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'tis the Season for Conscious Gift Giving

by Marie Heffernan
Tis’ the season to be jolly, Falalalala lalalala! There are many things to love about this time of year - ice skating, steaming cups of cocoa, staying cozy by a fireplace, visiting family and friends, and warm hugs. One of the best things is the spirit of giving and of selflessness. Sometimes, however, gift giving can be overwhelming in our current consumerism driven society. As a conscious consumer concerned with ethics and ecology, how should one shop for gifts this holiday season?
Give the gift of essentials! Consider buying something that this person will definitely need, rather than another item that will only see the light of day on Christmas before it is banished to the back of the closet for the rest of the year.
Essential gift ideas:
Intimate Apparel – This is an item that frequently needs to be replaced, so gifting an eco-friendly and ethically made panty or bralette is a great way to ensure you are not overflowing the recipient’s closet with unwanted c…
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2017 Ethical & Luxurious Holiday Gift Guide

The Holidays and Christmas are right around the corner - it's our favorite time of year. From decorating to baking, family gatherings and gift giving...
The perfect gift is hard to come across and shopping can be stressful, especially when you're ethically minded. We have compiled a list of our top 10 favorites this season, from other luxury, ethical brands, in almost every category. Whether you are looking for that one special something, or multiple gifts, we've got you covered.
Although we are usually talking about sustainability, zero waste and slow fashion, we also understand that we sometimes want to splurge and purchase something fun and luxurious. In doing so, we can also make smarter decisions and still shop ethically. Everyone enjoys pretty things, but let's make sure we are choosing pieces we love and want to cherish and keep for as long as we can.
Ethical is the new luxury. Handmade is the new luxury.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday! Xoxo

1. Vintage Dark Hava…

Gratitude and Empowerment

by Marie Heffernan
As the leaves fall and the autumn air turns cool and crisp, my excitement gathers for my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! As we feel the spirit of Thanksgiving during the fall months, I wanted to talk about gratitude and how it can be used as a tool of empowerment. 
Sometimes, creating a truly eco-friendly and ethical world can seem so far out of reach. We are witnessing rising temperatures with an extended Indian summer, and often see so many human rights violations by just turning on the news. 

Let us not feel despair about these current events though – remember this is a post about gratitude! One thing we can definitely feel thankful for is that we are so aware of the current issues that the planet and humanity is facing. Another thing to be grateful for, more and more of us are beginning to care deeply about these issues and want to create a positive impact. The “tribes” that are created through our shared passions and values are definitely something to be grat…

September: A Month for Fashion, Climate and Connection

by Marie Heffernan
September marks the start of the fall season, a season of change. September is also the time for both fashion week and climate week in NYC. So it’s no wonder the past month was filled with many exciting eco fashion events, where connection with sustainably minded change makers flourished.
I was lucky enough to attend a few of these events, and I have to say one of the things I love most about eco-friendly and ethical fashion, is the community of incredible individuals who support it. This September I attended the Esabitchin’ event put on by Esa, the fashion show launch of Livari, and “Bridge to a Sustainable Future: A Jazzy Rooftop Marketplace” which was put on by Dopper.

Esabitchin’ was a great way to kick off fashion week. Willa Tsokanis and Julia Valencikova created an event specifically to showcase and celebrate brands who are creating change through eco-friendly and ethical design practices. The event took place at Zen House in the lower east side, which was…

Conscious Consumption: Making a Difference Through Fashion on a Budget

by Marie Heffernan
With all the current attention on the effects that the fashion industry has on the earth and its inhabitants, many of us are looking for better ways to shop. The question many of us are asking, however, is, how can we support eco-friendly and ethical fashion on a budget?


It’s true, sustainability comes at a certain price point. Designing things responsibly costs more, for many different reasons. At the mill or textile level, added costs come in the form of using organic fibers, or paying to have water treatment systems in place to ensure no chemicals are leaked into rivers or ground water. At the factory level costs come into play through output and waste management systems. Another cost is fair labor – no matter what new technology or machinery a designer uses, in the end a pair of human hands is always needed to assemble the garment. That human being deserves to be paid a living wage for their work.
Another cost that comes into play is the cost of creating s…

Lingerie Care & Laundry Detergents

As Lola & August and Naturæ by LA work towards a more sustainable future, it is vital to educate our customers on proper lingerie care to prolong the use of your undergarments.
From proper laundry care to choosing the right laundry detergents, it is possible to reduce waste and exposure to harmful chemicals.
Lola & August Luxury Lingerie

Hand-sewn in Toronto, Canada from imported fabrics, our luxury lingerie line should last you quite a few years, depending on number of wears and how you care for your pieces.
Hand wash the lingerie in cold water with like colors using one of the listed detergents below. Ensure the detergent has been properly rinsed before hanging or laying flat to dry. We recommend hanging for silk or satin items to prevent ironing which will dull the silk and, of course, to save energy.
Naturæ by LA Organic Cotton Lingerie

Made locally in Toronto, Canada by our team of talented seamstresses, the Naturæ by LA panties are made from 100% GOTS Certified Organic Co…

The History of the Corset

Whether you wear them to tantalize your partner, as part of a sexy Halloween costume, or to the club—we are all familiar with corsets.
These rigid pieces of lingerie have a rich history that dates back centuries, but it wasn’t until the end of the 17th century that corsets became relegated to a piece of underwear.

One hundred years later and women were still strapping in. That tiny, 22-inch waist we’re so used to seeing in period pieces on the BBC? It came into fashion in the 1840s and ‘50s, when “tightlacing” first became popular—which is the same period that corsets began to be mass-produced, as opposed to being tailored for a woman’s specific measurements.

The purpose of the corset hasn’t changed much over the centuries, although they have fallen in and out of fashion. By the early 20th century, the development of elastic led to the invention of more-flexible girdles, allowing women to take their first deep breaths in three centuries.

But all that changed with Kim Kardashian. …