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Now that I am making a very conscious effort to find out (and understand) as much as I can about where and how my clothes are made, I love discovering new designers who produce in the US. It’s not an easy choice, to produce clothing in the US, or one taken lightly, because doing so will inevitably mean charging more for your clothes, but it is still an important one I think; I applaud the designers who do make producing in the US a priority*. And I bet you didn’t know OTTE was one of them. I didn’t.
I’m really excited to be working with OTTE this fall to bring you a more in-depth look both at their own private label collection (bags coming soon!!), and some of the other luxury designers they carry, like Acne, Sophie Hulme, and Rachel Comey, that are sustainably minded. First up, though, the OTTE New York collection made up mostly of luxurious silk basics.
All of OTTE’s silk pieces are made locally in the Garment District in NYC by trained craftspeople who have been working in the industry for many years. AND, nearly all the fabrics for the collection are surplus, so many pieces, especially those with unique patterns or dyes, are actually limited-edition. (BONUS!!! I LOVE surplus fabrics!!).
we produce what we know customers are looking for, that designers either aren’t making or at a price point that is accessible and attractive to our customers who are looking for high-quality basics. We often tweak trends and designs based on feedback from our customers, and all of the pieces are fit to our own employees of various sizes and heights so we can get an idea of how a piece will look on different body types and personal styles
I haven’t personally tried any of the OTTE pieces, but I am LOVING the olive/black Margot dress in the middle above – such a great shape for summer/fall and easy for work or play.
Please take a look at the full collection, let me know what you think, and stay tuned for more on the designers I love at OTTE. Oh, and don’t forget to use code GRECHEN20 for 20% of your order (no restrictions!) if you find anything you need for fall.
*As I’ve discussed often here, “made in the US” does not mean that every.single.step. including the fabric is sourced and completed in the US, all it HAS to mean is that the garment is FINISHED in the US. In this era of transparency though, more and more clothing companies choose to produce in China in factories they “monitor” and work closely with to ensure higher standards are being met, so made in China isn’t necessarily a “bad” thing either. Be informed and make your own choices based on what you discover about a brand and its ethical standards.