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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
Half Moon Necklace from Queens Metal, $70
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Now that it’s November, the holiday shopping season is officially in full swing! There are tons of great deals to be had all over the web, and at Passion Lilie, we’re bringing you savings this November from the 23rd through the 27th in time for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Fair Tuesday.
Ready to save on sustainable styles for the holidays? Read about Passion Lilie’s amazing holiday deals to make your holiday shopping season a little brighter.
As the most well-known day for shopping of the entire year, Black Friday is full of deals and steals for all kinds of products online and in store. This year, skip the lines and shop from the comfort of your own home with Passion Lilie. We’re offering 20% off any purchase made during Black Friday as well as a FREE sustainable tote bag with your purchase! Deals like that are enough to make anyone an ethical fashion fan.
Next is Small Business Saturday. What started in 2010 as an organic, homegrown holiday to promote small businesses after the traditionally corporate Black Friday has become a major shopping day of its own. Today, small businesses around the country celebrate the holiday, making it a major sales day and a way for people to show their support for small businesses. At Passion Lilie, we’re making it easier than ever to shop with us by continuing to offer 20% off all purchases and a free tote bag with ANY purchase!
This little-known holiday is gaining momentum as a day to shop from brands with a mission to help others. Passion Lilie is proud to work exclusively with fair trade artisans from India, offering them fair wages, long-term employment, and safe, healthy working conditions. When you shop with Passion Lilie on this day, not only can you feel good about supporting our mission with your purchase, but you can also take advantage of our holiday weekend discount: 20% off your purchase PLUS a free tote bag! For more information about Shop for Good Sunday, read our blog post.
Above all else, Thanksgiving is a time for family, so don’t worry if you didn’t get the chance to do your shopping yet. The following week begins with Cyber Monday, a day of discounts for online retailers and e-commerce sites all across the Internet. All Passion Lilie products are available through our website, and when you shop with us this Cyber Monday, you’ll get the same great deal we offered all weekend long: 20% off ANY purchase—no minimum amount required—and a free tote bag!
Finishing off the month and our sweet streak of holiday deals is Fair Tuesday. Fair Tuesday is a celebration of fair trade businesses throughout America and the work they do to uplift the impoverished and traditionally disenfranchised with fair, dignified working opportunities. Show your support for the fair trade movement by shopping at Passion Lilie and taking advantage of our last day offering 20% off AND a free fair trade tote bag, which is both trendy and environmentally friendly.
With deals like these, it’s like Christmas come early at your favorite ethical clothing company!
Not sure what to buy? Take a look at a few of our favorite items for gifting (or keeping!) this holiday season.
– Passion Lilie carries a variety of fun scarves for anyone in your life. Take this traditional stocking stuffer to the next level with our fashionable patterns and soft, comfortable material.
– Our Chevron Headband is a trendy accessory women of all ages will love. Not only that, but these headbands help fulfill our mission of reduced textile waste.
– Looking for something a little different? Stock up on our sustainable cloth napkin sets for a gift that keeps on giving well after the holidays are over by making dining a little greener meal after meal.
We have a variety of fair trade button-down shirts for the special guy in your life. Help him discover a style he’ll love!
Passion Lilie is your source for sustainable shopping steals this November! No matter which November shopping holiday you’re observing, you’ll find a great discount from Passion Lilie. Start shopping now to find unique, chic gifts for anyone in your life this holiday season.
Fall is such a wonderful time of year. The weather is great, trees are in full bloom, and you have the perfect chance to change up your wardrobe after an entire summer in shorts, capris, and summer dresses. At Passion Lilie, we have an exciting Fall/Winter 2018 collection that makes dressing for fall easy, fun, and fashionable. Even better, we use organic cotton, sustainable practices, and fair trade artisans to make these products, so you can shop guilt-free! Check out our latest fall outfit ideas today.
When the weather cools down, keep The Harmonia Fleece Cardigan handy to keep you warm while dressing your best. With its cool blue color, white speckled pattern, and mid-thigh length, this sophisticated fleece cardigan works indoors as well as outdoors whenever you need a winter jacket. Keep it classic by pairing with neutral colors, add a pop of color with the top you wear underneath, or go all out with colorful jeans.
Our Labyrinthine Top is a wonderful choice for a sophisticated, elegant look that is still soft and breezy. With its subtle gray pattern, this white wrap top works with almost anything in your closet, making it easy to layer with a jacket or other outerwear. It’s fair trade, hand block printed with eco dyes, and 100% organic cotton.
When it’s cold outside, pull on our Snuggle in Chevron Sweater. You get all the warmth and comfort of a sweater without sacrificing style! This chic sweater features a black-and-white hand block stamped chevron print, dolman sleeves, and super soft 100% organic fleece. Wear it with jeans, leggings, or even slacks or a skirt for a more professional look.
Our Midnight Dusk Crop Pants are perfect for the season. They’re lightweight and breathable, they slip-on for quick and easy wearing, and they even have pockets! These are the kind of capri pants you can wear almost anywhere, from running your daily errands to going out with the girls on a Friday night. Go casual in a basic white tee, step it up with a trendy blouse, or keep warm in a fitted sweater.
This Athena Organic Jersey Dress is the perfect go-to dress to get you through the fall season in style. Just slip it on, grab your shoes, and you’re good to go! Its long sleeves, rich black color, and unique white pattern make it sophisticated and trendy all on its own. It also looks great with a variety of accessories and black leggings on chilly days. Made from stretchy organic jersey cotton, you can wear this dress all day and night in comfort.
For a dress that stands up to cool fall weather, check out our Mulberry Chevron Dress. It’s made of comfy handwoven cotton, and it still looks great with dark leggings or skinny jeans on colder days. With its rich blue color, violet and white chevron print, and optional fabric belt, you’ll look distinctly amazing wherever you go in this t-shirt dress.
Complete any of your fall outfit ideas with one of our Light Blue and Olive Banded Stripes Scarves. With its light blue color, olive ikat pattern, and white tassels, this beautiful hand-loomed scarf is sure to turn heads. It’s ethically made in India by fair trade artisans and designed in New Orleans.
Are you ready to look chic and unique all season long? Browse our autumn apparel today by visiting our products page. Order now to avoid missing out once the holiday shopping rush hits!
Handwoven fabrics are a great way to practice sustainability in style. At Passion Lilie, we offer a range of clothing and accessories made from handwoven fabrics to suit anyone’s tastes. Want to learn more about the benefits of handwoven fabrics? Check out our comprehensive guide below!
You might be wondering, how do handwoven fabrics fit in with sustainability? Handwoven fabrics are made by hand using a handloom, which does not require electricity or produce any pollution. In addition, the lack of automation presents weavers with many more opportunities to reduce waste and engage in sustainable practices.
At Passion Lilie, we take this a few steps further to make our handwoven fabrics even more environmentally friendly. Our process is dedicated to preserving the environment through the use of natural energy, waste reduction, and water reduction. Our artisans wash fabrics by hand in local waterways, dry them in the sun, and use any leftover pieces for other handicrafts or accessories.
As a fair trade company, Passion Lilie also creates a sustainable environment for our workers. All of our clothing is made by fair trade artisans, which means we pay them fair wages, offer them stable employment with time off and other benefits, and ensure they are working in safe, healthy, empowering conditions. These opportunities permeate our artisans’ communities as they spend their profits in their local economies, start their own businesses, and share their skills. This leads to sustainable societies and a better world for all of us, even the most disadvantaged. Learn more about our artisans or how you can support the fair trade movement today.
Our sustainability isn’t the only thing that sets Passion Lilie’s handwoven fabrics apart. Many of our handwoven fabrics are also colored through an ancient ikat dyeing process. “Ikat” originates from the Indonesian word “mengikat,” meaning to tie, bind, or wrap around. It uses reactive dyes—the same dyes used for modern tie-dye—and bindings that resist dye penetration to create beautiful and original patterns before weaving. These dyes are especially resistant to bleeding, which keeps them bold and vibrant. Watch the video below or read more to learn about Passion Lilie’s handwoven ikat fabrics.
Due to their intricacy and lack of use by mainstream, fast fashion retailers, many people have questions about handwoven fabrics. And we have the answers!
Compared to knitted fabrics, woven fabrics are much more stable when it comes to shrinking and do not react as severely to stresses. A small amount of shrinking is still possible, so if you’re concerned about shrinking, we recommend using cold water and laying flat to dry.
Unlike synthetic-based knit fabrics, which are made from one continuous thread and stretch all over, woven fabrics only stretch diagonally—or as we say in the sewing world, on the bias—giving them enough flexibility to be comfortable while still feeling sturdy and looking fitted.
Of course, comfort is subjective and largely depends on the materials being used and the wearer’s preferences. That being said, many of our customers have commented on how soft and comfortable our handwoven cotton fabrics feel.
This depends on your sensitivity and on the materials being used, but handwoven fabrics are no itchier than any other fabrics. At Passion Lilie, our handwoven cotton fabrics do not itch. Handwoven fabrics also tend to breathe much better than polyester and other synthetic fabrics, making them more comfortable.
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.
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.
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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
Supporting the fair trade movement is a terrific way to empower workers across the globe and contribute in your own way to a fairer and more equal Earth. Showing your support for fair trade can encompass a whole host of activities, from supporting local economies to purchasing fair trade products and reducing your environmental footprint. Not only will you feel better for making fair trade purchases, but you can enjoy better quality products than those available from sweatshops. Read on to learn how you can support and grow the fair trade movement today.
Fair trade is a movement among businesses that seek to uphold certain economic, social, and environmental standards. Fair trade companies support the protection of workers’ rights and the environment with fair pay, safe working conditions, and sustainable processes. To ensure that a brand claiming to be fair trade is living up to those standards, organizations such as the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) exist to confirm businesses that actually enact fair trade practices. Passion Lilie has also created a handy ethical shopping guide to help consumers determine if a company supports ethical, fair trade practices.
There are plenty of reasons to support the fair trade movement, but these are a few of our favorites:
Ready to show your support for the fair trade movement? Here are a few great ways to get started:
For unbeatable comfort and style, choose our fair trade Hex Flex Men’s Button Down Shirt. We use soft, breathable, poplin cotton to make this sturdy, comfortable, machine washable shirt. Meanwhile, the geometric pattern and carefully tailored fit make this shirt a great choice for everything from a day in the office to a night out with friends.
This canvas bag is the perfect eco-friendly, fair trade tote for carrying groceries, gym clothes, your laptop, and whatever else you might need. Our trendy elephant design is block printed with a hand carved wood block using vibrant, environmentally friendly dyes.
As an eco-apparel company, Passion Lilie is wholly devoted to making fair trade products designed in New Orleans and handcrafted in India. Purchasing clothing, accessories, homeware, and even recycled greeting cards from Passion Lilie is a chic and unique way to show your support for the movement while looking good too. Visit our website to view our full line of eco-apparel and other products, and start supporting fair trade now!
Sustainable dinner parties are a great way to show your love for the environment and have fun doing it. While many people assume that throwing a sustainable dinner party simply consists of using local and organic ingredients at your next hosted dinner, there is so much more to it than that. Reusable, sustainably made dishes, utensils, and napkins not only add class to any dinner, but minimize your environmental footprint. These eco-conscious dinners offer a fun, tasty, and effective way to convince your nearest and dearest to go green through the persuasive power of a good meal. Learn how to plan your own sustainable dinner party with environmentally friendly cuisine, cloth napkins, and more today.
The first essential to any dinner party highlighting responsible agriculture is eco-friendly eats. Consider these tips:
The next step in planning for your sustainable dinner party is to source sustainably made dishes, silverware, and napkins to accompany your meal. If you need disposable items, there are a number of companies online that offer plates and utensils made with sustainability in mind. You can also check out local shops and artisans to supply the tools your guests will need to enjoy the feast you’re preparing for them.
One of the best sources for sustainable cloth napkins is the collection available from Passion Lilie. We are an eco-friendly, fair trade brand that offers a variety of apparel, accessories, homeware, and more made by empowered artisans in India. As an ethical brand, we ensure our artisans receive fair wages, safe and healthy working conditions, and long-term employment. By purchasing our high-quality, sustainable cloth napkins, you can reduce your impact on the environment while also supporting fair job opportunities in India. Browse all our napkins or get started with the two recommendations below.
These gorgeous cotton napkins make it easy to give up paper! Their salmon color complements earthy tones for a subtler look or teal tones when you’re feeling bolder.
With their appealing dotted pattern and neutral colors, these cotton cloth napkins can turn any meal into a special occasion.
Of course, no dinner party would be complete without a great outfit to go with it. When hosting a sustainable dinner party, it’s only natural that your environmentally friendly choices extend to your wardrobe as well. Luckily, Passion Lilie is just the place to get your eco-chic apparel. Consider these looks for your next dinner party.
This stunning wrap dress from Passion Lilie comes in a navy, patterned, organic jersey material that is sure to get everyone’s attention and make you the life of the party. With its soft and stretchy fabric, this dress leaves you feeling comfortable all day long while still showing off your curves in a fitted silhouette.
Want to go fun and funky? These lightweight pants show off your fashion sense with a mid-calf leg and zigzag pattern. The gray and black colors keep your look sophisticated, giving these pants the ideal balance of style and professionalism for more casual work environments, professional events, and dinner parties.
As a premier eco-apparel and home goods brand, Passion Lilie is ready to help you on your path to greater, greener living. Contact Passion Lilie with any questions, and get started on your next sustainable dinner party the right way today.