Jackalo || Strong Enough for Kids, Gentle on the Planet

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Ah, children’s clothes. Although the vast majority of my kids’ clothing is secondhand or hand-me-downs, on the rare occasion that we buy a new piece for our girls, it usually lasts about as long as it takes for them to outgrow it or for them to rip a hole in it. Children’s apparel isn’t designed to last, because at the rate kids grow, why would it be? When you’re continually having to size up, wash away the ketchup stains, patch ripped knees, and wish for better options, it’s no wonder that shopping sustainably for your kids (at least for me) is one of the first things to go.

Aside from there being shockingly few options for ethically made kids clothes, when I have come across brands in the past I have a hard time justifying the price tag for the amount of wears my kids will get out of the item. If a piece lasts only one season before E & M outgrow or destroy it, what’s the point?

Luckily, "hard to find” doesn’t mean impossible and today’s brand goes above and beyond in terms of sustainability AND practicality for kids.

Marianna, the owner, designer, one-woman-show behind Jackalo, knows a thing or two about the struggle most parents face while looking for clothes that will last for children. A mother of two herself, she grew frustrated with the lack of sustainable options that wouldn’t cost her an arm and a leg, especially since her sons would play their way through each pair in no time.

She decided to take matters into her own hands and design a kid’s pant that could withstand normal rough and tumble and check all of the boxes in the sustainability field. Thus, Jackalo was born.

Their pants, the brand’s first product along with a coverall, are made from organic, fair trade cotton. The knees are doubled with a reinforced layer, to make them extra durable and rip free. To sweeten the deal, each pair comes in gender neutral colors and is able to be rolled up to save a bit of length until your child grows into them.

In this post, Evie is wearing the Ash Lined Engineer Stripe pant (paired with leopard print, of course) and Mara is wearing the Jax Berry pant, both in size 4 (they’re 3 and 5 but roughly the same size, so I went in the middle).

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Circular Consumerism

One of my favorite things about Jackalo is their Trade Up program. Marianna knows how quickly kids grow and even though her pants are meant to accommodate a wider range than most, her Trade Up program takes over when time has done it’s work and the pants no longer fit. They will take back any Jackalo pant, to repair and resell at a discount, and give you a 20% discount towards your next pair. It keeps their pants out of landfill and ensures that each pair is truly getting the maximum wear.

Jackalo is refreshingly transparent about where and how their organic cotton is grown, and even share links for customers to learn more about the milling, weaving, and assembly process.

In my chats with Marianna (I also work with her on a freelance basis, so I’ve gotten a more in-depth look into her brand than most), she’s mentioned how much of a labor of love growing Jackalo has been. Sourcing organic and fair trade materials isn’t the convenient route by any means, and neither is accepting old product back for resale, but she’s so committed to bettering the world (and our children’s quality of play) through her pieces that each extra step is worth it.

Keep an eye out for new pieces from Jackalo soon — they’re truly doing their part to create conscious and practical clothes for kids who play hard.


*This piece was sponsored by Jackalo — thank you for supporting the brands that make SL&Co. possible.*

Ungalli Clothing || Recycled Fashion for the Whole Family

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There are few things I appreciate more than a "one stop" shop. Buying consciously is tricky enough, but having to shop separate retails for each member of your family (and do the necessary research to make sure each shop fits your values and of course, budget,) is no easy feat. Furthermore, practicality, comfort, and kid-friendliness are huge pluses when I shop anywhere for my girls. 

We're all for the twirly dress and tutu, but when a day at the lake beckons, we need clothes that can translate from home to camping trip and back again. 

Enter Ungalli Clothing. In a few short weeks, these pieces from the family (and eco) friendly store have become our go-to for anything from lounging at home to a campfire to a camping trip turned picnic at the lake.  

Ungalli is a Canadian brand focused on education and transparency. When co-founders (and sisters) Hailey and Bree learned about the effects of the fast fashion industry both on the environment and on the hands and lives making our clothing, they knew there had to be a better, more sustainable option. Ungalli was born out of their desire to spread awareness while creating an earth-friendly, worker-friendly product. 

Their pieces are made with recycled materials, specifically plastic water bottles, which are shredded and refined into yarn and re-made as recycled polyester. One Ungalli tee gives new life to approximately 10 plastic water bottles, which means that my family alone is wearing about 30-ish plastic bottles that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. 

In addition to their eco-friendly fabrics, Ungalli designs and manufactures all of their clothing locally, reducing their carbon footprint and supporting their local economy. 

The brand offers just about everything from tees to joggers to hoodies to hats. There are even goodies for pets and kiddos. Ungalli spreads the love even further by offering custom tee printing for businesses, using their recycled fabrics. 

With comparable pricing, comfortable pieces, and designs that are easy for anyone to wear, Ungalli is lessening the footprint of the fashion industry one tee at a time.

And, just to end on a realistic note, in case you think photoshoots with toddlers is as happy as it looks, here's a shot of Mara, after she fell in the lake. 


*This post was sponsored by Ungalli Clothing. All photographs, opinions, and crying children are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make SL&Co. possible!* 

Baabuk || Coziness For The Whole Family

Baabuk || Coziness For The Whole Family

Home has always been a bit of a fluid concept for me, especially after "settling down" and having two little kiddos. AJ and I have moved around quite a bit and the sense of continual fluctuation can be hard to handle, especially as a self-dubbed "home-body". How am I to create a sweet, welcoming, stable home for my family if our sense of home is never set in stone, changing from year to year or sooner? 

As trite as it may sound, I've learned that, more often than not, home is less of a place and more of a state of heart. Our physical homes may change often, and the space may not be ideal, but when you surround yourself with the people you can't live without and the things that make your heart smile, then, I think, you've built a home. 

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5 Consciously Sourced Baby Brands You'll Love

This piece is a guest post from Erin Lally, owner of Gingerly Witty 


At this moment in my life, I've started to take a closer look about what goes in and on top of my body. We take a conscious effort to eat healthy day in and day out, hopping onto words like organic and free range. I can only imagine the importance of being eco-friendly when you’re preparing for the arrival of your baby.

In the preparation for having a living, breathing, pooping infant, I'd probably scour the internet for the perfect organic cotton baby tees, organic bedding, washcloths, mattress pads...you name it. After all, this is your beloved, special little human being and he/she only deserves the best. Lucky for us, more and more brands these days are realizing this and are producing eco and ethically friendly clothing, accessories, and toys. Plus, they're getting more and more stylish by the day. I've lost track of the number of stylish kiddos I've seen in the Echo Park store! Some of these clothes are very much reminiscent of our capsule wardrobe dreams And so, in preparation to carrying children's clothes in my shop, I decided to do a little searching for some socially conscious yet stylish and cool baby brands.

1. Mabo

With all of their garments designed and manufactured in the USA in small volume, Mabo clothier specializes in fine children's clothing designed for little ones' comfort and simple style. With quality, natural fabrics – cotton and linen for summer and cozy wools for winter, their clothing is characterized by classic, clean designs with contemporary and playful details.

2. Rocky Racoon Apparel

RockyRacoonApparel is a line of organic clothing for trendy kids. All fabrics are organic cotton and printed with non-toxic water-based ink prints. This Cactus pattern is the coolest and perfect for summer!

3. Under the Nile Organics

Available pretty much anywhere organic baby clothes are sold, even Whole Foods, Under the Nile Organics is a great stand by. Check out their clothes and toys, like this plush eggplant.

 

 

4. Rylee+Cru

A children’s line founded by illustrator Kelli Murray and inspired by her own little ones. Rylee+Cru merges art and imagination, offering unique and artistic clothing for the modern child. The collection consists of quality basics that are each hand garment dyed, giving them a soft vintage feel right out of the box. The shapes are comfortable and the fabrics are soft, making dressing easy for baby and mama.

5. Tiny Cottons

As a family Company, tinycottons born in December 2012, Barb Bruno and Gerard Lazcano decided to to do something different for the kids business, build a brand with great quality products, made in Europe, and treat that Brand as and adults Brand, stylish but bold, with a strong image, and a story behind every collection that kids get involved and learn something, or just love a piece that they'll remember for ever.

 

 

 

 


About Erin + Gingerly Witty

Gingerly Witty was born from my love of personal style. I wanted to create a space that had a neighborhood vibe with affordable quality products and unique merchandise with an appreciation for local handmade artisans and a spotlight on ethically made goods. I hope to bring this vision to my clients in a way that is uniquely Gingerly Witty.

What we're creating is a lifestyle destination focused on a specific customer — a woman who is creative and eclectic in terms of her tastes but is leading a busy, ambitious life. So, what she needs are beautiful clothes that are also rooted in ease, versatility, and accessibility.

We want the references we're making to what's happening in fashion and other cultural arenas to feel intuitively familiar but done in a way that surprises our customer. We focus on offering real clothes that you can live and work in. I believe when women feel confident and powerful — in short, at our best — there is truly nothing we can't accomplish.

Gingerly Witty is own and run by Erin Lally. She loves capsule wardrobes, dancing at concerts, and attempting to play the banjo. Gene Belcher is her spirit animal.