fashionABLE Favorite Summer Trends: Birkenstocks
We’re making the most of our summer style by celebrating the season’s best trends. Last week we shared about our love for white on white. This week, we’re welcoming back Birkenstocks.
If you haven’t gotten a pair of Birkenstocks yet this summer, good luck. The Birk craze is in full swing, and these classic, comfortable sandals have flown off of the shelves. They have been spotted all over street style blogs, and have become much more of a high-end commodity. While they may be popular amongst the fashion set, they still remain an accessible, easy trend that goes with almost everything, adding a level of style (and comfort) to every outfit. From easy dresses to more structured separates, these sandals are sure to be a staple in your closet long after this summer.
We shared last week how we’re making the most of our summer style by celebrating the season’s best trends. This week: it’s all about going monochromatic with some white on white.
When dressing in the summer, it’s often easier to just grab a simple dress (or a jumpsuit!), eliminating the need to pair pieces together. If you are looking to style separates, we love the monochromatic look of white on white in the summer. It’s simple and fresh, while still being interesting and eye-catching. When pairing like colors, trying out different textures is key to keep your look from falling flat. Add some reflective shades and maybe a breezy summer scarf and voila!
Thank you for your continued ordering of the Mamuye Totes! Remember that orders placed through tomorrow (7/18) while the Totes are backordered, will include a FREE Teshome leather bracelet when they ship!
We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to the heroic woman these totes are named after… Meet Mamuye.
Mamuye is only 24 years old, but has amazing ambition. She’s been working with our leather partner, Modern Zege, for almost 5 years, and loves being trained and learning more about the stitching aspect of the leather craft. She is always looking to grow in her skills and be more productive in her work, with the goal of getting promoted to a quality control position soon! Because of your purchase, Mamuye is ABLE to work hard and get promoted, too.
Thank you for helping us to create sustainable business for women like Mamuye. And don’t forget that the Mamuye Tote is now available in 3 beautiful color ways: cognac, black, & chocolate brown.
There were over 40 designs submitted for last year’s contest, and then a portion of those were created in Ethiopia as samples. We then brought them to the ALT conference for a vote. The design that won was by Janette Crawford of Fashion Loves People, pictured with Barrett and Gabby Blair (ALT co-founder). And like all fashionABLE products, the scarf was named after one of the heroic women we work with named Genet.
The scarf became one of our most successful designs, with everyone telling us it was a staple in their wardrobe. And it ended up becoming a favorite for everyone from Christy Turlington to Anne V to Marcus Samuelson! We believe the reason it became so popular is because this scarf so beautifully represents the idea of SLOW FASHION: a product that is high quality, made by hand, has a beautiful story, and will be a staple in your closet that you could wear on any occasion.
So we’re doing it again! We’ve teamed up with Gabby and ALT Summit to host another scarf design contest, but this time there are going to be a couple of fun twists. Winners will get a free entry to the ALT conference of their choice + $500 credit to spend on your favorite fashionABLE products!
We’re looking for all kinds of designs, from elegant simple stripes to a more intricate design like the Genet. Will you help us create this product?
- Submit your designs to: design(at)livefashionABLE.com by July 24.
- Then the top designs will be sent to Ethiopia for samples to be made!
- In mid-August, we will all vote online from the finalists.
- September 1: The winning scarf goes on sale! We’re super excited about how we’ll be selling this product. We’ll share hints + details as the time approaches.
Your name will be attached to the design on all promotion, and you’ll be helping to create sustainable business for women in Ethiopia. Pretty cool huh?
To get all of the design parameters + details, email: design(at)livefashionABLE.com
HOW IT ALL STARTED: This partnership all started when Gabby went on a trip with ONE in 2012 and got to meet some of the ladies who make our scarves! We’re so thankful to ONE, and all of the ways they are constantly shedding light on the power of investing in women and lifting them out of poverty – check out their current campaign for women and girls at one.org/women.
actress & fashionABLE friend Minka Kelly gifts Jimmy Fallon the Genet scarf!
above: model Anne V rockin’ the Genet scarf with the Meseret scarf (a design contest runner-up!)
below, clockwise from top left: Lauren Bush Lauren, Marcus Samuelsson, Emily Maynard, Christy Turlington
For those of us here at fashionABLE, summer dressing can sometimes be a bit difficult. Scarves are our jam, after all. It’s also been a general consensus around the office that we much prefer bundling up in cozy layers in muted tones, as opposed to baring it all in the sweltering sun. However, with the height of summer upon us, we don’t have much of choice these days. So, to make things a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best trends for summer. Over the next few weeks we’ll be showing you ways to make the most of your summer style, so check back here each Friday for our favorites!
>> Be sure to check out our Style Inspiration board on Pinterest, too!
Because of huge demand creating backorder, we are moving up production for earlier ship dates with 2 additional colors and adding in a free bracelet!
Y’all. We sold out of our first run of Mamuye Totes in 2 days! You guys really know an amazing product when you see it.
The incredible ladies in Ethiopia are crafting more of the original cognac leather bags as we speak, and we’ll have them back in stock soon. And, because of the overwhelming response, we’ve decided to bring over 2 new colorways (black and chocolate brown) from Ethiopia earlier than we had originally planned, too!
So here’s the deal. We’ve marked all 3 colors as “backordered”. Go ahead & place your order for the color you want, and then we’ll ship them to you as soon as we can. The expected ship dates are: 7/24 for black & chocolate brown and 8/1 for cognac.
And, just for fun, if you order while they’re backordered, we’ll throw in a FREE Teshome leather bracelet, too!*
*The free Teshome bracelet is for all Mamuye Tote orders placed while on backorder, from 7/9-7/18. Color of bracelet will be either the red w/ navy thread or navy w/ green thread.
The wait is finally over! The Mamuye Tote is here & we couldn’t be more excited. This tote bag is hand-crafted in Ethiopia with high quality leather, making it both gorgeous and durable. And each tote comes with a detachable pouch! Use it for work, play, and everything in between. We are confident the Mamuye Tote will become your new favorite bag.
And to celebrate their arrival, we’re throwing in one of our classic summer scarves, the color-blocked Alem, inside your tote for free! This little extra goody is only available for Totes purchased today & tomorrow (July 7 & 8) — so don’t wait!
Even better: did you know we now have FREE SHIPPING* on all orders over $80? So you don’t have to worry about paying shipping when you order your Tote! Happy shopping!!
*Free Shipping option is UPS Ground. If you need your order quicker, please select another option.
Independence Day is a week away. Celebrating the stars and stripes with barbecue and beer has become one of the most beloved days of the summer. But if you’re anything like us, you often forget why we so proudly promote the red, white, & blue…
The preamble of the Declaration of Independence states “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” We are fortunate to live in a country that affords us freedom and opportunity. But so many around the world do not have the same rights or privileges.
A huge part of our mission and commitment to SLOW FASHION is the belief that every person deserves to be FREE — free to choose a job with dignity, free to have peace & confidence, and free to have goals & dreams for the future. This year as we celebrate Independence Day we’re claiming FREEDOM + JUSTICE for all. May the red, white, & blue you wear be a reminder to rejoice in freedom and fight for justice.
And to make your red, white, & blue choice a little easier, we’ve bundled up 2 of our favorites: the super soft & lightweight Alem scarf in a natural white + the Teshome bracelet in red & navy. This Independence Day Bundle is $44 (a $56 value!) and will only be available this next week until July 4th!
The new Teshome leather wrap bracelets are so much fun stacked together that we’re offering a STACK & SAVE deal.
When you buy more, you save more: Buy 2 and you save $8, or buy 4 and you save $20! The discount will be adjusted as you add additional bracelets to your shopping bag. This deal won’t last forever, so grab your favorites & GET STACKED!
The trend these days seems to be more stuff, more quickly, and more often. We’ve adopted an accelerated pace of life that robs us of enjoying moments and savoring experiences. Instead, we think that everything in life should be easily accessible, affordable, and disposable.
In the midst of a culture craving quick, here at fashionABLE, we are working on slowing things down.
Slow Fashion is a term that was coined in 2007 by Kate Fletcher, founder of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. The movement has gained momentum in the last few years with organizations and businesses dedicated to creating sustainable commerce with an economically-friendly supply chain to assure quality over quantity.
While the fast fashion cycle is moving at an uncontrollable pace, here are three reasons we’re taking it slow:
1. Sustainability. Our mission statement gives full explanation as to why we are so passionate about sustainability. We believe that the solutions to ending poverty lie in creating economic opportunity and that lasting change happens when we move beyond charity and focus on providing jobs that promote dignity. We know that takes time (and patience!) but we are committed to creating sustainable business in Africa.
2. Supply Chain. fashionABLE creates jobs for the entire supply chain, not only for the women who weave our scarves or craft our leather goods. Your purchase of fashionABLE products means you’re investing in a developing economy, from sourcing to shipments. We also require all manufacturers and suppliers we work with to employ with fair wages and fair hiring practices.
3. Story. Every fashionABLE product is named after one of the heroic women we work with. That means every product has a story behind it. The women who so carefully and lovingly weave and craft our items are now ABLE to do something because of your purchase… from feeling confident, to sending their kids to school, to having dreams for their future.
We pride ourselves in the fact that every scarf and blanket is beautifully hand-woven, and each leather good has been artistically hand-crafted. The production process is detailed and thorough, creating quality, timeless products.
Who makes your stuff matters. How it’s made matters. Your decision to intentionally purchase products that are thoughtfully designed and produced has the ability to change an entire industry. We can be a part of the solution to create ethical, sustainable business, together, one SLOW step at a time. Will you join us?