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Tonle: Eco-friendly meets Socially Conscious

Tonle: Eco-friendly meets Socially Conscious

Almost a year ago I texted some friends and ask them to help me hunt for clothing that was ethically sourced, we were really wanting to see pieces that were classic, well priced and were easily styled with other simple, functional pieces that we already owned.  

Minutes later my friend Kate texted me this photo from an Instagram post and I did a happy dance!

 

After spending time reading about Tonle and Rachel Faller, their fearless leader, we were so excited to reach out, learn more about their work and goals and bring their clothing into our product selection.

Tonle works in Cambodia with small groups of weavers to supply their fabric and carefully trains their tailor's to create their clothing in zero-waste facilities (They actually boil down their little bits of remnant fabric and make it into paper used for tags and packaging!).  They do a great job working with their employees over long periods of time and celebrating their promotion when it's earned.  Meet Dara, their most recent employee to be promoted to Sewing Team Leader!  

You can find photos and some bios of each of Tonle's makers here.

From first hand experience we know how hard it can be to commit to a group of people, to train them, carefully treat them with respect and produce products that are consistent and high quality.  Rachel and her team manages this with humility and care.

In their effort to make their production holistically eco-friendly they consider natural processes and traditional craft as much as possible.  This gorgeous image below shows several fabrics in the coloring process next to the materials used to create the dye.  

Learn more about their dying, packaging and production practices here.

Tonle has proven that economically and social conscious fashion is possible, through hard word and dedication they are creating a line that we hope will become a model for countless other clothing manufacturers.  

We are so proud to be promoting and selling their beautiful clothing!

These Tonle pieces are currently up on the online shop and we have a larger selection in the Columbia shop.

The Maera Shift Dress

The Kayla Tulip Dress

 Photo Credit: Tonle Design

 

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Ethically Styled: Maera Dress

Ethically Styled: Maera Dress

We love the idea of outfits.  For us, the ideal every day ensemble is both sophisticated and comfortable.  Jessica and I work closely together, we are busy, we run around, frequently walk instead of drive, and I always have my boys around with their mess.  What we wear has to work for our lifestyle and make us feel like we look good, or at least give the illusion that we tried when got up that morning!

Here Rachel is modeling our Maera Dress by Tonle in Plum.  This simple shift dress is made of a lovely lightweight recycled rayon.  We love these dresses that you can throw on with boots, layer jewelry, and go. And it has pockets...

We have paired it with one of our lightweight alpaca scarves.  We love this shawl sized scarf, it lays beautifully.  

A scarf makes such a statement that we frequently avoid large or heavy jewelry when wearing one.  The layered gold bracelets here are a lovely compliment to the lightweight scarf, they are not over done, but are a simple, classic addition.

Each of the pieces in our line are chosen to combine with the others.  We would love to see pictures of how you are styling Route pieces! 

-Christina

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