Children's Clothing, Design, and Elegance

Isabel Garretón/Bordechi Honored as Best for the World, Creating Most Overall Positive Community Impact

Posted by Veronica Galen on Sep 7, 2016 3:00:00 AM

 Berkeley, CA

 Today Isabel Garretón was recognized for creating the most positive overall community impact by B the Change Media based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the independent nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured in the upcoming fall issue of B Magazine and on B the Change’s digital platform, bthechange.com. They were also honored at the first-annual Best for the World Celebration & Awards Ceremony at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas Business School.

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We are honored in the Best for Community list, which includes businesses that earned a Community score in the top 10 percent of more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment. The full assessment measures a company's impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. The 141 winning companies in the Community category come from 18 industries and 24 countries.

The Community portion of the B Impact Assessment evaluates a company’s supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. It also measures the company’s practices and policies around community service and charitable giving, including whether a company’s product or service is designed to solve a social issue, such as access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity and the arts. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent set a gold standard for the high impact that business as a force for good can make on communities around the world.

The 141 Best for Community companies come from over 120 different industries such as manufacturing, financial services and engineering. B the Change Media simultaneously released separate lists recognizing B Corporations as Best for the World (overall impact), Best for the Environment, Best for Customers and Best for Workers, which can be found at http://best.bthechange.com.

 

 

More than 25 years ago Isabel Garretón dreamed of finding a way to make a difference in the world. She thought of the women of her native Chile, talented artisans, who, despite their incredible hand embroidery, hand smocking and dressmaking skills, did not have the ability to make a decent living and, therefore, sufficiently provide and care for their children. With her passion for sketching dresses and their skillset, Ms. Garretón was certain she could expand the market for these beautiful dresses beyond Chile and, as a result, dramatically improve the lives of these women and their families.  

Working with a group of 21 underprivileged women, she designed a small collection of exquisitely appointed, hand-embroidered dresses and brought them back to the United States to gauge interest. This was the launch of Isabel Garretón children’s clothing. A sought-after luxury brand, today Isabel Garretón can be found in the finest department and specialty stores in the country, from Saks Fifth Avenue to Barneys New York to Bergdorf Goodman, as well as fine children’s clothing boutiques worldwide.  

Isabel Garretón did more than start an apparel company in Chile, Bordechi, Ltda., to support the demand the brand was generating in the USA; she pioneered the concept of social enterprise in Chile and the U.S. children’s apparel industry.

Isabel recognized the talents of these Chilean women, enabled them to work from home while caring for their children, and paid them fair wages for their work. She empowered them to create a better life for themselves and their children by bringing opportunity to their doorsteps. The result: Ms. Garretón not only created an important role for women in her traditionally male-dominated country, she also helped break the cycle of poverty that has plagued women for generations.

Today, Ms. Garretón continues to seek out skilled artisans who can sew, embroider, crochet and produce some of the world’s last true hand smocking. She discovers authentic folk art in remote corners of the country and finds a way to incorporate it into her designs, enabling artisans who had lived in poverty to literally put new roofs on their homes and educate their children. This is the hallmark of her social enterprise and her commitment to addressing the basic need for these artisans to earn a living, while paying homage to the traditions that hold their communities together.

Ms. Garreton’s talent for designing contemporary children’s fashions that combine artisan skills with classic styling and the use of noble materials such as cotton and silk, as well as more modern materials for a different affect altogether, has set a new standard for ethically produced luxury children’s clothing in the U.S.

The enduring appeal of her timeless designs and the unsurpassed quality of their construction has earned Isabel Garretón a place in numerous children’s fashion magazines over the years, including Parents, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Victoria, Babiekins, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Town & Country and Bambini Collezioni..

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“The companies we are honoring as the best for the world represent the cutting edge of a global movement using business as a force for good. We are inspired by them, and feel deeply honored to join them in this historic and ground-breaking celebration,” said Bryan Welch, CEO of B the Change Media, the multiplatform media company that publishes the quarterly B Magazine and host of the Best for the World event at the University of California, Berkeley on September 8, 2016.

A total of 515 Certified B Corporations were named 2016 Best For the World Honorees, including: The Honest Company; Cooperative Home Care Associates; and Traditional Medicinals. Thirty-five countries are represented, including Afghanistan, Kenya, Vietnam, and Turkey. The selection criteria for Best for the World honorees are available at http://bit.ly/29ZYRSp.

The 2016 Best for the World Honorees represent nearly one-third of all B Corps, displaying a wide range of excellence throughout the community. Today there are more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations across over 120 industries and 42 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at http://bimpactassessment.net.

Topics: Social Enterprise, ethical manufacturing, B Corporation, award

‘Tis the Season To Give, Changing the World One Dress at a Time

Posted by Veronica Galen on Dec 1, 2014 6:00:00 AM

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Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving, is December 2nd. What a great way to remind us of our good fortune and give us an opportunity to take a break from our busy lives to donate or contribute to the many worthy causes that benefit people around the world, as well as those closer to home in our own communities. 

December also marks the beginning of the holiday gift-giving season, another great opportunity to give back, with gifts that benefit others every time we purchase them and make us feel good about ourselves. When we first introduced our luxury children’s clothing in 1990, social enterprise companies, like ours, were virtually unheard of. Since then, the social purpose movement has gained much momentum. I am proud to be a pioneer in this growing movement and it makes me happy to see so many appreciating the difference when it comes to ethical manufacturing. 

With your enthusiastic support of our brand, we have proven that social enterprise works. When we started, we worked with a group of 21 underprivileged women in Chile, true artisans, to create a small collection of exquisitely appointed, hand-embroidered girls dresses. Today, the Isabel Garretón dresses, coats, matching purses, and other accessories that you found and purchased in the finest department and specialty stores in the country have helped us support more than 100 Chilean women and their families.

Social responsibility continues to be woven into each and every Isabel Garretón garment, making it possible for these hardworking, talented women to break the cycle of poverty, provide for their families and educate their children.

When thinking about your next gift purchase, or new holiday dress, give some thought to the brand that made it. If you find out that the person who made this product is being treated fairly, receiving fair wages and is able to sufficiently provide for his or her family, you have made this world a better place for all.

We believe we can change the world one dress at a time and do it everyday. The giving season makes it all the more special.

Best wishes for a joyful holiday season.

Isabel Garretón

Topics: Social Enterprise, Holiday Dress, gifts

Thanksgiving and the Power of Gratitude

Posted by Veronica Galen on Nov 23, 2014 6:26:00 PM

5 things we are thankful for at Isabel Garretón 

Oprah

As a brand that gives back with every stitch and every design inspiration, we have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.  Like Oprah, we focus on what we have and what we have accomplished in our quest to help Chilean artisans and their families live a better life.  We feel so grateful for the opportunity to make a sustainable difference in the lives of so many good hearted, talented and hard working people over the last 25 years. 

 

Here are the 5 things we are thankful for this Thanksgiving:

 
  1. Those who support our social enterprise to help women.

  2. The talent of the artisans who make each of our designs unique.

  3. The fairytales and fantasies that make childhood special and give us endless inspiration.

  4. The shared family time that Thanksgiving and other holidays bring.

  5. A moment to pause and say ‘thank you’ for the things in life that make us happy.

Girls Thanksgiving Dress

We wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving,

Isabel Garretón

Topics: Social Enterprise, Family Traditions, Handmade, Thanksgiving

Dressing Little Ones for Thanksgiving Gatherings: Cozy and Beautiful Girls’ Dresses that are Oh-So-Perfect!

Posted by Veronica Galen on Nov 10, 2014 3:00:00 AM

Now that summer has turned to fall and Halloween is behind us, the holiday season has officially begun. While our thoughts naturally turn to Christmas celebrations, we also are gearing up for our first big family holiday of the season, Thanksgiving. Chances are, you’re already busy making arrangements to share this day of gratitude with friends and family from near and far. If your family is like mine, Thanksgiving is not a moveable feast. It is always at our place and the dishes we share are part of a long family tradition, where the cards with Grandma’s handwritten recipes are brought out and repeated year after year to everyone’s satisfaction.

We gather together around the table before sitting down and everyone takes turns sharing something special they are thankful for this year. Laughter and teary moments come from this much-anticipated ritual. It is always so beautiful. The conversations, stories and discussions that come with the meal are legendary. Sometimes I think we hold back a whole year of thoughts just so we can share them for the first time on this special day.

Peter Pan Collar with Lace Dress

For these reasons, Thanksgiving has always had a more intimate and casual tone in my mind. Dressing for Thanksgiving should remain special. Dressing for the occasion honors an important family tradition and recognizes that this day is not like any other day. Your choice of clothing is shaped by your awareness of presenting yourself in a gathering wearing clothes that are comfortable and cozy, yet more elegant than your everyday outfits. Special accessories, like a headband or pretty cardigan, add polish and a lovely finishing touch. This is especially true for children who look forward to feeling special and still want to run around in the great outdoors and play games, indoors and out, with cousins and friends.

Grey with Orange Lace

As parents we are challenged to find children’s clothing that will make us feel proud of their appearance and give them the freedom to play without looking like they’re wearing their school clothes. That’s why I love gray and other neutrals. Gray, especially, is inherently dressy, and looks great layered with splashes of color and subtle embellishments, like ivory lace. Pair it with bright tights or a bright cardigan and you will have a happy look. Peter Pan collars, darker hemlines in equally rich fabrics, piping and even delicate flower details create a special touch.

Chevron Girls Dress

Our chocolate chevron pleated dress trimmed in soft velvet at the hem and collar is one of my favorites this season.

Gingham Girls Dress

Another favorite is the modern flair of the timeless black and white gingham dress, pair it with a nice coat and you are set! Those looking for something traditional, who are familiar with our designs, know we will always have the most beautiful hand smocked girls dress to consider.

Hand Smocked Girls Dress

Depending on how chilly it is outside, you can choose from a selection of cozy soft faux fur coat or tailored wool girls’ coats. Wool bucket hats, bonnets, and muffs are icing on the Thanksgiving cake.  

Heather Grey Wool Coat

Craftsmanship, attention to detail and beautiful styling that brings a contemporary feel to traditional skills define Isabel Garretón girls’ dresses, and everything we do. Our designs are even more meaningful knowing that every stitch is made by artisans in Chile where, for more than 20 years, we have supported more than 100 seamstresses and embroiderers and their families, giving them opportunities to earn fair wages, break the poverty cycle and educate their children. Social responsibility is woven into each and every one of our beautiful pieces. We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. My intention, always, is to wrap your precious family holidays in timeless elegance. My hope is that our beautiful garments will endure as your family heirlooms, to be preserved and passed from generation to generation, and worn at many family gatherings to come.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving.  

Isabel Garretón

Topics: Social Enterprise, Holiday Dress, Family Traditions, Thanksgiving

Our 7 Most Frequently Asked Questions at Isabel Garreton

Posted by Veronica Galen on Feb 20, 2014 4:42:00 PM

Having been in business for 20+ years, we have talked to a lot of Moms, Brides, Mother of the Bride, and Dads. We are proud to have been a part of many special family moments and are committed to work with each customer to make sure our service meets the exceptional standards we hold in every aspect of what Isabel Garreton is as a company and the products we bring to market. We thought it could be useful if we compiled and shared a list with answers to the most common questions we receive.

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Velvet with Sequins

1Q: What size is my child in Isabel Garreton dresses?

1A: Our sizing is European and the cuts are generous. We provide the garment measurements in our size chart for dresses, bubbles, christening gowns. Remember these are the garment measurements, so they should be 2-3" wider than the child's measurements.

Still not sure? If you email us the measurements below at info@isabelgarreton.com, we can assist you in selecting the correct size. 

Age: 

Chest (measured 1 inch below at the arm hole):

Waist (measured at the belly button):

Shoulder to Hem (length you want the dress to be):

 Enchanting Flower Girl Dress

'Enchanting' Silk with Tulle

Q2: This question has a lot of variations:

My child is petite, tall, thin, stocky; Can you make this IG style for her? 

I have religious requirements to add sleeves or additional length; Can you make these IG dress styles for me? 

A2: YES! We own our manufacturing and are able to do custom cuts, different fabrics, color matching, etc. Depending on the style and fabric there is a small charge for custom pieces, and there are no refunds as we are making this just for you.

Let us know what style you are interested in and our design team will review to see what is possible. 

Blue Dot Spring Summer Dress

Navy Dot Spring Summer Dress

Q3: How long will it take to get my order?

A3: If we have your pieces in stock, they will ship in 2 days, and if they are out of stock, we have to order it from our manufacturer and will ship to you in approximately 2-3 weeks. Let us know your event date in your order comments and we will follow up within 24 hours.

In a rush? We are often able to rush items, so give us a ring or shoot over an email and we can tell you what is in stock and what rush options are available!

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Tucks Romper
 

Q4: I want a different fabric or a different color to match my event, can IG do it? 

A4: Yes! Many of our styles have different fabric and color options. Looking for a perfect match? Send us a swatch and we will color match it. This will require additional coordination with you, so the more time we have before your event, the better!

 Heather Grey Wool Coat

New York Wool Coat

Q5: What is your return policy?

A5: If for any reason you are not pleased with what you receive, you may return any unworn item with tags within 10 days of receiving it and we will gladly exchange or refund you for the full cost of the item. Please note that, unless we have made a mistake, shipping charges cannot be refunded and there is a no return policy on custom made or personalized items. The exact steps for a return are here.

An exchange should be immediate if the item is available, otherwise we will order the item from our manufacturer and ship to you in 2-3 weeks. Credit card refunds should appear in your next billing cycle.

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Custom Handmade Dolls
 

Q6: Do you ship Internationally?

A6: We can ship to any country in the world. We ship Internationally standard using USPS and recommend Express or Priority shipping as it provides additional tracking capability. 

If you email us, we can also ship to your country via UPS, FedEx, DHL, or other couriers, if you have a broker in the US, we can work with them if preferred.

 Special Occasion White Dresses

'Forget Me Not' Special Occasion Dresses

Q7: Does Isabel Garreton Inc really help women?

A7: YES! The company exists to provide a dignified work opportunity for underprivileged women artisans. Isabel Garretón began the company as a social enterprise over 20 years ago with women in her native Chile. She began with 21 women and has grown to support over 100 families. Every design is created to showcase the skills and craftsmanship of the artisans we work with, and are carried in the finest stores in the United States and worldwide. You can see a short video here.

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Topics: Flower Girl Dress, Dress Design, Social Enterprise, Holiday Dress, Christening Gown, Wedding, First Communion Dress, Custom, Sizing, Measuring

New Season, News Designs for Fall, Christening, and Special Occasion

Posted by Veronica Galen on Jul 27, 2013 9:01:00 AM

To Every Season Change, Change, Change...

The weather is still hot and kids are consumed by summer activities but little changes are already happening. The flowers have all bloomed, everyone is trying to fit in that last summer vacation, and each day the first day of school gets closer. We at Isabel Garreton are also getting ready for the change of seasons...

The design team is preparing three new Christening Gowns with matching bonnets: Layers, Once Upon a Time, and Renaissance. Each is lovingly and meticulously designed to be an heirloom piece that is passed on from generation to generation.

Convertible Christening Gown                   Cotton Christening Outfit                   Lace Christening Gown and Bonnet

We are also wrapping up the summer and kicking off the fall with complimentary shipping on our Spring Summer and Fall Winter styles in July.

Use code JULYSHIP for complimentary domestic UPS ground shipping. 

                                                  Shop Spring Summer           Shop Fall Winter

Whether you are preparing for the neighborhood Labor Day bash and the last fireworks of the summer, or you've already stared getting backpacks and crayons ready (some for the first time), find in our site the perfect sundress for a hot summer day and first day of school outfit as the weather cools. Each milestone in our children's life is a special occasion, a memory to keep and share with friends and family near and far.

Smocking, Bishop, Baby, Bubble               Back2School, Dress, Velvet, Courduroy               MEL727

Each milestone in our children's life is a special occasion and a picture is a memory to keep and share with friends and family near and far. As the Summer changes to Fall, and Fall to Winter we are happy to provide the fun, beauty and elegance when needed, to keep every girl adorably dressed with the perfect outfit for memories of Picture Day, Halloween Parties, Family Thanksgiving, Fancy Winter Coats, and the portrait perfect Holiday dress!

Hanukkah Dress, Blue, Girls Dress               Christmas, Holiday, Fancy Girls Dresses               Silver, Girls Dress, sequins, ruffles

Because Isabel Garreton has been working as a social enterprise for over 25 years, we have been blessed to see mothers become grandmothers, and daughters become mothers many times over through the pictures and stories they share with us. It is an honor to have the work of our artisans become treasured part of so many families. Every design in the Isabel Garreton collections was created to support the gifts of talented hand craft artisans who are at risk of disappearing, feel good knowing your purchase supports these women and their families. Learn more about our social mission:

Stay in touch to see all the new designs first and we honestly love it when you share your pictures and stories by tagging @isabelgarreton or #isabelgarreton via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can also email us at info@isabelgarreton.com or call 310-833-7768.

Topics: Holiday, Design, Children, Dress Design, Social Enterprise, Back to School, Holiday Dress, Christening Gown

Meet Javier! The Artisan behind our Custom Handmade Dolls!

Posted by Veronica Galen on Jul 16, 2013 7:00:00 AM

A few years back in my constant search for artisans I met Javier and his wide variety of handmade dolls and toys, I was very impressed by the playfulness and variety of his designs. It took a while for us to find a way to incorporate his dolls to what we do. I really wanted to develop a way in which anyone could engage in the creative and playful process of designing their own doll. The final pieces came together last summer our website has a Dolls Tab and is invited to create their very own doll and name it. Two to three weeks later they will receive the doll with the characteristics they chose. It has been tremendous FUN to see how engaged people get and we have had dolls with names as simple as DORA to more involved ones such as ANN WAVERLY, with and without fringe/bangs, black and white, blonds and brunettes, straight and curly hair...you name it...each with an adorable outfit!

I was intrigued by Javier and his work and decided to interview him a week ago. We met at a coffee shop where he told me how he started making dolls.

His grand father had been a carpenter and made toys, his mother also made toys, many dolls. He grew up helping them along until he went on to study graphic design, a field in which he worked for 15 years. During a visit to his parents home, in the south, he run into old magazines, pictures and toy patterns and had a revelation, this was who he was, these were his roots; he wanted to go back to the playful and fantasy environment he grew up in of handmade toys. Initially he kept his job while developing his ideas, and eventually he felt confident enough to believe he could support himself doing what he loved and he's never regretted it.

It has been a pleasure to have Javier join the group of wonderful artisans behind everything we do at IG and I look forward to the fun possibilities we will be able to offer you in the future.

                                                                 

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           ...dreaming...                     ...Javier...                  ....playing at the beach...  

              

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                             ...fall leaves...              ...rocking...

  

                                    Handmade Dolls Friends                                                                                                        ...a friend....

 

                                           Handmade Custom Dolls at Beach 

                                            ...many friends... 
 

This Summer indulge in the pleasure of a creative activity!

Design A Doll

Or send a Gift Certificate to a child you love to Design their own Handmade Doll!

Send A Gift Certificate

Be Sure to follow and share pictures of your dolls on their new adventures!

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Topics: Isabel Garreton, Social Enterprise, gifts, Dolls, Big Sister Gifts