When I began to care, to really care where clothing comes from and how it was made, was when I was pregnant with my second child, Søren. It was different for me at that point. I thought more about the fabrics that would touch his tiny body and if they contained chemicals or bad juju of any sort and strived to buy only baby and kids clothing that makes me feel good about shopping, that made me feel good to have those near my baby.
Needless to say my thoughts on feel good clothing have since expanded to include my wardrobe, and dressing my older son as well. It’s a process, a particularly long process, but along the way I’ve discovered so many small and heartfelt feel good brands for baby & kids made by small companies and makers all over the world and today I’d love to share my favorites with you.
More and more lately I’ve made it a point to put thought into my buying habits, where I vote with spending my money, and how ethical my purchase is. It could be called intentional shopping. On top of being conscious about whether an item brings me joy or is something I actually need, I’ve been drawn to making more ethical shopping choices. I constantly find myself being pulled to products that not only make me feel good, but do good by the companies and people who work for them as well as contribute to a better planet for us all.
Not too long ago I had the privilege of attending the grand opening Minted Local, a new pop up shop from Minted in San Francisco, California. The night was full of wonderful people and beautiful things, a perfect embodiment of Minted’s brand and lifestyle feel. The shop features art, home goods, and stationery from Minted’s community of independent artists and designers. There is even a special area dedicated to California-based artists and offers original art and one-of-a-kind items (my favorite section!) Minted Local will also host workshops, artists-in-residence programs, styling services, as well as interactive crafts and complimentary mementos to keep children entertained while you’re shopping.
For quite some time now, Cuyana has been one of my favorite shopping destinations. Long before I began this feel good shopping quest, they were one of my favorites not only for the quality of their items, but the story behind them.