This blog post was written by Kate Fisher, Co-owner/Creative Director of Synergy. She is currently visiting India and Nepal, working with our manufacturers and checking in on our factories.
It was very sweet to be back in Pushkar after 7 years. It felt like a pilgrimage for me, back to a place I know so well, where I spent so much time growing up and into myself as a devotee of life and of the sacred, and learning to lay the foundation of my business. It was my training ground in business , buying in the markets, working with tailors, and learning how to design clothing, a business school and fashion design school all rolled into a beautiful gypsy village in the desert of Rajasthan. It captivated my young adventurous freedom loving spirit. There I learned the art of international commerce and about a sacred and simple life that exists in the quiet beauty of the village of Pushkar, with the holy waters of the lake as the crown jewel of the desert, where I went for my daily morning oblations and prayers, and brought fresh flower garlands and ghee to my favorite deities. It is the kind of place where when you return everyone stops you on the street and greets you and welcomes you in for chai and remembers exactly how long it has been since you were there last. It is a village I came to every year for 15 years, where I formed deep friendships and connections to the people, the culture, the deities, and spirits of the lake and village. " Sometimes we visit your country and live in your home..."
Thanks for an absolutely amazing 2015! Thanks to you we are able to continue to support and grow with our friends in Nepal as they recover from the devastation of this years earthquakes. As a company, we are committed to being a force for good in the fashion industry and we would not be capable of that if it weren't for all of you! May your holidays are filled with happiness and love! Cheers to an even more magical 2016!
XO, the Synergy Crew
We're so excited to announce that we are the first northern California fashion brand to receive the GOTS certification. As a womenswear and yoga apparel brand we're now only one of a few women's clothing labels in the country to have earned this achievement. Sustainability practices have always been a top priority for us and now we have the seal to prove it.
Receiving the GOTS certification for the Synergy Organic Clothing headquarters and distribution center in Santa Cruz, CA completes the chain for our eco-conscious company from start to finish. The raw materials supplier in India is certified, the Nepal manufacturer is certified, and now the last piece of the puzzle has been put into place with our U.S. certification.The timing of this couldn't be more perfect, explains CEO and co-owner, Henry Schwab, “With the growth of the company and our expansion into national health foods stores such Whole Foods Market (WFM) and MOM’s Organic Market, we felt that having the official GOTS stamp would mean a lot to our customers and theirs, giving them the highest level of organic standards from our brand.” Always striving to continually promote a lifestyle of conscious consumerism and a strong mission to be mindful in every facet of our business, this certification is the cherry on top of our organic sundae.