As much as I love my Form Bag (reviewed here), I was looking to switch things up with a part-time backpack. Despite the comfortable and wide Form Bag strap, I still found myself sometimes tensing up my shoulder to carry it. I like that a backpack more evenly distributes the weight of a laptop, so I was in the market for a black leather backpack. I have a few existing packs, but they’re all colorfully nylon.
When the Parker Clay team reached out to collaborate, I was intrigued by their lineup. Their goods are all ethically made in Ethiopia – from the leather sourced from local farmers to the women who are paid a fair wage with employment advancement opportunities. I decided to try out their popular Miramar backpack style. Now that I’ve used it for a few weeks, here are my thoughts so far!
After going down the rabbit hole of slow fashion these past few months, I’ve discovered an entirely new world of shoes. Now, I admit not all of these are fully my style. For example, as much as I appreciate the orthopedic value of clogs, I’m not investing in a pair of beautiful Bryr clogs quite yet. Flats and booties on the other hand? I’m 100% in. One maker in particular stood out from the rest with her unique styles and approach to shoemaking – Sevilla Smith.
Only Child Clothing is a slow fashion brand based out of Oakland, CA that focuses on timeless, simple pieces. I only discovered them earlier this summer, and love that it’s a local brand with a mission and a passionate customer base. Over the past few months, I’ve collected several of their pieces and wanted to review them for those who are thinking of investing similar items.
I was fortunate enough to offered an item from Everlane as an affiliate partner last month, and decided to go with the Everlane Day Tote Mini. Since July, I’d been eyeing this newer silhouette of their Day Tote. Originally, I wanted to try out their light taupe colorway; however, it was sold out. So I defaulted to my highly trusted shade, black!
Above: Left to Right – Only Child, Everlane, Cuyana
While I love a simple, classic, fuss-free white t-shirt, I find myself gravitating towards silk and other textiles these days. Is it an age thing? Who knows. I’ve owned several silk pieces from Everlane and Equipment for years, and only recently started reaching for them more frequently. As I’ve explored silk blouse offerings from various brands, especially those that are ethical or sustainable, I wanted to share notes for those who may be on a similar hunt.