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Wrapped in Nature: Clothing Is An Agricultural Product, by Mary Kingsley

Cotton Plant in Fall This piece was written by Mary Kingsley of forthcoming sustainable brand, Lady Farmer. Images provided by Lady Farmer. I met Mary and her daughter, Emma, at an event they hosted here in Charlottesville and they’re the real deal – they even run a farm in Maryland! Read more about the brand …

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FashRev Week | My Fashion Revolution Love Story

Welcome to the Fashion Revolution! Fashion Revolution was founded in direct response to the Rana Plaza Garment Factory collapse that killed over 1,100 people on April 24th, 2013. This week, we remember the victims of this and related garment factory tragedies and use our voices to demand justice for garment workers around the world. The …

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I’m Donating a Portion of Blog Proceeds to 2 Important Charities

The time has come to put my money where my mouth is.  I’m going to donate 6-10% of StyleWise’s annual proceeds to two charities that are near and dear to my heart. I would love to give more, but as this blog becomes a more essential source of income in the next few months (my …

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What I’d Say About Ethical Fashion if I Met You on the Street

Recently, I was visiting with a friend who I hadn’t seen in awhile and she said something regarding my blog that has stuck with me: “Maybe it would be a good idea for you to move somewhere where people are less concerned with being intellectual so you can know what it’s like in the real …

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Writing As Moral Work: A Conversation with Author, Corban Addison

Last Monday, I sat down with Corban Addison, bestselling author and fellow Charlottesvillian, for a chat about the research he conducted for his most recent book, A Harvest of Thorns, a fictionalized account of a garment factory fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the fallout for a global brand whose clothes were in it at the …

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On “Activism” Burnout, and What I’m Doing to Resist It

In the days and weeks following the Women’s March, I was about as close to “woke” as I’ve ever been.  I was bearing witness, I was donating, I was reading and tweeting and posting. And then…I broke down. I started weeping one night right before bed, mumbling incoherent concerns to Daniel. I realized I couldn’t …

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What Minimalists Can Learn from the Ascetics

If you got sucked into watching the Minimalism movie like I did, you might be thinking about casting off your worldly possessions in an attempt to live a life of renewed meaning. You wouldn’t be alone in this. In fact, minimalism has been practiced within world religions for centuries, just under a different name. But …

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