Friday Finds: What We Wore

I’m going to try to post a Friday finds, things we find on the internet that are locally made or made with a fair wage.  I know that it can be quite a task to search for stylish fun fashion fun food, home accessories and so forth.  Since I’m doing this with our family, I thought I would share some of the things we have found on the interweb.

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American Apparel red hoodie and hand-me down second hand pants. I like getting their kids stuff for basics.  They do get a lot of controversy for their racy ads but I like the fact that it’s American made clothing.

ibex-1Ibex jacket.  They specialize in Merino wool wear.  This jacket uses New Zealand wool and it’s made in the USA.  I spoke to the nice shop folks at the store here in Seattle and they are aiming to have most of their clothing made in the USA by 2015. T’s new favourite jacket. Super lightweight but also very warm.  Great for this Pacific Northwest weather. This jacket is available for sale in the wintertime.  It does have a hefty price tag at $325 because it is using fine merino wool material.



1. Birks – I live in these all summer long. Made in Germany. A pair lasts at least 5 years. I still have a pair of clogs from my Toronto days which is now 13 years ago.  I love them!

2. Hudson jeans – I looked through all the labels of jeans for T at Nordstrom rack and I found these cool jeans that are made in the USA with imported European fabric. I love the name of this style which is called “Dandy Slouchy Straight”.  Great relaxed fit for men but not overly loose.  It looks awesome on my 5 ft 11 ish guy.

Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy your weekend!



Gustin Jeans: Handcrafted in San Fransisco


My brother actually introduced me to this brand.  It’s a very interesting business model where they fund a type of denim jean before they actually produce it.  They were tired of retail prices for jeans and they wanted to produce a high end jeans for men without tacking on a 250 dollar price tag. Instead of guessing what the customers want, they crowdsource different type f denims and styles and if it gets funded, then it is produced.  That is a great idea because the customer chooses what they want.  I love the fact that they are handcrafted in made in San Fransisco to boost the local economy and you get a quality pair of jeans for a great price tag of $81. This style I love and it’s Japanese denim.  There is a rich lushness to japanese denim.  At $81 dollars for a pair AND it’s made in San Fransisco?  That is a deal. I think this would look awesome on T. He’ll look super hot.  Yeah, I said it.  Great fit and sewn well as my brother has 3 pairs and it does look good on him even with the no asian butt. Sorry W! I highly recommend you check Gustin out and buy a new pair of jeans for your man for Father’s Day, birthday and just because you are awesome day.

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If you have a facebook account, we’re doing a giveaway with these lovely upcycled leather earrings from Raven+Lily.  We love R+L here at Lil’Soak.  We love their simple yet elegant designs and the people that work there. They have such a big heart to empowering empoverished women around the world.

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Factory Fire, Bangladesh

I’m guilty of it. I was a huge bargain shopper and I feel like I scored when I pick up a dress for only 11 dollars. It’s not even second hand.  I didn’t even think twice about why it was so cheap.  I just thought it was super cute and pretty.

When I read about the building collapse in Bangladesh in which 400 people were killed, I realize just how costly my 11 dollar dress was. I read in an NPR article that only 2% of the clothes are domestically manufactured.  In the 50’s, that percentage 100%.  I can see that.  When I go shopping at the mall, I usually look at the “made in ____” label and often I see China, Guatemala, Bangladesh, India etc.  Companies like Land’s End or Levi’s will have a “limited edition” made in the US clothing and it’s a very small section.

I was on the REI site the other day looking for a shell for my 3 year old and the only thing that was made in the US were socks.  I know there are ethical producers in global markets but I have no real guarantee unless it’s fair trade certified or I happen to know that the artisan producers are paid a fair wage and working under safe conditions with proper breaks.

I have a tough time looking for US made or fair trade certified products for my kids — I think that’s why I’m contemplating sewing more of their clothes or the dream is to design clothes under lilsoak someday.  That would be the dream.

It breaks my heart to know that when I see the cute clothing at Target — that we paid a high cost from an unknown poor factory worker overseas.

We are committed to finding all fair trade certified or USA/Canadian made clothing and accessories and sharing it here on our blog. There are a ton of great UK companies that have fair traded clothing but I have started to find some great US made clothing for kids and adult alike.



Give a gift twice, host a party!


Would you like to join in fighting poverty around the world?  If you have mad party planning skills or would just love to help, we are looking for ambassadors to hosts parties with our fair trade goodies.  Invite your girlfriends, co-workers, aunts, moms etc. and have a party and share the wonderful redemptive stories of the women that have personally handmade your products.

We would also love to come and share stories and beautiful handmade products at your church or community in the greater Vancouver, Seattle, and Toronto area.   Please contact me at sonya at lilsoak dot com if you are interested in learning more!