Midweek Musings: Future of Sustainable Fashion

Above: Elizabeth Suzann Nashville HQ

Though I only discovered Elizabeth Suzann a short 8 months ago, I am saddened by the news yesterday of their downscaling of operations, detailed on Instagram here. From the outpouring of comments, it is clear that Liz and her team have helped inspire a movement of sustainable, conscious style. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to own several of Elizabeth Suzann pieces, both new and pre-loved, and to even visit their HQ and operations in Nashville. 

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Elizabeth Suzann Review Compilation & HQ Visit

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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.

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My First 10×10 Challenge: California Rainy Winter Edition

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After seeing so many people participate in various forms of a Fall 10×10 challenge, I decided to give it a go. If you’re not familiar with the 10×10, you can read more about it on at Stylebee, where it first originated in 2015. Since then, there have been over 25k posts under the tag #10x10challenge on Instagram.

The tl’dr version is that you take 10 pieces of clothing (including shoes) and try to create 10 unique outfits. Sounds easy, but I actually found it challenging (though fun) my first time around. This exercise encourages you to get creative with the existing pieces in your closet, and hopefully inspires some new outfits with old favorites.

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