Synergy Organic Clothing takes its commitment to sustainability seriously. We strive to be mindful and conscious in every facet of our business. Each Synergy piece takes a journey around the world, positively affecting everyone involved. We are deeply grateful to each and every one of our customers who allow us to be a force for good around the world. It all starts in a design studio in Santa Cruz, California, where Kate Fisher, Co-Owner and Art Director of Synergy, dreams up all of the designs. Kate looks to the world around in her approach to design. Synergy was created in the spirit of adventure and with the vision of being a synergy of both Eastern and Western design influences. We source our organic cotton from India. Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a lower impact on the environment than conventionally grown cotton. The cotton is grown without toxic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and genetically modified seeds. All of our fabrics are also made with low-impact dyes. These dyes have a high absorption rate, which decreases the use of rinse water and produces less waste. Then it's off to Nepal where our clothing is produced. We have a close and long standing relationship with our manufacturers in Nepal. Our appliqué designs are individually hand sewn by skilled crafts-women in Nepal. We adhere to employment guidelines set forth by fair labor organizations through advocating higher salaries and never employing child labor. The production of our appliqués empowers this group of 150 women with the ability to work from home, support their families with the living wage income earned and gives a sense of pride and independence. Then it's all back to where it started. Our warehouse in Santa Cruz is the distribution hub for the whole country. There, our crack team of Organic Clothing Experts pack and ship your orders with love and care. Wether you're buying Synergy online, at a festival or in a store, you can feel proud that you are supporting the livelihood of the worldwide community that is Synergy Organic Clothing.
[caption id="attachment_139" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Designer, Kate Fisher, in element creating future collections while in Nepal in October 2013[/caption] The seeds of Synergy Organic Clothing were planted in 1993, by designer and co-owner, Kate Fisher, when she set off for Kathmandu, Nepal at the age of 21 with adventure in her eyes. In the midst of her extensive travels in Asia she started buying textiles and clothing that she then sold upon her return home. A business was born. In time, and after the birth of their first child in 2006, she partnered up with her husband and co-owner, Henry Schwab. Together they have integrated her interest in clothing and textile design, with his experience of having worked for GreenPeace and co-founding Phish’s touring division of The Waterwheel Foundation. With a shared vision of a sustainable business model they are creating a brand that reflects their organic roots and adventurous spirits. Our mission is to create eco-friendly and fashion-forward clothing and yoga apparel for women. Always striving to be mindful and conscious in every facet of our business, we produce sustainable and organic fair trade clothing that lets you look and feel your best. We want all women to radiate effortless style while treading gently on the Earth. [caption id="attachment_133" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Our skilled craftswomen who hand-sewn all of our applique designs in Nepal.[/caption] Predominantly working with organic cotton from India using only low impact dyes our clothing is manufactured in Nepal, according to fair trade practices. These practice are verified by our long-term relationships with our manufacturers and our frequent trips to Nepal. Synergy was created in the spirit of adventure and with the vision of being a synergy of both Eastern and Western design influences and looks to the world around in its approach to design. Taking inspiration from both the natural and urban landscapes, in addition to modern and ancient cultural influences we continue to be inspired by earths beauty. [caption id="attachment_134" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Synergy Organic Clothing U.S. employees at the holiday party in December 2013[/caption] Over the years our brand has grown to include 3 retail locations, an e-commerce website, a wholesale business to over 1,000 accounts internationally and domestic, including SW region Whole Foods Markets. Yet we have still hung onto our original roots, and take pride in our one on one service. We are a family operated business, and our staff is like family to us. Our spirit of adventure is still quenched through our trips to Nepal, as well as along the festival circuit, where we got our start selling. We hope to see you all along the path of adventure and we thank you for being a part of Synergy.