Knoxville's Most Ethical Boutique

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of going back home to Knoxville and visiting one of my favorite places, Elyse Wilde. With ethical and sustainable fashion being a hot topic right now, Elyse Wilde is ahead of its’ time! E W is all about the empowerment of women through fashion and that’s basically everything I stand for so we’re a perfect match. Whether you are a simple gal or an over the top type of gal, E W has you covered from head to toe from their grade A classics to their cheetah print pants.

WHY are ethical fashion practices important / how do they affect us? Well, friends, the fashion industry is a tough place and we are all affected by it because we all wear clothing. Unless you don’t? Which is fine, too. Many many years ago when the manufacturing industry moved overseas, company’s figured out how they could produce product for WAY less than they could in America. For business, this was great because they could produce a TON of product and sell it for cheap. Along with alllll that money making, there were some REALLY HORRIBLE things they felt like they could ignore. Unethical fashion practices include:

  • Horrible working conditions

  • Unlivable wages

  • 14 hour days

  • Exploitation of women and children

  • Abuse

I could go on forever about this topic, but I will leave you with this, Ethical fashion practices are so so important guys. This means that now brands are taking this into consideration and acting on it, so why shouldn’t we support it? Start buying fewer pieces, but invest in the high quality pieces that will last you YEARS instead of months. You won’t regret it!

Here are a few of my favorite brands Elyse Wilde carries:

Tach Clothing

  • Tach clothing is both simple and complex, with a strong timeless appeal
    They take inspiration from the delicacy of vintage clothing and look to make it fresh again.
    Every piece is carefully thought and locally made in Uruguay, in a fair trade environment.

Finders Keepers

  • The entire team at Australian Fashion Labels (AFL) are committed to conducting business in an honest, responsible and ethical manner and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and internationally recognised standards. We work with our suppliers (based in China and India) and our customers to ensure an ethical and sustainable supply chain, and all of our suppliers have signed up to the “AFL Supplier Code of Conduct”, which addresses:

    · Environmental Practices
    · Ethics
    · Labour Policies and Human Rights – in accordance with the ETI Base Code founded on conventions of the International Labour Organisation
    · Welfare of Animals

For Love & Lemons

  • The factory was established in 2010, but in 2017 the owner, Victor, decided to move the growing operation into a brand new space. While the previous factory was held to the same high standards of safety and good working conditions, the new factory offers even more space, light and ammenities for its employees.

    We started working Victor, who has been in the clothing production business for over 30 years, in 2013 because his factory was by far the most impressive. He maintained a clean, safe workspace, his machinery was up-to-date and it was apparent his employees were happy and looked up to him as a boss and mentor. When we visit the factory in China or when he visits us in LA, we always look forward to his hospitality and generosity.

    Victor is extremely progressive in his approach to running a factory. His factory is approved by the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), an initiative established by the Federal Trade Organization (FTA) for companies who wish to improve their social compliance. The BSCI is a standardized code of conduct with 11 categories that range from workplace health and safety to compensation to environmental and safety issues. Victor achieved his BSCI-approved factory by electing to have an audit done by Accredium Global Compliance Services (AGCS), an independent auditing company. AGCS ensured all standards of the BSCI were met. For the complete BSCI Code of Conduct, click here!


If you are in Knoxville, you have to head in to check the store out, but if you aren’t in Knoxville, here’s there site .



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