Festival Gear Guide

Posted on May 08, 2019 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

Young people hanging out by their tents, one of many items we recommend in our Festival Gear Guide.

Festival season is here once again, and most of us are thrilled and ready to go. You may already have plenty of festival gear stocked up from previous adventures, or this could be your very first time at a big music fest. Either way, it’s important that your festival gear is up to date if you want to get the most out of the experience.

Looking for a brand new festival outfit that will keep you cool and comfortable, while also showing off your style? Need to know the essential gear that will take your festival experience to the next level? We have the perfect festival gear guide for you!

Your Comprehensive Festival Gear Guide

Camping out at music festivals can be one of the biggest highlights of the entire event. However, if you haven’t planned ahead of time, it could very well be the worst.

Whether you’re on the road, in the air, or already on the festival grounds, there’s nothing worse than realizing you’ve forgotten a phone charger, bug spray, or any other important item. There are many everyday objects we take for granted that can turn a fun time into a downer if they’re left behind, as well as things you would only need at a festival that you might not think about until it’s too late.

Instead, plan ahead of time and make sure you know exactly what you want to bring. With the right festival gear guide, the only thing you’ll have to worry about during the show is which act to see first.

Festival Outfits

Three young women sitting on the music festival grounds and wearing stylish festival outfits.

Planning your festival outfit should be one of the funnest parts about going to a music festival. Music is about expressing ourselves, so the more you show off your style and creativity, the more you’ll get into the spirit of the event.

Whether you’re going for ‘90s grunge, boho hippie, or eco-friendly fashion, it’s important to consider comfort as much as style. No matter how great you look, if your outfit is uncomfortable, you’ll be miserable and wishing you had on a t-shirt and tennis shoes instead.

You don’t have to dress plainly to be comfortable. Choose outfits that are made of soft, breathable materials to keep you cool while dancing. And don’t forget a few long-sleeve tops or full-length bottoms in case the nights get chilly or you need to cover a sunburn after your first day.

Dresses

This full-length, flowy, bohemian Neoma Blue Kaftan from Passion Lilie makes for a great music festival outfit.Neoma Blue Kaftan from Passion Lilie, $86.00

Dresses are a great option if you choose a lightweight cotton fabric that allows you to stay comfortable dancing late into the night. Look for fabrics made of 100% cotton if you don’t want to deal with your clothes sticking to your body during the day. Artistic designs and eye-catching details, such as tassels or zippers, can help you really stand out from the crowd.

Passion Lilie dresses are stylish, sophisticated, and sustainable, as you can see from this little black dress with short sleeves and white polka dots.

Shorts and Tops

These Playful Blue Shorts from Passion Lilie feature a flat front with elastic in the back and pockets for maximum comfort and style during a music festival.Playful Blue Shorts from Passion Lilie, $49.00

A pair of shorts and a gorgeous crop top or halter top is always a go-to festival outfit. This will keep you cool in the daytime, while throwing on a lightweight wrap or jacket at night will help keep you warm. If you want a little more coverage, you can’t go wrong with a nice, flowy pair of pants at a festival—especially with a fun design. Choose a nice pair of shorts or pants with pockets, and you’ll be thanking yourself for the extra storage space.

Passion Lilie tops are fair trade and ethically made, like this white, long-sleeved, half-buttoned shirt with black polka dots.

Comfortable Shoes

A fashionable yet comfortable pair of yellow women's sandals next to a sturdy and stylish pair of men's boots.

It may seem obvious, but heels or boots that haven’t been broken in aren’t the best choice when you’re on your feet all day. But something you might not think about is bringing shoes that are easy to clean. Don’t bring your favorite pair of Nikes, or you risk getting them muddy if it rains. Instead, choose festival footwear that is comfortable, cute, and easy to clean, like these Wayfarer sandals or these stylish wellies.

Daytime Festival Gear

Hydration Backpack

Hydration backpacks are not just for hikers. Being able to carry all your essentials—plus have a refillable water pack close at hand—is a major win for any festival goer. Keeping hydrated is incredibly important when you’re spending all day at a festival, and these packs not only double as storage, but make sure you’re not heading back to your tent early with a headache. With so many gorgeous patterns available now, you can pick a pack that goes with any of your festival outfits.

Water Bottle and Vitamin C Supplement

A festival goer or camper facing away from the camera, wearing a backpack with a water bottle attached to it.

Speaking of staying hydrated, it’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day to combat exhaustion and just feeling sick overall. If you decide against a hydration backpack or want a little extra water to share with friends, bring a water bottle and keep it filled. A collapsible water bottle is a great option, as it can clip right onto your backpack and be flattened to save space. Vitamin C supplements like Emergen-C are smart additions to your water supply as well, helping you stay healthy and your immune system stay strong.

Fanny Packs

Fanny packs have been a go-to festival statement for years—and for good reason. These bags are light enough to carry, snap snugly around your waist, and allow you to have all your essentials within easy access at all times. Pick a bright color like this holographic fanny pack to add to your outfit as a part of your statement-making style.

Toiletries and Other Camping Accessories

A young woman surrounded by tents and other festival gear.

You may know the toiletries you need on a daily basis, but some items such as towels, sunscreen, bugspray, hand sanitizer, and dry shampoo can really make your festival experience more comfortable. Bring along some trash bags and paper towels to help keep you and your area clean as well. Baby wipes can be a huge festival lifesaver, even helping you keep your face clean from dirt and sweat. And don’t forget earplugs! Use them during the day to protect your hearing and at night so you can get some sleep.

Nighttime Festival Gear

Tent and Sleeping Bag

A group of young men relaxing under a shady canopy, playing guitar, taking photos, and using other items in our Festival Gear Guide.

If you’re camping out overnight for several days, you want to make sure you have the right festival gear to keep you secure and well-rested. Choose a tent that is easy to put up and can hold you and however many friends you’re traveling with. If it’s a really sunny day, you might want to invest in a pop-up canopy to keep your camping spot cool. Having one of these is guaranteed to make everyone else around you envious, and you can quickly make friends by inviting them to hang out with you in the shade. Make sure to bring your pillows and a sleeping bag that can keep you warm and comfortable throughout the night.

Camping Chairs and Coolers

When you head back to your tent for the night, you’ll want to sit around and hang out with your friends. Do yourself a favor and pack a foldable chair or two so you can relax at the end of the day. Chairs like this one are a perfect piece of camping gear. You’ll also want to have a cooler on hand packed with cold drinks and treats to help make your campsite party even more fun and inviting.

Portable Cell Phone Charger

A group of people using their cell phones and chargers, two items on our Festival Gear Guide you won't want to forget!

This piece of festival gear is so important and yet so easily forgotten. Your phone is an essential part of your festival experience. Whether you need it to get in touch with your friends or take pictures and record videos, you don’t want your phone’s battery dying on you. Make sure to pack a portable charger like this one so you’ll never have to see your battery turn red.

Lantern or Flashlight

A lantern or flashlight is another one of those essential pieces of festival gear that is often overlooked. While you could always use your phone as a flashlight, an actual flashlight will give you more light and won’t use your phone battery. Don’t waste your time digging around your tent at night or walking through the dark to get to your car or the bathroom. Pack a handy lantern or flashlight, and you’ll be all set whenever the festival grounds get dark.

Festival Gear for the Elements

Headband or Bandana

This white-and-gray zigzag Chevron Headband from Passion Lilie is a great accessory for keeping your hair out of your face while still looking stylish at any music festival.Chevron Headband from Passion Lilie, $12.00

Some festivals are notorious for being particularly dusty. Keep a cute bandana around your neck to cover your face if it gets too bad. Headbands are always helpful when the heat is so intense you want to keep your hair off your face while still looking gorgeous.

This stylish, blue, button-down dress with short sleeves and all Passion Lilie products are designed in New Orleans and made in India.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses can be a flashy festival statement piece on their own, but they’re also important for keeping the sun, wind, and dust out of your eyes. Choose a wild pair to really show off your personality or a pair of neon shades to add some color to your outfit. Whatever pair you choose, you’ll be glad you aren’t squinting during any of the daytime performances. Choose a fun, eco-friendly pair like these or a colorful pair like this these.

Raincoat or Poncho

While festivals are usually nice and sunny, summer weather is known to be unpredictable. Bring a raincoat or poncho to make sure you’re covered for all kinds of weather. You’ll be glad you packed one when you’re able to continue dancing in the rain while others are running for shelter.

Shop Festival Outfits at Passion Lilie

At Passion Lilie, we create eco-friendly and fair trade clothing perfect for the festival season. Whether you’re looking a headband to keep you cool and stylish during the summer heat, or a dress that is sure to make you stand out from the festival crowds, Passion Lilie is your apparel shop for gorgeous festival fashion. Check us out to become inspired for your next festival, and make sure you create a checklist for your own festival gear guide so you’ll have everything you need to enjoy your next festival to its fullest.

Posted in Blouses, College Fashion, Dresses, Fashion, Festivals, Guides, Headbands, Kaftan, Men, Outfits, Pants, Shirts, Shorts, Skirts, Summer, Tops, Women

Finding Affordable, Eco-Friendly Clothing for Your Wardrobe

Posted on April 01, 2019 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

A rack of Passion Lilie clothing, available online now for shoppers who want affordable, eco-friendly clothing.Affordable, eco-friendly clothing from Passion Lilie. Shop now.

For many shoppers, your wardrobe is a fun and easy part of your life to maintain. It’s not surprising, since your sense of style allows you to have fun representing yourself to the world.

Your wardrobe can also be used to express your beliefs, which is why more and more people are interested in finding affordable, eco-friendly clothing. Not only does environmentally-friendly apparel help keep our environment clean, but it also allows you to share these values with others any time someone compliments your clothing, creating a larger collective impact.

However, there are still many people who want to invest in environmentally responsible clothing but fear it will come with a high price tag. Eco-friendly clothing typically costs more than fast fashion, but those extra dollars provide you with better quality clothing and better practices for the environment.

Learn how to find affordable, eco-friendly clothing to satisfy both your conscious and your wallet, and start shopping today.

Why You Should Invest in Affordable, Eco-Friendly Clothing

Passion Lilie’s founder enjoying the beaches of Bali in our Neoma Blue Kaftan.Passion Lilie’s founder enjoying the beaches of Bali in our Neoma Blue Kaftan.

When it comes to making our homes more environmentally friendly, we often neglect our wardrobes. Reducing waste, recycling, and avoiding harmful chemicals are all important and relatively easy changes we can make. But you may be surprised to learn just how much damage the wrong clothing can do to the environment.

Synthetic fabrics can take 200 years to decompose in landfills, according to Sustain Your Style. And when a store fails to sell a fast fashion piece or a consumer loses interest in the trend, that cheap, synthetic clothing usually gets thrown away.

The microfibers in synthetic materials can end up in our oceans, creating more waste and even affecting animals’ health when ingested. Clothing made with azo dyes, which may be toxic to an aquatic ecosystem, can cause even more harm.

When you invest in eco-friendly clothing, you get high-quality materials made from natural textiles, such as cotton, hemp, and linen. You can also avoid azo dyes and other harmful chemicals with eco dyes.

One of the ethically made and affordably priced tops in our clearance section, where you'll find plenty of affordable, eco-friendly clothing.

When a company values sustainability over profit, its products are made with care, often using practices that reduce waste, water consumption, and electricity usage to create goods that are safe for consumers, workers, and the environment. At Passion Lilie, we are transparent about our production practices, and we’re always looking for ways to treat our environment better.

If you’re ready to reduce your environmental footprint, check out our tips for incorporating eco-friendly clothing into your wardrobe without breaking the bank today.

How to Incorporate Eco-Friendly Clothing into Your Wardrobe on a Budget

1. Look for Classic, Staple Pieces

Our Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, a classic gray-and-white-striped sleeveless blouse, functions as a staple item of affordable, eco-friendly clothing for your wardrobe.Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, $46

One of the many problems with fast fashion is that the clothing is often based on temporary trends. Looks are moved from catwalks to stores as quickly and cheaply as possible, sacrificing quality materials and production. Consumers can buy into fads at a low price, only to end up wasting what little money they spent on poor-quality clothes, which fall apart and become outdated.

As you begin creating an eco-friendly wardrobe, don’t fall prey to the many trends that come and go. By all means, if there’s a trend you absolutely love, go for it! But only if it’s made of quality materials that will last, and it’s a style you know you’ll want to wear—even when it falls out of favor.

Otherwise, consider classic designs, such as stripes, polka dots, herringbone, and geometric patterns. Look for timeless staples, such as sleeveless blouses, straight-leg pants, and A-line skirts, in solid colors or classic designs.

One of our many fair trade and ethically made tops, available for purchase online now.

By investing in classic styles and staple pieces, you’ll wear your clothes more often, have an easier time matching them in different outfits, and ultimately save money.

2. Create an Eco-Friendly Capsule Wardrobe

A model wearing our gray-and-white striped, sleeveless, Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top with our teal, white-spotted Halley Organic Jersey Skirt.Halley Organic Jersey Skirt, $58, and Breton Striped Organic Jersey Top, $46

When you start to invest in a smaller number of high-quality pieces, you can transition to an environmentally-friendly wardrobe at a pace you can afford. One great way to maximize new clothing purchases is to build a capsule wardrobe with pieces you can easily mix and match.

Start with the basics, such as:

— A pair of dark denim jeans
— A pair of black pants
— A navy or black skirt
— A white or gray sweater
— A plain white or black t-shirt
— A white, navy, or black button-up shirt

    These types of classic, staple pieces should all pair well together, making it easy to pick a stylish outfit every day of the week. As you continue to find eco-friendly clothes you love, compare them to the other pieces you regularly wear, and consider whether or not they will be easy to match with your existing wardrobe. For example, introduce a new color you love and know you’ll wear, and donate or give away clothes you no longer want.

    3. Choose Accessories for an Affordable Update

    A variety of colorful, lightweight scarves from Passion Lilie that make for great affordable, eco-friendly clothing accessories to update your wardrobe.A wide variety of Passion Lilie scarves

    Accessories are some of the most affordable eco-friendly clothing you can find. Scarves, hats, and purses often use fewer materials, making them less expensive than full articles of clothing. Even better, you can easily incorporate them into your wardrobe and add a pop of color or pattern to plainer stable pieces.

    A simple way to jump-start your sustainable wardrobe is by swapping out any cheap, synthetic accessories for higher quality, eco-friendly ones. Headbands, lightweight scarves, and sarongs are great options because they can be worn throughout the warmer months and into winter.

    Choose colorful pieces that you can style with your clothing. The right accessories can turn your clothes into a completely new outfit! With a few carefully chosen accessories, you can do even more with a smaller wardrobe.

    4. Take Care of Your Clothing

    As you start purchasing more eco-friendly clothing made from high-quality materials, you can use these tips to help make sure your clothes last longer:

    — Wash your clothes on a lower temperature. This gets them clean while also extending their lifespan. Not to mention, you won’t be wasting as much energy.
    — Use an “eco” or gentle wash setting. Most clothes, unless they’re very dirty, can use a shorter washing time than the average washing machine runs. This can reduce your energy usage and water consumption while helping to preserve your clothing.
    — Invest in an eco-friendly detergent. Avoid harmful chemicals in detergents, which could negatively impact your health, the environment, and the color and texture of your clothing.
    — Hang clothes to dry on a drying rack. While some items, such as wrinkle-prone shirts, need to be dried in a dryer, many do not. Air drying your eco-friendly pieces can help keep the colors bright and your clothes intact for years to come, so always check the care instructions on the label.

      Once you find affordable, eco-friendly clothing you love, you should treat it with special care so it lasts even longer.

      Our vintage-inspired, stylish yet sophisticated pieces, such as this button-down dress, are available now for purchase online.

      5. Follow Local, Eco-Friendly Brands

      Shops love to give loyal customers a heads up when they have an event or sale going on. With Instagram, Facebook, and other social media channels, you can keep tabs on your favorite eco-friendly stores and find out when the pieces you love go on sale.

      Some stores post on social media to let their followers know about sales before they even change the prices in their shops. Plus, by getting to know your favorite brands on social media, you’ll be able to ask questions, learn about new environmental issues, and find clothes you love.

      6. Shop Eco-Friendly Clearance Items

      Another way to save money on eco-friendly pieces is to shop the clearance section.

      Consider buying a piece or two that’s on sale as the seasons change. You may not be able to wear a coat during spring, but it will surely cost less in the off season. If the price is right, and it’s a classic style you’ll want to keep wearing, buy it! This is a great way to replace synthetic coats on a budget, so you’ll be ready for fall and winter.

      Like most retail, even eco-friendly clothing shops have to change out their inventory, leading to amazing sales. Unlike other fashion, however, sustainable clothing is made with high-quality materials that are made to last, giving you a much better deal.

      Shop Affordable, Eco-Friendly Clothing from Passion Lilie

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      Clothes Made in India

      Posted on March 14, 2019 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      An artisan chipping away at a wood block as part of Passion Lilie's process for our clothes made in India.

      Clothes made in India using ancient methods are vibrant, unique, and treasured around the world. Many Indian artisans still keep with the traditions of the past by making everything by hand using the purest of materials.

      Passion Lilie is dedicated to bringing these gorgeous patterns and materials to the U.S. Although our designs are created in New Orleans, all of our clothing is made in India. Even more importantly, we offer our Indian artisans fair wages and dignified, long-term employment, so every purchase supports these talented artists and their craft.

      A blue button-up dress, one of many Passion Lilie products designed in New Orleans and made in India.

      Today, clothing made in India strikes a perfect balance between time-honored traditions and modern best practices. With its skillful artistry and designs that draw inspiration from Indian customs as well as nature, Indian clothing made from traditional processes is some of the most fascinating in the world.

      Learn more about the customary practices for making clothing in India and where you can buy clothes made in India online today.

      Natural Indian Dyes

      One of the first things you might notice about clothes made in India are the bright, vivid colors. What you may not realize at first glance is that these dyes are as safe as they are beautiful.

      Many of the dyes made in India are still created from environmentally friendly materials to this day. The two main types of dyes used by our artisans are plant or vegetable dyes and reactive dyes.

      Plant and Vegetable Dyes

      An Indian artisan mixes natural dyes in a variety of colors for Passion Lilie's clothing made in India.

      The practice of using plant and vegetable dyes is called Kalamkari. Everything from fruits, bark, vegetables, and leaves can be incorporated into these natural dyes.

      — Black dyes are created by baking scraps of metal and sugar in a jar of mud. The jar is buried and left with the lid tightly sealed for three weeks.
       Yellow dyes are made by boiling pomegranates in water or using turmeric.
       Brown dyes are made by mixing red and black dyes together.

        Once a few basic colors have been formed from natural materials, these dyes can be mixed together to create even more colors.

        It takes a great deal of skill to identify the proper ingredients for these dyes. For example, the artisan must consider the age of the tree or plant, which will affect the exact shade of the color it produces. Older trees produce darker shades, while younger trees make lighter shades.

        From the pre-treatment of the fabric to its final washing, every step of the dyeing process uses elements that are found naturally throughout India. This type of natural dyeing takes time and great attention to detail, leading to remarkable results.

        The Plant and Vegetable Dyeing Process

        Red and black natural dyes, such as those shown here, are used along with a variety of other colors in Passion Lilie's Indian clothing.

        Artisans throughout India use the following process to dye fabrics with plant-based or vegetable-based dyes.

        1. Natural Bleaching: First, the fabric is bleached through a natural process, giving it a pure white color while ensuring the final product is safe and free of chemicals. It is then beaten on rocks, soaked in water, left in the sun, and boiled.
        2. Myrobalan Treatment: Myrobalan is a fruit with medicinal properties found in India. Fabrics are pre-treated with juice from myrobalan seeds so the dye can better penetrate the fabric.
        3. Color Making: The dyes for a few basic colors are made from natural ingredients. Additional colors can be made by mixing together combinations of these dyes.
        4. Block Printing: A wooden block, hand-carved with the proper design, is dipped in dye and stamped onto the fabric.
        5. Washing: For the next two hours, the printed fabric is washed in clean, flowing water or freshwater.
        6. Boiling: After the fabric has dried, it is boiled in copper vessels with additional leaves, roots, barks, or flowers to achieve its desired color. Following boiling, it is re-washed and dried in the sun.
        7. Starching: In order to fix the dyes to the fabric, a starch is made from rice and spread onto the fabric.
        8. Additional Colors: If the design calls for any additional colors, the process is repeated with more dyes.
        9. Final Washing: Before the fabric can be cut and stitched into clothing, it receives a final wash with soap, dries in the sun, and gets pressed and folded.

        For a more detailed look at this intricate process, read our Plant and Vegetable Dyes page.

        This blue blouse is just one of our ethically made, affordably priced clearance items, available online today.

        Reactive Dyes

        This ancient dyeing process is a unique tradition still used on clothes made in India today.

        Reactive dyes have a chemical reaction to the fabric they’re used on. They change the fabric on a molecular level, making them a permanent part of the fabric.

        Small variations in the color are normal and part of what makes reactive dyed products so unique. Using this method, clothing won’t bleed or become faded with time, leaving you with clothes that are vibrant, beautiful, and handcrafted.

        The Reactive Dyeing Process


        Clothes made in India with reactive dyes use the following process.

        1. The fabric is dyed an initial base color.
        2. A binder is made by soaking gum arabic resin crystals in water until they ferment.
        3. The fabric is hand block printed using eco-friendly, azo-free reactive dyes.
        4. Each piece of fabric is wrapped individually in recycled newspaper and steamed for an entire day.
        5. The fabric is washed and cured in the sun, which helps develop the colors.
        6. The process repeats if there are any other colors in the design, each of which must be added one at a time.
        7. Any gum arabic residue is removed, and the soft, beautiful final fabric is revealed.

        Learn more about this process by reading our blog post.

        This long-sleeved white top is fair trade and ethically made. Shop our tops online!

        Hand Block Printing

        An artisan hand block printing fabric for Passion Lilie's clothes made in India.

        Clothes made in India often incorporate the technique of hand block printing. Block printing was popularized in China and many other East Asian countries, but it was in India where it really hit upon its highest visual expression.

        This centuries old art form starts with a simple piece of wood. In India, the native teak tree is preferred for woodblock printing.

        The wood is hand-carved into any shape the designer wishes to use. Many times, you’ll see designs inspired by nature in the clothing made in India, or else symbols relating to Indian beliefs and customs.

        Block printing involves the following process for clothes made in India.

        1. The stamp is created by chipping away at the woodblock to make the right design.
        2. The fabric is pre-washed, most often in a local river or waterway.
        3. The fabric is dyed its base color and prepared for printing. To prevent smudges or uneven printing, the fabric is laid flat on a table and secured with pins.
        4. The dyes are mixed, and the block is dipped in dye. Then, the block is stamped forcefully onto the fabric, either by hand or with the help of a small hammer.
        5. The printing process repeats if any other colors are included in the design. Each color must be applied individually with a separate block.
        6. After the dye dries, the fabric is rinsed in water and dried in the sun.

        Two Indian women dressed in vibrant clothing, carrying baskets of fabric on their heads.

        As with clothes made in India using reactive dyes, block printed clothing is all the more unique for its small variations and handcrafted tradition. It also takes advantage of natural processes and materials to make a product that is safe and sustainable.

        At Passion Lilie, we appreciate the environmentally friendly foundation of these long-standing Indian practices and hope to share them with the world through our clothing made in India. By using materials found in nature rather than forged by harmful chemicals, washing by hand, and drying in the sun, we use less energy than modern manufacturing processes and reduce our environmental footprint.

        For more information about block printing, visit our Hand Block Printing page.

        This little black dress is stylish, sophisticated, and sustainable. Shop Passion Lilie dresses today.

        Ikat and Handwoven Clothes Made in India

        Passion Lilie's handwoven clothes made in India involve fabric produced by a loom, such as the loom pictured here.

        Crafting handwoven and ikat dyed clothing in India is a valuable source of livelihood that is steeped deep in tradition. In fact, India produces more than 90% of all handwoven clothing in the world.

        Ikat refers to a resist dyeing process that allows artisans to create patterns on yarn before it is woven into fabric. Weavers must possess incredible skill to dye the yarns precisely according to a desired pattern and then weave them into a final product.

        While most countries have taken to using electric looms, many Indian artisans still believe in the creativity, artistry, and rich tradition of the handloom. Though it may take slightly longer, it is a process they feel passionate about, and one that can be used even without access to electricity.

        Ikat and handwoven clothes made in India use the following process.

        1. Several rows of yarn are stretched to their fullest, about 10 meters.
        2. Lines are drawn across the yarn to mark the pattern needed for the final fabric design.
        3. The yarn is bound with rubber ties along the marked pattern. These bindings keep the dye from penetrating the yarn beneath, allowing artisans to create the intended pattern.
        4. The yarn is dyed with a base color. Only one color can be applied at a time, so designs that require multiple colors require multiple dyeings.
        5. The bindings are removed after the yarn has been dyed.
        6. The yarn is stretched on poles outside to dry in the sun.
        7. The process repeats with another dye for each additional color in the final design.
        8. The dried yarn is placed on cones of the loom and spun into fabric.

        To produce 24 meters of fabric, an artisan needs about 16 hours on a handloom or 12 hours on an electric loom. Want to learn more about the handloom weaving and ikat dyeing process? Read our blog post.

        Fashion meets function in our men's apparel, like this funky, retro-inspired, blue button-down shirt with short sleeves.

        Indian Apparel Production

        While Passion Lilie’s designs are created in New Orleans, all our clothes are made in India. The talented team of artisans we employ work in a close-knit community, where they oversee the final steps needed to turn our fabric into clothing and accessories before they’re sent to the U.S.

        Each Passion Lilie product is cut, stitched, ironed, and tagged by these accomplished artisans, as shown in the video above. From the moment the designs leave our founder and lead designer, Katie Schmidt, in New Orleans, they’re brought to life by talented artisans in India. The result is beautiful, unique, eco-friendly clothing from India available for sale online.

        Buy Clothes Made in India Online

        Browse our full inventory or shop from Passion Lilie’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection below.

        Posted in Eco Dyes, Eco-Friendly, Empowering Artisans, Guides, Hand Block Printing, Handwoven Fabric, Ikat, India, Reactive Dyes

        Valentine’s Day Clothing Gifts in New Orleans

        Posted on January 30, 2019 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

        Red wrapping paper with white polka dots and a wrapped gift.

        Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for showing your loved ones how much you care. Whether you’re looking for a great gift to show your sweetie how well you know them or you just want a festive way to get your kids and pets in the holiday spirit, clothing and accessories are excellent options. For those of you in our home base of New Orleans, there are a variety of places to shop locally for Valentine’s Day clothing gifts and even find Valentine’s Day clothing sales. Learn about a few of our favorites below!

        Passion Lilie dresses are stylish, sophisticated, and sustainable, as seen in this short-sleeved little black dress.

        New Orleans Valentine’s Day Clothing Gifts

        An artful display of blouses, sweaters, and other tops on hangers.

        The clothes we wear are an expression of ourselves. They can reveal our personalities, our tastes, and even our values and political beliefs. So what could be a more personal, touching gift than a carefully chosen piece of clothing or accessory?

        Buying clothing for someone else isn’t as difficult as it may sound. Consider these tips when shopping for your Valentine’s Day clothing gifts:

        1. Browse their closet for ideas. Take a peek in their closet to get an idea of what they like and what they already have. Does she prefer skirts or dresses? Pants or shorts? Does he have enough button-down shirts and ties that he actually likes to wear? Are there any colors, patterns, or styles they seem to like? Don’t be afraid to jot down a few notes or take another look if you have questions while shopping.
        2. Pay attention to what they wear. Most of us own clothing we don’t actually wear. In fact, Fashion United reports that over 80% of the average American’s clothing was not worn in the past year. After you check their closet, take into account what they actually wear on a regular basis. Avoid styles they no longer want to wear, and if you see clothes they like that no longer fit, try looking for something similar in the right size.
        3. Listen to their wants, needs, and complaints. Have you heard her complain she needs a new dress or pair of heels for date nights? Has he mentioned that he needs a new watch? See if you can remember anything they might have said, and make a note to yourself if they ever point out an item they like while out shopping together.
        4. Use their clothing to find out their size. Look at the clothes they wear and check what size they are. Keep in mind that different brands may size their clothes differently, so it’s always best to take actual measurements with a tape measure.
        5. Check the returns and exchanges policy. If you follow these tips, there’s a very good chance you won’t need to worry about returns or exchanges. But it’s always worth making sure you can easily return or exchange any clothes you buy as gifts just in case.

        With these tips in mind, you’re ready to start shopping! To get started, take a look at the jewelry at Porter Lyons, shoes at Feet First, accessories and pet wear at NOLA Couture, kids’ apparel at Fleurty Girl, sunglasses at Root, and, of course, men’s and women’s clothing at Passion Lilie. Browse a few gift-worthy items for Valentine’s Day from each of these New Orleans brands below.

        Fashion meets function in our men's apparel, such as this short-sleeved button-up shirt, made to be both stylish and comfortable.

        Porter Lyons

        This Heart Stud from Porter Lyons is shown in solid 14k yellow gold with conflict-free diamonds forming the shape of a heart, making it a perfect jewelry complement to any Valentine's Day clothing gifts for the woman in your life.Heart Stud from Porter Lyons, $150

        Want to go for a grand gesture? Show her your heart this Valentine’s Day.

        These gorgeous heart stud earrings from Porter Lyons are sure to make her swoon. They feature conflict-free diamonds and come in solid 14k yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold.

        Order yours online or take a trip to Porter Lyons at 631 Toulouse Street in New Orleans. You’ll find a range of beautiful fine jewelry and truly unique collections inspired by different cultures.

        Feet First

        The Drisela is a pair of pointed toe pumps, shown here in a rich burgundy suede with silver metallic studs on the top strap.The Drisela from Sole Society, $85

        Impress the woman in your life with a stunning pair of heels this Valentine’s Day. The Drisela, available at Feet First in a rich burgundy suede, puts a twist on the classic date night heel with metallic studs on the top strap.

        This Half Moon Necklace from Queens Metal is a flat, moon-shaped necklace in blackened gold with an intricate, wavy design.Half Moon Necklace from Queens Metal, $70

        Make your gift twice as nice with a stylish accessory. This Half Moon Necklace from Queens Metal, also available from Feet First, makes a big impression with small details.

        Browse the latest shoes and accessories from Feet First on their Instagram, or visit the award-winning shoe store at 4122 Magazine Street in New Orleans.

        NOLA Couture

        This Seersucker Bow Tie from NOLA Couture features pink and white stripes for a Valentine's Day clothing gift your Southern gentleman is sure to love.Seersucker Bow Tie from NOLA Couture, $55

        Nothing says he’s a stylish Southern gentleman more than seersucker and bow ties. Give your gift a Valentine’s Day twist with this Panama Pink Seersucker Bow Tie from NOLA Couture.

        This Seersucker Bow Tie Dog Collar from NOLA Couture features pink and white stripes on its 1-inch collar and attached bow tie.Seersucker Bow Tie Dog Collar from NOLA Couture, $45

        You can even share the love this Valentine’s Day with your pet! This Seersucker Bow Tie Dog Collar in Panama Pink is available in small, medium, large, and extra-large. For even smaller pups, there’s an Extra Small Seersucker Dog Bow Collar in Panama Pink as well.

        Find more styles inspired by New Orleans and the South at NOLA Couture, located at 3308 Magazine Street and 528 St. Peter Street in New Orleans.

        Fleurty Girl

        This Louisiana Love Onesie from Fleurty Girl is a white onesie featuring an image of the state of Louisiana in black with a gold heart over the place where New Orleans lies on the map.Louisiana Love Onesie from Fleurty Girl, $22

        Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little one in style. This heart-themed onesie from Fleurty Girl shows your Louisiana pride while giving a nod to the holiday.

        This NOLA for Life T-Shirt from Fleurty Girl is heather gray with a black heart and "Nola" written on it in gray cursive.NOLA for Life T-Shirt from Fleurty Girl, $22

        Whether your tween or teen still celebrates Valentine’s Day with you or not, show them they’ll always be in your heart with this heart-themed t-shirt from Fleurty Girl. The simple yet stylish graphic tee is a great addition to nearly any wardrobe.

        Show your love for New Orleans this Valentine’s Day and all year long with Fleurty Girl, whose locally inspired apparel and accessories are available online or in stores throughout Louisiana.

        Root

        Featuring a lightweight bamboo case, quartz movement, and raw oil stained, brown leather wristband, this Bamboo Watch from Root is a stylish Valentine's Day clothing gift.Bamboo Watch from Root, $80

        A watch is an easy way for any man to show off and enjoy his style. This lightweight, water-resistant, handcrafted Bamboo Watch from Root is an ideal balance of fashion and function for the man in your life.

        These Crescent City Sunglasses from Root feature a havana tortoise design, 5 barrel hinges, and polarized lenses.

        Crescent City Sunglasses from Root, $150

        Break from tradition this Valentine’s Day and give a gift they’ll truly love. Any New Orleanian knows a good pair of shades makes all the difference, so surprise your sweetie with a pair of stylish, eco-friendly Crescent City Sunglasses in Havana Tortoise from Root.

        Check out more sunglasses and watches from Root online, in the Root Store at 2855 Magazine Street in New Orleans, or at any of their other retail locations.

        Passion Lilie

        Black with a subtle gray-and-peach poppies with polka dots design, this Fall Poppies Wrap Dress from Passion Lilie has short sleeves and pockets.Fall Poppies Wrap Dress from Passion Lilie, $84

        Sweet, stylish, and accentuating all the right places, the Fall Poppies Wrap Dress from Passion Lilie is sure to please. This little black dress is perfect for a romantic date night together.

        This Light Blue Ikat Men's Button Down Shirt from Passion Lilie features short sleeves, a light blue woven cotton, and a fitted silhouette, making it one of the Valentine's Day clothing gifts he'll love.Light Blue Ikat Men’s Button Down Shirt from Passion Lilie, $56

        Help him find a button-down he’ll love to wear. With its short sleeves, fitted silhouette, and breathable cotton material, you know he’s going to feel as good as he looks in this Light Blue Button Down from Passion Lilie.

        Shop more great looks from Passion Lilie today on our website. Designed in New Orleans and made in India, Passion Lilie is a fair trade fashion brand.

        Shop great Valentine's Day looks, like this button-up blue dress for her, today on our website.

        Valentine’s Day Clothing Sales and Promotions

        If you’re shopping on a budget or just love a great deal, be sure to check out these Valentine’s Day clothing sales and promotions.

        — Passion Lilie is having a Valentine’s Day promotion from February 1–February 14. Use the coupon code “Valentine” to get a free eco-friendly greeting card with any purchase. It’s a great opportunity to share a few words with your valentine about how much they mean to you.

        — Root is having a Valentine’s Day sale from January 31–February 14. Shoppers will receive a 20% discount off any purchase for online and in-store purchases.

        — Porter Lyons is pairing up with Jack Rose for a Valentine’s Day giveaway. Four lucky gal pal winners will be treated to a Galentine’s dinner at Jack Rose with bottomless champagne and get a birthstone semi-precious stud from Porter Lyons. Keep an eye out for this great giveaway, which will run from February 3–February 10.

        The best Valentine’s Day clothing gifts are chosen with care, so keep our tips and recommendations in mind to find the perfect pieces that say “I love you” to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day!

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        Political Fashion Trends: Using Fashion to Express Your Beliefs

        Posted on January 24, 2019 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

        Shirts, pants, and jackets on a clothes rack, any of which could feature political fashion trends.

        On the surface, the fashion industry seems a world apart from politics. Yet fashion and politics have long been intertwined, as both women and men have used their attire as a way of conveying their social and political views. Contemporary political fashion trends may look different than those of centuries gone by, but fashion remains an effective and accessible way of broadcasting your beliefs and standing up for your views.

        When you wear fair trade and ethically made apparel, such as this long-sleeved white top from Passion Lilie, you can support your beliefs in fair pay and eco-friendly clothing.

        Fashion Trends and Political Beliefs: A Historical Perspective

        Take a look at nearly any society, and you can find instances where politics have impacted its fashion. In the 18th century, for instance, some Englishmen took to wearing short, colorful suits and adopting other eccentric styles as a political statement in opposition to the more traditional Whigs. Even the type of fabric worn, such as silk or wool, could be used to reflect the politics of international trade at various points in history.

        Silk fabrics in a variety of colors and designs, which could have been used to reflect the politics of international trade.

        As a historically marginalized group, women have forged a unique relationship with fashion, especially as a vehicle for political expression. Denied most other means of expression, many women turned to one of the few aspects of their lives they could control: their clothing.

        Just as men were able to make a political statement with the fabrics included in their clothes, so too could women. According to the Yale Press Log, Britain promoted the silk designs of Anna Maria Garthwaite in the 18th century as a way of declaring their patriotism and asserting their superiority over the French in the silk industry.

        But this political fashion trend took a different turn in what would become the United States. During the American Revolution, many colonial women boycotted British goods, including Garthwaite’s silks. Meanwhile, the Daughters of Liberty and other American women made their own clothing as a patriotic act.

        Fast forward a couple of centuries, and women were still using fashion to provide a glimpse into what they felt passionate about. In the 1960s, women in America were in the midst of a sexual revolution. They wanted the men in power to know that they were no longer going to be controlled or suppressed—and, as such, fashion trends began to change swiftly.

        A woman from the 1960s strumming an acoustic guitar and wearing a minidress, whose hemline is above the knee and reflects the feminist political fashion trends of the time.

        According to Time magazine, miniskirts appeared in America during the ‘60s as a feminist push against the previous decade’s concepts of womanhood. More and more women began wearing pants, and bras were being burned in the streets. Women were using newfound freedoms to rid themselves of old gender norms and ideas, and political fashion trends were a critical part of the process.

        Stylish, sophisticated, and sustainable, this little black dress and all Passion Lilie dresses are part of fair trade and eco-friendly political fashion trends.

        Today's Most Iconic Political Fashion Trends

        Protestors holding signs and wearing hats, bandanas, and t-shirts with political slogans emblazoned on them.

        Fashion has been used to express politics for centuries, and the new millennium is no exception. As technology has allowed for instantaneous dissemination of information, a new political climate has formed—one that is both dizzying and polarizing. People of all walks of life have the ability to broadcast their political opinions on social networks that reach thousands upon millions of users, but that has not replaced fashion’s role in politics. In fact, certain political fashion trends have gained additional exposure on social media, allowing them to grow even more.

        Some of the most iconic political fashion trends of today include:

        — The Red Baseball Cap: When Donald Trump emerged as a political candidate in 2015, he brought along with him a baseball hat that would become a political symbol for years to come. The simple red hat, emblazoned with the phrase "Make America Great Again," would become the mascot for his campaign, while its slogan became a rallying cry for his supporters leading up to the 2016 election. The hat was a hit among the throngs of supporters, who continue to wear them to show their support for the 45th president.

        — The Pantsuit: On the other side of the aisle in 2015 and 2016 was Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, who was also the first woman to run for president with the support of a major political party. She came to every campaign event in a professional pantsuit, which would soon become her trademark. Her supporters began donning their own pantsuits, often sharing photos of the outfits online, to express their support for her campaign.

        — The Pink Knit Hat: The pink knit hat is another iconic political fashion statement from the 2016 election. Bright pink and knit (or, in some cases, sewn) to give the appearance of two cat-like ears on top, these hats were popularized by protestors in the Women’s March of 2017, which occurred in Washington D.C. and across the country to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration. The hat became a symbol of feminism for the modern age and a political fashion trend among women of all ages.

          How Can You Express Your Opinions and Beliefs Through Fashion?

          People at every point on the political spectrum have the opportunity to express their political and social beliefs through fashion. Even those who do not consider themselves very fashionable can use the clothes and accessories they wear to make a statement. Consider these ideas to get started!

          1. Wear the color of a cause that is important to you.

          A young woman facing away from the camera with a light pink bow in her hair, which could be a fashion choice or a subtle, private political statement in support of breast cancer awareness.

          Perhaps you have had an aunt or close relative succumb to their battle with breast cancer. Or maybe you’re a survivor yourself. You can use the color pink—which is the official color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October—to show that this cause is near and dear to your heart while raising awareness.

          Many illnesses, conditions, and causes have an official color that represents their organization, making this an easy, personal, and subtle way to showcase what means the most to you.

          2. Purchase products from businesses that practice what they preach.

          Ikat woven fabric from Passion Lilie, shown here in a white, blue, and turquoise diamond pattern and made with environmentally friendly dyes and materials.

          Whether you care about fair wages or vegan materials, you can find and support businesses that share your ideology and put it into action.

          Here at Passion Lilie, we offer our customers unique clothing, accessories, and homeware that are both stylish and ethical. We are a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation, and we provide fair wages, safe working conditions, and dignified employment to the artisans in India who work with us.

          Passion Lilie is also eco-friendly. We use environmentally responsible materials, such as organic, pesticide-free, non-GMO cotton and azo-free dyes. In addition, we employ sustainable practices that use natural energy and reduce our water consumption and waste.

          By purchasing from companies that share your beliefs, you can support your favorite causes financially while also sharing your priorities with the world around you.

          Support fair trade and ethical practices on a budget with our clearance items, such as this fashionable blue top.

          3. Select clothing that expresses your views.

          A young man sporting a t-shirt with an image and quote from Mark Twain, demonstrating how easy it is to use clothing to promote political fashion trends.

          Expressing your views can be as simple as getting the right words, images, or hashtags printed on a piece of clothing. Political fashion does not have to be subtle, and many of today’s trends make it easy for you to shout loud and clear what you believe in.

          T-shirts, bags, and hats are all common articles of clothing that can be used to express a political sentiment. These items allow you to be proud and confident in your own belief system, and they give you an opportunity to express yourself in a way that is blunt and unapologetic.

          Regardless of what you believe, you have the ability to use the clothes you wear as a way of expressing yourself. Fashion is about more than just matching colors or flattering a figure. Fashion is a way to express who you are inside, sharing yourself and even your beliefs with the world.

          All Passion Lilie products are designed in New Orleans and made in India, like this stylish blue button-down dress.

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          Why Is Ethical, Sustainable Clothing Important?

          Posted on January 10, 2019 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

          A woman wearing Passion Lilie's Green Garden Dress, a blue-green dress with white floral print, cap sleeves, and side pockets. Made in Bangalore through fair trade, this is a prime example of ethical, sustainable clothing.

          What do you consider the most pressing problems in the world today? You might say the environment. As the demand for freshwater increases in the United States, we face potential price increases, water shortages for our wildlife, and many other consequences. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, one-third of American households struggled with their energy needs in 2015. We have also steadily generated more and more waste over the years, filling our landfills, not to mention a whole host of other environmental problems faced by the U.S. and the rest of the world.

          While the Earth is suffering, so are many of its people. Health inequity and wealth inequality abound, both in the United States and throughout the globe. The World Health Organization reports that the average life expectancy is just 62 years in low-income countries, while it’s 81 years in high-income countries. Meanwhile, the richest 1% of the global population owns 45% of all the wealth in the world, while many others remain impoverished and struggle to improve conditions for themselves, their families, or their communities.

          No matter what you think the world’s biggest issues are, you are unlikely to think of fashion as either a problem or a solution. Yet ethical, sustainable clothing can actually help address many of these issues in ways you may not expect. Even better, clothing is something that everyone needs and uses, making it an extremely accessible avenue for the average person to affect change.

          This stylish blue top from Passion Lilie is ethically made and affordably priced. Even those on a budget can make a difference by shopping ethical items on clearance.

          In the United States, we spend over $350 billion shopping every day. That’s more money than our entire country gives to charity over the course of a year! Imagine all the ways we could change the world if we spent more of that money shopping for goods and services that give back. As an ethical, sustainable clothing company, we’re here to tell you how buying ethical clothing online or in stores can make a positive impact on the world around us.

          What Does Ethical Fashion Mean?

          Simply put, ethical fashion is fashion made ethically. This can encompass a whole host of business and production practices aimed at treating your workers fairly and minimizing your impact on the environment. In short, ethical fashion means your clothing is eco-friendly and people-friendly.

          Ethical Fashion Is Fair Trade

          One of Passion Lilie's fair trade artisans from India, pictured here smiling while looming fabric.

          So what does ethical fashion mean in terms of fair trade? Fair trade is a global movement to promote trade that is equal, just, and empowering. When you buy fair trade clothing, you know that your clothes were not made using unethical practices, such as sweatshop labor or child labor.

          This long-sleeved white top from Passion Lilie, along with all our apparel, is fair trade and ethically made.

          Fair trade focuses on creating dignified and empowering employment for workers in underserved areas. Typically this means working with people in developing countries, but it can also mean providing jobs for underserved communities right here in the United States.

          These are just a few of the characteristics of jobs supported by the Fair Trade Movement:

          — Workers receive long-term employment opportunities.

          — Working relationships are built on transparency, trust, and respect.

          — Workers receive fair wages, and men and women are paid equally.

          — Workers are provided with safe and healthy working conditions.

          — Workers have free speech and can voice their opinions.

          — Workers are protected from prejudice, discrimination, and abuse, including sexism, racism, sexual harassment, and more.

          — Workers have access to healthcare and time off.

          — Workers can improve their skills through further education, job training, and other opportunities.

          — Workers have access to financial assistance to help them gain independence and escape poverty.

          — Workers’ opinions are valued, and workers can participate in workplace decisions.

          — Workers are genuinely happy and comfortable at their jobs.

          By buying fair trade, ethical clothing online or in stores, you can support positive, uplifting, and ethical working conditions around the world. Take a look at our top 7 reasons you should buy fair trade clothing for even more great benefits!

          Why Fair Trade Clothing Is Good For You

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          Ethical Fashion Is Sustainable

          A photo of trees and dense foliage in an Indian village taken on one of our founder's trips to visit the artisans who make our ethical, sustainable clothing.

          In addition to treating workers fairly, ethical fashion is based on sustainability. This means prioritizing environmentally friendly practices throughout production and making a product that has a lower impact on the environment.

          What does ethical fashion mean for sustainability?

          — Clothing is made from eco-friendly materials, such as organic, pesticide-free, non-GMO cotton.

          — Clothing is safe for people and the environment, avoiding any materials that contain carcinogens, toxins, or other harmful chemicals.

          — Clothing is made through sustainable practices that reduce water consumption and waste production.

          — Clothing is made using natural energy and avoiding pollution.

          While ethical fashion may not solve all of our problems with unsafe chemicals, water shortages, energy consumption, or overflowing landfills, it allows you to reduce your impact on the environment and invest in safer, more sustainable practices.

          This little black dress from Passion Lilie is stylish, sophisticated, and sustainable. Shop our dresses today and invest in sustainable clothing.

          The Importance of Ethical, Sustainable Clothing

          At Passion Lilie, we believe ethical, sustainable clothing can make a difference. By using fair trade and sustainable practices, we can improve the lives of our artisans and help the environment while delivering a better product to our customers.

          The Impact of Fair Trade

          A photo of Passion Lilie's founder and designer, Katie Schmidt, with three Indian artisans we work with to make fair trade, ethical clothing online.

          The tenets of fair trade are all fine and well, but at the end of the day, they’re just ideas—until they’re put into action. So how has our fair trade company made a real difference?

          To start, the teams we work with receive an above average salary, free job training, 24 days of sick leave, 11 government paid holidays, help obtaining health insurance, and financial advising. Our founder, Katie Schmidt, visits them in India to form better relationships with our artisans and ensure they are happy with their jobs. She has seen firsthand how they work together and bond with one another in a positive, dignified workplace, and many say that this is the best part of the job.

          Why is ethical, sustainable clothing important? It provides fair, dignified employment to people around the world, including Lydia, the Indian artisan pictured here.

          One of our artisans, Lydia, rose to the rank of production manager after receiving free job training. She has also used this opportunity to return to school and finish her secondary education, a diploma in Fashion Designing & Merchandising, and a diploma in Business Entrepreneurship.

          Pictured here, Padmini runs her own block printing workshop and has partnered with Passion Lilie for the past several years.

          Padmini, who runs her own block printing workshop and has partnered with Passion Lilie for the past several years, has also partnered with the State Government Women’s Welfare Board to offer free job training to underprivileged women in India, allowing her to help many others.

          Banu, their expert color mixer, was hired through this program almost 24 years ago. She had no education and was a homemaker. Today she mentors others on the team and handles production coordination.

          These types of success stories abound among our team and show how our fair trade company can make an actual difference in the lives of others and create a ripple effect that improves entire communities.

          The Impact of Sustainability

          Two of our fair trade artisans from India are pictured here hanging fabric to dry, helping to reduce our environmental footprint.

          At Passion Lilie, we have established a sustainable business from the very start, allowing us to minimize our environmental footprint. But we never stop learning, and to this day we are still on the lookout for even more ways to improve our processes and make a more eco-friendly product.

          We source local materials, using 100% Indian cotton, and more recently made the switch to only using organic cotton. We also make sure our dyes are azo-free and free from any carcinogens, toxins, or other harmful chemicals.

          In addition, we use natural energy while reducing our water consumption and waste production. Our artisans wash our fabrics by hand in local waterways and dry them in the sun to reduce energy usage. We also use leftover fabric to make accessories and other handicrafts, minimizing the amount of waste we produce.

          As more and more of us work to reduce our environmental footprint, the greater our collective impact will be! Take the first step by investing in sustainability when you can, starting with shopping at ethical, sustainable clothing stores like Passion Lilie.

          Shop Ethical Clothing Online Today

          Passion Lilie products like this stylish, blue button-down dress are designed in New Orleans and made ethically in India, so every purchase helps make a difference.

          Ready to make a global impact while still looking fashionable? Shop ethical clothing online today from Passion Lilie.

           

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          How to Celebrate Fair Trade Month

          Posted on October 18, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

          Celebrate Fair Trade Month this October by shopping for fair trade products, which may include fair trade tags or labels such as this to help identify them.

          It’s finally October! Besides the beautiful weather outside, all of the fun fall festivals, and the changing of the seasons, something else exciting is also happening: Fair Trade Month. Read on to learn more about this annual opportunity to celebrate and spread the word about the fair trade movement.

          What Is Fair Trade Month?

          Founded back in 2011 by Fair Trade USA, Fair Trade Month serves as a way to raise awareness about the fair trade movement and its importance to our global economy. It also encourages consumers to shop from fair trade businesses instead of businesses that hurt the environment and their workers. Every October, fair trade companies, Fair Trade Towns, and those who support the movement create promotions, events, and other celebrations in honor of Fair Trade Month.

          How to Support Fair Trade Month Here in New Orleans

          With celebrations happening all over the country, there’s no shortage of ways to participate in Fair Trade Month, and New Orleans is no exception. As a fair trade company whose apparel and accessories are designed in New Orleans, Passion Lilie is committed to supporting fair trade in New Orleans and beyond. Show your support during Fair Trade Month and all year long in New Orleans by making fair trade and sustainable purchases from these businesses.

          Food

          Shop for fresh fruits and veggies, like those pictured here, along with other fair trade foods to help support the Fair Trade Movement in New Orleans.

          When you don’t feel like cooking, fill up on a variety of healthy and sustainable fair trade dishes at Cafe Rose Nicaud in the Marigny.

           With two locations within the city limits (plus one in Metairie and one in Mandeville), healthy food megastore Whole Foods offers a diverse and wide range of fair trade foods for a tasty and nutritious way to show your support for the movement.

           New Orleans Food Co-Op prioritizes fair trade products when available, especially fair trade certified chocolate and coffee. If you become a member, you also have a say in how the cooperative is run, allowing you to have an even larger impact on the food in your community.

            Cafés

            Looking for an easy way to start supporting fair trade? Switch to drinking fair trade coffee, like the delicious cup of coffee pictured here.

            – According to Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, it is the sole coffeehouse in New Orleans that is 100% fair trade. All of its chocolate, coffee, and tea is fair trade, so head to one of two convenient locations in Mid City and the Marigny.

            – Gourmet donut shop District Donuts only uses Stumptown Coffee, which is fair trade and even has its own location right here in New Orleans. Visit your nearest District Donuts in Uptown New Orleans, Lakeview, Elmwood, or even Baton Rouge.

            – Located on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., Orleans Coffee House serves a range of fair trade and organic certified coffees. It also has an espresso bar on Prytania Street.

            – Good Karma is a café in Mid City that specializes in plant-based food and drink. Even better, all of its coffee is fair trade and organic.

              Shopping

              This Snuggle in Chevron Sweater from Passion Lilie features a black-and-white hand block stamped chevron print and dolman sleeves. It's made from 100% organic cotton and is fair trade.

              – Get your Mardi Gras merch early with recycled beads and throws from Arc of Greater New Orleans. It’s a great way to save money, reduce waste, and provide jobs to workers with disabilities.

              – Need a great pair of shoes? Feet First is an independent shoe retailer voted “Best Shoe Store in New Orleans” nine times and counting. It carries a variety of local products, including fair trade accessories and apparel from Passion Lilie.

              – Shop for a variety of fair trade clothing, such as the Snuggle in Chevron Sweater shown above, right here at Passion Lilie. We also sell fair trade accessories, homeware, and stationary. To learn about the many benefits of buying fair trade clothing, read our blog post.

                Shop Passion Lilie Today and Receive a Free Headband

                Make Fair Trade Month better by shopping at Passion Lilie! Every online purchase made this October through November 3 will receive a free fair trade headband, as shown here in our variety of styles.

                Naturally, you’re going to need some stylish fair trade outfits to celebrate Fair Trade Month in New Orleans, and there’s no better place to buy them than Passion Lilie. Even better, we’re giving away a free fair trade headband with every online purchase made during Fair Trade Month! Just use the coupon code “FairTradeMonth” any time from now until November 3, and you’ll receive a free headband with your purchase.

                Shop our complete line of ethical apparel, discover more ways to support fair trade, or contact us with any questions today.

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