LIZ ALIG | Fair Trade, Effortless Womenswear

written by JILL September 21, 2017

Liz Alig creates fair trade, effortless fashion pieces, made to empower women in poverty. A vast majority of their products are made out of recycled fabrics and are mixed and intertwined with organic cotton and handmade fabrics. Liz Alig is closely aligned with NGOS, workshops, and fair trade initiatives which are donating money to provide skills training for women in developing countries. These cooperatives are also raising the standard of employment offering artisans benefits, holiday pay, childcare and a safe environment.

HOW TRAVEL INSPIRED LIZ ALIG

With a degree in fashion founder of Liz Alig, Elizabeth’s brand journey began while living in Kenya for a summer. This experience led her to start asking some deep difficult questions. In the midst of this process, she began asking questions related to fashion. She realized and saw first-hand how people make the clothes that we wear and decided that things needed to change.

This is one of the many reasons why I love travel. Travelling gets you out of your comfort zone and gives you the opportunity to embrace a new culture, a new normal and new ways of viewing this crazy life we live. If you truly embrace travel it will change you and get you asking all the right questions. It seems as though these trips did just that for Liz Alig founder Elizabeth.

Her travels continued after Kenya and led her to India and then Honduras where she helped out with some NGO’s. It was during these travels that she began wondering if the way in which we produce our clothes could help alleviate poverty in certain developing countries. By doing things fairly and ethically perhaps small businesses, non-profits, and fair trade initiatives could provide education and opportunities for women in these areas to gain a source of income.

RECYCLED FABRICS | UPCYCLED FASHION 

Liz Alig started as an experiment. Could dresses be made completely just by using recycled materials? Well, the answer was yes, and Liz Alig was born. A first collection was launched and made 100% out of recycled clothes.

Each year the average American throws away 68 pounds of clothing! These clothes are usually perfectly fine but are given away because they are out of style.  Most of these unwanted clothes end up in developing countries. Liz Alig buys these leftover fabrics in bulk to create their products!

MY PIECES

DILSI OVERALLS

These overalls are probably my new favourite piece in my wardrobe. I’ve always been super skeptical of adding overalls to my closet, but these fit amazingly and look super cool! They are hand woven using recycled cotton fibers and were made in Bangladesh. I am wearing the size Medium (I wear a size 8-10 usually) and had to make a few adjustments with the shoulder straps to move the buttons a bit higher but other than they they fit great and are light enough to wear in the summer but can be worn with long sleeves/jacket for colder days.

RAY SHORTS – GEO

These shorts are handmade by women who live in the foothills of the Himalayans and the print is created using an old Indian technique called hand blocking. I am wearing a size Medium and again they fit super well. There is an elastic section in the back which makes it easy to pull on and off, and the length and width are just long enough and wide enough to make your legs look super flattering. They have the GEO print in black and white and these are the brown and white.

CLICK HERE To shop these pieces as well as their new fall line up. 

This post was sponsored by Liz Alig.  All opinions are our own and written honestly. At Sutton + Grove we feature brands and businesses that we truly love and believe fit within a conscious lifestyle. Read More HERE

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