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Behind the Scenes: Zero Waste

Behind the Scenes: Zero Waste
 We recently came across some leftover organic cotton gauze remnants that were bound for a landfill after having been used for another company’s production. We couldn’t bear to see it go to waste and offered to purchase it knowing we could make something beautiful and useful. Continue reading

Our Top 5 Tips for #plasticfreejuly

Our Top 5 Tips for #plasticfreejuly
This month, we’re participating in Plastic Free July. The movement began in Australia and has since spread worldwide in an effort to engage consumers on the impact of plastics and more importantly, how we can all reduce our usage of them.  Continue reading

How to Care for Sustainable Fabrics

How to Care for Sustainable Fabrics
One of the topics we are commonly asked about regarding sustainable fabrics is: Do they require special care and washing in comparison to conventional fabrics? We are always happy to answer NO! Continue reading

Why Organic Cotton?

Why Organic Cotton?
Conventionally grown and produced cotton is about as far from sustainable as possible. There is hope though. Organic cotton is growing in popularity and is a vastly safer and healthier product.  Continue reading

Hemp Love: Why We Love Hemp Textiles

Hemp Love: Why We Love Hemp Textiles
The use of the Hemp plant in textiles is becoming more widespread in the apparel world, particularly in the sustainable realm. This is nothing new – Hemp has been used for thousands of years to make fabrics, rope, and even paper. While the fiber lost popularity in the United States due to the stigma and associations of Marijuana, Hemp is experiencing a well-deserved resurgence. Continue reading

Comfort Food: Red Lentils

Comfort Food: Red Lentils
Affordable yet filling, lentils are a staple worldwide and full of plant-based protein to boot. Red lentils are used in this recipe for their hearty flavor and gorgeous color. A perfect chilly-weather dish, goat cheese and crusty bread turns them into a light meal or serve alongside greens and protein as a hearty side. Continue reading

Lifting the Curtain: What does it mean to be USA-made?

Lifting the Curtain: What does it mean to be USA-made?
Who Made Your Clothes?
By now, a growing number of consumers are aware of the statistic that less than 3% of clothing sold in the United States is actually made here. That is such a staggeringly low percentage that it’s almost easy to brush off – an entire segment of manufacturing that is so far gone it can never be reversed. But what about that ~3% of clothing? How do the brands and manufacturers creating it do so? And what does it really mean to be “Made In The USA”?
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HOW
At LA Relaxed, we take our mission to produce domestically seriously. A typical week finds us visiting local knitting mills to source and develop fabrics that are knit mostly right here in Los Angeles (yes, the yarns are usually imported as most textile-grade yarns are produced overseas). Since we knit locally, we are able to have a hands-on approach to the quality as well as control over aspects of the fabric that allow us to minimize waste in the production process.
Los Angeles Fabric Knitting Mill | Made in the USA
 Los Angeles Fabric Mill
Taking that a step farther, we only use fabrics made with sustainable materials like Hemp, Lycocell, and Modal. These materials are far more expensive than conventional and non eco-friendly fabrics – sometimes almost double the cost. These are costs we often don’t pass on to our customers so as not to alienate ourselves in the marketplace.
Sustainable and Ethical Fashion | Modal and Organic Cotton
Our Midi Dress- made of luxurious Tencel ™ Modal jersey.
 
The expense of manufacturing domestically isn’t just in the fabrics (and plenty of Made In The USA brands use imported fabrics to offset costs elsewhere) it’s in the people. We place a high value on ethical manufacturing, and producing our clothing right here in LA means we can work closely with our manufacturing partners to ensure that all of our employees and contractors are working in safe, clean conditions and being fairly compensated. It also allows our team to keep their eyes on garments through every step of the process – this translates to well-made, high quality pieces that won’t fall apart after a few washes.
 Los Angeles Ethical Manufacturing
Behind the scenes at a local manufacturer.
WHY
With movements like Fashion Revolution shedding light on what the apparel industry has ALWAYS known (inhumane and dangerous working conditions, poverty-level wages, lack of regulation, etc), now more than ever it’s time to demand more from the clothing you wear. It’s not enough for your clothing to be stylish, comfortable, or a bargain; it cannot come at the cost of human well-being.
 Fashion Revolution
Producing ethically is a huge cost but one that is well worth it. While not every overseas manufacturer mistreats it’s workers, we feel much more comfortable taking that guesswork out of the equation. We operate like a family with all of our employees and contractors looking out for each other. Saying that we pay fair wages sounds silly – it should be a given for any company – but the truth is it’s still a rare business model for overseas manufacturing. Providing jobs domestically and keeping the dollars in our local community is an added bonus.
 
When you purchase a piece of clothing from LA Relaxed, you can feel comfortable knowing it was designed, knit, sewn, and packed within a 15 mile radius right here in Los Angeles, California. That, to us, is what it means to be a USA-made brand and we think that’s pretty cool.
LA Relaxed | Made in Los Angeles
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Sharing the Love: Our Favorite Sustainable Fashion Resources

Sharing the Love: Our Favorite Sustainable Fashion Resources
With the concepts of sustainability, capsule wardrobes, and ethical manufacturing becoming more widespread within the fashion industry, it can be overwhelming to sift through the brands, bloggers, and other resources to find out who is actually making a difference and how you can buy in a way that supports truly ethical brands. We decided to compile a list of a few of our go-to resources that do a great job of distilling the key points of the sustainable movement in a way that makes sense, as well as promoting and introducing brands that align with those values. Continue reading

Close to Home: The California Fires

Close to Home: The California Fires
Wildfires are as much a part of the California landscape as beaches, palm trees, and Hollywood, but their yearly visits are no less devastating for their consistency. This year in particular California is facing a tremendous impact from two major fires: the Camp Fire in Northern California, and the Woolsey Fire spanning Los Angeles and Ventura County. Continue reading

Photojournal: Autumn Beachscape

Photojournal: Autumn Beachscape
Autumn at the California coast, specifically in Malibu, is beautifully mild. The days are still mostly sunny but the haze and changes in light change the visual perception. The sky and water become destaurated, the sand darkens, and jewel-like green sea moss adds a pop of color against the wet slate and charcoal rocks.  Continue reading