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.
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.
As mentioned in my Sevilla Smith post – I’m not a “clog person” so to speak. But, the more I saw Bryr clogs on Instagram and blogs, the more I was drawn in. Overall, I like that Bryr has styles that look more like true sandals and less like traditional clogs, so to speak. The thinner, more lightweight wood provides a delicate touch, along with the smaller sole.
I’m fortunate to live near their studio in San Francisco – so I decided to stop by one afternoon and try on a few styles and see them in person. The ladies there were very helpful and patient, it was a great experience overall.
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.