Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Comfort in Layers

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Our fall collection is all about layering! Start with a silky smooth organic cotton base layer against your skin (we've got tanks, tees, and long sleeves), throw on a chambray to dress it up a bit, and a loose-fitting zip-up hoodie for extra warmth and coziness.

For Her
organic cotton hoodies


For Him
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Bakeries + Beards | fall you need to know

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Our friend Brian (and model in our recent upstate photo shoot) spends his moments in between work biking around Brooklyn in search of the best bakery in town or at home drafting kids books inspired by his wild three year old nephew. Read on for sweet spots to visit this fall, key wardrobe items for your outdoorsy/urban existence, and tips for maintaining facial hair as nice as Brian's as you dive face first into Movember.

You live where? 
I live in the beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint.

What's something you love to do before you go to work?
I love biking to and from work. It's about 6 miles and it tends to be one of the first things I do each day, even BEFORE my obligatory coffee. Going over the bridge from BK to Manhattan is breathtaking no matter the weather, and is a great transition from home to the workplace!

Favorite bakeries in New York?
My two favorite bakeries in NY are Mast Brothers for their understated chocolate chip cookie, and Ovenly for their Brooklyn Blackout cake.

Your style is mix of __/comfort/__ and __/function/__ and you dress with __/the weather/__ in mind.
I don't feel that I've got a particular style, but I DO like to be comfortable. Fitted clothes that move or an oversized tee are staples.

Your go-to piece of clothing?
A nice comfy flannel is a go to for me!

Where to this fall? 
This fall I'm heading over to Berlin for a much needed break and likely taking a few camping trips upstate before the permanent NY snow blanket!

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Beard Guide - The secret to beauty is different for every beard, so you will have to play around with which combination is best for yours. Brian suggests starting with these ingredients...start with Jojoba Oil and add in these essential oils - Rosewood, Cedarwood, Cypress, and Lavender Tea Tree Peppermint in amounts of your choice.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

From the Farm : Transitional Cotton


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Courtney Wagner, Loomstate's new Production Manager fills us in on her recent sourcing trip, visiting organic and transitional cotton farms in West Texas...

"Last month members of the Loomstate team visited Lubbock, Texas, where 95% of our country’s organic cotton is grown! We are interested in supporting USA grown organic and transitional cotton farms, so we took some time out of the office to connect with the farmers and see what partnerships would make sense for our upcoming projects.

It takes three solid years of organic cultivation for a conventional farm to be deemed organic. During this time, the crop is called "transitional cotton," as it's grown organically, but cannot officially be certified organic. There is little demand for transitional cotton, since it comes at a higher price point than conventional, but without the "organic" marketing value. So, we are interested in working with and supporting farmers during this three year period, as they responsibly shift their farming practices.

We had the opportunity to visit a number of organic and transitional farms in Texas and interact with partners of the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative (TOCMC). It's important for us to visit the farms to get a better understanding of the farming cycle/processes and the challenges that the farmers face. These challenges can influence timing, quantity and quality where it relates to production. Also, it connects us to the crop and each step of the production process, from farm all the way to the finished garment.

We know that the only way to encourage the organic cotton supply in the US is to support the transition from conventional to organic. It’s important that we support and find uses for this three year phase."

-Courtney Wagner
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transitional cotton farming
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transitional cotton farming
transitional cotton farming
Courtney and Rhett are wearing our 100% organic cotton Carolina Cotton Tees, grown and sewn on US soil! Also check out our organic cotton Chambrays

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wandering With....Tara Michie

We're kicking off our Wandering With... series with Tara Michie, an adventurous young woman on the North Shore of Hawai'i, who generates stunning photography behind and in front of the camera (see her surf blog Lady Slider and drift off into a beachy state of mind).  She's a friend of Loomstate because she takes every available moment to travel and experience something new, capturing the subtle and beautiful moments along the way. Whether she's crossing the US in a vibrant green truck, single fin in tow, or searching for a new break with friends, she's always got her camera near.  On a recent visit to New York, Tara ventured upstate with good pal Hannah. They shared some snaps with us from their trip...


Style reflects a lifestyle. What do your clothes say about your style of life? 
Easy and simple with some spontaneity. Stylish without trying too hard.

What did you make sure to pack for a weekend upstate? 
The trip was pretty spontaneous and didn't really have a choice what I packed. But I always make sure I have my camera.

Favorite spot for a warm cup of coffee (or tea) in urban NY? 
Coffee with breakfast: Jack's Wife Frida. On the go: La Colombe. When I wanna hang for a bit: Toby's.

A few words that describe the feeling when you reach a vista after a long hike. 
Accomplishment, relief and hopefully awe [from a breathtaking view or landscape.]

What's a leaf peeper? 
I'm no expert but I think it's a cooler way to say "people going to look at the leaves changing in the fall."

Recommendations for places to visit upstate? 
Phoenicia and Woodstock.

What happened?!
I went on a wild ATV ride at the Oregon sand dunes. Did an unintentional air and front flip over the handle bars. Thank goodness it was just a broken arm!

Where are you off to next?
Staying put in Hawai'i for the winter but planning a trip to Asia for the beginning of next year!

Follow these gals on their next adventure! @ladyslider @hannahkealia

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Upstate Photo Shoot

Lured by the turning leaves, expansive vistas and a day out of the city we ventured up to Lake Minnewaska for our fall photo shoot. As luck would have it, we chose the one rainy day of the week. This knot in the grain of the day turned into a beautiful blessing. With friends Heidi and Brian as our models, a creative cast behind the scenes, a focused photographer, and a lulled foggy atmosphere our photos came out even more authentically beautiful than we had hoped. And we had some fun. Here are some behind the scenes shots #nofilter. Keep an eye out for our finished lookbook and shop the fall collection here.

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