A print can make or break any piece of clothing. That’s why it was a no brainer for us to work with the most talented female artists in creating designs that spoke to our first collection. The flowers are inspired by our midwest background in conjunction with our current west coast living. Each print was originally hand painted to create one-of-a-kind designs. From there, we use digital printing to help reduce our environmental impact.
We're committed to using responsible factories that pay legal wages, ensure workplace safety, and prohibit unlawful labor and discrimination. That being said, it has been a challenging process to find manufacturing partners that provide safe job opportunities in the U.S., pay living wages, treat their employees with dignity and respect, and above all - are transparent about this information.
Through the help of our colleagues in this industry, we’ve been fortunate to connect with a respected factory in Los Angeles. Not only are they a women-led company, they also focus on partnering with brands working to reduce waste in the industry, and hold ethics at the core of their business.
Here is a bit more on our factory:
- Custom design studio and production sewing space located along the Los Angeles river in Frog Town.
- They specialize in high end reconstructed garments and wovens made from materials primarily sourced within the Los Angeles area. Most of the fabric they use is sourced from dead stock, liability or salvage.
- Employs a staff of primarily men and women over the age of 55 who, in this industry, are in threat of losing their jobs on account of age and slowing down a bit, even though the quality of their craftsmanship is the best!
- Works with other local vendors to offer custom grading, cutting and dying to all of their clients.
- Their goal is to partner with brands who are willing to pay for quality made, locally sourced and produced goods which have been created as sustainably as possible for all parties involved.
- Sewers are employees of the company, giving them more rights as workers, and are paid living wages in Los Angeles.
Hi, we are Holly and Kestrel, the cofounders of Left Edit! Two style-obsessed women, our paths didn’t cross by chance (or at least, that’s what we like to think). Both originally from the Midwest, we made our way to California, individually, to pursue our entrepreneurial dreams. After a casual meeting in San Diego, we almost instantaneously realized the power of our kindred connection.
We each began building our own projects. Kestrel launched her own podcast, Conscious Chatter, that focuses on why what we wear matters, and Holly started her own line of headbands that she sold online and in local boutiques. Our shared passion for fashion and sustainability led to many conversations around the current pitfalls of the fashion industry and how fashion can be a solution, rather than a destructive force.
We created Left Edit based on an identified need for more fashion-forward garments that are equally as sustainable as they are stylish & affordable.
Risks and challenges
Over the past 3 years, we have been carefully developing our first line of dresses and are excited to share that we have the final prototypes of our designs in hand, fabric ordered, prints digitized, and our factory partner secured. As soon as our crowdfunding is complete, we will be able to hit the ground running and go straight into production.
We are confident in our manufacturing partners and familiar with the process and potential risks involved in this next phase of production. Creating a product that is made in the USA using sustainable fabrics isn’t easy, but we’re in it for the journey. We believe in creating and investing in clothes that last. For us, the benefit is not only the future health of the planet, but also the humans - mostly women - behind the scenes who bring these pieces to life.
Given the above, we are also conscious of the many steps in the production process, several of which could throw a wrench in the timeline, due to unexpected delays. Examples include: delays in fabric shipping, digital printing or manufacturing. However things play out, we will stay connected by communicating with you throughout the entire process.
We aren’t standing here trying to say our garments are the most sustainable options out there. We know there is so much work to still be done -- collaboratively across the fashion industry -- to better supply chains and systems around the world. We understand that by creating products and bringing them into the world, there is an impact that comes with it. But - we believe products can be made better, which is what pushed us to build Left Edit. We are prepared to learn from our experiences, from others in the industry, from our mistakes -- and above all, to iterate our processes along the way.
A top priority for Left Edit is bringing style + bomb.com images to the forefront of the sustainable fashion conversation.
In order to survive, we need people like you who are willing to order our products online and invest in sustainable brands. Your support is everything to us and will determine the fate of our business.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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