (or around ‘bethan HQ, muddy BROWN)? Feast your eyes on these “coastal bright” Swish Skirts headed for A SHORE THING on Hilton Head Island, SC… don’t know why, but you need to click on the photo to REALLY see the colors…!

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Who needs Vogue?

Another milestone—-we’ve made the cover of a magazine!  Long time customer Allison Elliot models her Swish Skirt on the roof of the active & passive solar home she & her husband Hal built.  No it’s not Vogue, but in our mind it might be even better—we’re on the cover of more »

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HARVEST

We are excited for MOUNTAIN HARVEST FESTIVAL this weekend in Paonia, Colorado. It’s such a wonderful event—celebrating all the farms, food, music, arts & crafts that are such a part of our community. ELISABETHAN is so lucky to be part of the cornucopia of creativity that is the North Fork Valley of more »

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T-SHIRT TUESDAY

Ok, this is something we’ve been wanting to do for awhile, and we actually did the first one last week on our Facebook page… We come across a lot of fun, goofy, silly, make-you-scratch-your-head t-shirts, so we’re starting a T-SHIRT TUESDAY post to share the best of our stash with you… more »

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1,000 and counting

YOU did it——we reached 1,000 Facebook likes—thank YOU!… and in the ACTUAL world, here’s Elisabethan in Booth #66 at the end of the rainbow… at the 42nd Crested Butte (Colorado) Festival of the Arts this weekend

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in house

In between art festivals in Jackson, WY, & Crested Butte, CO, a trunk show with Tango in Gunnison, CO, AND starting fall production, we’ve been doing some rearranging in the studio… More on this to come, but here’s a sneak peek…

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May 11

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the  creative mothers, because every mother is creative!!!  Thanks for everything, Mom!   (and Happy Birthday, Dad!)

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January 21

I (as in Elisabeth, owner, founder, chief recycler of Elisabethan) had a wonderful birthday yesterday, and I spent most of it at the studio! I am lucky to work everyday on something that I created, and for the most part still challenges & fulfills me on a daily basis. And more »

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Our own ASHLEY KREST takes the stage tonight as Violet Bick, in the LIVE radio play version of the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Performed last year at Paonia’s Paradise Theater by Paonia Players, the show is produced & directed by Merrily Talbot. It was such a hit that more »

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SMALL yet LARGE

Congrats to all our ‘bethan retailers on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY—who needs Black Friday?  Shopping SMALL is a lot more fun… And a special shout out to our friends at NEST in Clarksville, MD, for 10 years in business this year and KALY in West Chester, PA, for 25 years in biz more »

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Mountain Harvest Festival

Have you heard?  We made some special items for this weekend’s Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia, CO.  Customized Pippi Long Scarves & aprons… They’ll be auctioned off in Town Park on Saturday, Sept 28.  And YES, we will have a booth there!

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Friends in need…

Hi friends—we learned last week that artist friends Leah & Scott DeCapio have lost everything due to the flooding of the Big Thompson River. They live in Glen Haven, outside Estes Park, CO. Many of us who pursue a creative life live close to the edge, & sometimes we are shown more »

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INDEPENDENCE

I just had to share this photo of our fan Lee —- she bought the dress at our flash sale outside Glennie Coombe Gallery on Wednesday, and wore it on Thursday for the Fourth of July in Aspen.  Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating this crazy wonderful more »

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JET SET RECYCLING

I heard a story on NPR (where I get pretty much all of my news) before the holidays about Charlotte, NC’s airport and the major RECYCLING program they have instituted. Then, wouldn’t you know it, I actually changed planes in that VERY airport on Christmas day…  Their recycling cans were more »

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Our latest TEE DRIVE with NEST in Clarksville, MD, raised $$$ for Success in Style, an organization that helps women (& men) in crisis become employed and self-sufficient. They provide appropriate business attire, practical fashion advice and interview counseling—–seems like a good fit, no? (pardon the pun) THANKS to Anastasia more »

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1989

The 4th Annual District 81428 Fashion and Design Show is upon us…  dress rehearsal tonight, performance WEDNESDAY (9/26) at 8pm and FRIDAY (9/28) at 9pm.  Holey moley, tickets are sold OUT.  Here’s a peak at what Elisabethan will be showing…           1989 was a great year, wasn’t more »

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oh by the way…

You’d think we’d have rushed to the blog to share news of the award we won at the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina, KS in June, but apparently we’re more demure.  Nevertheless, we were VERY excited about it, the invitation to exhibit there next year, AND the cash award!

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RIVERFEST

It’s time again to head east to SALINA, KANSAS, for the Smoky Hill River Festival.  I first did this show probably 12 or 14 years ago when I was driving Belugasaurus, a well-worn 1987 Toyota Van (the pointy-nosed one that predated even the Previa).  I pulled into the show to more »

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