Conscious Style

Shop Smart: 1 Top, 6 Outfits

In this post we are featuring Free Label's Betty Tank and Johnny Tee as a high quality basic that can transition between many different outfits and occasions using timeless investment pieces and a few trendy items.  Free Label's pieces are created in small batches to reduce waste and made using Earth-friendly materials including bamboo and organic cotton. Their production takes place in Vancouver and Toronto where their team is paid fair wages in a safe working environment. To top it all off, their tops are soft, comfortable and versatile!

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Finding Your Sustainable Style in YYC

Many of us know the fashion industry hides a lot of dirty deeds, and we've let them get away with it for a long time (if you don't believe us, watch this documentary or this mini series to get a sense of the stories behind our clothes). To combat this, Fashion Revolution week was established. Its goal is to raise awareness of exploitation in the fashion supply chain. Fashion Revolution encourages consumers to take a picture of the tag on their clothes and ask the brand on social media "who made my clothes"! 

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7 Questions to Ask Before You Buy

At My New Neighbour, we believe that shopping ethically is about more than who you buy from, it's also about how you shop. Buying a garment that is made ethically means you are supporting the dignity of the people and places that came together for that piece of clothing. Buying a garment that is made to last means you are putting less burden on our natural resources to support our often excessive desire for "new" things and spending less money in the long run.

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Brand Love: Patagonia

Patagonia may just be the emperor of large-scale ethical clothing. What began as a backyard steel-piton company, has now blossomed into a massive line of outdoor apparel and gear that is currently setting new precedents for corporate social and environmental responsibility. In this post we will present to you the various aspects of Patagonia that truly make it a cut above other international clothing companies, interspersed with pictures of our friends who also have a penchant for the high quality, responsibly made items Patagonia has to offer.

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Local Love: Fond Boutique

Fond Boutique initially caught our eye at Market Collective with their curated collection of noticeably unique mid to high end brands, all collected second hand. This Instagram-based consignment shop offers those who do not have the time or will to sift through racks upon racks at second hand stores an opportunity to shop beautifully maintained second hand clothing. Fond Boutique allows the shopper to save time, pay significantly less for high end brands, reduce their consumer waste by buying second hand and receive personal styling help from Tanya, the brains and beauty behind Fond Boutique. You can often find Fond Boutique at Market Collective and Commonwealth Collector's Club OR book a private appointment to shop the collection.

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Brand Love: Krochet Kids

Krochet Kids is a brand we treasure, admire and consistently purchase from. The high quality of their apparel and accessories, company-wide transparency and holistic involvement in their participant's lives make it a warm, fuzzy, feel-good shopping experience.

In collaboration with Deanna Rachel Photography, we put together some photos of us wearing our prized Krochet Kids pieces to share with you the beauty, comfort and warmth they have provided us. Check them out below as we tell you the story of this phenomenal company. 

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Brand Love: 31 Bits

After hearing a classmate's insight into what life is like for young women living in post-war northern Uganda, a group of American post-grads went back with her to Uganda to meet some of these women and start to understand how to use their innate resourcefulness and creativity to help them get back on their feet.  The Ugandan women had been making recycled paper jewellery at a small scale to make ends meet.

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Brand Love : Inner Fire

Based in Vancouver, BC, Inner Fire Apparel was born out of an unfortunate health scare that forced creator Leah Emmot to take time off from being a yoga teacher and fitness instructor. Stuck at home, Leah tuned into her creative side and began making earth-friendly, clever t-shirts. 

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Brand Love : tonlé

My New Neighbour is SO excited to tell you about tonlé, a zero-waste clothing producer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where employees earn well above minimum wage, are provided benefits and work in a team environment that encourages skill building and creativity.

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