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To donate or not to donate…

By | Blog, Findings, Inspiration

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 people of ALL ages donating clothing…how ’bout you?

Who is most likely to donate clothing?

Does Fashion matter?

By | Blog, Findings, Inspiration

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 or something, but the idea of designing something that doesn’t really solve a problem to me right now is so unappealing.”  -Angela Luna

Click here to read the article: A Parsons Student Designed her Senior Thesis to help Syrian Refugees

JET SET RECYCLING

By | Blog, Findings, Inspiration, Uncategorized | No Comments

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 adequate, but hardly show-stopping.  I was a little surprised that they weren’t shouting from the rooftops about their recycling program BECAUSE they do all of the sorting AND they have worms turning the organic (food,etc) waste into compost! They even paired up with some church ladies to collect all the clothes travelers toss when they find out their bags are too heavy (maybe we need to get in on that!).

Anyhoo, here’s a link to the story and a photo of one of the recycling containers at Charlotte…

CHARLOTTE AIRPORT RECYCLES

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Toot toot!

By | Blog, Findings, Shops, Uncategorized | No Comments

We just can’t resist sharing a glowing blog post about us by one of our oldest & most fave stores — NEST in Clarksville, MD.  Thanks, Anastasia!

Click here to see it for real —  OLD MADE NEW AGAIN  — or my cut & paste job below…

It was definitely love at first sight when we first crossed paths with designer Beth Delehaunty and her clothing line,  Elisabethan, in 2006.  Beth makes clothes out of old clothes (or “experienced textiles,” as she puts it), and her creations are charming, fanciful, and fun. When I wear one of her skirts or tops I feel playful and light-hearted.

Beth herself is smart, funny, compassionate, kind, and a little mischievous. She and the clothes she creates inspire me to not miss this life as it zips by! If she lived closer I’d meet her for coffee every Tuesday.

Beth also has an extraordinary eye for design and color. She finds color and pattern pairings that no one else can see. This stripe goes with that stripe which also kind of matches that print with the little stars… a hodge-podge that doesn’t seem to match at first glance, but her wiser eye knows they’re perfect for one another.

Many times over the years I commented to Beth that it sometimes seems a little odd for Nest in Maryland to sell items made out of event t-shirts from Colorado (her home base). Without fail, she always replied, “Well, you could collect Mid-Atlantic shirts for me!” This fall we finally had a t-shirt collection for Elisabethan.  We shipped off a big box full of T’s, including shirts promoting the Redskins, Howard County Bike to Work Day, Save the Bay, and to our delight, Roots Market and Great Sage.  We couldn’t wait to see what Beth and her crew of sewers would do with them!

 A couple of days ago our spring order arrived and it felt like Christmas. There they were, the shirts we’d sent off, re-envisioned with fabulous new personalities. Roots became a star, Great Sage a flower, Bike to Work Day the body of a ruffled top. One of a kind creations reflecting our Nest community!

We’re definitely going to hold a spring t-shirt collection for Beth – we’ll keep you posted on the details!

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Recycle Runway

By | Blog, Findings, Inspiration, Shows, Uncategorized | No Comments

Look what we saw in the airport in Atlanta… as I said on Facebook, it’s got to be a good sign when you’re going to a trade show to sell your recyclo-centric clothing and there is an exhibit in the airport of recyclo-centric clothing!

These are done by Nancy Judd—learn more about her, and her creations at http://recyclerunway.com


 

 

 

 

 

October morning

By | Findings, Products, Studio | 3 Comments

On the way to the studio this morning…

I wore shorts & fingerless gloves—-it’s October!

The thermometer on the bank downtown said 45 deg F.

I found these great old peanut butter jars in the free box outside the thrift store on my alley.

I love that fat Peter Pan one. What to fill them all with…