An Eastward Journey

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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..."

Going back there this time, was like looking at a reflection of myself in the lake. I could see and feel the parts of myself that were exactly the same as when I first arrived at age 21, and I could see how much courage it took for me to travel to India year after year in my twenties and thirties. I could now see the parts of myself that have changed and grown, and I could feel how so much of my dharma now is about being a mama to my beautiful sweet children and a wife and partner to my amazing husband Henry Schwab who is at home holding down the home front. It is taking a lot of stamina and endurance for both of us to be doing what we are doing now, and I am so grateful that we chose this path, that this path chose us, and that we chose each other. With my pilgrimage back to Pushkar complete , I am now ready to go back to work in Delhi and soon on to Kathmandu to keep the wheels of Synergy rolling. ‪#‎confessionsofawanderlustjunkygypsymama
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The Organic Promise

Organic, it's right there in our name, sandwiched between Synergy and Clothing. Organic is at the core of who we are as a company. It is a promise that we make to our customers and fans. There are so many social and environmental reasons to wear organic clothing, and we are on a mission to spread the word!

Meet the Makers

Synergy appliques are hand-sewn by artisans in Nepal. We are happy to be able to provide these artisans with the unique opportunity to take their work home with them. All too often, women in Nepal are forced to choose between caring for their families and earning an income.

Thank you for an amazing 2015!

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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

January 05, 2016
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California Green Business Program

Green+Business   We are so proud to be a part of the California Green Business Program. This certification means a lot to us because being an eco-company is at the core of everything that Synergy is. This certification looks at our business practices on a micro level and demonstrates that we are doing everything we can to tread gently on the earth. The Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program is a successful partnership of environmental agencies, utilities and nonprofit organizations that assist, recognize and promote businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified "green," participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. They offer motivated businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance. You can read more about the program here.

The Nepal Earthquake

Kathmandu_Durbar_Square,_Nepal1logo To all of our beloved customers and fans, We thank you for all of your continued support that not only reaches many here in the USA but also helps the lives of so many in Nepal, where our clothing is made.  As most of you know there was a massive earthquake in Nepal a few days ago that was quite devastating. We are very thankful that so far all of our friends and Synergy family in Nepal has been accounted for as safe, in addition to our factory where our clothing is made. Power has been largely off and so our communication has been intermittent and we are trying to gather more and more information to see how we can be of service in Nepal. As a starting point we would like to donate 20% of all revenue to efforts that are providing direct relief to people in Nepal. All sales this week will go towards these efforts. We are starting by donating funds to both Seva and Karuna Shechen. We also encourage anyone to make their own personal donations to these two organizations, or a group of your choice. Synergy is ever grateful to the beautiful country of Nepal and its people, for being such an integral part of our company. Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Nepal now as they face this challenging time. We are hopeful that efforts will be successful in helping the country recover and we thank you for your continued support of Synergy and for the ripple affect that support has on Nepal. We feel blessed that we were able to have just traveled to Nepal a few weeks ago with our children and to have had such a special time there connecting with our Synergy Nepal family and the special country of Nepal. Those fresh memories of our time there are keeping our hearts and connection to Nepal in this time that much closer, and our faith in all recovery efforts that much stronger. Join us in sending our prayers for healing to Nepal. Kate and Henry ( co –owners) IMG_3382

ExpoWest 2015: 'BEAUTY IN ALL BEINGS' FASHION SHOW

One of our favorite trade shows every year is Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA. There's always so much excitement and buzz in the air. I think it has to do with being surrounded by so many like-minded companies all working towards creating a positive, mindful, and lasting impact through our products and services. This year however, was even more special for us than years past. Whole Foods Market in partnership with thinkThin put on the most amazing fashion show and we were lucky enough to be a part of it! The fashion show was appropriately titled 'Beauty In All Beings' and benefitted the Whole Planet Foundation. The money raised will go toward micro-lending programs for businesses in 63 countries. With the support of many organic and eco-minded companies, the show was a success raising $100,000 and it was a night to remember for all in attendance!   [caption id="attachment_1526" align="alignnone" width="600"]IMG_1846 Hexagon Collection Lucy Dress in Coral walking down the runway. Photo credit: Anthony Tamayo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1517" align="alignnone" width="600"]IMG_1425 Maren Giuliano, executive global Whole Body coordinator at Whole Foods Market wearing our Arrow Collection Bella Dress. Photo credit: Anthony Tamayo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1518" align="alignnone" width="600"]IMG_1689 The Arrow Collection Eva Tank Dress in Earth walking down the runway. Photo Credit: Anthony Tamayo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1519" align="alignnone" width="600"]IMG_1813 The Hexagon Collection V-Neck Dress in Azul walking down the runway. Photo credit: Anthony Tamayo[/caption]

We are officially GOTS certified!

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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.   outletFB copy copy  

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.

Synergy Ambassador: MEET DAWN

IMG_1535   We're so excited to introduce our newest Synergy Organic Clothing Ambassador, Dawn Sora Yang. Some of you may know this L.A. based R.N. and yoga teacher through her super cute and cheerful Instagram account!  If you have yet to know the positivity that is @monkeymix, please take this moment to follow her account, you will not regret this.   Dawn is like a ray of sunshine. Her smile, amazingly cute dogs, and on-location yoga poses give your feed that extra dose of inspiration that is just what the doctor (or nurse) ordered. Get it? Alright, enough of the cheesy jokes because in all seriousness we're really excited about this addition to our Synergy family.   If you live in and around L.A. check out her website for a class schedule. Also make sure to follow her on Facebook for updates on what she has up her sleeve next!   IMG_1106_2   IMG_1110_2   FullSizeRender

Synergy Ambassador: MEET TAHL

ChrystalCastleSynergy (69 of 69)   When we were first introduced to Tahl via social media, we knew she was someone we wanted to know more about. So, of course, we looked through her entire Instagram feed, which led us to her website, which led us to her Facebook account (All things we highly suggest you check out for yourself!). Let's just say we couldn't get enough of her stunning imagery and positive messages continuously delivered in a such a beautiful way.   SUNRISEB_SYNERGY (6 of 78)   Tahl is a mother of 3, yoga teacher, photographer, and extremely inspiring creative individual. From her insight to her style we were/are in awe. It quickly became clear that we wanted her to become a part of our ambassador family. It's been such a pleasure working with her and we are excited to continue to grow together. Tahl just sent out her first newsletter, do yourself a favor and make sure you're signed up for the next one, do that here.   ChrystalCastleSynergy (8 of 69)