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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!

Valentine's Day: Synergy Style

Need some help with your Valentine's Day outfit? Don't you worry your pretty little face. We've got a look for every occasion...even for the ladies whose plans are to stay in with a good book and glass of wine! And the best part? Everything is in our Valentine's Day Category is 50% off!


[caption id="attachment_1349" align="alignnone" width="600"]valday styles4 The Hot Date Honey has something special planned for V-Day and needs a style that not only looks great, but shows off her curves! The Arrow Bella Dress gets her all of that and more![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1350" align="alignnone" width="600"]valday styles5 The Girl's Night Gal is spending her evening having a blast with the people she loves the most, her girlfriends! She'll need something eye-catching and cute, but comfortable enough to keep up with her all-night-antics![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1347" align="alignnone" width="600"]valday styles2 The Stay-In Sweetheart has her heart set on Netflix and pizza this February 14th. She demands comfort, and she'll get it, wrapped up in our Hannah Leggings and Mosaic Top![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1353" align="alignnone" width="600"]valday styles The Day-Date Cutie is too energetic to be confined to the date opportunities available to her at night. She opts for a picnic in the park or a stroll down the country side. She want's to look cute, but not too dressed up. The Angel Wing Tank Panel dress is perfect for her![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1351" align="alignnone" width="600"]valday styles6 Hold on to your hearts Boys! The Man-Eating Maven means business this Valentine's! She is always dressed to the 9's and that means she needs our Heart Crush Dress. This curve hugging number is perfect for all you heartbreakers out there![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1346" align="alignnone" width="600"]valday styles Grab the candles, the flowers, and the Amera Dress! The Hopeless Romantic always look perfectly beautiful and perfectly ready for love![/caption]

This Week's Links

A FEW OF OUR FAVE LINKSSynergy (3 of 6) copy   Some of my favorite blog post series are the seemingly simplest ones, the ones that are referred to by big name bloggers as 'Links I Love' or 'Weekly Roundup'. This subtle series gives an inside view to what fascinates them, what caught their attention enough to want to include an article, story, or feature as a favorite of the week. It's almost like the equivalent of following them on Spotify and being able to get the inside scoop of what they are listening to at the moment, a slightly personal thing. Well, without further ado, here are the links we loved this week:   Because as an adult you have to do things that don't necessarily make you happy sometimes, it all boils down to an attitude adjustment.   A brand we love, The Giving Keys, have their priorities in check for 2015 and make it clear that it's all about paying it forward.   These cold winter days have us craving soup recipes and this vegan lentil soup looks delicious.   Endless inspiration, positivity, and beautiful imagery in one beautiful space.   Swooning over the release of the Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook by Proof Eyewear.   With the constant pull to stay on top of emails, checking too often may not be a good thing.   A video for all you eco-friendly beauty junkies out there, How To Green Your Beauty Routine.  

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.

THE JOURNEY OF A SYNERGY GARMENT

RADIATE   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.     902130_10151556601184165_1545996715_o   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.   8867_10151699034489165_204980461_n   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.   SMILE   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.   1506681_10201562096586517_228510724_n