A modern vest, made by a circle pattern, lays beautifully and creates a shawl collar. It's not only flattering but has pockets! Made of a soft, black cotton knit fabric with a fleecy underside for wrapping up and keeping warm.
Perfect layering piece for comfort and style at work or at play. Works well with long sleeve tees, jeans, and leggings, as well as with dresses.
Material: Made with a high quality recycled* cotton knit fabric with a fleecy underside. (*Recycled means remnant surplus from the larger garment industry that sometimes goes to the incinerator unless put on the remnant market. Only the best quality fabrics are hand-chosen for this line.)
Care: Machine wash cold & gentle and tumble dry low. The fleecy underside may visibly shed a bit onto lighter fabrics at first.
Sizing: Two forgiving sizes: Small/Medium and Large/Extra-Large. The first model is a size 12/14 wearing a L/XL. The second model is a size small wearing S/M.
From: Designed in Indiana for the US market and produced in Cambodia.
About this line:
The accompanying picture is from the workshop in which this piece was made.
This line is produced under fair trade principles by a team of talented seamstresses in Cambodia where poverty is widespread; with few economic opportunities for the average citizen and crushing pressures in the garment industry, many workplaces are exploitative.
In deep contrast, the workshop in which this piece is made is a safe and dignified space with each seamstress receiving a wage every week that supports them and their family, as well as a Monday through Friday work week, the lunchtime meal, maternity leave, and holidays.
As opposed to the fast fashion tight schedules and order cycles, this is a non-hurried, clean and safe (read: dignified) workspace. After the pattern is cut, the seamstress makes the entire garment from first stitch to proudly signing her name on the tag of the finished product. Their talent is evident in the quality of the clothing and handbags they output.
Fair trade-based organizations (non-profits, wholesale partners) work to bring artisan and ethically-produced goods to a broader market like the United States. This opens the door for fair payment that the artisans otherwise would have a difficult time commanding in their local markets.
Fair trade retailers, like ALVY, provide you with the opportunity to experience the high-quality and artistry from around the world, and support a new way of caring for our fellow humans.