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Sep 6, 2022

Making Your Holidays More Sustainable

There are a couple good reasons to keep your shopping local for the holidays. First, it benefits your local economy. The past year has been rough on retailers. Many have had to close their doors and the ones that remain have taken quite a hit with COVID. They could really use your support.

Aug 11, 2022

14 Ways Entrepreneurship is Like Parenthood

In many ways, entrepreneurship is very similar to parenthood. Here are a few:  1. You’re never ready for it. You’ll never BE ready for it. Start before you’re ready. 2. It’s a learn-on-the-job situation. You can read all the how-to books you want, but you’ll never be prepared for the problems that arise no one ever dreamed of. For example, your husband is out of town on business, it’s pouring out and creek water is rising in your backyard inching closer and closer to your house. You have one child home sick and the school nurse calls to tell you the other kid isn’t feeling well (True story.) What do you do? 

Jun 6, 2022

Fashion Round-Up: Sustainable Beach Cover-ups

There are so many great sustainable swimwear brands these days, but sustainable beach cover-ups can still be a little...

May 25, 2022

Tenacity

Maybe it comes with getting older, but I feel myself getting more tenacious with every year that passes. The fact that I’ve managed to launch this company despite the myriad stumbling blocks that come with entrepreneurship is proof of that. Or, maybe I’ve just gotten better at outwitting my own fears and neuroses.

May 11, 2022

Apparel Manufacturing 101: Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Apparel Manufacturing 101. We finished Part 1 with final samples. Final samples complete the process of pre-production and then the production phase begins with grading. 

May 6, 2022

Apparel Manufacturing 101: Part 1

When I started Dessous Loungewear almost two years ago, I really had no clue how clothing was manufactured, so I had to educate myself. It’s an interesting process with a surprising number of steps. I thought you might like to know how your clothes are made, so here’s an overview. 

May 3, 2022

Dusting Myself Off

“They” say you should keep your politics and your business separate so as not to alienate potential customers. They ...

Apr 22, 2022

Whatever Happened to the Hostess Dress?

Wearing a hostess dress back in the day was a bit of a power move. It said, “I’m not just a mother of four; I’m a multi-talented chef, florist, interior decorator, conversationalist, and the secret brains behind my husband’s success. Moreover, watch me do all of the above while dressed in this full-length, polyester gown with extra flammable sleeves. And afterwards? I’ll lounge wherever I damn well please.”

Apr 12, 2022

Our Fabrics: Sustainability Pros and Cons

I’ve become a sustainable fabric nerd. Seriously, fiber scientists are doing some mind-blowing work these days! Plea...

Apr 10, 2022

What is a Presale?

We're launching our first collection using a presale model. Presales are a modern alternative to the traditional retail business model that's been used for decades. At Dessous, we've adopted a presale model because it's a great way to reduce waste while also reducing the cost of sustainable clothing.

Apr 4, 2022

My Over-50 Career Change

I was pregnant with our first daughter when my husband’s career took off and mine fizzled. (So much for that internet company.) At the same time, my husband’s job moved us to San Francisco. Because his salary exceeded mine significantly by then, and the cost of daycare would have just canceled mine out, I decided to stay home with the baby for a few years.

Apr 4, 2022

Why Caftans?

One year ago, I announced that I was starting a loungewear company focused primarily on caftans. For the most part, I got one of three responses from people: 1) “What’s a caftan?” 2) “OHMYGOD....I LOVE CAFTANS!!! I can’t wait! When are they going to be ready?!” and 3) “Why caftans?” My blog post today is for those who asked, “Why caftans?”
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