The Slumlove Blog
Black Friday looks a little different here at Slumlove. You won't see mega-discounts or crazy promotions on our site - and the reason for this is simple: We already offer this to you EVERY SINGLE DAY. We believe ethical fashion should be accessible to everyone. We don't want our products to be exclusive to a certain group of people, but instead, we want everyone to take part in changing the world.
We do this by selling all of our products at a wholesale cost directly to you, our consumer. You won't find our products anywhere else other than our website, and this is a conscious choice made by us. We get emails everyday from retailers asking if they can sell our products in their stores, and we always say no. It stings a little for us to have to turn down some amazing opportunities, but we do this so that we can keep our products affordable for you.
So, you won't ever find our products on sale or see us offering sweaters at a crazy discounted price. Ethical fashion isn't about consuming as much clothing as possible for as cheaply as possible, but it's about spending wisely and making choices that are improving our world.
As a thank you for your continued support and dedication to joining with us in revolutionizing the fashion industry, we will be offering free shipping Friday - Monday on all of our products.
We've teamed up with The Deeply Co. to create an exclusive product that will only be sold over at The Deeply Co. site November 2-15! This scarf was hand-crocheted with love in Nairobi, Kenya using 100% organic yarn, and is providing a living wage for the women who knitted it. It was made in very limited quantities and won't be restocked, so get yours before they're gone!
What's so new about these collections? Well, everything.
Over this past year, we moved to a new production facility outside of the Kibera slum. We are working with more women, which means more lives are being improved through your purchases.
We've also begun making our products with 100% cotton yarn. We are working with a supplier in East Africa that produces CmiA certified yarn, which means they work closely with small sub-saharan farmers to help them build sustainable businesses and protect the environment. We want everything about our products to be beneficial to our world, from the way the cotton was grown to the materials we use to ship your sweater.
In addition to updating the style and fit of current products, we've added some new pieces, as well. We will be highlighting The Knit Dress and our new hand-knit beanies and scarves throughout this week.
Thanks for sticking with us throughout this crazy journey! We are super proud of this collection and can't wait for you to enjoy it.
After almost 2 months of delays, we are finally ready to launch our Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection! Better late than never, right?
Starting next week, we will begin selling our new women's and accessories collections, and our men's collection will launch two weeks after! All of our products are completely brand new. We're talking new materials (organic cotton), new styles (dresses), and new products (beanies + scarves). This collection has been such a labor of love, and we hope you feel the time and dedication that has gone into every piece. And as always, all of our products are ethically made by women living in Nairobi, Kenya and continue to support education in one of the world's largest slums. Our mission throughout this whole crazy process has been to continue working hard so we can give you new opportunities to change the world through your purchases.
Slumlove is a fashion company. Our business is to design and make clothing, and then sell that clothing in order to continue growing our company. We know this is how business works, and we love getting to provide great products to our customers.
But the start of Slumlove was so much more than that. It began as a vision for helping the community of Kibera. To provide employment for a single mother who knitted sweaters, and to continue giving back to a school in the slum.
This is the heart of Slumlove. Even though we are a business, our mission is to love the community of Kibera, one of the largest slums in the world. This is where Slumlove began, and it's where we will always come back to. It's what Slumlove is all about.
That's why we love getting to share this wonderful place with our friends and family. Every summer, we bring a group over to Kenya to volunteer in Kibera and visit with the women who make Slumlove happen. We just returned from our most recent trip, and we are still daydreaming about all of the incredible things we experienced.
All photo from Ashley Green.
We're thrilled to finally be launching the first product in our new summer-wear collection! Made with 100% organic and un-dyed cotton sourced in East Africa, this tank is designed to fit loosely and keep you feeling cool + looking stylish all summer long.
Photographer: Katie Jameson
Model: Ashley Green
Katie Jameson is the amazing photographer behind Slumlove Sweater Co. and her talented eye continuously makes our sweaters look good. We recently flipped the camera on Katie to show off her beauty + style. We love the way she dressed up our Black Cardigan!
Name: Katie Jameson
City: Austin, Texas
Favorite Coffee Shop: Vintage Heart
Restaurant of Choice: Hillside Farmacy + Epicerie
Where She Shops: Free People + Madewell
Interests: Photography, Fashion Blogs, Soccer + Friend Time
One of the missions behind Slumlove Sweater Company is to make ethical + stylish clothing readily available. Supporting other social enterprises and helping people discover great brands that are making a difference is an important aspect of our company. We don't believe that one company can change the world on it's own, but it will be a community-wide effort, with businesses taking small steps each day to ensure they are improving lives and making the world a better place.
It's with this in mind that Slumlove founder Ava Darnell has launched a new blog called The Honest Look. This blog will shine a light on companies that are doing good in the world, and provide resources + inspiration for others interested in learning more about ethical fashion.
We hope this blog will become an extension of the Slumlove brand, giving our customers more ways to make a difference through their purchases.
The New Year has us wishful thinking about all of the wonderful places we want to take our Slumlove sweaters. A few trips are already set in stone, and some are simply dreams we hope to make a reality. Whether for work or for play, here's our top list of destinations for 2015.
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
(all images are original or via Pinterest)