Les Sublimes | Fashion Without Compromise

Les Sublimes

On this blog, I talk a lot about making conscious decisions about what we consume, particularly when it comes to fashion. Recently, the Fashion Revolution has been gaining more and more momentum and challenging consumers to be more conscious that their clothes are made by human hands. Recently, I’ve partnered with an inspiring Paris-based start-up brand called Les Sublimes that embodies the socially-responsible consumption and sustainable practices that the Fashion Revolution is all about. Les Sublimes creates stylish wardrobe essentials without compromise. Every item is not only fashionable, timeless, and high quality, but all materials are produced responsibly and with integrity.

When you first make the switch from fast fashion brands to socially-responsible brands, it can be a little overwhelming to wade through all of the clothing brands out there, research their ethics, and determine whether or not they’re making a sincere effort to treat their workers with respect and provide them with a living wage. Much of the time, popular fast fashion brands “address” concerns about the conditions under which their clothes are produced by providing a brief, vague statement on an obscure section of their website about how they are working to improve sustainable practices and provide better wages for the garment factory workers. However, these brands rarely provide details about how they’re working toward these changes. In my experience, brands that are passionate and earnest about social change are forthright about it.

That’s what initially impressed me about Les Sublimes: their incredible transparency. Take a look at their website, and you’ll see what I mean. There’s no question what Les Sublimes stands for. For example, there’s a page on the website that details all of the materials they use, where they’re produced, and why those materials are better options for the planet. On another page, you can learn about Thierry and Madame Pérard – the owners of the multi-generation family business that produces the clothing – and how their business employs mothers and provides them with fair pay, health care, and training programs to help improve their skills. Les Sublimes even reveals how they distribute their profits, which is something I’ve never seen another company do.

Les Sublimes launched a campaign on their Indiegogo page today to raise $10,000 EUR to finish producing their first collection. This campaign is an opportunity to not only support their business but also to preorder the collection.

The collection consists of six styles, each of which is a classic wardrobe staple. My favorite items are the Stockholm Tee, the Buenos Aires Dress, and the Paris Tank (pictured, left to right). Future collections will complement this one and offer more seasonal colors or fabrics.

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Each piece is easily styled, versatile, and suited to a variety of personal styles. I love the way the Pokhara Tee (pictured above) is styled with a leather skirt, but can also be worn with skinny jeans and a flannel. In the same way, the London Dress (pictured below) can be worn with a leather jacket and sneakers or with a fun hat and sandals.

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More Cool Reasons to Support Les Sublimes:

  1. For every item sold, Les Sublimes and their partners provide 1 month of education to a girl in need. By providing education to young girls, the girls can gain the knowledge and skills to find good jobs and lift their families out of poverty. 1 month of education for 1 item sold? That’s pretty amazing.
  2. Not only are the pieces from the Les Sublimes Spring Collection made of eco-friendly materials, Les Sublimes seeks to reduce its waste by donating unused scraps to be made into new textiles. The clothes are also packaged using more sustainable materials than traditional packing materials.
  3. No animals suffer in the production of their clothes.
  4. All of the workers involved are treated fairly and with dignity.
  5. If you sign up for their rewards program, you can earn perks while giving back. For example, by joining the rewards program and referring your friends, you could earn $10 EUR off a purchase or provide reusable pads so that girls don’t have to miss school when they have their periods.

Overall, Les Sublimes is doing great things. Definitely check out the Les Sublimes website and their Indiegogo campaign!

– Lauren

*Photos courtesy of Les Sublimes.

A Checklist for 21

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Don’t say it’s okay if it’s not. Be vulnerable. Be honest. Tell people how you feel. Don’t put yourself down. Stop calling yourself awkward. Be the empowered woman you say you are. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Say no. Write everything down. The future is uncertain, and it is scary. Feel the fear, and do it anyway. Get your hair cut more often. Spend money sometimes. Spend stupid amounts of time in the bath tub. Spend time doing things just for fun. For the love of all things, exercise every now and then. Stop being embarrassed by the things you like to do. You don’t have to be the best at everything, but don’t settle for mediocrity. If you want to sing, sing. If you want to dance, dance. Don’t worry about how it makes you look. Your caffeine addiction is getting out of hand. Switch to decaf. Stretch sometimes. Call your grandparents. Remember that you always look better than you think you do. And even if you don’t, no one really cares. Wear incredible shoes. Don’t talk yourself out of dessert. Be kinder to people than you think they deserve. Forgive. Be thankful. There is beauty in nuance that you will miss if you don’t pay attention. Pay attention. Never stop paying attention. The fact that you have been on this earth for 21 years is amazing, so remember that life is like your favorite pair of socks. It’s meant to be lived in, worn out, treasured.

Fall Fancies // 01

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Well, hey there!

I disappeared for a hot second. Life has been kicking my butt lately. I’m taking my last few classes for my major and doing two internships, all of which have left me little time for blogging (or eating). But I’m home for the weekend and plan on stocking up on some blog posts, so I can post more regularly in the upcoming weeks.

The rain has brought with it some cooler weather for the time being, and I plan on taking advantage of it and breaking out the sweaters and jeans before it warms up again next week. I’m so ready for fall weather, but it seems to be taking its time settling in. Regardless, I thought  now would be as good a time as any to kick off a fall series on my blog.

So without further ado, here’s what I wore for a day at the museum.

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Concert Outfit

I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember.  When I was little, my parents would play all kinds of music for me from Louis Armstrong to Shania Twain to Aerosmith when we rode in the car, and as a result, I have an appreciation for a wide variety of genres.  I can dance (badly) to Beyonce with my roommate in our living room and jam to some sad indie-folk songs when I’m driving.  As I’ve gotten older, attending concerts and seeing my favorite musicians live has become one of my favorite things to do.

I love to pick out concert outfits, because I can push the boundaries of my typical day to-day style, whether that be with a bright red lipstick or an awesome pair of shoes.  Most of the concerts I attend are at smaller venues rather than large stadiums, so I’m on my feet the whole time.  Because of this, I tend to wear outfits that are comfortable and casual but slightly fancier than what I would wear to class or to get coffee.  Recently, I attended a Gregory Alan Isakov show (which was incredible, by the way), and this is what I wore.

The sweater/high-waisted jeans/boots combo is something I would wear on any given day.  I added the flannel to make the outfit a little bit warmer, but I tied it around my waist once I got into the venue.  Also, I’ve been loving mixing prints lately.  My statement with this outfit was definitely the red lipstick.  My roommate bought it for me for Christmas, and I’ve been searching for excuses to wear it.

Listen to She Always Takes It Black by Gregory Alan Isakov, and leave a comment letting me know what you like to wear to concerts!