I’ve been searching high and low for ethical womenswear to add to my #ethicallymade #slowfashion directory (coming soon) where I can champion the very best of ethical style that lasts. First up, kimono dressing gowns ethically-made in India by Verry Kerry.
Now, I’ve been on look out for a kimono dressing gown for longer than I care to remember, well for as long as my old faithful has been out of action in retirement after refusing to be repaired any longer. It has had a good innings. Bought second hand and given me years and years of comfort and touch a glamour, even in the mornings – and that is a BIG ask.
Yet, despite its passing, I’m not ready to let go, not until I can find a replacement and one that is ethically made and #wellfashioned. Enter Verry Kerry.
I spotted Very Kerry through the joy that is Twitter and could not ignore this head-turning print – inspired by Zambia, Kerry Mounsey’s (founder) place of birth, and its abundance of Malachite – a green-crystallising mineral – coupled with her love of mosaic. The gown is beautifully-made and just check out the stitching.
It has a really lovely weight and feel, and I loved wearing it. In fact, I couldn’t stop trying it on, wearing it around the house and it certainly made trips to the garden a lot more glamorous and cooler. It’s also great teamed with jeans and really flattering, and did I tell you how beautifully-made it is??? Really exquisite craftsmanship from the Verry Kerry team, this piece has been made to last.
However, in the interest of Well Fashioned research and independence, it had to go back, but only very reluctantly. Thanks to Verry Kerry for sending me a selection of Kimono dressing gowns to review, including these two beauties: the Pearl & Flame long kimono gown and Pacific Islands bamboo long kimono gown. I loved these too, but it was love at first sight as soon as I tried on the Malachite mosaic long kimono gown.
Key Well Fashioned features I liked:
- Choice of fabrics, including organic cotton and bamboo
- Head-turning prints
- Screen printed by hand
- Earth friendly dyes
- Invisible side pockets
- Good weight of fabrics
- Lovely feel
- Hand or delicate machine wash cold.
In finishing my review, my only plea is for bigger sizes in the dresses and some of the other ranges. The Kimono dressing gowns are available up to size 18 (depending on the gown) and all the ones I tried on were all lovely and roomy. Oh and another plea, these men’s shirts – a shirt range for women too. Or, at the very least, this woodstock one better fit me 🙂
Verry Kerry #whomademyclothes
Well Fashioned Ethical Reviews
Regularly on Mondays, I’ll be wearing and championing my latest ethically-made, Well Fashioned find. Please feel free to tweet me to tip me off to any great ethical brands you love or if you’re a maker of the Well Fashioned kind, give me a shout.
I’m not accepting any gifts for these features, it isn’t my style. Instead, I’m happy to review and champion ethical womenswear and accessories from makers large and small, just as long as they can tell me who made my clothes?
Well Fashioned Credits
All photos c/o Verry Kerry or Well Fashioned (where stated)
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