Brook There Clothing
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The Fall 2008 collection of Brook There by Brook De Lorme was designed around the theme of tangled and includes twisty fabric detailing around waist and hemlines. Owner and designer Brook De Lorme has been creating pieces for 8 years using recycled and sustainable fabrics and is focusing on the latter for the relaunch of Brook There. Breezy skirts and loose cowlnecks give the clothing a very comfortable feel.
Intimates are also part of the collection, which is hard to find in sustainable materials, but these don't come with underwires, so they're only good for smaller sizes. The clothing has a very urban, working girl look to it, but the cuts tend to be a little smaller so some of the dresses are harder for a girl with curves to wear. All of the pieces in the Brook There collection are sewn and designed near Portland, Maine with organic and sustainable materials and are sweatshop-free.Clothing is made from organic wool, organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, soy and silk. The intimates are made from bamboo, organic cotton and spandex, but do use a little nylon or polyester in the trims. The silk comes from a jobber in California and Brook There plans to use up her stocks before she moves to peace silk. Many, but not all, of the items are basic long and short-sleeve tees, making these items more eco-friendly because they not seasonal.
The name "Brook There" is supposed to represent a place we would rather be, a fantasy land if you will, and fashion is the vehicle that can take us there, according to De Lorme. The color palettes use just a few basic colors, but they all blend together very well and have a very comfortable feel to them.
Price points are typically around $150 USD though items can run up to $300 USD for a coat or formal dress. All shipping is free within the US. Retailers can order items at any time and receive them within the month. Brook There can be found in boutiques in New England and in Los Angeles, as well as on Etsy. Brook There plans to include a mens knit line this fall, so check back for mens styles.
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