Green Means Go!

A lot has happened in the last few months: Paris, Pride, Plastic-Free July, Pop-ups... More importantly, the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It was a few months of go, go , go!
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April in Paris

It was a dream until it actually happened. At a time when the Notre Dame still stood intact and under renovation, invited to a conscious pop-up by Pause Fashion Hub to be one of the speakers at a panel discussion on sustainable fashion, KINDOM founder Claire Powers (in red) participated with other sustainable experts from all over the world, including Hannah Lane from Redress. The pop-up shop at Le Marais in Paris had several events during its run, from dance and musical performances, to a clothing swap with Global Fashion Exchange that KINDOM donated to.
Focus during the Paris Pop-up event was on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, of which some KINDOM products meet 13 out of the 17 goals (*yes*!). New friends with like (sustainable) minds were made, and most importantly, the message of sustainability was promoted further to increase awareness and continue the green movement for a better future.
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Mother's Day

For Mother's Day 2019, we teamed up with vegan daughter and mother Instagram superstars Jasmine & Irene of @sweetsimplevegan and @sweetsimplemom, respectively. Photographed by Chris from @consciouschris, it was great to see them wear KINDOM pieces to show the versatility of the collection, and prove that you can be sustainably fashionable at any age! What’s more eco-friendly than sharing a wardrobe with your Mom? #sharingiscaring

Meantime, you can check out some of the awesome vegan recipes here!
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June Un-Gloom

Shortly after Valentine's, we ran a campaign for International Polar Bear Day, benefitting Polar Bears International. Climate change and sea ice loss is significantly affecting the polar bears' habitat, and and their ecosystem is in danger. Along with other animals whose existence are being threatened, climate change is a real threat. KINDOM is taking part in the efforts to make a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by producing some of our styles domestically, and with our overseas production, by using only reclaimed or sustainable materials to reduce the amount of energy used in manufacturing. The goal is to subtract, and not to add, to climate change. You can learn more about getting involved in saving the polar bears here.
Later in June, about a couple of weeks after World Oceans Day, KINDOM also partnered and sponsored an *epic* beach clean-up with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. We created t-shirts made of organic cotton and recycled polyester (from plastic bottles) for the event. With an original estimate of 300-400 volunteers, the clean-up crew ended up being twice the size with about 800 people who showed up! Much mahaloz to those who participated in the efforts to preserve the beauty of the 'aina.

You can help support this great cause by donating directly to Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii here, or by purchasing a limited edition, eco-friendly KINDOM x Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii t-shirt, with part of the proceeds benefitting their organization while rockin' the message, "Water is Life".
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Plastic-Free July

We wanted to make a big impact on awareness during Plastic-Free July, so we held a month-long giveaway with a few sustainable partners who had the same goal. Collectively, our reach was broad, and we had the biggest amount of (excited!) participants ever, who were fully-engaged in trying to decrease their environmental impact. From Baboo Life's bamboo toothbrushes, J.R. Liggett's shampoo bars, Kahoy Kollection's bamboo & wooden sunnies, to cork yoga mats from The Urbivore, it was a fun month to watch what was coming up in the contests every week, while being educated about the negative effects of plastics (especially single-use plastics!), and getting tips on how to reduce plastic consumption.
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Tribal Trek

Also in July, our founder Claire Powers visited another indigenous community, this time the Iranun of the Southern Philippines, otherwise known as the "people of the lake". And what a beautiful lake it is! After a little drizzle, the clouds receded to show a blue sky, and the lake, surrounded by lush greenery on its banks. Wooden boats needed to maneuver carefully so as to not get caught in the water hyacinths floating throughout the lake, with its lavender-pink blooms (our favorite part which we wished we had back home!). That's the only way to efficiently travel to some of the weaving communities, as the roads were either not developed or it would have taken longer to get there.
Once at our destination, you could not help but gasp at some of the beautiful designs created by the hands of these humble and talented people. The handwoven textiles had ancestral designs on them, and some weavers took the liberty of combining it with other elements to modernize it and/or make it more interesting. It fulfills their creative nature, while respecting their origins. Because of the handwoven quality, it takes a few weeks to create a few meters of fabric. It is not mass-produced. So stay tuned for new style drops in the next few months that feature a few of these indigenous marvels, along with a blog dedicated to the Iranun people.
Stay tuned for more of this trip in a future blog!
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August Events

The heat of August was at least accompanied by a couple of charming pop-ups!
We participated at the Jackalope Summer Nights event in Old Pasadena's Central Park, which was magical at dusk and during the evening. Full of artisan wares and creative goods, we were in great company as some of them were also sustainably-sourced and sustainably-made. Hooray!
Another happening we took part in was the F.A.K.E. pop-up (Fashion for the Animal Kingdom and the Environment). Our second event with this awesome emerging organization, they curated vegan products to the community in a one-stop-shop, pop-up boutique. Great finds not only included fashionable vegan options like KINDOM, but also vegan makeup and skincare.
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September Pop-Ups

Check-out some KINDOM pop-up events we had in September, some of them still happening!
The Canvas by Querencia Studio
132 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(on-going)

5ifth Fashion Week
300 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 151
Pasadena, CA 91101
(on-going)

 

Greigh Goods 
1300 Highland Ave., #1008
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Saturday, September 7, 2019

 

WER Venice
1915 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Sunday, September 8, 2019

 

PAUSE Conscious Pop-up #9
Freemason’s Hall
60 Great Queen St.
Holborn, London
WC2B 5AZ, UK
September 13-22, 2019

Event:
THE ROLE OF INDIGENOUS CULTURE IN SUSTAINABILITY
at PAUSE Conscious Pop-up #9

Freemason’s Hall
60 Great Queen St.
Holborn, London
WC2B 5AZ, UK
September 18, 2019
Featuring indigenous artisan weaver Evelinda Otong and our Founder, Claire Powers.

 

Event: CLOTHING SWAP
at PAUSE Conscious Pop-up #9

Freemason’s Hall
60 Great Queen St.
Holborn, London
WC2B 5AZ, UK
September 22, 2019

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Make It Rain

Last but not the least, in the wake of the Amazon rainforest fires and the havoc it has wreaked on the planet, we need to be reducing our paper/wood and meat consumption, plus more importantly, save, protect, & preserve the trees that are left and indigenous communities that have been displaced from the burning of the rainforest for cattle grazing. For every online purchase on our website (except the KINDOM x Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii t-shirt since the donation goes to them), we will donate 10% to Rainforest Alliance, who are supporting the frontlines in the Amazon. And as subscribers, please enjoy an additional 15% secret VIP discount exclusive to you, using code SAVEAMAZ15. Promo ends the end of September, when we will donate the funds to Rainforest Alliance. Thank you for your continued support in KINDOM and our planet!


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