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Come meet Betty at Jackalope Artisan Fair!

Come meet Betty at Jackalope Artisan Fair!

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…

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In the Pursuit of a Deal, What's the True Cost?

In the Pursuit of a Deal, What's the True Cost?

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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.

Did you also know that Americans are buying and throwing away 80 pounds of clothes per person a year? Talk about a HUGE global textile waste issue.

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.

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Jane Blouse + Favorite Vintage Pieces From the Shop

Jane Blouse + Favorite Vintage Pieces From the Shop

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.

Or take it up a notch and dress the Jane blouse up with a pencil skirt, like the one pictured here, also available in the vintage section of our online store. 

Here are a couple more separates we think look would great with the Jane blouse:

Black and White Houndstooth Pencil Skirt

Silk Print Trousers

Khaki Cropped Trousers

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Jean Franklin Values

Jean Franklin Values

Our founder, Amanda, was tired of businesses who buried details in regards to how their products were made and didn’t attempt to educate consumers. She is a believer that a business directly affects its customers with the way it’s run — a tremendous responsibility she found herself called to. Because of this, Jean Franklin works to educate its customers on the facts of sustainability and continues to promote diversity within the fashion industry.

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Jean Franklin Tunes

Jean Franklin Tunes

We're here to celebrate the world as much as we're here to support it, and what better way to celebrate than with music? We've put together a playlist in Spotify of JF grooves - some 70s, some eclectic, some new - so get cozy and spend an afternoon with some tea and tunes. 

Listen here

 

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What Does Sustainable Living Mean Anyway?

What Does Sustainable Living Mean Anyway?

We’d say our love for supporting sustainable fashion methods is greater than our love for black coffee and succulents (and that’s saying a lot).

In fact, we’ve found that the world, including black coffee and succulents, is a whole lot sweeter when we take the time to slow down and invest in the things that bring us joy.

Believe it or not, slowing down is a direct side effect of shopping sustainably and for that reason and more, we’ve said goodbye to fast fashion and hello to all things vintage and sustainable.

Another side effect of supporting sustainable methods is the connections you create. When you’ve made the choice to move with intention in both small and big ways, you find yourself attracting people who share the same values as you. You find open conversations about uneasy topics, a multitude of interests, decades of stories, delightful diversity and common issues that people are yearning to find an answer for. Issues such as low quality in clothing, limited style options for all body types, and an industry that is seriously harming our planet.

Sustainable living doesn’t only connect you with the Earth; it connects you with other beings of the Earth.

Jean Franklin was born from the belief that women shouldn’t have to conform to a certain style, size or shape; that fashion shouldn’t be fast, but made to last; and that who we are and what we do makes a difference.

So, let’s do, shall we? We’ll bring the coffee...

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Meet the Real Jean + Franklin

Meet the Real Jean + Franklin

Carol Jean was born in 1951 in a small farming town in the Central Valley, called Wasco, CA. She loved eating dinner with friends, hanging out in coffee shops, making macrame crafts, growing houseplants, and wearing mini skirts against college rules. She borrowed style inspiration from album covers and rocked some seriously rad 70’s clothing.

Woman standing outside wearing handkerchief and peasant blouse.

Carl Franklin made his way to this world on December 5, 1950 in Conway, Arkansas and surrounded himself with all things denim, corduroy, photography and wrote for local papers. He could be found hanging out next to the record player with his favorites Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell, going to old silent movies with his friends and spending quality nature time with Carol at a cabin in the Sequoias.

 Man standing against a rock wall wearing t-shirt and jeans.

These two souls gave birth to a girl named Amanda but what they didn’t know was that their steadfast commitment to each other and their on-point fashion choices would also give birth to a business that cherished good style, sustainable practices and a love for all things vintage.

 Couple sitting outside on grass.

Jean Franklin was born in 2017 and values the Earth, slowing down to enjoy the simple things in life like reminiscing over old photos, enjoying afternoon tea with a good friend, lifting others up, supporting small businesses, marching alongside our sisters and honoring body types of all kinds. When it comes to honoring your values and choices, you don’t compromise on style and neither do we.

Learn more about Jean Franklin, our philosophy and who we are here.

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