Madewell Fair Trade jeans (size 30)
Organic by John Patrick potato sweater (many many years old…) | LOTS of
Organic by John Patrick sweaters secondhand at The Real Real
Vince Blair sneakers
I had pretty much given up wearing jeans for the duration of my pregnancy – the ones I have just are not comfortable, even unbuttoned and kept closed with an elastic tie. And I did try a pair of J Brand maternity jeans that came through for slowre but they are just way too stretchy for my taste, which it seems most maternity jeans are. I get that 100% cotton jeans aren’t ideal for pregnancy, but 2% spandex or elastane or whatever is the MOST stretch I can handle.
I miss wearing jeans though, so I went on a field trip to Nordstrom a couple days ago to try on these Eileen Fisher PULL ON JEANS, but they weren’t very cute on me at all. Then, I wandered through the rest of the store and picked up some regular pairs of jeans to try on, just in a size or two up from my regular.
Then I noticed that they had some of Madewell’s fair trade denim at Nordstrom which I was keen to try anyway. Incidentally my Madewell store didn’t have a great selection, and this particular pair is not on Madewell’s site in their “Fair Trade Denim” section, which is weird. They definitely have a “Fair Trade” tag inside, along with a hang tag – I checked for the tag inside, because I’m cynical. haha. On Nordstrom’s site, there’s no indication AT ALL that they’re fair trade; I guess they don’t think we care. Hm. Frustrating.
Side note: about Fair trade certification –
When you see a product with the Fair Trade Certified™ seal, you can be sure it was made according to rigorous social, environmental, and economic standards. We work closely on the ground with producers and certify transactions between companies and their suppliers to ensure that the people making Fair Trade Certified goods work in safe conditions, protect the environment, build sustainable livelihoods, and earn additional money to empower and uplift their communities.
The fair trade certified jeans from Madewell (and J Crew) are manufactured at the Saitex factory in Vietnam, the same factory Everlane uses for their “clean” jeans:
1.5 liters, that’s how much water we use today at SAITEX versus the industry standard of 80 liters per jean. Thanks to our closed water system, and jet washing, each year we are able to save 430 million liters of water – equal to the annual water consumption of 432,000 people
Hopefully this new fair trade initiative from J Crew/Madewell will lead them to manufacture more of their jeans this way (I mean, why not?), but that’s only if we show demand for it. The jeans seem to be just a bit more expensive than their regular jeans, so I don’t see price point as an issue.
It’s been a very long time since I tried a pair of Madewell jeans (I’ve never owned a pair), so I don’t know how to compare these with others, but at first glance and after wearing at home, I think they’re very good. That said, I’m probably going to take them back because after wearing at home for a couple of hours they stretched so much, something I really hate about stretchy jeans. I may just go a size down though. We’ll see.
I definitely recommend them if you’re in the market for a pair of jeans, and some “cleaner,” affordable denim that you can try on in person (unlike Everlane) if you have a Nordstrom or Madewell store nearby. I know ethical consumption isn’t going to solve all our problems, but I do think that throwing our support behind initiatives like this that help advance sustainability in the fashion industry is very important, and the least we can do. If we are looking for a new pair of jeans anyway…
Has anyone else tried a pair of the new Fair Trade jeans from Madewell? What did you think? What about Everlane’s jeans? Does anyone have them and love them? I wasn’t a fan, and have continued to hear mixed reviews.