By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
As the great 19th century Romantic poet and artist William Blake wrote: “Great things are done where men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street.” Genevieve Saylak and Corissa Santos, founders of the conscious fashion label where Mountains Meet, seem to agree with this statement – rather than standing around ‘jostling in the street’, these two women believe it’s time to take action to make the fashion industry more ethical.
The New York-based duo decided to lead by example, and set up and ethical fashion label in the heart of the garment district. The brand keeps all manufacturing and distribution stateside, eliminating the extra leg of transport resulting from sewing garments oversees. One of the main philosophies of where Mountains Meet is to employ fairly waged artisans in skilled communities in India, Guatemala and Bolivia to make the core textiles the brand uses. Hand-looming and hand-knitting are the key techniques used, ensuring people’s job are not taken over by machines, and that cloth-making traditions are preserved.
The brand’s style is defined by geometric, minimalist cuts of organic cotton, linen and other natural materials dyed in organic shades like sage, indigo and sand. Femininity returns to its genesis – Mother Nature – with a flow of noble materials brushing lightly over the skin. Seasonless and timeless, where Mountains Meet’s slow fashion makes an ethical statement that resounds almost as loudly as the words of the poet who inspired the label.
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