While I traveled by miles and miles of alps, ate a million carbs a day, and discovered how to get lost in a new place—I gradually realized the real beauty of the slowness I was watching from my train window.
Communities who lived in the same place decade after decade, families known for their craft, and all different kinds of people going about their daily routines in very much the same way. Ironically, as a person who really hates routines, I realized travel is exhausting, there is value in tradition, and maybe the most beautiful things are the slow and very simple things.
You are probably thinking what does this even have to do with clothing?
I think in a similar way it is easy for our clothing to lose it’s meaning. It is easy to forget the craft behind our clothes, let alone the people somewhere who make them.
This Fall collection celebrates the slowness of clothing—sweaters that are made in small towns in the middle of the Andes mountains from alpaca that is raised by families that have done this generation after generation. Leggings that are made from old t-shirts after they have traveled a thousand miles back to Honduras to be gathered in local markets, scrubbed by hand then sewn by a lively little sewing group. Pieces made from textiles embroidered and hand woven using traditions and techniques passed down generations.
My goal is to design pieces that lend themselves to this kind of lifestyle. Clothing that can be worn season after season. Style that is effortless...and pieces that are hand crafted, from the fabric themselves to the sewing process. Hope you enjoy!
By now, we have all heard of sustainability, fair trade, and fast fashion; but do we really know what these buzz words mean to the makers of our clothes? There are many documentaries out now providing stories about the garment workers and the conditions they work in, what they are working towards, and how we [...]
Our partners in Nepal who hand weave and knit beautiful sweaters from cotton, silk, wool, and banana fiber are getting back to normal after the earthquake that hit several months ago. Their facility in Kathmandu had minor damage; however many of the producers who work from their own homes in rural Nepal have been damaged. [...]
This week I’ve had the privilege to accompany Liz Alig’s designer, Elizabeth, to Bolivia.We’ve been in the city of Cochabamba which is on the outskirts the Central American Andes Mountains.A quiet city that has grown over the years through immigrants from other parts of Bolivia.A city where ancient cultural traditions meet modern globalization on every street corner.A city where Spanish is [...]
Recently, Elizabeth just returned from a month long trip to Honduras and Haiti. Liz went to Honduras to check on our global partners, Mi Esperanza, the leader of the Honduras production line, and new ideas for new collections to come.One of the main goals in Honduras was to work on patterns. The 'extra [...]
The trip to Haiti was to go check up on the production group and the work that they are doing. Elizabeth also visited Haiti to talk about new ideas for upcoming collections. Liz worked with the small group of women that make up or global partner in Haiti. The group is made up of 50 [...]
Yesterday was Liz Alig's first trade show of the season. The trade show happened in Kokomo, Indiana at the Southern Gypsy Boutique. The show had a good outcome in which people came to Liz and put in their orders for the Liz Alig Fall 2014 Collection. Liz took a myriad of her designs with her and made sure [...]