Sustainable Brand: Teym

Scrolling down Instagram I found an Amsterdam based brand that caught my attention: Teym. As soon as I started researching I fell in love with their ethical vision.

Sustainability, minimalism, and quality are at the core of Teym. The brand launches only one item per year. The goal is to create One Impeccable Wardrobe; one item at the time.  Developing a new item takes a full year. For every piece, there is a well thought extensive research, design process, and production process.  Every item has been developed in Teym’s atelier in Amsterdam and the factories are all in Europe.

TEYM products per year
Items of Teym from 2015 to 2018

A healthy work environment and a fair wage for the garment workers is a priority for Teym. It is important to the brand to know in which countries, by which people and under what conditions the items are being made. Because the factories are in Europe, the team is able to visit them on a regular basis and ensure fair labor practices.

From their items, the brand gifted me The Sweatsuit. I got the Zip Hoodie and The Sweatpants both in camel color. They are made from 100% cotton in an ethical factory in Portugal, where the workers are specialized in jersey.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style The Sweatpants in different outfits. The pictures were made by photographer Marisa Elisa.

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Learn more about Teym and their sustainable practices here.

With Love,
Alisson

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Different Approaches To Sustainable Fashion Explained

Sustainable fashion can be defined as clothing, shoes, and accessories that are manufactured taking into account both environmental and socio-economic aspects.
This implies continuous work to improve all stages of the product’s lifecycle from design, raw material production, manufacturing, transport, storage, marketing, and final sale. To use, reuse, repair, remake and recycling of the product and its components.

Fair or Ethical Fashion is clothing that is made taking into account the wealth being of the garment workers. It covers a range of issues such as working conditions, exploitation, fair trade, fair wages, improvement of the worker’s quality of life, sustainable production, the environment, and animal welfare.

Slow fashion advocates the principle of producing fewer new items. And only produce items of good quality, in a clean environment, and fairness for both consumers and producers. Slow fashion also means, to stick with what you have for a long time. Some elements of the slow fashion philosophy include: buying vintage clothes, redesigning old clothes, shopping from smaller producers, making clothes and accessories at home and buying garments that last longer.

Vegan fashion is clothing and accessories made from cruelty-free sources. Where no animal products were used in making the garments and gear, and no animal was harmed. Vegan fashion doesn’t use any leather, wool, feathers, silk or fur. Instead, the clothes are made from fabrics such as cotton, linen or hemp. Manmade materials such as polyester, acrylic or nylon. And innovative materials like pinatex made from pineapple leaves or mycoworks made from mushroom skin.

Organic fashion is clothing made from materials grown in compliance with organic agricultural standards. The production ensures that there is no use of pesticides in the growing process. Organic fashion takes care of the health and land of the farmers.  Organic clothing may be composed of cotton, jute, silk, ramie, or wool.

Minimalist fashion is a lifestyle that implies to have as little as possible. Minimalists stick to a limited color palette. Mostly monochromatic. The wardrobe consists of low-key but timeless pieces that work every day, no matter what’s fashionable at the time. This promotes less consumption.

 

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I hope you understand now all about sustainable fashion. Is there anything you would like me to research and explain to you? Let me know in the comments below.

With Love,

Alisson

SOME TRUTHS ABOUT THE PROJECT 333

Almost two months have passed since I started the project 333. I keep on repeating outfits and for most of the time I love it, but some days I get tired of it…
These are my outfits from the past 3 weeks.

 

During the 5th week, I replaced a basic white v-neck t-shirt for a blue and white striped top. I didn’t like the feeling I got when I wore the basic white tee so that´s why I decided to replace it.

 Some truths about this challenge: 
I feel good about my clothes and about this challenge, but some days when I go out of the house and see people wearing new clothes, I get caught looking at the latest trends and start feeling that I am left out. This doesn’t happen so often, but somehow I do get influenced by the trends and in the “must-have” feeling.

Checking social media too much can be dangerous. More specific: Instagram. This channel is a constant reminder that your life is not as good as the life of an Instagrammer. They wear the coolest clothes and the latest trends. This can be discouraging while doing the challenge. I have to admit that sometimes I do get bad feelings and have to remind myself why do I do this challenge.

Some days I do feel a little bit bored of my clothes. I chose for basic colors because of convenience, but I do miss some colors and patterns. I might add some items if the feeling stays.

 

Until now, the item that I wear the most is the black ripped jeans, and the one that I wear the least is the denim skirt.

Are you also trying this challenge? Do you come across similar issues? Let me know in the comments below.

With Love,

Alisson

 

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PROJECT 333: DID I CHEAT?

The project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. I started to do this challenge three weeks ago. If you missed my first update, check it first here.
This is how my second week looked like:

 


Learning points:
I wore the jeans 5 times in one week and honestly didn´t even notice. When combined with different tops and shoes it makes me feel confident to wear the same item almost every day.

I need to follow my feeling better. A lot of the items I chose for this challenge, I did for practical reasons, but deep inside I didn´t like them so much. Some of those items are too casual or too worn out and don’t make me feel good when I wear them. That is the reason that by the end of week two I decided to trade in the items that I knew for sure I was not going to wear with new items that I felt were missing in my wardrobe. At first, I felt that I was cheating, but I just reminded myself that the whole point of this challenge is to get to know my style and feel happier having only on my closet the clothes that I love.
Saying that, these are the 5 items I put away:

 

And this are my new 6 items:

 

The black top, yellow top, and the Birkenstock sandals are second-hand, the rest I already had in the box I stored at my attic before I started the challenge.

With the new items in my closet, this is how my outfits of the 3rd week looked like:

 

Learning points:
With my new items, I feel very comfortable during this summer days. The new tops are from a nice fabric that fits a casual or a less-casual occasion.

The yellow top adds some color to my wardrobe. At first, I didn’t dare to add colorful items because I was afraid I wouldn’t know how to combine them and thought I would get tired of wearing the same color. But all those reasons are only assumptions.

Strolling around a second-hand shop I found the sandals that my wardrobe was missing. Last Sunday I went to Utrecht and went to the second-hand shop “Episode”. I found the Birkenstock sandals and felt in love right away. They still look just like new! My 33 items are now complete.

I might need to add a thin summer dress to my wardrobe. The past days have been very hot in The Netherlands. For this kind of weather, I miss a cute thin summery dress. If the weather continues like that, I might look again through the box in my attic and get one. I have reached 33 items but I don´t want to be so strict and would add one more. It all depends on the weather…

I am not counting my bandanas in the 33 items. During the summer I like to wear bandanas. I have 3 and I like that they bring color to my outfits. (And are the best for bad day hair). The first and second week of this challenge I didn’t wear any because I felt like cheating on the 33 items, but since last week I decided to keep them in my closet and don’t count them in. They make me happy and that’s what the whole project is about right?

With the new items added, this is how my actual wardrobe looks like:

 

7 tops, 4 blouses, 6 bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 jumpsuits, 1 layers, 3 jackets, 6 shoes, 2 bags.
33 items in total.

Next week more updates,

With love,

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MY FIRST WEEK HAVING A MINIMALIST WARDROBE

The project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. One week ago I started it and this is how my week looked like:

Friday 2nd of June

 


Saturday 3rd of June

 

 


Sunday 4th of June

 

 


Monday 5th of June

 

 

 

Tuesday 6th of June

 

 

 

Wednesday 7th of June

 

 


Thursday 8th of June

 

 

Learning points:
Don’t trust the weather. On Friday I went with a friend to an open air food festival. The weather was perfect. 27° and sunny. After the festival, we decided to go to a pub but before, we had to stop at my friend´s place and she lent me long pants because the temperature suddenly began to drop. I cheated a little bit, but that also reminded me to be prepared because here in The Netherlands the weather is very treacherous.

Good quality jeans are a must. The black jeans I have been using for the past week, are from a fast fashion brand and the quality is not the best. I have used it 4 days in the past week and I can see now that they won´t make it alive this tree months. I will eventually need to replace them. An update on this will follow.

Better care for your clothes. Now that I have fewer clothes, I feel more responsible for taking care of them. I am not washing the “dirty” clothes as much as I used to. Every time I get the chance, I hang the used clothes in the fresh air and when I have them back they smell fresh and I can use them again.

Next week more updates,

With love,

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