Hello, Fall! (ish)
It's soon to be the Fall season in the Northern Hemisphere, yet here in San Diego we experience warm days and sunshine almost year-round. At our little ethical clothing shop we focus on elevated yet casual apparel pieces that can easily be layered and worn to a beach bonfire or a day at the office (or both!). At Thread Spun, we're always keeping it eco-friendly, so to us transitional Fall style means things like sustainable denim paired with organic cotton tees and light hemp jackets and unique, handmade swimwear with an ethically-produced raglan thrown over top. Of course, no sustainable outfit is complete without handmade and conflict-free jewelry and a great pair of leather slides, so we've got you covered there too. Read on for our curated collection of ethical apparel staples alongside a few fresh, new arrivals for Fall and see how we style them for a laid back look.
Virtually effortless, comfortable and fashionable - jumpsuits are the true triple threat. We are always searching for the most flattering ethical apparel, and nothing fits the bill quite like jumpsuits.
Slip on the Hemp Button Front Jumper by Jungmaven, made to fit a touch oversized and perfect for wearing with or without a layer underneath. Throw on a light jacket or sweatshirt over or under for those cooler mornings and evenings. This jumper is a timeless wardrobe staple that we've carried in the shop for years and that will last you longer than that as it is made with a hemp and cotton blend and meant to carry you through every season. Shown below in Coyote (tan) and Terracotta, we've also got it in Navy and Mustard. Whatever color of sustainable jumpsuit floats your boat, we've got it.
If you prefer a jumpsuit with sleeves, the Utility Jumpsuit by Outerknown is probably more your style. This is a timeless military-inspired jumpsuit made with a butter soft herringbone fabric that is the perfect blend of linen and organic cotton. It features a tapered, cropped leg, a removable belt, and side seam pockets, and we've got it in both Olive and a dreamy white Outerknown calls Salt. Dress it up or dress it down, this sustainable jumpsuit is ready to roll.
The only thing more versatile than a jumpsuit is a pair of sustainably-made denim jeans. Boyish Jeans is a collection of sustainable women's denim designed in Los Angeles, and each collection is centered on vintage silhouettes with a modern update. At the core of all Boyish collections lies a deep commitment to leaving as little impact on the earth as possible. Therefore, Boyish utilizes ethical and sustainable practices when developing and manufacturing its products. All jeans are produced with sustainable fabrics through a completely environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free process.
The Charley Rigid Wide Leg Jean is a classic pair of pants to wear through the seasons, and we love this Vintage White color for transitioning from Summer to Fall. That said, you'll want to wear them year-round thanks to the flattering high waist and fun wide leg that pairs perfectly with a lightweight top, like the Freya Linen Top by Rachel Pally. This shirt shows just the right amount of skin, it's casual yet sexy with full sleeves that add a delicate touch.
Thief and Bandit swimwear and intimates paired with the Jungmaven Bonfire Raglan is quintessential southern California Fall. Designed and handmade in house in Nova Scotia Canada, Thief and Bandit ethical apparel features fun, handprinted designs. Whether you're rocking a pair of the comfortable, high-waisted underwear while cozy at home or 100% recycled swimwear on one of our seemingly endless warm afternoons, you're sure to be happy in Thief and Bandit. The jewel tones perfectly complement the Bonfire Raglan, a sweatshirt that offers a casually-cute fit with a ribbed neckline and cuffs on the arms and waist. Made with a hemp and organic cotton blend, throw on this mid-weight sweatshirt when you hop out of the ocean and stay cozy by the bonfire.
In Southern California, transitional Fall footwear means Mohinders slides! Dress them up or down or add a cute sock underneath for a little extra warmth. For an elevated transitional Fall look, try the Oiled Leather Solid Slides (pictured below right). Hand-oiled with a blend of plant-based oils and beeswax, these leather slides are as comfortable as they are stylish. They'll take you from a day at the office to a night on the town, no problem. If you like your footwear a bit more funky, maybe the Diamond Slide (pictured below left in tan) is more your style.
Mohinders works with families of 3rd-and 4th-generation shoemakers and leather tanners and strives to uphold respectful design and sustainability from start to finish. This means heirloom, regional processes, intentional choices to reduce waste and use lower-impact materials, and creating shoes that last and age beautifully. Shop founder, Heidi, wears her own beautifully worn-in pair in the bottom right image, and can attest to their longevity and the compliments you will receive when wearing them!