For our first brand profile we are putting the spotlight on….:
Started in 2013 out of a spare bedroom, Elizabeth Suzann has been creating mindful designs that appeal to both our minimalist and indulgent senses for nearly 5 years. Their beautiful fabrics and the timelessness of their designs make shopping their collection a joy. While fabrics are imported (mostly from Japan and Korea) all designs are produced in the USA: mostly out of a studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
The vision of the brand, as described on the website, is one that pursues long-lasting, versatile garments. The result is luxurious fabrics carefully sewn into elegant and utilitarian clothes that will journey through the seasons, and the years, with you. Don’t take my word for it, have a look at some of my favorite pieces:
Would you just look at those? The U- shaped pockets of the Clyde Pants! The way the Mara Jumpsuit just screams elegance! The airy, wide leg Florence Pants that say ‘you can wear me all summer and all winter’! The silk Linn Top looks creamy enough to just eat! The linen Georgia Top begs to be layered! And that versatile silk Maxine top that will get you through those hot summers. I must have them all.
These clothes don’t just look and feel great they are also produced with quality materials in the United States. Though the sourcing of their fabric isn’t completely clear (I’ve put in an email to them about it), the production (cutting and sewing) takes place in the USA where workers rights are protected.
Elizabeth Suzann highlights an important aspect of ethical clothing that isn’t always considered: along with treating workers and the environment well, it is important to minimize how much we which in itself will reduce the environmental impact of textile production. Elizabeth Suzann’s designs encourages shoppers to buy thoughtfully and to wear the clothes that we love over and over and over again, in many different and creative ways. This brand 100% embodies the minimal, versatile, wearable aspects of ethical fashion and they do it so well.
Regarding production and fabric:
It is clear from the website that the clothing is entirely cut and sewn in the. It is also clear where many, but not all of their current fabrics come from. The website states that when they cannot source from the USA they try to source from China or Japan because the working condition standards are better there than many other parts of the world.
What follows is a summary of what I do know about some of their most utilized fabrics.
*Being phased out in favor of cotton canvas due to durability issues. Fabric will likely continue to be produced in East Asia if it cannot be sourced in the United States.