Lily Schlosser

Feeling like you need something to believe in? Like politics in the United States are a complete mess and you want to take a tiny bit of action? Try supporting your favorite local businesses. Okay, and try calling your senators if we’re talking politics. But when you support a local business, you help to defy the hegemonic structure that is fast fashion. By supporting a small business, you say it’s not okay to have your clothing be produced in un-safe work conditions. You’re saying that it’s better to have ethically sourced materials. You’re saying that you’d rather put someone to work here than keep someone else in another country in terrible working conditions. Convinced yet? Here’s more…

And Instagram buddy of mine, Morgan of Two Fold Clothing, has launched her own clothing business in the hopes of addressing some of the above issues. Please consider helping fund her Kickstarter campaign and get some damn beautiful clothing in the process.

TWO FOLD CLOTHING

Lily Schlosser

shaina mote for the win

I think Shaina Mote’s spring 2017 collection is pretty divine. I love the wrap pants (a style I’m loving these days), the pleats, and the layers of beautiful cream fabric. It’s been freakishly warm in Denver and I’m trying not to get ahead of myself thinking that spring is here…

SHAINA MOTE S/S 2017 COLLECTION

Lily Schlosser

black now, cream later

This winter, I’ve been wearing mostly black outfits. But this spring, it will be all about cream. Cream will also be dominating the newest Eli & Barry pieces…but more on that later. ;)

jacket – madewell

t-shirt – elizabeth suzann

jeans – madewell

boots – madewell (similar)

bag – vintage

 

Lily Schlosser

I’m excited to continue our discussion this week of all things Eli & Barry. You’ll remember my full rundown of the tunic 1 in cream here. Today, I’m talking about the Eli & Barry pullover 1 in duck cotton canvas and textured black cotton. Let’s go!

sizing: OS (one size) ranging from 0-12.

fabric content: 100% duck cotton canvas sourced locally here in Denver. I love this material so much. It has amazing structure, a bit of drape and it softens beautifully over time. The black is also 100% cotton (sourced domestically) and has a great nubby texture.

styling: This style pairs with all the high-waisted pants. Throw it on with your vintage Levis, wide-legs, or skinny pants. Just add your favorite coat, wool beanie, handmade socks and ankle boots and you’re set for winter!

design process: confession: I’ve rarely come across a sweater that I actually end up wearing. Another confession: wool drives me NUTS. Well, actually, that has changed with a few recent handmade garments that I’ve finished (this coat and this pair of socks are both wool and don’t seem to be itchy.) Sweaters are tough because they don’t retain their shape and I find them hard to style. I wanted to design an alternative to a sweater. The heavier cotton of the pullover 1 provides some protection from the cold, but the silhouette is still sharp and sculptural. The sleeve cuff adds some interest and looks just as great scrunched or folded as it does undone. The three-quarter sleeve also allows for ease in movement. Can you tell I’m a believer?

shop the eli & barry tunic 1 in cotton canvas here and black cotton here

Lily Schlosser

I’m staring a new mini series on the blog today called “all about” where I’ll tell you in more detail about my clothing and jewelry line, Eli & Barry. Eli & Barry became a dream of mine over three years ago when I toured my family’s jewelry manufacturing company in Colorado Springs, Colorado. My grandfather had acquired the company with the hopes that jewelry production would never be outsourced to China. Boy, was he wrong. Many jewelry manufacturers outsource most if not all of their production outside the United States. With that reality weighing on me, I had the idea to start my own company with products made locally. It was a way to honor my grandfather’s original vision and create the type of company that I believe in: one with local production. Originally, all of my offerings were produced in house in the factory in Colorado Springs. Eventually, I learned how to make jewelry and, last year (2016), clothing. So most everything you see in my online store is made by me and, if it’s not made by me, it’s made in that small factory in the Springs. The name of that small factory is Elliott Barry, which inspired the name of my own business.

So with that quick little bio about how I began my business, I’m going to talk about the Eli & Barry tunic 1 in cream today!

sizing: OS (one size) ranging from 00-16.

fabric content: 67% hemp, 33″ recycled poly. The hemp plant is considered sustainable for a number of reasons: it can grow in myriad of climates, it grows quickly and with little water and no pesticides are needed. The skin of hemp is tough, which makes a garment made from hemp sturdier. The recycled polyester in this garment is made from plastic water bottles. Although I don’t usually work with fabric blends, this sustainable and beautiful fabric changed my mind. One great thing about all of my clothes that I sell is that they’re machine washable!

styling: over skinny trousers, over wide-leg trousers, over jeans, under a leather jacket, and (when the weather warms up) alone with a pair of slide sandals.

design process: this style was one that I pulled together just days before we were going to be shooting Eli & Barry clothing. It came together quickly because it was such an intuitive and effortless shape for me. It’s a silhouette that works on a range of bodies and the styling possibilities are endless (see above). I originally had made a sample of this style in a silk crepe, but it felt a little one dimensional. I came across this fabric and knew it was a winner. It has a dreamy drape and a subtle woven texture that sort of brings the piece to life. Or is that the cunning woman that wears it? Hmmm. :) I finished this piece off with a “raw edge” look along the hem. It’s not a true raw edge because it’s finished with a type of stitch that will keep the fibers from unravelling during washes. I think it give a nice counter balance to the femininity of the fabric.



Purchase the Eli & Barry tunic 1 here.

Lily Schlosser