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Whenever I think of hemp, I think of slow fashion, eco-fashion and sustainable. And when it comes to fashion choices, I do take considerable time before making a purchase. Here’s my thought process: will I be able to wear this multiple ways in several occasions? will the material last? does it contain animal or animal derivatives? more importantly, how was it made, who made it? If you haven’t watched the documentary The True Cost of Fashion (released 2015), I highly recommend that you do because it will shed blinding light on how mainstream brands are made, where they are made and how fast fashion is slowly killing our planet (read how to veganize your wardrobe).

I have been asked quite a few times why I seem to wear the same kinds of clothes or gravitate to a certain style, which is kind of an irony to someone who does fashion posts. Well, given the important points I mentioned above, there is really a lot of thinking involved before I let go of my hard-earned money towards fashion purchases. Does cost play a role? yes indeed. I don’t just buy an item because it’s on sale because quality comes first.

Recently I was sent this pair of jeans and tote made from hemp by prAna. Before we get into details, I’d like to briefly introduce you to the company’s humble beginnings, their philosophy and sustainability efforts.

Based out of Carlsbad, California,  prAna was founded in 1992 by  Beaver and Pam Theodosakis who at that time were limited with clothing choices for their yoga and hiking needs. They sewed their first merchandise, used recycled papers for tags, and shipped their orders using fruit boxes. Fast forward today, the company grew but remained grounded by giving back to communities, using sustainable materials such as organic cotton and hemp, recycled polyester, to name a few. prAna is also Fair Trade- certified. The price point of their clothing is decent, it’s roughly under $100 per piece which fits my budget.

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So let’s talk about this pair of charcoal skinny jeans. It’s a fitted pant with elasticized waist band. I’m wearing a size small. Per website, they recommend to size down as it runs a tad large, which I agree. And that’s what I am going to do when I purchase another color because I do love the material of these jeans. Soft and stretchy, I can dress this pair down (as styled in the photos) or dress up by simply wearing pumps. Same pants, same shirt, same accessories, same makeup. Just the shoes I am switching. From rugged to chic, day to night. Talk about versatility.

Bagaholics unite! This tote is large enough to carry your daily essentials, travel necessities, even stash your groceries! I’m petite (5’1) so it does look like it’s swallowing moi so please take that into account. One cool thing about this tote is that it has drawstring compartment inside to hold your wallet or laptop or anything you don’t want to mix up with other items such as important receipts and whatnot (read is vegan leather good or bad?)

So let’s talk about hemp and why it is considered to be the next big thing after organic cotton. Hemp is supposed to not wear out as quickly as cotton but rather softens over time. Resistant to mold and mildew, hemp as a material inherently carries antibacterial properties, does not absorb odors and overall is a breathable fabric.

Intrigued to try prAna? as one of my valued readers, the company is gracious to extend 15% off your purchase with code PHKA18 on checkout.

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