Les Sublimes - The Made in France Collection
If you’ve been with my blog for a little while, you know that my favorite way to increase the sustainability of a wardrobe is by simply wearing the things you already own in new ways, creating more outfits with less pieces. However, it is important to put some money towards buying conscious garments as well. I don’t mean to say that you must only buy clothes made ethically; if you can afford it, that’s wonderful but if you’re like me, supporting the conscious fashion movement can be monetarily challenging. My solution is to start with a few of these items in your closet, and invest in more over time. For me, it only made sense to start with sustainable basics, and I’m so excited about the easy t-shirts and dresses from up-and-coming brand Les Sublimes.
Their motto, “Beautiful wardrobe essentials. Without the compromise,” sums up their brand ethos. They design with a global citizen in mind: women who are worldly, eager to experience new cultures and effortlessly beautiful. Les Sublimes’ first collection features 2 tank tops, 2 t-shirts, and 2 knit dresses, perfect to take you from work to play, from a weekend at home to traveling the globe, and beyond. For the six styles they’ve started simple with 3 fabrics, all earth-friendly and sourced sustainably. Les Sublimes’ priority (after the clothes, of course!) is the people behind the brand; they support employees, farmers, and artisans throughout the supply chain.
Smartly-sourced fabrics are the star of their inaugural collection. Made from a select set of materials which look luxurious and feel great, they are also kind to the environment. Pieces can be dressed up or down, easily transition from season to season, and the colors (the dusty rose is my favorite color offered thus far) look great on lots of skin tones. The garments are produced in Renaison, a rural town in France, where Les Sublimes’ goal is to revitalize and support the communities who run the local production facilities. Their first factory, family-run and generations-old, is located close to the Paris, France headquarters which helps keep the company’s footprint low and allows the team to visit often and see production first hand.
The thing that excites me most about Les Sublimes is the amount of information readily available about their company, fabrics, factory, and process. There are many ways we can expand the reach of sustainable and ethical fashion – but to me, the simplest and most effective way is through transparency. Transparency helps consumers get to know the brand, but also functions as a way for customers to keep their chosen brands in check. With a recent upsurge of ‘greenwashing’, many companies are jumping on the bandwagon and gaining new customers through minimal sustainable efforts under the guise of being eco-friendly. Transparency is the only way to ensure that brands are treating the people throughout the supply chain, and the environment, with respect and care. On Les Sublimes’ web site, you can read about their materials (where and who they came from), see a video tour of their factory, and discover their manufacturing processes.
So, next time you need new basics, skip the mall, or even Target; make your coffee at home a few times a week, and what you would have spent at Starbucks and Forever21 can get you a great little top that will last, all while supporting a brand that cares about its people and the planet.
Shop their pre-sale, the Made in France Collection, and be sure to sign up for their free rewards program. You get discounts, and they support young girls going to school in Kenya, in addition to all the people and communities throughout their supply chain.
All photos courtesy of Les Sublimes