Our Values


Doo Dah Apparel makes an effort to support and promote artists and businesses that are doing the right thing.  The right thing to us means meeting four of the following seven socially important characteristics:

1) Utilizing Sustainable, recycled, and eco-friendly Materials (SM)

2) Shipping with Recycled, recyclable and/or biodegradable Packaging materials (RP)

3) We appreciate businesses that support American workers (USA)

4) Businesses that are Owned by Women (WO)

5) Businesses that are Owned by Minorities (MO)

6) Businesses that are owned by LGBTQ+ (LGBTQ+)

7) Businesses with a big heart for Charitable and Important Causes (CC).

Allégorie,Casupo, Marrin Costello Jewelry and Microcosm Publishing qualify for six or more of the qualities we care most about here at Doo Dah Apparel, so we’re going to shout their golden merits out to the world first.  

ALLÉGORIE

SM, RP, USA, WO, MO, CC

We couldn’t be more excited than we are now to introduce our customers to Allégorie.  An allegory is a story often told for an edifying or educational purpose, and that’s exactly what Allégorie is doing with their beautiful eco-friendly alternative leather collection made from mango, apple, cactus, sugar cane, grain, and many other recycled plant-based materials.  Now that’s a healthy mouthful of organic goodness!

Allégorie manufactures their designs in the New York garment district, The Big Apple—no pun intended.  They pay their workers a living wage, treating them with respect, and providing them with a healthy work schedule.

Allégorie is a woman-owned, Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) business that celebrates women and diversity.  All of their packaging is either recycled or biodegradable, and they donate to a charitable cause every year, including The Coral Project this year, 2023, and 1% for the Planet.

In short, we feel honored here at Doo Dah Apparel to be able to work with Allégorie.  Their humanist and eco-conscious values are a big part of what we’re trying to do with our business.

CASUPO

SM, RP, USA, WO, MO, CC

Casupo is crafting unique wallets, purses and accessories out of rescued and up-cycled leathers.  They also source sustainable leathers from gold rated tanneries that have been naturally dyed, a less toxic method.  The company manufactures their goods in Long Beach, California.

Luz Casupo is the founder, and she’s quite a story.  Her business is women-owned, Latino-owned, handmade and eco-friendly.  Her leathers are not only environmentally friendly, but durable as well.

Luz grew up in Venezuela.  She’s talented, passionate and industrious, and she’s a good example of how the American Dream is still possible today.  At Doo Dah Apparel, we’re proud to be able to work with her.

Casupo donates a portion of their profits to FUNDANICA, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical assistance to a children’s hospital in Venezuela.

MARRIN COSTELLO JEWELRY

SM, RP, USA, WO, MO, CC

Marrin Costello Jewelry has factories in both the United States and overseas. All assembly and final finishing are completed in their Tampa, Florida headquarters. They use an environmentally conscious stainless steel jewelry base that ensures an heirloom quality that can be passed down from generation to generation. The materials they source are compliant with local and national laws, and the companies they work with uphold the dignity and safety of their workers. All purchases are packaged using compostable, biodegradable, and reusable materials.

Marrin Costello Jewelry is a woman owned company. They donate to local charities, and they plant a tree with every product purchased through the Greenspark program. Marrin is also half Pacific Islander, Guam specifically, so her company qualifies as a minority-owned business.

Marrin Costello, our hats are off to you! You do remarkable work. We’re honored to carry your jewelry.

MICROCOSM PUBLISHING

SM, RP, USA, WO, MO, LGBTQ+, CC  

At Doo Dah Apparel, we believe in education, and that’s the reason we’re selling books made by Microcosm Publishing in Portland, Oregon. They make books about food, bicycling, gender, self-care, and environmental and social justice. Microcosm Publishing is fun and serious at the same time. They believe in publishing books that inform and empower people to make positive changes in their lives and the world they live in.

Microcosm Publishing has seven owners/employees. Five of them are women, another five identify as LGBTQ+, and three of them identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). The company has a total of 29 employees, and each of them, regardless of their responsibilities, participates in a profit-sharing program after six months of employment. What’s more, they all receive the same bonuses at the end of the year. Not one employee at this company earns more than 40% of any other.

Microcosm’s books are printed in the United States on recycled paper, usually with eco-friendly, soy-based inks. They ship using recycled boxes and packaging materials as long as they’re sturdy.

Microcosm Publishing puts their money where their mouth is. They’ve raised over $10 thousand for Street Books, a mobile library organization serving Portland’s unhoused population, with a Humble Bundle promotion. They also use funds from the same promotion to benefit the Bail Project, an Equal Justice Initiative, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. They’ve donated a few hundred dollars worth of books to the library at Pride Place, Virginia’s first LGBTQ+ youth homeless shelter. They regularly donate to trans, queer, and youth literacy charities. They also match customer’s donations to a books-to-prisoners program. As far as we’re concerned here at Doo Dah Apparel, Microcosm Publishing does it all. They’re an admirable company doing great things, and we’ll do our best for them.

BEACHWOOD BABY

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

From the west coast of the US all the way to the Mediterranean sea, Beachwood Baby takes inspiration from fashion halfway around the globe. Founded in 2016 by Ljuba, Beachwood Baby sells clothing, accessories, and jewelry in conjunction with artists from Africa, Europe, and North America. While their clothing caters to mothers and parents, the variety of designs and styles, as well as the cosmopolitan, Mediterranean aesthetics, means there’s truly something for everyone. Together with her sister Zoe, Ljuba runs Beachwood Baby from Southern California and Mallorca, Spain. Everything is shipped out of California, and many of their products, including their hallmark ring slings, are sewn in SoCal for maximum quality control. Beachwood Baby uses compostable shipping bags to cut down on their waste. On her website, Ljuba says her goal with Beachwood Baby is “to bring her favorite things to families starting out on the rollercoaster that is parenthood.” We couldn’t agree more: When this rollercoaster we call life does a 360° barrel roll and spins us around, we’re glad we have Ljuba and Zoe’s creations to keep us feeling comfortable and fashionable. But having their finger on the pulse of world fashion isn’t enough for Beachwood Baby; Ljuba and her team also do their part for multiple charitable causes. For every ring sling sold, Beachwood Baby donates a clean birthing kit to a mother in need around the world, and for every marketplace item sold, they plant a tree in the Amazon rainforest. Global. Ethical. Sustainable. Charitable. That’s Beachwood Baby.

DYNAMO

RP, USA, WO, MO

DyNamo makes absolutely beautiful jewelry. Camryn Grimes on “The Young and the Restless” has worn their jewelry, and with a little help from us at Doo Dah Apparel, we hope our customers will, too!

Jewelry entrepreneurs and forever friends Dana and Melissa combined their talents to create DyNamo. These two latino ladies have bravely set out to establish their own jewelry empire, and we couldn’t appreciate their uniquely talented initiative more.

DyNamo acquires materials for their jewelry here in the United States, Turkey and Asia, but the finished product is made right here in their hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with their own hands. They reuse household items like paper towel tubes to ship their rings, giving new life to old paper items that would otherwise be thrown away. Their retail packaging includes muslin bags that are meant to be reused over and over again to keep their jewelry safe, and they package wholesale orders with paper that can easily be recycled. Dana also minimizes her carbon footprint by working from home rather than driving to a rented studio space.

As far as we’re concerned at Doo Dah Apparel, this dynamic duo is destined for success!

ETYMOLOGY

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

Natalie Jacob is the designer and owner of Etymology. She is a Brooklyn, New York native and an alum of MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art. She’s a classically trained artist with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Before launching Etymology, Natalie would string together Scrabble and Boggle pieces to form words and phrases in her jewelry. It’s no wonder her favorite four letter word is “SALE”! Her handmade aesthetic has evolved with eco-friendly practices. She utilizes recycled and vintage materials whenever possible, including her gold-filled and sterling metals. Natalie is particularly ingenious by up-cycling old record albums to make her colorful vinyl beads. How cool is that! Her brass chains are also vintage, patina and all. They package their jewelry using reused and/ or recycled materials.

Natalie donates a portion of Etymology’s proceeds, including her time, to help local charities. She personally volunteers at the Free Store Project weekly, which aims to address economic inequality while addressing climate issues via circularity, or by offering an open and free store environment in the community to keep goods from ending up in landfills. There is talent, humor, and beauty in Natalie’s work. We’re looking forward to sharing her jewelry.

FOAMY WADER

SM, RP, USA, WO

Located on Whidbey Island in the State of Washington, Foamy Wader describes their jewelry as “nautical minimalism,” evoking the joy and playfulness of the seashore. They couldn’t have said it better, and we couldn’t agree more.Foamy wader makes small batch jewelry utilizing recycled precious metals. Their jewelry is nickel-free and water resistant. They use cards and shipping materials made from recycled paper, and the company’s carbon emissions are offset with each order. To reduce waste, Foamy Wader’s jewelry is guaranteed for life with complimentary repairs whenever needed.

Foamy Wader is women-owned, and the company employs an all-female team including women of color and people who identify as LGBTQ+. The company has been featured in JCK, Elle, Entrepreneur, The Seattle Times, Evening Magazine, and now by us. Doo Dah Apparel is absolutely thrilled to be able to share this jewelry with our customers. We know they’ll love it.

I’M WITH THE BAND

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

Where some see unusable or unwanted fabric, I’m With The Band sees apparel possibilities! Founded in 2013 by music enthusiast Kailee, I’m With The Band uses primarily deadstock fabrics for its 60s and 70s rockstar-inspired creations. Kailee uses recycled plastic bags to keep her products safe and clean in shipping, which cuts down on her company’s waste. She puts a lot of energy into packaging her goods herself, meaning you’re in good hands when you order from I’m With The Band! What’s more, I’m With The Band is entirely LA-based. Kailee works with a collection of small businesses in the Los Angeles area, uplifting other ethical and sustainable creators in the process. They’re woman-owned and operated, and, when able, they support a variety of charitable causes and organizations. From those of us here at Doo Dah Apparel, we’re with the band!

LA RELAXED

SM, RP, USA, WO.

Are you an LA resident worried about where to find sustainable, comfortable, laid back fashion perfect for the SoCal heat? Relax, Los Angeles, LA Relaxed has got you covered! Claire and her team design comfortable, light-weight clothing from sustainable materials like organic cotton, trademarked lenzing fibers, and deadstock materials. It’s fashionable clothing that’s perfect for the SoCal heat and with a vibe that screams laid back Los Angeles. Claire and her team measure their impact “in footsteps, not a footprint,” according to their website — every garment is assembled under one roof, with no more than 100 footsteps taken for each production! That’s efficiency. That’s LA Relaxed. Claire’s creations are plastic free and packaged in compostable glassine bags or tissue paper and recyclable mailers. What’s more, Claire and her team don't use plastics anywhere in their warehouse to store or preserve their products, which makes LA Relaxed just about as sustainable as it gets. When you order from Claire, you can worry less and relax more, knowing her products are sustainable and safe without compromising fashion. LA Relaxed does right by their workers, too, as one of their six pillars of responsible design mandates a living wage for all their employees. With the price of living in Los Angeles, that sure is impressive and responsible. Kudos, LA Relaxed — we like your laid-back, responsible style!

Mate The Label

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

Mate The Label is a conscientious apparel manufacturer headquartered here in Los Angeles that we’re thrilled to share with our shipmates at Doo Dah Apparel.

Mate is a special company. They make an effort to do everything right in the garment industry. Their entire manufacturing process is focused on sustainability and social responsibility, from the fabrics they make their garments with to the wages paid to sewers here in Los Angeles, India, and Peru.

The best way to identify a socially responsible brand is to take a close look at the fibers their fabrics are made from. Mate uses Organic Cotton sourced in India that is free of pesticides, insecticides and microplastics. Organic cotton requires considerably less water to grow, and has a much smaller carbon footprint than conventionally grown cotton. Mate’s cotton is spun into yarn before it’s shipped to a knitting factory in Los Angeles.

Also Buried in Mate’s treasure chest of fabrics is linen sourced from Belarus and dyed in Los Angeles, Tencel™ Lyocell, Tencel™ Rib, which is a unique blend of organic cotton and Tencel™ Lyocell, Organic Cotton Thermal, Organic Terry, Organic Stretch, which includes 8% spandex, Organic Fleece, and Organic Knit. Mates garments are free of 31 chemicals including fluorinated substances (PFAs) and bisphenol (BPA), and 49 dye substances including arsenic, cadmium and chromium—good thing for a pirate to know! Lest we be forced to walk the plank, we know not where Mate’s treasure of fabrics be buried!

Unlike a pirate, which speaks to their virtuous and maidenly character, Mate doesn’t like long distance relationships. The majority of their factories are located within a 17-mile radius of their Los Angeles headquarters, enabling them to cut, sew, dye, package, and ship relying on local labor to help reduce their carbon footprint.

Mate’s mission is “To provide people everywhere with essentials that are clean from seed to skin.” Their brand is well-made to last a long time, even if worn every day, and you can feel the quality in every garment. Founded and run by women, Mate insists on creating safe and comfortable working environments for every farm and garment worker in their supply chain.

Aside from spandex, Mate is plastic free and circular. They won’t use polyester, nylon or polyamide in their products. Mate is certified Climate Neutral, and not surprising, they’re a B Corporation. Their recycling program offers old garments and scraps from their factories a chance at new life in another Mate garment.

Mate The Label is no siren, folks!

MCKENZIE MENDEL JEWELRY

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

McKenzie Mendel Jewelry is made by hand in Bend, Oregon. McKenzie honed her skills at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Metals and Jewelry. She must have graduated summa cum laude because McKenzie’s work is some of the finest in our collection. Her artistry and craftsmanship are unique and simply gorgeous. If you’re looking for a masterpiece that costs less than a thousand dollars, this is it. Picasso would be all goo-goo eyed over this woman’s work.

In McKenzie’s words, every piece of jewelry is made of sterling silver and high-karat gold. Her favorite techniques involve hammering the metal to add depth and texture and adding gold to certain pieces using only heat to make each piece come to life, a Korean gilding process known as keum-boo.

McKenzie uses recycled metals, including scrap in some designs. Leftover scraps are refined into usable materials. She makes all of her designs herself rather than outsourcing. Her packaging is mostly paper, and the paper cards she uses for tags are made by a small business owner.

McKenzie will occasionally create one-of-a-kind jewelry for a charitable cause, donating the proceeds from her work.

If we could offer an award for the most artistic work in our collection, McKenzie Mendel Jewelry would get it. Hands down.

MERRITT CHARLES

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC .

It’s no exaggeration to say that Lacey Horning believes in people. A lot. Her Brand Merritt Charles is an extension of this belief — while some may treat the fashion industry just as an avenue toward fame or fortune, Lacey aspires for more. Merritt Charles is all about “building merit in people by encouraging better actions,” according to their website. Clothing, it turns out, can be a lot more than just a bit of fabric. Merritt Charles is nearly 100% sustainable and is constantly pushing to improve — they choose natural fibers like cotton, silk, linen, and wool to decrease traditionally wasteful clothing production practices. They are incorporating an eco-friendly and biodegradable packaging system to further align with these goals. What’s more, Lacey makes a vast majority of her products right near her home in Los Angeles, which cuts down on her carbon footprint and helps stimulate the local economy. Lacey’s designs carry a free-flowing elegance that offer understated luxury to women’s clothing. Merritt Charles is all about keeping people looking and feeling good — Lacey also pledges that a portion of every purchase is donated to charitable causes. We certainly think your brand has merit, Lacey!

MOTHER THE STUDIO

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

If we had one word to describe Mother The Studio, that word would be ambition — when you click on founder Lex Baker’s company website, you’re welcomed with an invitation to a “plastic free world.” Frankly, if that doesn’t show sustainable ambition, then we don’t know what is! Through her company — inspired by her grandmother who cultivated her love for sewing and design — Lex is committed to making women’s and men’s clothing that is safe for the planet. Lex doesn’t use any fabrics that poison or pollute the environment; Mother The Studio is a no-synthetics heaven. Recycled boxes are used for larger orders, and tissue paper is favored over plastics to pack shipped materials. Lex runs the entire company herself out of Bend, Oregon, and she has ambitions to expand it into a larger, community-driven company. Privately, Mother The Studio donates to International Justice Mission, a charitable organization that combats human trafficking and slave labor all over the planet. Check out Mother The Studio today and enter the plasticless path to the future of comfortable, sustainable fashion!

NUBE

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

Nube, pronounced new-bee, says their clothing is “made for people on this planet.” As people on this planet, we here at Doo Dah Apparel sure do appreciate that! The women behind Nube — Kristen, Ruth, Lisa, Julia, and Katy — have positioned Nube at the forefront of sustainable clothing, emphasizing the planet in everything they do. All their shipping materials are recycled, recyclable, and 100% plastic-free. Nube also uses recycled polyester, which reduces water and energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Nube is devoted to being fully US-made. They primarily make their clothing in their sewing studio in East Los Angeles; otherwise, they outsource to other studios up and down the West Coast. All five employees at Nube are women, and the company has been women-owned and women-operated since its inception. Nube also gives 5% of profits back to the artists with which they collaborate, building strong connections within their own community. Come for the sustainable, ethical practices, stay for the eclectically-colorful aesthetic and stylish apparel. They may be self-proclaimed newbies, but they're doing everything right. Kudos, Nube!.

PEARL AND IVY STUDIO

SM, RP, USA, WO

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, Pearl and Ivy Studio is owned and operated by Robyn, a wonderfully talented artisan.

Robyn began her venture into the jewelry business by repurposing vintage jewels she’d found at flea markets, essentially up-cycling them. Eventually she learned how to make more contemporary pieces utilizing enamel to add a unique color palette to many of her brass and sustainable wood pulp acetate materials.

Every shipment she sends out is packaged with recyclable materials, often reusing packaging she receives in the mail. Apparently, Robyn uses household boxes you’d find in the kitchen, like Pop Tarts boxes, to ship her earrings. Seriously!

Robyn’s jewelry is sophisticated, whimsical, and fun. She’s clearly got talent and a sense of humor. We love her work, and we’re honored to carry it.

PICCADILLY PENDANTS

RP, USA, WO, CC

Piccadilly Pendants is a one-woman show, owned and operated by Beth Dalton located in Portland, Maine.

Beth is an amazing person. She’s patient and supportive, and she’s got quite a talent for making affordable and popular jewelry. Although Beth sources the individual pieces she uses to make her jewelry, she envisions the design and assembles each piece herself. She has a talent for knowing what looks fun, cool, and funky, and she’s able to put it all together in a very spiritual and celestial way.

Faux pearls made out of resin and real synthetic gemstones enable Beth to keep the costs down.

Beth is focused on reducing as much waste as possible. She works with her distributors to get them to use less packaging. She reuses every packaging material in her shop rather than recycling them. She’s been able to limit her waste to one small trash bin every two weeks, and she makes an effort to eliminate as much plastic as she can in the process.

Her paper mailers are eco-friendly. The cards she uses are made from post consumer recycled material. Her jewelry boxes are made from recycled kraft paper with eco-filled fibers on the inside. She also displays her earrings on charming painted squares made out of recycled wood.

In terms of charitable contributions, Beth is an all-star! She contributes 20%-25% of her profits to global and non-profit charities, such as Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Blessing, Compassion International, One for Israel, and Disabled American Veterans, to name a few. She considers giving back an important part of her mission as a small business owner, woman, and Christian.

Well, Piccadilly Pendants is quite impressive to us here at Doo Dah Apparel. Beth’s got by far the largest collection of fun and attractive jewelry we’ve had the opportunity to choose from. In fact, she’s got so much jewelry we found it nearly impossible to decide what we actually wanted to order. It literally took us hours. Thanks, Beth!

PLANT POSSE

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

Doo Dah Apparel is proud of our artistic partners up in the Pacific Northwest, and that includes Plant Posse. Located in Corvallis, Oregon, Plant Posse is a posse of plant-loving people celebrating plant pride and the plant and fungi kingdom! Hoorah!

Their jewelry is made from die cut, FSC-Certified sustainable wood. All plant artwork is based on original watercolor paintings created by Brittney West in Corvallis. Copper plated components and stainless steel stud posts are hypoallergenic, and the waxed cotton cords on their necklaces are vegan friendly.

The packaging they use is all recycled tissue paper from the produce department of a local food co-op.

Plant Posse is a woman-owned small business, and they give back to human rights and animal advocacy organizations. They are proud partners with 1% For the Planet, meaning 1% of all their sales are donated to EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit helping to prevent future pandemics and protecting our planet for people and animals alike. The company also donates to various human rights and animal advocacy organizations.

Plant Posse is inclusive, employing both non-binary and LGBTQ+ employees. To be honest with you, we love plants here at Doo Dah Apparel, but we’re not all that successful growing them. And that’s the source of our interest in Plant Posse. We figure we’ll be doing the plant world a favor if we focus on promoting plants rather than buying and growing them ourselves. We’d like to thank Brittney for bailing us out!

RARE EARTH CO

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

In the midst of fast fashion, finding ethically sourced, sustainable clothing companies can feel, well, rare. With their commitment to sustainable fabrics, ethical production, and fashionable T-shirt, hoodie, and other apparel designs, Rare Earth Co really is one in a million. For starters, Brittney’s company is committed to green causes — 10% of Rare Earth Co’s profits go to their environment partners, all of whom are 1% For The Planet members. These partners focus on the six core issues of climate, food, land, pollution, water, and wildlife, making Rare Earth Co one of the most holistically green brands out there. Rare Earth Co prides itself on producing “virtually no waste” in its production, as its LA Headquarters produce almost no landfill. What’s more, their T-shirts use 7x less water than the average clothing manufacturer, due to their new and efficient dying machines. If that wasn’t enough, all of Brittney’s products come in 100% recyclable, biodegradable, compostable, plastic-free packaging. Rare Earth Co is women-owned, sustainably produced, and ethically made. Oh, and they have tote bags adorned with animal designs! C’mon, what’s not to love?

RECLAIM CREATIVE

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

At Reclaim Creative, each thread and textile has a tale to tell. The ending of one person’s use of a piece of fabric is the beginning of another person’s use — with each repurposing, the fabric’s story grows. Allie Chamberlain founded Reclaim Creative in 2020 with a purpose of repurpose and an eye for upcycling. All their garments are upcycled from repurposed and vintage textiles; some even reach back one hundred years! But the age of the quilts doesn’t lead to any lesser quality, as Allie and her team of sewists put their time and effort into all their creations in their Knoxville, Tennessee studio. Allie says that her company, “respect[s] the love poured into these textiles, and [we] pour just as much love into repurposing them into garments and goods that you will love, cherish, and pass down.” Good for you, Allie! Allie and her team aren’t keeping their sustainable story a secret — their website is full of helpful tutorials explaining sewing patterns and repurposing techniques. They are active within their own community as well, supporting causes that will lead to a healthier, happier, greener Knoxville. To top it all off, they use sustainable packaging from socially responsible companies. If you think it’s time to reclaim the fashion industry for the cause of sustainability and domestic labor, check out Allie’s quilted designs! Her clothing and tote bags come in a variety of geometric patterns, comfortable fabrics, and bright colors. You won’t be disappointed with the story they tell.

STORIED HATS

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

Doo Dah Apparel has partnered with Storied Hats to manufacture the hats we love to wear almost every single day of the year. We’re big fans of baseball, and as far as we’re concerned, if you’re making baseball hats for a living, you can’t be all that bad of a company to work with.

Turns out, Storied Hats is doing something special in the hat industry. Cameron Blossom and Zach Maurin started Storied Hats because they wanted to design quality, sustainability, and fit into their unique styles. They use 100% recycled packaging, and their business is partially owned by women.

A closer look at their fabrics reveals a stretchy activewear feel that is machine washable. They magically weave eco-friendly materials into their hats including recycled plastic from oceans and landfills, hemp, recycled wool, organic cotton, used coffee grounds, algae biomass, and yes, believe it or not, even apple peel “leather”. The backstrap on every hat is made out of a plant-based “leather”. All of this organic matter gives Storied Hats a super soft and breathable comfort that nearly puts us to sleep while we’re reading the paper. Thank goodness for the caffein in our coffee!

Although some of the Storied Hats are manufactured outside of the United States, Cameron and Zach have made a particular effort to partner with an ethical manufacturer that is both certified by WRAP (World Responsible Apparel Production) and Faire Trade Certified. Storied Hats is making an effort to manufacture more and more of their hats in the United States, and they’re already using American labor at their Portland, Oregon facility to make their designs and artwork, including their patches, embroidery, and heat transfers.

Personally, we like embroidering our hats at Doo Dah Apparel. But for our next order, we plan on adding a patch of the American flag right above the organic leather strap on the back. We figure it might help to keep the birds from swooping down and chomping on the plant-based leather straps keeping our absolutely cool, cozy and totally awesome Storied Hats on our heads!

In the apparel industry, there’s no question Storied Hats is a company made for the story books.

UNPOSSIBLE CUTS

SM, RP, USA, MO, CC

At Doo Dah Apparel, it’s our goal to have a little fun, and UnPossible Cuts is helping us do exactly that.

Philip Eggleston and Domingo Daquioag are two San Francisco Bay Area artists making just about the coolest jewelry around. In their words, they are inspired by a unified creative vision to design wearable art focused on iconic imagery, semiotic communication, and cultural touchstones, all while retaining a cheeky sense of humor.

Semiotics means the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. Yeah, that’s right. We here at Doo Dah Apparel know what semiotics means because we just looked it up! So there! Anyway, UnPossible Cuts uses only high quality sustainably sourced wood that is laser cut to meet precise specifications before being painted and assembled locally. Their products are ethically sourced and packaging is biodegradable and compostable. All of their shipments are boxed with reused packaging supplies.

UnPossible Cuts is 50% minority owned, and they have donated to over 25 different charities over the years.What do you do with a blue whale? You make him smile! Get it, blue means he’s sad! What, our jokes here at Doo Dah Apparel aren’t making you laugh? Well, buy UnPossible Cuts jewelry, that’ll do the trick!

WHIMSY + ROW

SM, RP, USA, WO, CC

Whimsy + Row is one chic brand! Not a brand made by chics, though it is mostly that, but a brand that is elegant, stylish, and fashionable. Oh, have we mentioned eco-friendly yet? Perhaps more importantly, they are an environmentally and socially responsible brand, too.

Rachel, who apparently does not have a surname, and who is no doubt named after Rachel Green from the Friends show, started Whimsy + Row in West Los Angeles in 2014. After spending six long years working for a tech start-up, she decided to follow her dreams by launching her own eco-friendly company. And boy did she do just that!

Whimsy + Row is a company that takes pride in their effort to reduce their environmental footprint. We just received a package from them that was shipped in a Home Depot box! Now please don’t tell the folks from Home Depot about that. Or, maybe you should? Now that’s circularity in action!

The company lowers its carbon footprint by producing locally, which means there isn’t the need to ship fabrics, supplies and garments halfway around the world. By producing their garments in small batches, making more of what’s popular when they run out, they’re able to reduce waste without worrying about large inventories if a particular design isn’t selling well, which in all likelihood doesn’t happened all that often to them, if at all. Their clothing is made to last, it’s original, and designed to become more comfortable with every wear.

Producing locally also enables Rachel the opportunity to visit the factories where her garments are made to ensure workers are being treated well and earning fair wages, an important effort and characteristic of socially responsible companies.

Fabrics used by Whimsy + Row are sustainable and eco-friendly. Organic denim made out of 100% certified organic cotton, linen, and GRISOCARE made from ECOVERO VISCOSE is a certified renewable wood source that is OEKOTEX STANDARD 100 certified and biodegradable. They also use a Tencel-Cupro blend that feels like a vegan silk, and Lenzing Modal made from beechwood, which is one of the most sustainable fibers because it is CO2-neutral and uses less water. They also upcycle production waste and deadstock to ensure nothing goes to waste, one of the goals of a circular economy. All of their fabrics use less energy, water, and they’re biodegradable.

While Whimsy + Row’s effort to strive for zero waste and a closed-loop, circular economy is well ahead of most fashion brands on the market today, we’re just as impressed by the effort the company makes to participate in re-sale websites like Wear it Again Whimsy, and by offsetting what little emissions the company does make by contributing to the Carbonfund.org. The company only uses 100% recycled materials from EcoEnclose to ship their garments, while recycling and reusing packaging materials every opportunity they get.

Rachel is also a philanthropist at heart. She donates to efforts that combat climate change, to efforts to create equal rights for all, fair wages, and feeding the hungry and homeless. One Tree Planted, People Tree, Global Fund for Women, Black Lives Matter, Reclaim the Block, Black Vision Collective, Downtown Women’s Health Center, and Feeding America are all organizations Rachel supports and contributes to.

Wow! Whimsy + Row is one of the more admirable brands being made today. Rachel and her team are doing everything right, and like us, they’re having a little fun along the way with their girl dinners and Galentine events. Perhaps that’s where the whimsy factors in.

WISE RIVER

SM, RP, USA, CC

Outdoor clothing that’s kind to the outdoors — it seems like a simple enough concept. Unfortunately, it’s an idea that’s too often ignored in the fashion industry, as durable men’s and women’s clothing gets pumped out unsustainably at a rampant pace. Luckily, Wise River does things a bit differently. Nick Sciubba’s company offers men’s and women’s outdoor clothing and accessories that are sustainable, durable, and versatile. All their fabrics are of recycled, repurposed, natural, or organic origins — hemp fabrics, organic cotton, and coconut buttons are staples of the Wise River brand. Their standard shipping comprises recycled polyester mailers and cardboard boxes — from nature to supplier to your front door, Wise River delivers on its sustainable promises. While this Colorado-based company collaborates with seven key suppliers all over the world — all of which are WRAP or Fair Labor certified and five of which are women-owned — the products we feature on Doo Dah Apparel were produced from their supplier in Canada. Nick’s company is a proud member of 1% For the Planet, an international organization whose members commit at least 1% of their annual revenue to environmental causes. Wise River donates its revenue to, you guessed it, American Rivers. Now that’s a wise move! At Doo Dah Apparel, we #RepTheRiver, Nick!

WOLFE

SM, RP, WO, CC

Pride. Loyalty. Respect. When Brit Powell established Wolfe Co. Apparel and Goods, she kept these values in mind. Her brand offers Canadian-made casual wear that is locally produced and processed. Beginning in a renovated 1997 Airstream, Brit’s company toured the country and helped educate a plethora of Canadian communities on the virtues of sustainable, domestic manufacturing. While Wolfe Co. isn’t exactly American-made, it clearly shares many of Doo Dah Apparel's core values. Their shipping boxes are recyclable. Their garment bags are biodegradable. Their domestic production keeps their carbon footprint down and their community involvement high. Many of their products use environmentally friendly fabrics that are certified by Bluesign, a company that evaluates the resource saving production of clothing. While Brit’s clothing may be relaxed, there’s nothing casual about her commitment to domestic service or sustainability. She may be somewhat of a lone wolf in the fashion industry these days, but she’s sure got our support here at Doo Dah Apparel. Well done, Brit!

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