5 things we are thankful for at Isabel Garretón
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:
Those who support our social enterprise to help women.
The talent of the artisans who make each of our designs unique.
The fairytales and fantasies that make childhood special and give us endless inspiration.
The shared family time that Thanksgiving and other holidays bring.
A moment to pause and say ‘thank you’ for the things in life that make us happy.
We wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving,
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.
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.
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.
Our chocolate chevron pleated dress trimmed in soft velvet at the hem and collar is one of my favorites this season.
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.
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.
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.