Designer Spotlight: Orgotton, From the Ground Up

Kristy and Stef Emery: Two sisters. One idea: to develop a fashion forward organic cotton clothing line.  The first thing the sisters knew when they decided to start their own company in 2009 was that they wanted it to be in the natural, holistic, and organic realm.  Stef explained to us in a recent interview that between the two sisters, they were already “interested and involved in the ‘green’ movement… From working on a farm, being part of a CSA, recycling, and even having a college degree dealing with sustainability, all these activities were already present in our lives.”  They decided on an organic cotton fashion line produced locally in Philadelphia with materials from the US.  They understand the importance of utilizing the materials around them and want to make sure their consumers know that when you support Orgotton you are supporting the United States economy.

The name Orgotton came from Kristy when she was out with her boyfriend.  Excited to share their company idea, she jumbled together organic and cotton producing orgotton.  She knew, even though it was an accident, that it would make for the perfect company name.  Boy, did she think right!

“We feel that an ‘Orgotton Woman’
is one who loves to be individual,
conscious about the environment,
stylish and comfortable” -Kristy

Why Organic Cotton?  That’s what we asked!

Stef: “We did our research and learned that cotton is considered the world’s “dirtiest” crop due to the outrageous amounts of insecticides, the most harmful type of pesticide, that directly affects humans and animals through it’s pollution on our waters and land. Cotton crops use 16% of the world’s insecticides yet only occupies 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land. This is more than any other single major crop. Organic Cotton does not use these insecticides. We want our business to have as small a carbon footprint as possible.”

The sisters receive all of their organic cotton fabric from a certified organic wool and organic cotton fabrics stock service group.  Even the vibrant colors found in their collection is made from eco-friendly dyes.  They are pleased to share that their provider is a member of the Organic Trade Association.

We asked Kristy to explain to our readers what the benefits of wearing organic fabrics are:

Kristy:  “I am a licensed Aesthetician and the biggest organ people have is their skin.  Everything that comes in contact with our skin such as body washes, moisturizers and clothing gets absorbed into our bloodstream.  Something else that I noticed in the beginning was that nothing seemed fashionable in the Organic Cotton clothing market. We wanted to prove that organic and sustainable could equal fashionable, that you can wear something cuter than Birkenstocks and save the earth!”

Fall 2012 Collection

The much anticipated Fall 2012 collection will include 7 pieces:

  • Camisole
  • Off the shoulder short sleeve tee
  • Long sleeve tee
  • Cardigan
  • Leggings
  • Maxi Skirt
  • Infinity Dress

Inspiration is drawn from bohemian styles, nature, high fashion and the styles of the 1960s and ’70s.  All of their pieces coordinate together and will comprise all of the basic pieces needed to start a great sustainable wardrobe.  The clothing is simply easy to wear.

A lot of their inspiration was drawn from personal ideals of what they would love to be wearing day to day.  “We loved the idea of creating something a little more high-end, like our infinity dress” Stef told us.  “The infinity dress consists of a long skirt and then two pieces of fabric that you can wrap around the upper half of your body numerous ways to create multiple looks.”

Made in the USA

As we mentioned already, Orgotton is local company that uses as many local sources as possible. The garments were all created in Philadelphia and the fabric was Made in the USA. “Sustainability and ‘green’ practices are what we pride ourselves in” Stef explains to us.  “Consumers can feel good about wearing Orgotton clothing because they know where it was made, who created it, and they can trust in the dedication and quality we put into our work.  The more we buy and support our own country and the less we buy from overseas the better off we all will be-including the environment. Transportation to get goods from one country to another is a huge environmental setback. Support local and look good doing it-all eco, all the time, that’s our motto!”

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