A VIBRANT NEW YEAR

Happy 2018, everyone! After a wonderful (but exhausting) holiday season spent with family and friends, I shut it down for a little while in order to rest and reset. So, here I am, focused, fired up and ready to go. 

Sadly, 2018 is starting out just as crazy as 2017 began (and ended). As a mother, wife, daughter, and citizen of the world, I pray something positive can come from the division and chaos we are seeing in our country. It’s important to stay engaged and aware of what’s happening in the world, but it’s equally critical to remember that there is still beauty and kindness all around us. Creating and finding beauty keeps me from being overwhelmed by the daily avalanche of disturbing news. 

One of my goals for 2018 is to spend less time on social media (except Pinterest…I’ll probably be pinning from the nursing home) and engage in more meaningful interactions and connections. One of the ways I intend to do this is by introducing you to dynamic women who are using fashion as a platform to make a difference.  

So today, I’d like to tell you about ZAZI Vintage, a luxury ethical fashion label I stumbled upon while on the hunt for vintage Ikat caftans. As a matter of fact, It was this photo of Sophia Loren slaying in a fur lined Ikat robe that inspired my search. 

SOPHIA LOREN IN A FUR LINED IKAT ROBE. PHOTO BY RICHARD AVEDON FOR VOGUE 1966

SOPHIA LOREN IN A FUR LINED IKAT ROBE. PHOTO BY RICHARD AVEDON FOR VOGUE 1966

(In case you don’t know, I’m crazy about vintage, caftans - and Ikat).  So, finding the three of them together was a wonderful gift from the fashion gods.

I actually stalked the site for several days, eyeing the beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade dresses until I decided on the perfect color combo (you can see the one I chose below). 

Jeanne de Kroon, a former model, created ZAZI Vintage after becoming disillusioned by the lax labor and environmental practices fueled by our growing obsession with fast fashion. After sourcing organic materials and vintage fabrics found on her travels, she partnered with female artisans in Central and South Asia to create a beautiful collection that also provides living wages and an educational fund for girls.

It’s important to know where our clothes from. When we learn more about the process that went into the design, and the hands that made them, it fosters connection. We are less likely to discard an article of clothing that we are attached to.

Jeanne is super sweet too. I know this after exchanging emails with her when I was trying to have my dress expedited for a trip I was taking with my husband. She promptly responded to all my inquiries and made every effort to accommodate my requests.

If you want to support sustainable fashion, women’s economic/educational empowerment head on over to ZAZI Vintage. While at the site, you can learn more about the label, it's amazing mission and check out the fabulous assortment of Ikat dresses and Suzani Coats. (Oh, the coats, the coats... They are to die for!!)  

Hope you enjoy. 

Meredyth

 

 

Dress available  here.

Dress available here.

I'm also crazy about this guy: My favorite Maine Coon cat, Kozmo.

ZAZI VINTAGE / THE CAFTAN CLIQUE AT HOME
Pat Cleveland in an orange halter dress and pants designed by Halston, 1980
ZAZI VINTAGE / THE CAFTAN CLIQUE

What do you think? Do you like the dress? Here are a few more of my favorites from the site. Unfortunately, most of the coats are sold out. Be sure to sign up for updates on ZAZI VINTAGE so you can grab the new selections before they're gone. 

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ZAZI VINTAGE SUZANI COAT (SOLD OUT) Similar found  here

ZAZI VINTAGE SUZANI COAT (SOLD OUT) Similar found here

 
“In a time of destruction, create something.”  ― Maxine Hong Kingston