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The Difference

The Difference

Are you wondering what makes our tees different than the ones you see at Target and H&M? I’m Jenny Hwathe founder of Loyale and I’m here to share what sets us apart:

  • Virtuous workmanship, timeless design, superior fabrics and giving back are our founding ideologies.
  • There is a disconnect between people coveting locavore and artisanal fare, while having considerably less conviction about where the items in their wardrobe originated and who crafted them. Apparel companies have been lethargic with transparency, so we’re looking to apply the same principles the slow food community has embraced.
  • We take “Made in the U.S.A.” to the next level by offering detailed information about what goes into making a Loyale garment. We source the best quality materials from sustainably run Japanese mills for our classic silhouettes and they’re ethically cut and sewn at a worker-owned cooperative in North Carolina.
  • We design classic wardrobe staples that you’ll reach for on a daily basis, in an attempt to be a relaxing wardrobe choice that eliminates decision fatigue. It’s our philosophy that an easy to assemble wardrobe allows you to spend less time getting dressed and more time pursuing worthwhile endeavors. 
  • Taking our socially responsible objectives a step further, we spotlight 501c3s and $2 from each garment sold is donated to nonprofits making a positive impact. 

The power is in our hands; each of us can change the fashion industry by shopping less and when we do, let’s support ethical fashion purveyors. We can also begin asking our favorite brands - who is making your clothes, what are you doing with your fabric waste (our scraps are recycled!) and how are you contributing to make the world a better place?

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All About Lisbon

All About Lisbon

Seven cinematic hillsides overlooking the Rio Tejo cradle Lisbon's postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals – a captivating scene crafted over centuries with a killer culinary scene - sign me up!

I love doing preliminary research for a trip about a year in advance, so it gives me plenty of time to look into rentals, experiences and restaurants, then book well in advance...These are the guides I’m scoping out right now:

The Best Airbnbs in Lisbon - Time Out 

How Portugal Became the Greatest Place to Eat Right Now - Bon Appétit 

Where to Eat in Lisbon - This Way by Julie Pallesen 

A Local’s Guide to Lisbon: 10 Top Tips - The Guardian 

Six of the Best Lisbon Apartments to Rent - The Spaces

If you have any other must-do recos or general advice, I’d be thrilled if you’d leave a comment here...

Photo credits: Bon Appétit, Getty Images + Baixa House

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Future Forest

Future Forest

Earlier this year, the annual Flowers and Gardens Festival was held in Mexico City, and one of the art installations created for the event was destined to stay at the Chapultepec Botanical Garden long after the festivities were over. It is the “Future Forest,” created by artist Thomas Dambo out of three tons of recycled plastic. Enjoy the full story here...

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LA Team | Get to Know Nafisa

LA Team | Get to Know Nafisa

Hi everyone, my name is Nafisa and I'm from Chicago. My biggest passions are fashion (preferably ethical), photography and feminism! I adore my city, take way too many pictures and love putting together fashion DIYs (and messing up on them too). I recently joined Loyale as a brand ambassador and wanted to share a little bit about why I started the Simply Sustainable blog

For most people, finding a cute, $5 shirt is a shopping victory even though it won’t be in style next month. The cost of that inexpensive shirt doesn’t reflect the social and environmental consequences on the global community. Fast fashion is known for cheaply made clothes based on trends and generally they go out of style or fall apart; it has negative effects on women, children, and the environment. These companies look for cheap sources of labor in developing countries that employ women and children, who often work in unsanitary and dangerous conditions, and are paid less than $3 a day. Fast fashion is also extremely dangerous to our planet; countries where cotton is produced, such as China and India are already facing water shortages and grappling with severe pollution problems.  

As someone who is interested in fashion and style, this issue is particularly important to me. I don’t want to live in a world where my passion for style conflicts with my morals. Still, it is extremely expensive, especially for a high school student at my age, to shop with ethical fashion brands. This is how Simply Sustainable was born. The purpose of my blog is to raise awareness about fast fashion and protest shopping with unethical fashion brands while being cost conscious. Stay tuned by following me on Instagram!

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Nyum Bai

Nyum Bai

I ventured to Fruitvale, an enclave of Oakland, a few weeks ago to visit Nyum Bai. It's a festively petite restaurant founded by the Cambodian-American chef/owner, Nite Yun, who cooks some of the Bay Area’s best Cambodian food.

I was pleased to score an outdoor table in the shade after a 30 minute wait and perused the menu; of course I wanted to order one of each item, but had to be reasonable. I enjoyed:

Naim Chien Chrouk
Crispy rolls filled with taro, cabbage, glass noodles, pork, garlic and onions

Ngoum Banana Salad
Banana blossom with cabbage, mint, sweet basil, bell peppers, peanuts and cucumbers in sweet lime dressing

Chien Trey + Ngoum Mango
Crispy catfish, topped with tangy and tart green mango salad, shallots and red pepper (my fave!)

Kuri
Mildly spiced chicken curry with aromatic kroeung paste, coconut milk and potatoes

People probably thought I was a tad creepy, peering intently at their dishes while I ate. There were so many great options I wanted to try, so I need to head back over there soon, if I can get a table! NY Times and Bon Appétit Magazine have been shining a well deserved spotlight on the restaurant and Nite's unique story, so we'll all have to get in line...

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