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What are you wearing for your next night out? Rent clothes & accessories
What are you wearing for your next night out? Rent clothes & accessories

I think we all know that feeling, having a closet full of clothes, but still nothing to wear. This is where Fair Fashionista comes in. With one of our subscriptions, you will have access to an endless selection of dresses and accessories. You can search by color, size or brand name, and say hello to a wardrobe full of ethically made clothes from smaller brands, as well as vintage + preloved clothes from designers you already know.

We have new items coming in several times a week, and if there is a brand or a size you think is missing, just drop us a line, and we will try to find more of what you want.

Since we only have fair fashion and vintage + preloved in our wardrobe, a subscription with us is probably one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly ways you can consume fashion. Curious about a new style or color? Here is your chance to play around. We are also currently expanding our stock of beautiful accessories and jewelry, so you can rent a complete outfit for your next party.

We plant a tree with Tree-Nation for every product you rent, and insurance and laundry/dry cleaning are always included. If you rent with a subscription, shipping is also free. No subscription? No problem, but it is slightly more expensive to rent, and shipping is only included on orders over $50.

What are you wearing for your next night out?

Rent a dress for your next night out

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What should I pack for a beach vacation?
What should I pack for a beach vacation?

 

Are you traveling somewhere warm and sunny and don’t know what to pack? We have made a small guide with our best advice on what you should bring on your beach vacation. You can of course rent all the outfits you need for your sunny vacay at Fair Fashionista, but more on that later.

 

Get comfy

When packing for a beach vacation, go for clothes made from fabrics that are comfortable to wear, such as viscose, chiffon and light cotton, which let your skin breathe. Don’t bring garments that are too delicate, they should be able to survive a quick hand wash in the hotel room sink, if you happen to spill sunscreen, mosquito repellent or colored drinks. For the pool and the beach, bring clothes that dry quickly. Even though we are not usually members of the polyester fan club, it is hard to find anything more suitable than a thin polyester kimono, when it comes to cover-ups for the beach and the pool. Avoid overly tight-fitted designs and rather go a size too large, than too small.

Dare color


Even if you usually swear to neutrals, take the chance and add a little color to your beach vacation wardrobe. Most colors look great with a tan, and a bright colored pattern is sure to put you in the right vacation mood.

 

Bring a bathrobe

It is great to have a bathrobe for lunging around in the hotel room, but nowadays, hotel bathrobes are a rare sight unless you are staying at 5-star luxury resorts, so remember to bring your own. Most bathrobes also work as pool wear, but steer clear of the red fluffy ones unless you are after the Hugh Hefner look.

 

And don’t forget the beach towel


Unless you are staying at a beach resort, most hotels do not allow that you are bringing the hotel towels to the beach or the pool, so if you don’t want to end up buying an overpriced polyester souvenir towel, consider bringing your own. At Fair Fashionista you can rent beach towels in hand-woven cotton in beautiful designs, perfect for the beach and the pool.

 

Dress like a beach pro

If you expect to spend most of your time by the pool or the beach, a nice beach kimono or tunic is also an essential part of your holiday wardrobe. A large thin scarf can often double as a beach sarong, and keep you warm on cold evenings and onboard your flight.

Most beach vacations do not involve a lot of walking, except for the daily stroll from the hotel room to the pool, so a pair of sandals and flip flops would probably be all you need to bring along. A beach bag is also handy, so you can bring a towel, a hairbrush and sunscreen to the pool or the beach.

 

Why you should rent clothes for your beach vacation


When you are on vacation, you often wear clothes that you would not want to wear at home. That tie-dye dress that was so right in Thailand, just does not work at home, and if you are living far away from the beach, there is a risk that those beach cover-ups from Bali, which are currently at the bottom of your closet, will never see the sun again.

Instead of buying clothes you don’t use, rent your vacation wardrobe at Fair Fashionista and travel in style, wearing whatever feels just right for your destination. When your trip is over, you just send the clothes back to us and we will take care of all the boring stuff (= washing and cleaning). Further down this page, below the list of packing tips, you will find a selection of clothes from Fair Fashionista, perfect for your beach vacation:)cover-

 

Beach Vacation Packing List

Rent clothes for your beach vacation

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How to fold a mini hand towel (oshibori)
How to fold a mini hand towel (oshibori)

The cute mini hand towels look great on the dining table and in the bathroom, but how do you fold them? Here is a guide on how to fold mini towels to look like Japanese oshibori, the hot towels offered at Japanese restaurants to clean your hands before the meal.

In the photos I use the mini hand towels from Weavers, but you can use all kinds of small towels or cut larger towels into the right size. The mini towels should be fairly square (about 30 x 30cm works best), and if you want to offer the towels oshibori-style, the fabric must be absorbent.

To make oshibori hot towels for your dinner guests, you will need approximately1/2-3/4 a cup of boiling water for 4 mini towels. The water is poured over the mini towels after the towels have been folded. You can place the folded towels in a rectangular plastic container or glass tray, so it is easier to manage the water pouring. The towels are best when they are damp but not completely soaked, they should be wet, but not dripping. After soaking, the towels are best handled with kitchen tongs.

You place the trays with the towels next to the plate on the dinner table, and it is customary to leave the small trays and the towels on the table throughout the meal. The mini hand towels are also perfect for the bathroom, so your guests can have a clean towel after washing their hands. It looks beautiful with a tray full of stacked (dry) mini towels next to the bathroom sink, but remember to also keep a bowl or a basket nearby so your guests have somewhere to dispose of the used hand towels.

How to fold mini towels / oshibori


1. Start by placing the mini towel flat on the table

How to fold a mini hand towel (oshibori)


2. Fold the towel so that one corner is approximately an inch from the opposite corner.

How to fold a mini hand towel (oshibori)

3. Fold one side over, and tuck the corner underneath as shown:

How to fold a mini hand towel (oshibori)

4. Repeat for the other side

How to fold a mini hand towel (oshibori)

5. Roll the folded towel

How to fold a mini hand towel (oshibori)

6. Place the folded towel with the open end facing down, so it stays in place and does not un-roll or unfold

How to fold a mini hand towel (oshibori)

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KI LEE, Korean accessories brand
KI LEE, Korean accessories brand

KI LEE showed their 22SS collaboration collection with a Korean menswear brand the STOLEN GARMENT in NYFW as part of NYMD (New York Mens Day,a bi-annual initiative intended to help nurture emerging talent and consolidate the showing of contemporary menswear and genderless collections) event.

KI LEE and the STOLEN GARMENT have had a continued partnership since the STOLEN GARMENT’s 19SS collection. Every season, KI LEE designs 2-3 new pieces for the collaborative collection which include ready-to-wear products as well as runway pieces. Depending on the wholesale orders and/or the responses of the general public, these collaborative pieces are sometimes added to KI LEE’s carry-over roster. An example of this would be the BRENDEL mini bucket bag from the 20SS collection. This collaboration has provided KI LEE both the challenge and opportunity of working with different silhouettes, uses and moods, and has continued to be an important source of inspiration in the label’s overall direction.

KI LEE, Korean accessories brand

This was the second time KI LEE and the STOLEN GARMENT showcased their designs as part of NYFW NYMD, following the previous 21FW season. Unlike the previous season when the entirety of NYFW was held in digital format, the 22SS NYFW held physical shows and events in New York. As a result, KI LEE, the STOLEN GARMENT and Q millinery (a hat-maker and another long-time collaborator of the STOLEN GARMENT) traveled to New York, and held a physical presentation along with other emerging brands represented in the NYMD group.

For the collaboration collection 22SS collection “high-strung,” KI LEE has designed two items: PAGES cross-body bag, and PAGES accordion bracelet/anklet. The name and design of these pieces were inspired by the story of saint Anthony of Padua – the patron saint of stolen or lost things.

“The traditional practice of praying for St. Anthony’s help in finding lost or stolen things is traced to an incident during his lifetime that occurred in Bologna. According to the story, Anthony had a book of psalms that was important to him, as it contained his notes and comments for use in teaching his students. A novice who had chosen to leave had taken the psalter with him. Prior to the invention of the printing press, any book was hand-copied, and thus, an item of high value; a Franciscan friar in particular, given his vow of poverty, would have found such an item difficult to replace. When Anthony realized his psalter was missing, he prayed it would be found or returned, after which the thief was moved to not only return the book to Anthony, but also return to the order. The stolen book is said to be preserved in the Franciscan friary in Bologna.” (excerpt from online sources)

KI LEE, Korean accessories brand

PAGES celebrates 1) plant-based nature of the cork fabric, 2) the central role bibliographical research plays in the design process of KI LEE products, and 3) the collaborator the STOLEN GARMENT’s brand story that also involves a theft. For these designs, KI LEE has returned to using the Italian cork fabric whose sourcing has recovered to normal after having been severely unstable due to the pandemic’s direct hit to the supply chain in Italy. Each of the folios on the PAGES accordion bracelet/anklet goes through multiple segmented sewing and edge-treatment steps to create a unique structure that stretches and contracts to fit both the wrists and the ankles, while the PAGES cross-body bag mimics the distinct silhouette of a bound book with its magnetic closure taking on the inverse form of a book’s spine. Based on the positive response and interest of the buyers, KI LEE has decided to add the PAGES cross-body bag to its carry-over roster, and create 5 colorways using both cork and mulberry leather, which are planned to be sold starting in 2021 December.

KI LEE, Korean accessories brand
KI LEE

KI LEE

Founder: Ki Chan Lee

Seoul-based accessories brand with a commitment to intelligent designs and sustainable materials.

KI LEE

Seoul Fashion Creative Studio Room A05

22 Majang-ro, Jung-gu

Seoul, South Korea

Hours
Monday–Friday
10am–6pm

Phone
+82 70 7847 5117

Website
https://kileekorea.com

 

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Elotes recipe, Mexican grilled corn
Elotes recipe, Mexican grilled corn

Grilled corn ears are a popular street food in Mexico. They are easy to make and quite filling, so they are perfect as a snack or as part of a Mexican meal.

I got this recipe from Alejandra, the founder of LemonyMX, months ago, but I just could not find Mexican Cotija cheese anywhere, so it was not until after she managed to convince me to just substitute with feta, that I finally gave it a try. The grilled corn ears are delicious, so don’t let any cheese obstacles hold you back, you need to try these. Feta or Cotija, elotes are super delicious. 

Elotes Recipe

Ingredients (for 4 persons as a snack, or for 2 persons as lunch)

4 corn ears

Mayonnaise (use real mayonnaise, not Miracle Whip or other kinds of sandwich spread)

Butter

Mexican Cotija cheese (or feta, if you can’t find cotija)

2 Limes

Salt

Chili powder

Directions:

Grill the corn with the husks on for 3-5 minutes on each side. Make sure you turn the corn frequently so they don’t get charred.

Take the corn off the grill and smother in butter.

Squeeze some fresh lime juice over the corn.

Brush generously with mayonnaise

Add plenty of crumbled cheese.

Sprinkle with salt and chili powder.

The corn is ready! Serve hot, with extra lime wedges on the side.

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Lazy Balm, All-in-One Body Balm Stick, Fair Fashionista
Lazy Balm, All-in-One Body Balm Stick, Fair Fashionista

If you travel a lot, you know what a pain it can be to bring all your skin care essentials. If traveling by plane, you must consider liquids restrictions, and the very real threat of toners and lotions leaking all over your clothes and suitcase. Furthermore, skincare takes up a lot of space, that I would much rather have used to bring back souvenirs from abroad. I was therefore very happy, when I found out about Lazy Balm and the all-in-one body balm stick. The stick is all you need for basic skin care, and with only five ingredients, eco-friendly packaging, and no nasty chemicals, this is a great product for earth friendly travelers.

When I got my first Lazy Balm, I thought it was just a giant lip balm stick, but it is much more than that, so I decided to make this mini guide on all the different ways to use Lazy Balm:

How to use the Lazy Balm

Lip balm: Lazy Balm is amazing for dry lips! The shea butter adds moisture and keeps your lips soft and smooth.

Face cream: The balm might be a bit too heavy for everyday use, especially if you are in a warmer climate, but for cold, windy weather, the balm is great. 

Eyebrows: Use the tip of your pinky to apply a tiny bit of Lazy Balm to your brows. This will stop your brows from straying and add a little bit of shine too.

Body lotion: When I first tried Lazy Balm, I thought it was just a giant lip balm stick, but then Lazy Balm founder Allie explained to me, how to use it for your entire body. The balm stick is solid at room temperature, so have a little patience, while you slide it over your skin, and wait for the body heat to warm up the tip of the balm so it slides more easily.

Relax & Destress: Massage the balm into your skin and temples after a nice bath or a shower. Make sure to rub a little on your upper lip, just below your nose, so you can sniff in the nice scent. A wonderful way to unwind before bedtime.

Hair and Beard Styling: Lazy Balm is great as a styling wax for a beard or a shorter hair style. If you have long hair like me, you can use the balm to define the ends and layers of your hairstyle, or to add body and texture. Use the balm on dry hair, and make sure to go slow and not add too much, as it will weigh down your hair.

Hands and feet: Lazy Balm works wonders for dry hands and cracked heels. While you might not want to run the stick directly over the soles of your feet (at least not if you intend to use it as a lip balm later), scratch off a thin slice from the tip and rub it between your hands before applying. It’s great for dry dog paws too:)

Buy the Lazy Balm in the shop

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The Camp Shirt, sustainable men's fashion, (h)A.N.D.
The Camp Shirt, sustainable men's fashion, (h)A.N.D.

Nothing spells summer like a camp collar shirt, and if you are going on a trip somewhere warm, the camp shirt is your perfect companion. While the origin of the camp collar shirt is still debated, the camp collar shirt got its big US breakthrough in the 1950s, when Elvis, among others, made the casual shirts widely popular.

I mainly buy home decor and women’s fashion from (h)A.N.D. but last time I was in Phnom Penh, I brought back a couple of shirts back for Poul. He loved them, and he has been living in those shirts the entire summer, so I decided to start selling them at fair Fashionista.

The camp shirts from (h)A.N.D. are made in Phnom Penh from upcycled, leftover fabric from the garment industry in Cambodia, which (h)A.N.D. buys at the local markets or directly from the factories. Often, there are only a few meters available of each pattern, and many of the shirts are therefore one of a kind or made in very small quantities.

You would want a comfortable, relaxed fit, so even though the measurements of the shirts from (h)A.N.D. is US standard sizes, make sure to check the measurements in the size guide and go a size up, if in doubt.

Wear the shirt alone or over a T-shirt or a tank top, untucked with jeans, chinos, or shorts. It also looks good under a light linen jacket for a stylish, yet casual evening look. If you just want to blend in by the beach, pick one of the discreet colors and patterns, but if you are looking to stand out from the crowd, there are also a shirt for you in our selection.

Buy the shirts at Fair Fashionista Shop

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The Camp Shirt, sustainable men's fashion, (h)A.N.D.
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Domlei, ethically crafted in Phnom Penh
Domlei, ethically crafted in Phnom Penh

Domlei is a Phnom Penh based ethical kids clothing and accessories brand, founded by Cambodia national, designer and photographer, Saron. Originally from a small village, Saron now lives in the capital, from where she runs Domlei.

All handwoven fabric at Domlei is designed and woven in Cambodia in close collaboration with local artisans in rural parts of the country. Domlei also uses high quality dead stock, which is leftover fabric sourced from the garment factories in Cambodia.

Domlei is particularly known for good design and high-quality textiles. Domlei is also one of the only brands in Phnom Penh that does customized block print.

In Cambodia, factory jobs often mean long hours, a hectic work environment, and long commutes, making it difficult to combine raising a family with factory employment. At Domlei, the artisans can choose to work from home, so they can have more time with their kids, while generating an income for the family.

Domlei supports a range of local projects aimed at giving back to the communities, creating opportunities and empowering women. Domlei is particularly passionate about supporting the early education of children in rural parts of the country, where most of the weavers that Domlei works with are located. Domlei helps providing for schoolbooks, stationaries, and uniforms, and also arranges reading clubs for the children to encourage learning and education, which will eventually benefit the entire community.


Read more about Domlei at Domlei website >>

If you are in Phnom Penh, you can visit Domlei’s shop:

Domlei, Jungle à Domicile, #91E0 110 Road, Wat Phnom Commune, Phnom Penh

Shop Domlei Tea Towels

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Seoul Travel Blog
Seoul Travel Blog

Korea Furniture Museum consists of 10 traditional houses brought together from different locations and features more than 2500 pieces of traditional Korean furniture. The items are all part of the personal collection of the founder and director Mi Sook Jung, who opened her collection to the public in 1993. The museum has been praised as the most beautiful museum in Seoul and celebrity visitors such as Victoria Beckham and Brad Pitt have helped put the museum on the map for international travelers with a penchant for history, art, and design.

Ki Chan Lee is the founder and designer at the sustainable Korean fashion brand KI LEE. In this blog post, he tells us about one of his favorite places in Seoul: Korea Furniture Museum.

The first thing I really enjoy about visiting the Korea Furniture Museum is its location. Visiting the Seongbuk-dong neighborhood where the museum is located is in itself a rare occasion to be in the historic and quiet residential area of the city. Standing on the gravel-lined front yard of the museum situated on a green hillside, the visitor gets to enjoy what has drawn generations of wealthy Seoulites to take up residence in the neighborhood. 

Secondly, Korea Furniture Museum is quite unique in that it provides its visitors with an immersive experience that encourages them to think about not only the contents of its exhibits, but also its own history and context. I like to compare the Korea Furniture Museum to New York’s “the Met Cloisters,” a medieval arts museum run by the Met. Having incorporated parts of historic architecture into the built environment (old Korean houses in the KFM’s case and European monasteries for the Cloisters) both museums are testament to the collectors’ personal commitment, as well as the organizational and logistic expertise of the institution. From the excellent guided-tours, you hear not only about the artefacts themselves, but also their respective history and relationship to the founder of the museum, which in turn reveals a very intimate perspective on Korea’s culture around art, craftsmanship and patronage during the period spanning form late Joseon-era to early modern times.

Who should visit Korea Furniture Museum?

I recommend the Korea Furniture Museum to anyone who visits me from abroad, but the museum would be an especially special place for those who are interested in art and design. Because of its relative obscurity among many locals, I also recommend it to those who are visiting someone who lives in Korea to have a shared first-time experience.  

How long time do you need at the museum?

The official guided tour of the museum is one hour, but I recommend adding an extra half an hour to both before and after the tour to walk about and experience the old and almost-aristocratic residential area.

What is special about Korean traditional furniture? What characterizes the design?

As with any furniture, Korean traditional furniture was designed so that its functions and appearance best served its environment as well as its users. One aspect of Korean traditional furniture that makes it quite unique is its close relationship with the unique measuring system in traditional Korean architecture called Kan. Referring to the distance between two pillars that repeats itself throughout a given building, serving as the basis of its architectural order, Kan differs from one building to another, even though they were within a given range. In other words, each building was born from its own foundational system of order, which was then reflected in the design of the furniture. As a designer, I admire this pre-industrialization marriage between individualism and order and feel humbled by the subtle language of beauty and harmony.


Korea Furniture Museum, 121 Daesagwan-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, Hours of Operation: Tue-Fri: 11am-7pm, Sat: 9am -6pm, Tel: +82-2-745-0181

It is recommended that you make a reservation online for your preferred date and time of your visit. The admission fee is 20,000 KRW, and it is paid at the entrance. Photos are not allowed at the museum except for at the designated photo zone. No food and drinks are allowed inside the museum. English guided tours are available at 2pm, 3pm,4pm and 5pm on a first come, first served basis.


KI LEE

KI LEE – Ki Chan Lee

KI LEE is a Seoul-based accessories brand with a commitment to intelligent designs and sustainable materials.

www.kileekorea.com

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CWG Chin Women Group, Mae Sot & Burma
CWG Chin Women Group, Mae Sot & Burma
Nu Tae, founder CWG

Chin Women Group (CWG) was founded in Mae Sot, Thailand, in June 2001. The purpose of the group is to provide income for the members of the group, and to help preserve the handicraft skills within the Chin community, by making and selling handicraft items and also recently, by training young women to preserve the skills of traditional handicraft.

The mountainous Chin State in the Northwest of Burma is one of the poorest regions in an already poor country. A large part of the population lives in remote places, struggling to get by with subsistence farming. Other sources of income are very limited, and many young people therefore move away from Chin state and try their luck in Yangon or Mandalay, or across the border in Thailand. They often end up in poorly paid jobs and unstable employment situations, and the Chin region loses a link to the future.

CWG founder Nu Tae decided together with some friends to find a better way to generate income for the Chin people, while at the same time preserving the traditional skills and the culture. In the beginning, the group mainly sold their products at a local market in Mae Sot, but today, Chin Women Group are also working with Borderline Collective for marketing and distribution, hoping to reach a broader consumer base for their handicrafts.

Most of the fabric that CWG uses comes from the Chin state in Burma. It is then transported to Mae Sot, in Thailand, where four young women create bags and accessories with designs that incorporate the traditional fabric into modern designs. In addition to traditional Chin fabric, CWG also uses their own hand-loomed fabric and in the video below you can see how the loom is set up:


You can find products from CWG for rent and for sale on fair-fashionista.com, but if you visit Mae Sot in Thailand, you can buy CWG products at Borderline Collective:

Borderline Collective, 674/14 Intharakiri Road, Mae Sot, Thailand

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