How Are These Clothes Made?
ALL the fabric we use is post-consumer. Bags and bales of cast-off t-shirts, cashmere & lambswool sweaters and other second-hand textiles arrive at the Elisabethan studio. The team culls and low-impact launders what Elisabethan can use, then donates what’s left to local thrift stores. White t-shirts & sweaters are dyed to increase the availability of the yummiest, most-desired colors. The team hand-cuts each piece from Delehaunty’s original patterns, then combine (by deciding EACH cut piece that will go in a garment), stitch and finish with appliqués and other accents. Phew! Fabulous, one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly garments are born.
Who makes these clothes?
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Approved for People and Planet
Some of our favorite t-shirts come from TSdesigns, a sustainable company in North Carolina that graciously sends us their damaged t-shirts which otherwise would go to waste. We buy in bulk from several local thrift stores, and also work with a fourth generation ragman in Portland, OR, to keep the supply of t-shirts & textiles flowing. We’re always interested in tapping into new sources for our raw materials.
Elisabethan is a proud member of Green America. Check them out!