This exercise, which can be thoughtfully completed in a matter of minutes, does not require discarding old clothes or buying new ones. It simply encourages us to be present, appreciate an often overlooked source of joy and understand what truly makes us feel good (and make that choice more often).
It is clear that Jane Pabon Boutique is an important fixture in these women’s lives, which is no small feat in this digital age.
A while back, I had some extra time before meeting a friend after work. Since it was the dead of winter in “Chi-beria,” I headed to a nearby mall to get in my steps. After trading in shopping malls for thrift stores a couple of years ago, I felt as out of place as David […]
On a warm spring evening, in the basement of Greenheart Exchange in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, dozens of ethical fashion activists and devotees assembled to discuss the fashion industry’s challenges and opportunities. The panel discussion took place on April 25 (Fashion Revolution Day), marking the sixth anniversary of the deadly Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. That catastrophe […]
Before discovering the wonders of the slow fashion movement, I browsed the racks of mainstream clothing stores in overcrowded suburban shopping malls. I loaded my arms with as much product as I could carry and marched the whole pile to a dressing room. After a few minutes of wiggling, zipping and fastening, I chose my […]
On a lonely stretch of North Avenue, three-quarters of a mile due west from the bustling center of Wicker Park, boldly stands a gem of a vintage shop. Nestled amongst phone shops, liquor stores and tattoo parlors, North Avenue Collective is an unexpected aesthetic treat. It was by happy accident that I stumbled upon North […]
As consumers buy cheap clothing more frequently, second-hand shops increasingly receive low-quality donations. The precious pool of high-quality thrift store garments dwindles daily. Rummaging through many thrift stores, I have found a few categories of clothing consistently yield high-quality garments. What is the category with the most high-quality garments, you ask? Coats! Coats are great […]
Folks often tell me they are intimidated by the mere thought of revamping their conventional wardrobe. But there is good news; embracing fair fashion does not mean overhauling your entire wardrobe in one day (rule number one is wear what you have)! But as essential pieces in your wardrobe wear out beyond repair, take […]
Recently, a close friend announced she was pregnant with her first child! Combining my drawing and sewing skills, I created a simple embroidered portrait of the family.
The quilt was literally spilling its insides out of holes like these.
One way to curate a unique wardrobe while reducing your environmental footprint is to shop vintage. The Randolph Street Market, held once a month in Chicago’s Near West Side, consists of a patchwork of sellers catering to a wide range of sensibilities. We popped over to the market on an unseasonably warm and sunny Saturday […]
Most of us care which clothes we wear. We care about how they fit, how much they cost, where they are from. We care about how they make us feel, what they say about us, how others react to them. We care about how they were made, what they are made of, to which event […]