Maine women love style – all kinds of style – and much of it can be unique to our climate and geography. In this issue of Maine Women, we are looking at local, sustainable, eco-friendly clothing and accessories that are being produced, sold and worn here in Maine.
“The term (sustainability) is used as shorthand to refer to the environmental movement or to products that are readily renewable,” says fashion designer and Maine native Brook DeLorme, who runs Brook There, along with her husband, Daniel Pepice. “Sustainability can also be about how long something lasts. Rather than go fast fashion and buy five pieces that may be out-of-trend or fall apart within a few months, go slow fashion.” Read more Brook DeLorme and Brook There on page 4.
I’ve never really thought of fashion as “fast” or “slow,” but I understand the concept. I can buy a really cute sweater for little money at Forever 21 or a similar mall store and literally only wear it one time before it falls apart. Or, I can spend a little more and find a great piece that will stay in my closet for decades (yes, I keep things for a long, long time). I have a tendency to re-introduce an old skirt or jacket with an updated companion piece to make it look and feel like a whole new and trendy outfit. My kids say I hardly ever wear the same thing twice. That’s not true. I just hardly ever wear the same whole outfit twice.
Recently, I was cleaning out an old dresser and found a huge assortment of old jewelry and also about 1,000 miscellaneous buttons that I have never been able to part with. Now that I have read the stories in this issue of Maine Women, I know what to do with the buttons. I can give them to Jennifer Atkins Lisa of Quench Metalworks in Belfast. After inheriting her grandmother’s three old, wooden button boxes full to the brim with all sorts of buttons, Lisa began working them into her jewelry. Either that, or in my spare time I could create something from the old jewelry and the old buttons. Read more on page 20.
In this issue, you will also meet artists and designers who craft clothing and accessories from a variety of local and sustainable sources. According to Marcia MacDonald of Long Plains Alpaca Farm in Buxton, “sourcing locally is a revolt to mass production.” It is trendy to shop local, be environmentally friendly and think about “repurposed” sustainable goods. I think you will find something you love in this issue of Maine Women. Enjoy!
Look for our next issue on the stands Dec. 17.
– Lee Hews, Publisher