1. Good Studios hemp linen pinafore dress | $191 at Garmentory
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2. Eileen Fisher chambray dress | $218
3. Jungmaven women’s striped hemp/organic cotton t-shirt | $84 at Garmentory
4. Reifhaus tunic | $234 at Garmentory
5. Saucony jazz vegan/hemp shoes | $60
6. Eevoud hemp/cupro sleeveless v-back top | $125
Something you didn’t know about me: I was a marijuana legalization activist in college. LOL – who wasn’t?? 😉 no really. I went to the Hemp Festival, handed out literature, and talked up the benefits of hemp for clothing, and marijuana for medicinal therapies to everyone I could. I still believe in legalization, but don’t do much activism anymore. I probably should.
Why hemp? In a nutshell:
Hemp cleans oxygen, water and nourishes the land. Hemp is a natural fiber that’s cultivated with low impact on the environment. It requires no irrigation, uses no pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO seeds. It’s one of the most durable natural fibers on the planet and results in a fabric with a wonderful hand. (via Jungmaven)
Did you know the word canvas comes from cannabis? That’s how prevalent the use of hemp fibers for industrial use (even PAPER!!) was before it started being unfairly conflated with marijuana, and growing/using hemp was outlawed in the US. Of course it was also thanks in no small part to heavy involvement and lobbying by paper companies, chemical companies, cotton, etc. who saw an opportunity to push such a versatile & environmentally friendly fiber out of their way so they could be free to use more TREES for paper. Now, in some states farmers are allowed to grow hemp for industrial use (which has negligible amounts of HTC, and therefore makes it useless for recreational use) but they’re reluctant to because of fear of the DEA.
This isn’t a problem in other parts of the world, in fact, France grows the most hemp for industrial use, followed by China (But, honestly, we should be growing hemp in the US). So, there’s really no shortage of hemp clothing out there, but most of it has, shall we say, a certain “look”? A lot of today’s hemp clothing lends credence to eco-friendly fashion’s “granola” moniker; it’s more hippie & boho than modern, chic, and minimal, in my opinion (Etsy hemp search results, I’m looking at you…).
Not a problem if that’s your style, but it’s no longer mine.
So, it was a bit of a challenge to find some hemp (most are hemp/organic cotton blends) pieces that I’d wear, and recommend, but I was pleasantly surprised to find more and more contemporary designers using hemp in their designs lately; it lends itself well to the minimal Japanese-style of Black Crane, Elizabeth Suzann, and Eileen Fisher. I don’t own any hemp clothing yet, but it seems to be similar to linen and would work well in loose, flowy tops, dresses, and pants.
Some of my favorite resources (along with the pieces above)
Elizabeth Suzann used hemp in at least this piece – hopefully some of you were lucky enough to snag it during the sample sale!!
Black Crane has done some pieces in hemp
Garmentory has a nice selection of hemp clothing – including some pieces by Jungmaven. AND, if you haven’t signed up at Garmentory yet, if you use my referral link, you’ll get a $20 credit in your account (and so will I). BONUS>
Jungmaven – love their “everyone in a hemp tee by 2020” slogan, and I just ordered (via Garmentory) their black baja tee to try.
Patagonia has some very practical hemp pants and shirts, not the most stylish…
I love these pants by Prana
Arkins makes sustainable workwear and have some lovely hemp pieces, like this recycled hemp skirt.
Saucony hemp/canvas sneakers
Wallis Evera makes tailored hemp blend clothing, good for more “conservative” work environment or special occasion pieces.
olderbrother makes gender neutral clothing in Portland, and has a great straight pair of hemp/cotton trousers for $60.
Do you have any other resources for contemporary women’s hemp clothing? Do you own any hemp clothing/accessories? (I used to have a hemp/leather tote bag, but it’s long gone. How I wish I had it now!!)