I recently had an incredible opportunity to learn about Gaia Couture, an eco fashion boutique filled with organic, sustainable and ethical fashion. I’m excited to be able to share a piece with you, especially after Fashion Revolution day! Gaia Couture was founded by Joy Martinello who is working on changing the fashion industry and marketplace by connecting women to clothes that not only make them feel beautiful but are also made eco-friendly & ethically. Gaia Couture stands very strongly by their Gaia Promise which states that each piece of clothing is at least 90% organic or made from recycled materials, and during the manufacturing process all Fair Trade labor practices were followed.
The Sophie Wrap was given to me courtesy of Gaia Couture in exchange of an honest review of their garment. Everything here is my opinion and was not influenced by any outside sources.
Gaia Couture was kind enough to send me the Sophie Wrap to review for them and I’m so glad that I did. While going through their website something that really stuck out to me was that each item listed had its’ own Eco Scorecard. This scorecard let’s you know how the item you’re purchasing fits into the Gaia Promise and how its’ been manufactured. According to the Eco Scorecard for the Sophie Wrap, it is at least 90% organic, it was sustainably made and is fair trade. Immediately it met all my prereq’s that I look for in ethical fashion. The next requirements are of course the fit, look and how I feel in it.
The first thing I noticed after I unpacked my Sophie Wrap was how incredibly soft it was. I don’t think I own anything that is this soft, so as you can imagine I couldn’t wait to put it on and tell everyone to come and touch it. It’s made of 95% bamboo and 5% spandex, I don’t currently own any clothing made from bamboo so after feeling how soft this was I’m pretty sure I’ll be going back onto the Gaia Couture website to look for more bamboo pieces to buy.
The color of the fabric is beautiful, it matches just about everything in my closet and it was dyed using non-toxic methods, so the artisans who made my wrap weren’t exposed to any dangerous chemicals. Along with being dyed safely, the Sophie Wrap was manufactured in China by skilled artisans following very strict Fair Trade guidelines. Wearing an item of clothing that was created with safe labor practices and their artisans in mind shouldn’t feel like a relief because this is how the industry should be working. I feel great knowing that at each point in the supply and manufacturing line the people who created this garment were safe and looked after.
Some days I struggle to find something that I love to wear and having the Sophie Wrap in my closet made getting dressed so much more enjoyable. I love how I feel in it and I feel beautiful wearing it. The fact that it’s so incredibly versatile and I can make many different outfits with it is fantastic. The silhouette is beautiful and the handkerchief hem is perfect for both day to day casual wear and for the office.
I love the length of the Sophie wrap because if I do get a little chilly in the office (which I always am) I can easily bundle myself up a little more. I am on the shorter side so the wrap may seem a little long in the photos. To give you more of an idea on the length, the shoulder seam to the longest point on the hem is 35 inches and I’m wearing wedges in most of my photos. The retail price of the Sophie Wrap is $72.00 which is on point with organic and fairly traded clothing. After feeling the wrap and seeing the many different ways I could layer and style it, I would say it is well worth the buy. I’ll absolutely be heading back to Gaia Couture to make purchases in the future because of how happy I was with this garment.
Extra Styling Ideas:
-Black dress, Sophie Wrap, bright statement necklace with flats for the day and heels at night
-Patterned dress, Sophie Wrap and wedges
-Colored blouse, Sophie Wrap, black dress pants and flats or heels for work
-White shorts, navy shirt, Sophie Wrap and sandals
I don’t typically like wearing my favorite clothes while doing yoga but I was just able to move so well in this that I couldn’t resist! Look out on this weeks Fair Friday post for a short interview with Joy Martinello the founder of Gaia Couture.