I don't remember the last time I've taken two solid weeks off from work. That is - ten days in a row uninterrupted by work - not a "stay-cation" where I end up doing chores and tackling home projects.
My husband and I got married in November last year and even that we did on a Monday at the courthouse and then went back to work the next day. Don't get me wrong, it was romantic to elope and took a lot of pressure off from wedding planning, which I appreciated. We decided to plan a real honeymoon/vacation for this year and chose Croatia.
Bol on Island of Brac, Croatia
Unable to get cell phone reception in some areas, I was forced to disconnect from the Internet, email, and Instagram in a way I don't think I have since college. And I didn't necessarily plan it that way.
I fully intended to check email and Instagram every day even though I had left Jean Franklin in good hands with my team here in Los Angeles, you know, just "in case" something were to come up while I was out.
But after two plane flights and about 14 hours of travel, I had no choice but to rest and get used to the time difference. During the first couple days of our trip, we soaked in the natural beauty of the country we found ourselves in, adapted to the humidity and enjoyed the warm evenings and amazing oceanside.
It took me the first couple of days into the trip to fully acknowledge to myself that we had travelled to celebrate, relax and experience the culture and food around us, not to spend the days mindlessly staring at my phone being "productive". While I did take quite a few photos to remember the trip (and posted some stories on Instagram), for the majority of the trip, my phone stayed in my purse. I rarely checked email, and for once spent the time being present.
It took several days to finally feel relaxed (I struggle from some anxiety and am constantly thinking about what task I need to accomplish next). But once I was able to truly feel calm and be ok with literally doing nothing except enjoying our time, then the best part of all happened - I started to feel inspired. Inspiration came from the Dalmatian countryside, the heat, the sea green ocean, fresh cherries, tomato and cucumber salads, antique embroidery on pillows, and the ancient buildings and cities we traversed through.
I'm back in LA and as I work hard like all of you, to make my dreams a reality and create a sustainable business that puts people and the planet first, I remind myself of what I learned on my recent trip - take the time to unplug and enjoy the mundane, simple things in life. If you can't commit to doing it daily, force yourself to go camping or hiking, pick a place you know you can't connect to the Internet, take a deep breath, and see what happens.Continue reading
We get it; made to order items can feel a bit scary when you aren't sure exactly what your measurements are or the best method of taking them.
That's where this handy little video comes in. Our team member and founder work together to show you the easiest, quickest and most efficient way of taking your measurements to ensure that your made-to-order pieces fit you like a glove.Continue reading
This piece was inspired by our founder’s great-grandma who had tenacity and strength; she lived through the Dust Bowl, was content with what little she had and made the most of everything. She baked the best cinnamon rolls and was an independent soul, driving her blue Chevy Bel Air until she was in her 80s (and yes, Amanda, our founder got to take it for a spin!)
Related to the Betty Dress, the Delia Jumpsuit is an easy, adjustable apron style silhouette that’s been designed with slightly cropped wide-legs. The jumpsuit creates an elongating effect as well as holds different sized busts in place making it the perfect shape for all different heights and body types. Wear this mama by itself or pair with our Eva peasant blouse, tee or turtleneck underneath as the weather cools down.
Our jumpsuit is made-to-order from deadstock fabric, which means there is only a limited amount we make in each color. Just pick your size and you'll receive your dress in 3 weeks. Personalization without the hassle.
On April 28th and 29th, our Betty Dress will be debuting at the Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair!
Our Betty Dress is made from mid-weight cotton with an open back and side pockets, paying homage to those rad 70’s aprons we all know and love, as well as our founder’s sweet Grandmother. We have a feeling that Betty and Jack are about to hit it off…Continue reading
It’s about time two of our favorite icons — Jane Birkin and our founder’s Mom, Carol — meet and share in the celebration that is expression through fashion.Continue reading
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Did you know that studies show the pleasure areas of our brain light up like a Christmas tree when we’re pursuing something we want? And that once we’ve invested time, energy and money into this something, those investments make it hard for us to let go of the item we’ve grown attached to during our hunting?
This is an example of how fast fashion plays into our neurological pathways. There is real pleasure in the act of searching for the perfect piece of clothing and when we find it on sale or at a great price, we’re sold. However, a University of Michigan study showed that liking an item wasn’t enough — it was how much the person liked it and what they paid for it.
To keep up with the fast fashion mentality, retailers put pressure on factories to reduce costs and to produce clothing faster. The factories in turn, put pressure on their staff, neglecting worker safety as well as turning a blind eye to the environmental impacts of cutting, sewing and dyeing. This leads to wasted resources and deaths — 1,137 people to be exact when the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013.
We're bringing these issues up to raise awareness behind one of the biggest industries in our world and how we can make little shifts to bring about much needed change.
When you shop Jean Franklin’s made-to-order pieces, you’re recycling deadstock fabric and saving wasted resources, which helps support our environment. Our vintage pieces already exist with their own stories of the past to tell, and are looking for a new home. Buying clothing that already exists eliminates all of the energy and materials that would go into making something new.
When you shop Jean Franklin, you’re collaborating with self-employed women in LA, helping to support their dreams, their families and their craft.
So when your brain lights up again while hunting for a great deal (trust us, we get it — we’re not perfect, either), remember that the real gift is the choice we make when we value each other, our Earth, and a fine piece of ethically + sustainably made clothing.Continue reading
We've pulled together some of our favorite vintage pieces currently available here in the shop and paired it will our Jane blouse which we are wearing all the time right now.
We love how easy it is to dress this blouse up or down. We've created a couple looks to show you how versatile it really is. Pair the Jane blouse with shorts and chunky heels for a spring day or brunch. The Jane blouse is light and airy and easy to tuck in or wear out.
Here are a couple more separates we think look would great with the Jane blouse:Continue reading
Our team is our life force — without them, Jean Franklin would be a dream without the action. Wine without cheese. LA without traffic.
Our women-run business is made up of some seriously talented, real and vibrant women who we are so excited to introduce. Hold on to your hats — this is a good one.Continue reading