During my initial exploratory slow & sustainable phase last fall, I stumbled upon Nisolo, a Nashville-based ethical shoe producer. According to their website, they pay a living wage to their factory workers in Peru. And on the environmental front, they offset carbon emissions via a partnership with Ecosphere+ and have a unique shoe reclamation program for $30 credit.
I have been looking for a rag & bone boot replacement, and jumped at the chance to purchase a pair of their Dari boots in Wheat during Black Friday sales (more on what I bought here). While I love my rag & bone Harrow booties, I find their heels now slightly too tall for my daily commute. I’ve now worn my Nisolo boots for a few months, and wanted to write a review of how they’ve been so far.
In going down the rabbit hole of sustainable fashion and all the various practitioners, I found that Elizabeth Suzann was a consistently mentioned brand. Like Only Child, Elizabeth Suzann is a slow fashion brand that makes items to order. They’re based out of Nashville, TN and have their HQ and production facility in the same warehouse.
Their pieces have clean, simple lines and drape beautifully, especially their thicker silk crepe items. At the start of December, a work trip to Nashville coincided with the ready-to-ship date of my very first direct purchase – the Cocoon Coat in heavyweight wool. I emailed their team and arranged to pick it up directly from their warehouse.
When I arrived, they gave me a mini-tour of their warehouse, and I was able to try on a few of their most popular styles as well to get a general sense of sizing. It was fascinating to see the behind-the-scenes operations behind the business – all of their sewing, packaging and shipping take place in the same building.
This winter season, I was in the market for a classic, wool camel coat. But, I didn’t have thousands of dollars to drop on a MaxMara coat, the quintessential wool wrap coat. Instead, The Curated’s Instagram ads caught my eye with their perfectly shot editorial photos and alluring price points starting at $350.
Interestingly enough, despite their Instagram popularity, The Curated is relatively low-key aside from their direct digital marketing campaigns. Unlike other direct-to-consumer fashion brands (ex. Everlane, Allbirds, Rothy’s), they haven’t yet made a big push in news outlets.
There also aren’t many detailed reviews – so I decided to pull the trigger and give it a try, especially given the palatable price point. I was torn between their Classic Coat and their Tailored Coat. Ultimately, I chose the former as I preferred its straighter silhouette. I hope you find the following review of The Curated Classic Coat useful in your consideration!
Above: Elizabeth Suzann Cocoon Coat in Fawn, Everlane ReCashmere Crew in Bone, DeMellier Vancouver Bag in Smooth Black Leather
While researching classic crossbody bag styles, I recently stumbled across the English brand DeMellier. The brand already has somewhat of a cult following from Meghan Markle fans, as the duchess has been spotted with their Mini Venice bag multiple times. However, it was the DeMellier Vancouver bag that caught my eye with its classic box shape and understated elegance. During the flurry of Black Friday sales, I jumped at the chance to get it for 20% off from 24s.com, Le Bon Marche’s digital outpost.
As we saw this year, Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales start times have been creeping up earlier and earlier. Gone are the days of braving the IRL crowds as your only option – with multiple sales kicking off well before pumpkin pies are in the oven.
It’s easy to get sucked into the frenzy of buying all of the things! at a steeply discounted prices – especially when some brands only run sales once a year. In the past, I’d find myself buying things not because I truly need or wanted it – but because it was on sale. This applied to both holiday sales and sample sales (ah, the glory days of living in NYC). Once I found myself liquidating most of those items after – either donating or ebay-ing – I vowed to take a more methodical approach to curating a thoughtful closet.
I thought it might be interesting to share my purchases and revisit a year later to see whether these pieces were truly incorporated in my wardrobe. Keeping myself in check, to an extent.