We are the ones who can demand change in wasteful, damaging industries. We are the ones who can shine a light on injustice, and create opportunities for people less fortunate than ourselves. We are the ones kicking at the glass ceiling and watching cracks start to form.
We are the women our great-grandmothers hoped would be possible.
And it’s not just some of us.
You are powerful in your own right, and more than ever, you can wield that power in a meaningful way.
Every day we speak to Tradlands customers, and they constantly inspire us. Count yourself among the women who, step by step, are creating real change in the world with their choices and attitudes.
In a time when choosing ethical quality is a radical act, we all have a unique opportunity to use our clothing as a message, to share who we really are with the world around us.
And as we speak to Tradlands women every day, it’s clear that you’re all doing that. You’re choosing to be conscientious and classic, and that sets you apart as a bright spark for change in our society.
On Being Conscientious
Tradlands women understand that their purchases have a direct correlation with how an industry behaves. The realization that buying ‘fast fashion’ supports unethical production is often enough to jolt people out of it — we get emails every other day from women who have made a commitment to buying clothing that has been ethically, sustainably produced.
You want to buy clothes made by adults, who are paid a living wage and choose to work for the clothing company. This is a tangible way to create real change in the world around you, and your conscientiousness is so inspiring.
This is particularly true given that producing clothing to an ethical standard costs more. The labor costs more, the working environments cost more, the materials cost more. But as we grow and share the importance of ethical production, more and more women are joining our ranks and voting with their wallets.
It’s a powerful choice. It’s standing up to be counted. It’s a revolutionary act, and like we shared in this post, you can express a political or activist view and still enjoy dressing well. You don’t have to go around in hemp or sackcloth to make a point — you can choose quality and have an even greater impact.
All Tradlands shirts are produced here in the USA, by teams of professional clothing manufacturers. Together, we employ adults who are paid a living wage, work in bright, clean and airy environments, and we visit our production facilities regularly to make sure that everyone is happy and healthy. Wherever possible, we choose natural fibers that are sustainably produced to be more ecologically responsible.
Here are some sustainable natural fiber pieces for your collection:
The Quinn, in Navy and Grey
“The Quinn Navy Organic is a wonderful shirt! I love the soft navy color and the classic gingham check. The material is extremely soft and comfortable… I used to have a closetful of non-iron shirts, because I don’t like to iron. I started to wonder, though, how the chemicals used in the processing of that fabric were affecting me as well as the environment. I’m replacing those shirts with better options and the Tradlands organics are perfect choices for me.” — Janet P. on The Quinn Navy
I sought out Tradlands because I’m trying to buy only well-made clothes that will last and that are manufactured ethically–I especially love that they use a union shop in New England–but I keep coming back because the clothes fit beautifully and feel amazing.” — Emma B, on The Bennington.
On Being Classic
Clothes have a mysterious, transformative power. Choosing the right ones makes you feel like a queen. Clothes can be armor, inspiration, a clear announcement about who you are.
But more than anything, clothes should make you feel completely, unshakably yourself. That self-possession is powerful and appealing — and when it’s paired with conscientiousness, makes you unstoppable.
Choosing a look that’s classic, that’s timeless and suits you down to a tee makes people stop and take note. Your choice of quality clothing make it obvious that you believe in quality, and that you expect quality from the people around you.
Classic women who have paved the way — Jackie Onassis, Gloria Steinem, Alicia Keys — all have a unique style. They all have a dedication to their own brand of beauty, that helps them to makes a clear statement about what’s important. Like them, each of us has the opportunity to do the same, and to make a real difference in the world.
Our culture has gorged on being cheap and disposable, creating a cycle of waste and loss. Knowing better, we can do better. It’s up to us to lead the charge among the women we know, encouraging a conscientious, classic approach to fashion, our self-care, and our role in an ever-changing world.
Some classic pieces for your collection:
The Tourist Catalina
“Tradlands shirts have a beautifully classic cut; they look great on, and their style will withstand the test of trends. They are beautifully made, with gorgeous fabrics, and sturdy buttons. I feel classy whether I’m wearing one of my Tradlands shirts on a hike, to work, or for an evening out.” — Jennifer W.
“I love this shirt! LOVE it. It is the finest shirt I have ever owned; beautifully tailored, crisp white and lovely fit. I am anxious to order another shirt from you.” — Jacqueline B on The Elms