All About ABLE + What I Found at Their Spring Sample Sale
It’s one thing to buy high-quality clothes. But it’s another thing entirely to buy high-quality clothes from a company with a powerful message and life-changing mission. And what the folks at ABLE are doing is truly changing lives.
ABLE is a lifestyle brand based out of Nashville focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. They manufacture directly in the communities they wish to impact, both locally and globally, creating jobs and ending the cycle of charity dependency. Their model is truly remarkable. I think my favorite part is that they don’t actually own any of the factories overseas (but they have an incredible auditing system to ensure working conditions are safe, ethical and positive). Instead, they empower the women there to create their own sustainable business in their community.
ABLE chooses to work with women because they know that when women thrive, so do the economies in which they operate. In fact, according to UNICEF, women reinvest 80 percent of their income into their families, whereas men only invest 30–40 percent of their income. Statistically, it makes sense to empower women in order to make the greatest impact on a community as a whole.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended ABLE’s Open Studio event, which delved into their mission and purpose in light of Fashion Revolution Week. April 23-29 was Fashion Revolution Week, which falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more on April 24, 2013. That is the day Fashion Revolution was born. This global movement believes in a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.
At the event, we got a preview of their fall 2018 line and got to mingle with and hear from all the incredible people making all of this happen (and designing some amazing clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and other accessories!). One of my favorite parts was hearing from two of the women making jewelry at ABLE’s flagship store right here in Nashville. They shared their stories of overcoming intense circumstances and how ABLE has provided them with a safe and positive place to work and have a fresh start.
I wrote about the true cost of fast fashion (and a Netflix documentary I think everyone should see!) a while back, and ABLE shed even more light on this issue that night. I left the event feeling so encouraged about my decision to consume clothing consciously, to continue thinking about #whomademyclothes, and to look for ways to turn this industry that can often do so much harm into something so, so helpful.
And this past weekend, I went to their Spring Sample Sale and I am thrilled to share what I found with you all. I got to the sale about 30 minutes after it opened and the crowds were already pretty overwhelming, so I had slim pickings as far as clothing went. However, I did find a few loungewear pieces and a cropped sweatshirt I’m obsessed with! Plus, there was no shortage of leather, so I got a purse, leather pouch and a wallet. I’ve have had my eye on their crossbody bags for awhile and finally got one of my own — for just $50 too!
I got these oh-so-comfortable blue sweats with a unique cut at the ankle. As a work-from-homer, I am always drawn to all things comfortable and lounge-y. These pants were a must! Unfortunately, they are not available on the site anymore. But the white Odaliz Tank is! I got an XL for that, because as mentioned — sizes and options were limited at the sale. But I also love extra baggy tanks for summer!
I found more lounge-y pieces! I am completely obsessed with these shorts. They fit me perfectly, are so comfortable, and will go with just about everything. Again, they are no longer available on the site but I still wanted to share them with y'all. However, the black Odaliz tank is available. I got a large, and I love it. I know I will get a lot of use out of this one this spring and summer...but also probably the fall and winter. Side note: I scored this cute champagne velvet choker as well! Not available, but I'm loving this Mini Stardust Choker as well!
I may be most excited about these two pieces! I got this Samantha Cropped Sweatshirt in wine, but I was also tempted by the mustard and blush color. I ultimately settled on this one because I just got a yellow shirt from Madewell and blush can easily wash out my pale skin.
As mentioned, I've had my eye on ABLE's crossbody bags, so I knew this was my opportunity to get an incredible deal on one. This is the Tirhas Saddlebag and it's incredible. This is the size I need on a daily basis — just big enough for my wallet, phone, sunglasses, and miscellaneous small items (like the Lomi Pouch pictured below!). I am loving this cognac color as well.
This cognac Lomi Pouch is the one thing I knew I wanted to find at the sale. I know it seems trivial but I've been looking for a unique but simple pouch to hold my wallet, phone and keys. I can easily grab this to go out for drinks, go on a walk or wherever else if I don't want to take the crossbody bag.
The wallet is another simple find I was thrilled about. I've had a magic wallet for several years and loved its small size. I really only need a handful of cards on a regular basis (debit and credit cards, my ID, and the fob card that gets me into our apartment building). I saw this at the last second while I was standing in line but didn't think twice! Again, this one is not available on their site but here's a similar option — the Terhas Wallet — which happens to be in the same collection as the crossbody bag I got.
And that's a wrap!
Let me know if you are a fellow ABLE fanatic, what you think of these pieces, or what other ABLE-esque brands you're crushing on. If you shop at ABLE because of this blog post, tell them you sent me! Which in this day and age means following this link to shop with my unique referral code (or by following any of the links mentioned in this post).