At Bitter Grace, we are committed to doing our part to treat our planet with kindness, encourage a community-oriented life, and lift each other up.
Because Style & Sustainability
Should go Hand in Hand
OUR PARTNERS IN SUSTAINABILITY
We are meticulous in choosing who we work with and the collections we curate. We support global micro businesses that employ women, provide financial stability, empower through education opportunities, and bring awareness to ancient artistry. Below, take a look at some of our brand partnerships and their conscious approach to fashion & purposeful living.
Upcycle Movement Ambassadors. Platform for Talented Artisans in Africa.
With sustainability in mind, MAILLOT pronounced [m ä y o], celebrates responsible recycling of textiles, traditional handicrafts, and modern designs while creating minimal waste. They do not follow the traditional seasonal fashion model. Instead, they create permanent unisex collections to which new items of handmade one-offs are added throughout the year.
Established in 2019, to address both the growing crisis of fashion over-production and to bring awareness to African crafts with traditional beading as a sustainable practice for the future, the brand aims to focus on re-interpreting recycled military outerwear and handpicked vintage mixed with African craft.
WHY WE LOVE MAILLOT
MAILLOT works collaboratively with artisan communities in Kenya, Cameroon, to create income-generating opportunities for women. More specifically, the brand works closely with the women from the Bangoulap village in the west region of Cameroon and the Maasai Mara in Kenya - to show how contemporary these ancient techniques can be. MAILLOT wants to show how beading can be translated into modern luxury design and give a platform to talented artisans.
Sustainable. Committed to Education. Promotes Nepal’s Fine Craftsmanship.
Tamasha-Knit was founded by three sisters in the US, creating a brand that promotes Nepal's fine craftsmanship and offers premium quality knitwear. Sustainability plays a vital role. The team at Tamasha-Knit goes above and beyond to conserve energy and water (installing solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, and rainwater harvesting). Over the years, they have minimized lead times and raw material wastage by 35%.
WHY WE LOVE TAMASHA-KNIT
Yes, the quality & craftsmanship of all Tamasha-Knit pieces are exceptional, but what is remarkable is their empowering mission investing in hands-on training & continued education for their workforce, which is mostly women. The way they see it - when you employ & educate a woman, she educates her entire family. Today, over 65 percent of the workforce comprises women with flexible work schedules.
View the latest Tamasha-Knit looks in our online boutique here.
Handcrafted Jewelry. Ethically Sourced Materials. Supporting Local Artisans.
Martha is a Brooklyn-based designer from Monterrey, Mexico. Grounded in her roots, she makes beautifully handcrafted pieces that are ethically sourced, helping artisan communities in Mexico find a meaningful way of earning an income. Founder Martha Cristina dreamed of becoming a jewelry designer since the age of 11 when she visited Taxco, a small jewelry town in Mexico. She draws her inspiration from Mexico’s culture and traditions, her travels, and all the things that bring her joy and comfort. She donates 11% of her profits to causes close to her heart.
WHY WE LOVE MARTHA CHRISTINA
Bitter Grace and Martha Cristina did their first collaboration at the Bitter Grace Pop-Up Event in March 2020. Martha works with Bitter Grace to customize beautiful and special pieces unique to Bitter Grace’s aesthetic. Together they look to expand the Bitter Grace x Martha Cristina Collection for the Bitter Grace Washington D.C. boutique.
View the latest handcrafted Martha Cristina jewelry pieces here.
Timeless Styles. Quality Finish. GOTS Certified.
In 1995, the concept for REPEAT Cashmere was born in Geneva, Switzerland, when the price of cashmere knitwear was exceedingly high; the intention was to create a line of cashmere sweaters that were equally luxurious but at an affordable price. Since the beginning, REPEAT’s goal was to create fashion that focuses on offering timeless styles with the highest possible quality and finish.
WHY WE LOVE REPEAT CASHMERE
REPEAT Cashmere brings modernity and enduring classics together with grace. REPEAT Cashmere has always been highly conscious of the social and ethical aspects of its business. With an extensive collection & focus on organic and sustainable knitwear, REPEAT aims to provide choice and ease of mind when buying a cashmere garment.
The organic garments from REPEAT Cashmere are GOTS certified (Global Organic Textile Standard). GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. This certification guarantees that raw materials are organically sourced, and the factories follow ecological and sustainable production processes. The latter is essential, as clothing from organic materials can still be produced in a non-ecological way. Therefore, having both raw materials, as well as the production processes certified, is still rare in the industry.
Vegan. Eco-friendly. Ethically Sourced.
Back in 2015, Lauren Criswell , founder & certified yoga instructor, was trying to find a yoga mat that was non-toxic and eco friendly, non-slip and was also compact and lightweight enough for commuting or on-the-go; and she realized it didn't exist. So, she decided to invent it herself!
After years of prototypes and countless product testing, the Gypsy Jet Setter™ Yoga Mat came to life in 2017. Gypsy Jet Setter’s yoga mat is the first ethically sourced and eco-friendly yoga mat composed of non-slip, anti-bacterial, vegan, and non-toxic materials. This yoga mat is travel friendly and packable, making it easier to do yoga anywhere and everywhere.
WHY WE LOVE GYPSY JET SETTER
Bitter Grace met Lauren in the summer of 2020 shortly before the opening of the first Bitter Grace Washington, D. C. boutique. Gypsy Jet Setter™ Yoga and Bitter Grace have partnered on a special exclusive collection, only available through Bitter Grace. View here.
Sustainable. Safe Cashmere Goat Ranching. Certified.
Founded in 2004, the name Alashan refers to an area of western Inner Mongolia Province, China. The Alashan region, through a combination of climactic, geographic and dietary conditions, is the literal home to the world's finest cashmere and camel hair. The yarn used for the 100% cashmere topper poncho we love so much at the Bitter Grace Boutique is sustainable because the same goats are sheered every year.
WHY WE LOVE ALASHAN CASHMERE
Based in Maryland, right outside of Washington D.C. and the Bitter Grace Boutique, Alashan uses “one of the finest cashmere production cooperatives in western Inner Mongolia. The cooperative is designed to promote a prosperous lifestyle for the herders of the Otogbanner region through healthy, sustainable, and safe cashmere goat ranching. We all benefit when the raw material producers are earning a good living by practicing safe and humane goat raising standards.”
Also, Alashan factory has achieved the following certifications: Aid By Trade Foundation certification for Sustainable Cashmere Standards, BLUESIGN certification, Oeko-Tex & Wrap certification.
View the latest Alashan Cashmere looks in our online boutique here.
Creates Transformative Opportunities for Women. Publish Wages. Ethical Leather.
All of our leather is sourced as a by-product of the meat industry. Meaning, we recycle hides from cows that are being used for meat. This effectively removes waste from the environment because the hides would otherwise be thrown out.
WHY WE LOVE ABLE
ABLE's primary focus is a social enterprise and creating long-lasting, sustainable employment for women. Women comprise over 95% of ABLE’s staff. ABLE is committed to ensuring every woman receives treatment and compensation reflective of her immense worth.
View the ABLE sustainable leather collection at Bitter Grace DC here.
On-demand Production. Carbon Offset. Empower people to shop responsibly.
ALOHAS helps bridge that gap for style devotees with their environment-conscious counterparts by bringing awareness and addressing overproduction issues in the fashion industry. Additionally, all ALOHAS suppliers belong to the Working Leather Group, an association responsible for controlling and analyzing that all work is done sustainably. The leathers are sustainably produced, meeting the requirements of the Leather Working Group with gold and silver medals. Meaning, the tanneries have been audited to verify that the water they use in the tanning process is reused water making it eco-conscious.
WHY WE LOVE ALOHAS
Overproduction is one of the biggest by-products of fashion that contributes to the industry’s biggest environmental pollutants on the planet. ALOHAS created a pre-order approach to anticipate demand prior to production accurately.
View the ALOHA collection at Bitter Grace DC here.
“Individually we are one drop; but together we are an ocean.”
- Ryunosoke Satoro