My boys are at that stage in elementary school where they grow like literal weeds. This past weekend, we were on the hunt for one pair of shoes for each boy when I realized that my six-year-old has suddenly outgrown his size 6 pants, in the legs at least. As he tried on a gigantic pair of sneakers, his bare ankles stuck out inches below his pants that seemed to fit fine earlier in the week. It’s almost shorts weather in Texas, so I can wait until the fall to buy new pants, and it’s inevitable that he will have gained more inches by then.
Jake + Maya Kids, Slow Fashion for Fast Growing Kids, is a new line of children’s clothing hoping to break the cycle of consumerism and eventual waste that goes along with shopping for kids’ clothes. Tze Ching Yeung, Jake + Maya Kids’ creative director and a mother of twins, found inspiration in her own children as she designed the line to grow along with them. Frustrated by the amount of clothing left behind as kids outgrow it, Yeung and her staff worked to create pieces with adjustable waists, rolled cuffs, and other adaptable features that allow the items to be worn much longer than most children’s clothing. Fabric can also be added to pieces to enlarge sizes, and Yeung explains, “by extending a garment’s lifespan by nine months, its carbon footprint gets reduced by 20-30%.”
Jake + Maya Kids launches its Kickstarter campaign today, and the line also features beautifully printed fabrics in gender equal and unisex styles, so children can mix and match the pieces as they like. The company is committed to ethical production and uses a zero-waste design process, as well as sustainable and organic materials. The company’s goal is to reduce its waste to almost nothing, and they are well on their way.
I’m excited to support sustainable children’s clothing that grows with the kids who wear it, and Jake + Maya Kids’ campaign offers many affordable support options, ranging from a printed tee to an entire outfit. If you’re constantly on the hunt for quality clothing for your children, please check out Jake + Maya Kids’ Kickstarter.
(Photos courtesy Jake + Maya Kids)
In high school, I was a member of the speech team, and spent many weekends clomping around unfamiliar hallways in heels, black knee-length skirts, and silk blouses. Those days of nervously performing oratories while dressed as a businesswoman from the late 1990s are long gone, and in my current life as a busy mom, I dress much more casually. Cotton has been my favorite fabric for many years, but last fall, I added a silk blouse from Amour Vert to my wardrobe and it’s become a staple in my closet.
As a teenager, I never thought of silk as versatile, and only wore my few silk blouses to weekend tournaments after my mother had them dry cleaned each week. But, it turns out, silk is an excellent and ethical alternative to cotton, and if cared for properly, can last for years. I’ve been wearing my heart-patterned blouse with jeans, my favorite uniform, and adding a cardigan if the weather is cool. I’ve always thought of silk as very hot and not breathable in our oppressive Texas heat, but this blouse is light and weightless, which makes it great for all seasons. The fabric isn’t sheer, which is also nice, because I prefer not to wear tanks or camisoles under blouses if at all possible.
Amour Vert is transparent about their fabrics, and they source mulberry silk made in India. While silkworms are used in the process, a fact that should be noted by vegans, the company only uses non-toxic dyes in their prints. Summer, from Tortoise & Lady Grey, has written a very insightful post about the sustainability of silk that is worth reading if you own silk pieces or are planning to add them to your wardrobe. I first read her post as I was considering ordering my blouse, and it really encouraged me to consider silk as an alternative to cotton. I have hand-washed my silk blouse several times and it always turns out beautifully after air drying. Also, I like to wear it more than once between washes, just to preserve the fabric longer, and will occasionally spray it lightly with an essential oil spray. That works very well and I don’t have to dry clean it at all.
I would love to add another silk blouse to my closet eventually, though they are definitely investment pieces. The versatility and sustainability of the fabric makes it a great option for spring and summer and I wish I’d taken the plunge sooner. Do you wear silk often?