Flood Clothing– Creating Clothing SOUL-fully
Flood Clothing is a totally upcycled clothing brand based in Portland, Oregon. The ethics of Flood Clothing are truly inspirational. It’s women-owned, and women run, and they source all the fabric from local Goodwills. Every piece of fabric has already been used and is being recycled/upcycled. Flood Clothing is also as slow, as slow clothing could get. Each piece is made by hand, one-at-a-time, and infuses all the love and care that handmade entails. Don’t worry though they wash everything before they use it which makes it clean, and shrink-free.
On a clothing level, the brand embraces a love of color like no other. This is especially true because every piece they make is unique. If you love vibrant blues, and pretty pinks this is a brand for you. Did I mention they come in cool abstract patterns!
The theme of this year’s collection is “color therapy.” It explores the power behind color. Flood Clothing color wizard (and founder), Nicole Flood shares my belief that putting on a good color makes you happier. She calls them “happy colors” and aims to create a wearable canvas for you. Nicole started Flood Clothing, to create memorable, magical, and sustainable clothing that stands out from the rest of the fashion world and doesn’t contribute to the wastefulness in the industry.
Below are 10 outfits featuring a unique piece from Flood Clothing. Look out for their t-shirts, dresses, and jackets in each outfit below.
Beautiful blues. A secret about this top is the front has a hidden pocket. The t-shirt is a scoop style so think of the top as a classic tee with a unique therapeutic twist. Colors to love in the shirt? Cornflower, cobalt, teal, turquoise, baby blue and deep cobalt.
A trendy but modern bucket bag, this ethically produced Sensi Studio bag is made in Ecuador by artisans who use natural toquilla straw.
Expanding on their one for one policy, these Toms sunglasses are made ethically and donate a pair of glasses to a child who needs one each time you purchase a pair.
Made with faux leather, these Remi/Reid belts are ethically sourced and produced in L.A. for the mindful consumer.
Made in L.A. with Reformation’s sustainable manufacturing process that saves on waste output, water use, and carbon output.
The first Reformation summer shoe. It’s handmade of eco-friendly vegetable tanned, chrome-free suede and jute.
Strong reds. The color red has such an evocative feeling. It’s strong, bold, and has empowered women for a long time. Colors to love? True ruby red, with a mix of grey and black accents.
Made ethically with vegan PU and recycled water-bottle lining.
Designed in Brooklyn and handcrafted from black vintage bakelite. Mark Davis is known for his upcycling of post-consumer materials.
Made with a sustainable cotton-based acetate, Blue Planet also donates a portion of their proceeds to charities that help children in need get eye care.
Certified vegan by PETA these heels are made with vegan PU.
Nicole was influenced by the lines of abstract art. That is very clear in this dress. The lines are based on abstract art forms and the sleeves are both asymmetric. Colors to love? Deep purple, multiple shades of turquoise, beige, forest kelly and, olive greens, and accents in rose pink, lavender, and grey!
Made sustainably with cork and beechwood sourced from German forests.
Handcrafted by local artisans in Dublin using solid sterling silver.
Made with vegan leather in an ethical Korean factory.
Made with sustainably sourced wood stems.
Royal purples to add an emotional flair to your tunic. Colors to love? The lilac, lavender, magenta and rich purple accents.
Made of recycled plastic and handcrafted by artisans in Ghana.
Made sustainably in NYC using less water for washing and eco-friendly dyes. The denim is a combination of tencel and cotton.
Made from sturdy organic cotton canvas.
Crafted in a company-owned Fair Trade factory in Brazil using organic cotton and wild Brazilian rubber.
A tunic full of tricks! It has a hood, and hidden pockets and the hem is designed to be worn both as a tank top and as a layering piece. Colors to love? Deep and light salmon mixed with shades of turquoise, green, sage, and bright orange, rose pink and lavender accents.
Handcrafted in a transparent factory in NYC using denim from the world’s largest supply of salvaged denim.
Every piece is handcrafted by local artisans using traditional methods of embroidery.
Handcrafted by local artisans in the Philippines using the straw from the local area.
RAFA USA is hand-crafted by a group of 20 artisans in Los Angeles, California. Everything is made of ecologically friendly materials like vegan PU and sustainable processes.
I’ve always felt brown is a really tough color to pull off, but this rich chocolate makes me reconsider! The hood is fully functional and ready for however you are feeling, and the a-line style allows for fit and comfort at the same time. Colors to love? Milk chocolate (who knew this would look so good?!) and varying shades of blues, and turquoise accents.
Handcrafted in Italy with sustainable acetate.
Handcrafted in Crete by Greek artisans using traditional techniques of the islands.
Made by Bangladeshi artisans using locally sourced jute.
Ethically crafted accessories made in Canada using scrapes that are leftovers from the leather industry. They are made using only water-based dyes and adhesives.
Simple blues. This tunic is a great basic. The design is focused on triangular geometric shapes and is a great upgrade to your loungewear or everyday shirts or tunics. Colors to love? Blues baby.
A hat made with organic cotton and Fair Trade certified sewing.
Handmade in an ethical factory in Leon, Mexico.
The fabric is a knit blend of organic cotton and soft Tencel® lyocell.
Made with vegan PU.
Leggings designed to flatter. Flood Clothing takes apart recycled athletic pants and cotton-spandex t-shirts to create a pair of leggings that flatter and highlight the shape of your body.
Made with sustainably sourced cotton and an eco-friendly vintage wash.
Made ethically with vegan rubber and cotton canvas.
Made with sustainable acetate and a socially conscious mind frame. Each purchase gives back to Westward Leanings charities.
Exquisitely embroidered with a dark brown and grey geometric motif. The artisan is Anil Khandelwal of India.
Statement-making jackets. This is the perfect piece to add some flair to a basic black dress or give some needed style to a low-key outfit. Colors to love? Turquoise, dark grey, light grey and sage green accents
Made sustainably in L.A. using tencel.
Expertly crafted and handmade by artisans who have been making Swedish clogs for decades. The leather is eco-friendly and vegetable-tanned.
Founded in 2009, Gaia creates handcrafted accessories by female refugee artisans. Based in Dallas, Texas, Gaia provides a living wage.
Same sustainable wood as pictured above, and biodegradable Black Triacetate Cellulose.
A bright purple dress to help you embrace the happy feelings of summer. Colors to love? Bright purple and accents featuring rose, dusty teal, forest green, chartreuse green, magenta and beige.
Founded in 2012, to help disrupt these systemic patterns of poverty found across the developing world’s creative economy, Soko employee’s female artisans to create their jewelry.
Made in colors that totally match the dress like fuschia-pink, blue, burgundy and beige, the belt features artisanal embroidery and handmade in Italy.
Employing local artisans to weave each bag, Aranaz promotes and protects the legacy of Manila craftsmanship – each design is a treasure made entirely by hand.
Handmade in Spain by local artisans using jute.
Handcrafted from recycled plastic and sustainable acetate like the styles above!
Make sure to check them out on their website and see all the unique clothing they have in the store. Also, follow them on social (Facebook and Instagram) to see what collection they dream up next year