Elegantees is a brand that creates beautiful, quality, practical pieces with an admirable company goal, and I want to shine a spotlight on their product and mission.
I am a no fuss, jeans and tee kind of girl. I like to be on trend and put together, but comfort is also important.
My boutique carries “intentional fashion for the everyday woman.” I curate staple pieces with luxurious twists – a sumptuously soft sweatshirt or a tee with gorgeous draping or a ruffle detail, for example.
Elegantees are designed “for the woman who seeks to find a balance between fashion and life, with a tee that looks like more” while at the same time fighting modern day slavery.
This makes them a perfect fit for my boutique!
Elegantees was created in 2010 by Katie Martinez, an Iowa-bred, FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) graduate. It began as a brand with intent to give a portion of profits to charities that fight human trafficking, a cause near and dear to Katie’s heart.
Katie decided that Elegantees would do more than just that, though, when she took a trip to Nepal in 2011. She met Ramesh Sapkota and Eric Watt, who are striving to end poverty in Nepal. Trafficking happens out of the desperation of extreme poverty. Reducing poverty helps to eliminate trafficking. Katie listened to Ramesh’s desire to open a sewing facility in Nepal to provide meaningful employment to vulnerable women.
Katie recognized the value of a sustainable partnership over charity or donations.
She returned home to the United States with a determination to grow Elegantees into a brand that would transform lives.
Today, Elegantees partners with a nonprofit that rescues over 20,000 women and children from trafficking each year.
Elegantees is realizing Katie’s dream of transforming lives by offering these women sustainable and dignified employment.
There are currently 14 women sewing full time for Elegantees.
Not only are Elegantees pieces flattering and great quality, but I get the warm fuzzies every time I wear one, knowing that my purchase made a real, lasting difference for someone.
Elegantees is introducing organic cotton to their pieces, with the intention of being an exclusively organic brand by 2020, and their sewers are paid fairly, making 2-3 times the minimum wage in Nepal.
I am thrilled that my boutique can change the world through beautiful pieces like these.
I have these lovely fall styles (and several more!) on their way to me any day now! Come find me on Facebook and let me know which one you’re most excited about!