elisabethanWho Makes These Clothes?

Designer/recycler Elisabeth Delehaunty leads a small but hearty team of cutters, combiners and stitchers. Rooting among mountains of forgotten things, Elisabeth unearths treasure — past fabric gems awaiting rediscovery. An obsession for finding these “experienced textiles” compliments her desire not to add any more “new stuff” to the world. It’s the challenge to create something NEW that isn’t MORE. In 1996, the obsession joined forces with her background, a B.A. in Art from Dartmouth College, as well as a series of jobs costuming for theatre — and Elisabethan was born. Now the studio works year-round to create the line of clothing and accessories in rural Western Colorado.

How Are These Clothes Made?studio summer 014

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.

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!



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Love Notes and Testimonials

Oh my……Love, love, love our products you sent!!!! Beautiful and sweet and kind to the world…..
Ella, Caracalla
Little Rock, AR

Just want you to know I wore your Picnic Tee yesterday for the first time and absolutely LOVED it! My new favorite! Keep doing what you are doing – I’m looking forward to ordering some more stuff off your website soon.
Portland, OR

Everytime I wear my scarf I get compliments on it – and I wear it all of the time! Love it.
Severna Park, MD

I received the skirt today, put it on and have not taken it off yet. It fits perfectly.
Bedford, VA

Your work is so wonderful and I must say it’s one of my most favorite gifts I’ve ever gotten.
Mary Ellen
Longmont, CO