Clothing Matters wants you to “feel good in and about what you wear.” During Fashion’s Night Out on September 6, the boutique will host Yana Dee, the Michigan designer with whom they’ve partnered longest.
“We’re very proud to support so much local and regional talent that complements our most accomplished partners. We’ve come a long way with Yana, and our greatest reward is the consistently superlative feedback from customers about high return on investment from clothing that dresses up and down with perfect comfort to hold their place in the suitcase every time,” states owner Marta Swain.
Other local and regional artists’ contributions to the Clothing Matters collection include: recycled & vintage fabric transformed into artfully designed ones-of-a-kind skirts, jackets, vests, flower pins & scarves, hand painted apparel and hand made jewelry
“Our current collection compares favorably to everything we’ve seen over 16 years in it’s capacity to make it easier than ever to get dressed in apparel that allows customers to look and feel good about what they wear” says Swain. ”This year, Indigenous Designs, with whom we’ve partnered since 1998, uses QR codes to connect customers with artisans who produce hand made knits of incomparable beauty.”
Other Clothing Matters partners raising the bar in this every day aspect of life too often left out of sustainability conversations include:
Gramicci featuring NPT/Natural Performance Technology collections for men and women of all ages; Amour Vert, creating timeless pieces of peace silk and modal, designed in Paris and hand made in the USA; Carole Wang offering extended range of sizes including plus sizes, designed and handmade in the USA of 95% bamboo.
Clothing Matters hosts Fashion’s Night Out, 4-9 pm on Thursday, September 6. They invite customers to model and review their favorite looks in all the best blends of hemp, organic cotton, bamboo, soy and alpaca on an outdoor boardwalk runway, and enter to win $100 toward their first picks.
Since 1996, Clothing Matters has featured over 100 designers committed to practices that prevent pollution & promote social justice. This world class collection of sustainably manufactured apparel tripled sales of Michigan designed & hand made products in the last 18 months compared to previous five years prior.
Submitted by Stephanie Austin, Marketing Coordinator