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Dear Summer

Cindy Rangel


Dear Summer, 

You are going by too fast and it’s been a great time with plastic Free July, buying local, mending that sweater for sunset hang outs, reusing household things around the house, and of course, resale finds!


But why are you going so fast, summer? I have yet to practice more of the plastic free habits and resole my Birkenstock sandals for one last party at the beach.  Hold on, there’s no fear. I can help you out by maximizing my summer with 10 tips with sustainable fashion from head to toe.





There’s nothing like great shoes which can be repaired at a local shoe repair or like I need to do at my local Birkenstock shoe retailer. Here’s some more info about how some Birkenstocks are vegan, using cork materials and maintain their commitment to repair. That’s a win/win for all people, local, corporate and good for the environment.


Another vegan option would be the Good Guy Don’t Wear Leather, the first French company to launch a vegan shoe company. Their style is eclectic but I personally like it because they offer loafers and ballerina styles.




I swear I always need my go to sweater since I live in San Diego but sometimes I just need a black jacket that is my go to for night outings or date night. One UK company that’s creating a full wardrobe season-less is ADAY and you can find that jacket here that’s made up of post-consumer-recycled water bottles.


Flippa is a Swedish company that is committed to labor rights and uses transparency practices in the supply chain. Their jacket is made from mulesing free wool and recycled polyester lining.  But I like this Kai coat that has kimono sleeves and voluminous cocoon shape silhouette. They are having a 50% off sale right now so I’d be heading over there right now.


A hat company that provides straw hats which is so necessary in the summer is Conner Hats. They have a huge array of hats that are free from formaldehyde and AZO dyes. Other materials include recycled polyester from old water bottles, organic cotton and non-mulesed sheep (a practice that hurts sheep when wool-bearing). They have an array of styles for men and women and even have berets!


So, there you have it. Some dreamy places online to check out for your sustainable wardrobe challenges. Summer doesn’t have to end on a dreary note. It’s intentional not perfection we are striving for as consumers.

And let’s not forget the resale action items that you can mix and match until you save up for a nice piece from some of these companies which is something I always try to do with my savings. Haha!!! Some resale shops are very local and some of them are getting so gorgeous too! But here are some recommendations that should be nationwide and looking up resale gems gives me a high. One other suggestion when reselling is to always keep you mind open because it’s about mixing or matching or find one piece that will be timeless. When you are intentional shopping can be so rewarding something, I have grown to acquire because I am not a fan of big malls.  


Directory of some resale shops:




Buffalo Exchange


Hunt and Gather


Plato’s Closet


Aunt Helen’s

  I am not sad, Summer, I lived and learned this summer and it’s not over until September 23, so while I will miss your hot sun beating down on me as I take refuge in my hat from Guanajuato, Mexico, I will remember all the lessons I learned and now taking into consideration as autumn greets me in September.


Love you summer,


Ciao y besos

 P.S. If you like to discuss fashion or like to chat about fashion join us on the facebook group Sustainable Fashion Workshop where we connect with other fashion members and do a twitter chat twice a month. Also, we meet up at the local level in meet ups. Let’s connect on the facebook group at Sustainable Fashion Workshop and on twitter here where we do online chats about travel and sustainable fashion. Hey, and if you are not into that and just want to read about my progress as I create sustainable travel bags for today’s woman traveler, then sign up for Nomada Co. e-newsletter below. I promise I send one email a month and no spam, ever. Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the summer.


Top 5 Autumn Hat Brands for All Year

Cindy Rangel


Sustainable Hats, we’ve got you covered all year long.


As the autumn winds change the weather in your area, finding the right hat for your outings can be somewhat of a challenge.  Whether you are living in the east coast in New York City or living in the hot weather in southern California, taking care of your skin and looking good can be very easy. Here are 5 sustainable hat companies to check out.


1.     Beyond beanie

This company has a “rock a bB and change a life” campaign that assists artisans who create the products such as hats, bracelets, and bags. Founders, Hector Alvarez and Paty Lucero decided to start this company after a hiking trip to Bolivia where they fell in love with the country and culture.  However, they felt the children living in poverty was a huge issue.  Every hat your buy, such as a beanie hat, you give a child 5 meals. All products are made by Bolivian artisans.  There are other social programs that include the following: for every bracelet, you purchase, you can give a child dental care; if you buy a bag, you can give a child one set of school supplies; and if you buy a poncho you give a child a school uniform.  You can also see some of the projects and meet the artisans. 

2.     Chloe Haywood London

The Liquid SS16Collection is a hat collection made with sustainable materials Chloe Haywood, milliner/founder of Chloe Haywood London along with another British designer created to address the water and waste issue in London.  Materials include: fair trade Panama straw, Peace silk, GOTS certified organic cotton, New Life fabric (100% recycled bottles), upcycled elements, plastic remnants, vintage straw, and more. If you are looking for hats for a wedding, the races parties and bridal occasion, these British hats are worth checking out.

3.     Pachacuti 

Founder and fashion advocate, Carry Somers, created Pachacuti in 1992 after visiting Ecuador and witnessing artisans work with hat making.  After completing her master’s degree, she returned to Ecuador, and began her journey with cooperatives with no fashion experience.  Somers established a knit clothing collection and it sold out in 6 weeks. Thereafter, she developed Pachacuti as an exclusive hat company.  Pachacuti was one of the first companies to be certified as a World Fair Trade company. Today, Somers, is founder of Fashion Revolution, a global awareness fashion campaign to bring more education on fashion industry supply chains that impact the people’s lives making fashion and accessories. Her team still runs Pachacuti as well. 

4.     Yellow 108

Los Angeles based hat company specializing in headwear using sustainable salvage fabric and recycled materials.  Great selection on Fedoras plus beanie hats and original caps.

5.     Gypsy & Lolo

A husband and wife designer team create all kinds of hats with upcycled and recycled fabrics including caps, beanies, fedoras, soft caps, and sun hats for women, men, kids and pets too. 


No matter what your adventure, hats can be the ultimate companion and protection against the sun and such a fun way to style your outfit all year long.  Do you have a favorite hat?  What do you think about this selection? Hat preference can vary person to person and depending on material and purpose. Looking for more suggestions with sustainable travel accessories and fashion companions? Feel free to sign up to our e-newsletter and receive updates on our handbag collection made in California with women at the heart of each production phase.  Transparency, ethical practice, and craftsmanship is our highest priority. We will take you behind the scenes.  And when you sign up now, you will get a discount with a chance to give feedback on the prototype.  Thanks for stopping by and travel on sustainably and with the earth in mind.