A Platform for Sustainably Minded Independent Designers
Created in 2015 by fashion designer and entrepreneur, Monica Rojas, Belvele is an online store featuring ethical designers and brands based right here in the United States. Belvele lives by the ideas of Design, Craftsmanship & Sustainability. Their clothing features designs which are everlasting and contemporary. They stress the importance of craftsmanship and quality, while trying to move us more toward slow fashion. Monica was inspired to start a mission of advocating for better purchasing habits after hearing about the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in 2013. She even learned to sew, which instigated the launch of her own line, Amatoria Clothing. Monica wanted transparency when purchasing clothing. She's like us - always curious how her clothing is made, and if it is making a positive impact. Belvele lets us know what goes on behind the scenes, so we can feel confident and assured we are making the right decision when shopping.
I'm wearing an amazingly cozy shirt by one of Belvele's brands, Esby Apparel. Founded in 2014, Stephanie Beard designs women's clothing with a 'menswear mentality', and I'm quite fond of it! Scroll below to see some more styles on my fav list which you can currently purchase through Belvele.
Some of my favorite products off Belvele you can click below to start shopping.
The first three styles are favorites of mine, and also made by Esby. The Allison Jumper looks so flattering, and is made of natural linen and cotton - great for the warmer months! I'm all about a pant that shows off the ankle like the Ava Cropped Pant, which is made from 100% organic cotton. I've, also, always been more keen for the back of the garment rather than the front, and the Lola Tank allows you to choose which side to wear the buttons. A garment you can wear multiple ways is always a good idea, right? ;) The Racer Crop-Top from Groceries Apparel is made from organic cotton & spandex, and looks très chic paired with some comfy pants. Can't forget about the guys! Stripes are in full force this year, and the Andrew Striped Long-Sleeve is deemed Fair Trade & made from organic cotton by Threads for Thought, a B-Corp out of NYC helping provide sustainable jobs to people in Kenya, India, China, and Haiti.