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
transitional cotton farming
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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lake minnewaska upstate new york
lake minnewaska upstate new york
lake minnewaska upstate new york
lake minnewaska upstate new york
lake minnewaska upstate new york
lake minnewaska upstate new york
lake minnewaska upstate new york
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lake minnewaska upstate new york
lake minnewaska upstate new york
lake minnewaska upstate new york
lake minnewaska upstate new york

Monday, October 6, 2014

Amp, Amp It Up

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Join us for a casual conversation about sustainable business practices, cocktails, and easy access to shop Able Made's collaborative products, including a brand new Loomstate x Able Made hoodie!

Audubon, More Like Auducool

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When you think Audubon Society, a sweet older environmental couple might comes to mind. They have matching zip-off hiking trousers, bucket caps, and binoculars around the neck.  Well, this is what we expected when we joined NYC Audubon for a hawk walk in Fort Tilden, NY. But when we met the other bird watchers we realized Audubon is achangin'. Others rolled in from Brooklyn, one on motorcycle, a creative couple from Williamsburg, a tee-pee maker, all young and dressed real cool....on a bird watch.

We followed group leader Tara on a meandering path that lead us atop a secret fortress where we got the best view in New York (a little different than the view from the Empire State Building). We spotted a few birds darting by, but the best part was chatting with the fellow bird watchers. The conversation migrated from birds to water quality to offshore pipelines and NY fracking, which made sense since the health of our bird community is linked to the health of every other aspect of the environment....after all, it's all connected. We look forward to spending more time with this hip and environmentally-aware group.

Upcoming New York City Audubon events.
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audubon society ny
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audubon society ny
audubon society ny

Monday, September 29, 2014

TMRW TGTHR // Nordstrom Popin


Nordstrom Paramus Garden State Popin
Products by Loomstate and a handful of other responsible clothing and accessories brands were brought together by Nordstrom's Creative Projects Director, Olivia Kim, and presented in TMRW TGTHR PopIn shops at select locations. We visited the Nordstrom in Paramus, NJ for a look.  The white floors, life-size shark and thoughtful things will transport you to a beachy place, yes even in the middle of a NJ mall!  We're psyched to be a part of this project and hope you can pop in to one near you - locations.

Nordstrom Paramus Garden State Popin

Nordstrom Paramus Garden State Popin

Nordstrom Paramus Garden State Popin

Nordstrom Paramus Garden State Popin
Nordstrom Paramus Garden State Popin