The Citizen Rosebud

Seattle based blossom selling fresh picked vintage + pre-loves for you to bloom madly.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Rosebud Revolution


"Revolutions are not a bed of roses."
                                                           -Fidel Castro
 I am ready for a Rosebud Revolution. I want to wear a riot of florals, but better yet, I want it to MEAN something. The "Bloom Madly!"  in me wants,  to quote Gandhi, "to be the change I want in the world." And I want change. I want to  create change in the way you and I buy and wear clothing. 

This is why I'm proud to share with you the IOU project. The IOU Project makes unique, handmade, traceable apparel. There's a BIG difference in the "I OWE YOU" way than the present-day insane industrial manufacturing practices. The IOU Project sources traditional, artisanal weavers and tailors, who hand loom and hand-craft each piece of IOU apparel.  Because each fabric is unique, they provide end buyers with the ability to trace the process from finished item right down to the weaver that hand-wove the fabric. The stories of how that item was created, of the people involved, of the customers who purchased them, are the essence of the e-commerce social network which The IOU Project has built as a meeting place for a community that shares their brand values of authenticity, transparency, uniqueness and both social and environmental responsibility. 

YOU CAN GET MORE DETAILED INFORMATION OVER ON THEIR FAQ PAGE BY CLICKING HERE

It is my hope that this type of business model revolutionizes the present exploitative practices of fast fashions, and reduce harmful sweat-shop  factory manufacturing. 
It is my hope that this new/old way of trade and craft will create a positive change for the fashion industry as a whole. I would love to see an industry flourishing by supporting communities, families and artisans. 

Here's to the Rosebud Revolution!



Every month, members of the Style Nation get together and share their unique way of wearing a basic. This month, Every Body, Every Wear celebrates FLORALS. The Citizen Rosebud is wearing a thrifted vintage cotton floral jacket, a 3 years-old striped T-shirt (cropped), hand-me down jeans (now cut-offs), a vintage 1960 travel bag, and last year's Coach espadrille wedges.

Florals | Everybody, Everywear



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38 comments:

Casee Marie said...

What a truly beautiful post. I'm moved, fascinated and inspired by The IOU Project and I'll definitely be looking into it more. Thank you so much for sharing new ways to be ethical and to make a difference with fashion, Bella. For those of us who don't know where to look in the bevy of confusion that is the industry it's people who go that extra mile to get the word out that give invaluable insight and guidance.

And can I just say? Totally rocking the stripes + florals. I'm loving this look so much!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Thank you so much Casee Marie!

sacramento said...

Fabulous, as everything you touch with your inner passion!!!
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xNTA said...

Absolutely fantastic idea! I am loving the whole concept of the IOU project. I'm excited to see what it brings up. :) Lovely!

Have a great one! x http://xNTA.blogspot.com/

Sara said...

I got an email about IOU project, it is totally interesting and fab idea!:)

Oh florals, I love that print soo much, I so happy it's on EBEW now! You look FABULOUS!

Marta said...

thanks for sharing with such beautiful and inspiring thoughts! i have never heard of that project before, so i am clicking the link and checking this out!
ps: hope that i will be back soon! how are you? <3

Roz said...

Bella, the energy and enthusiasm of this post is utterly infectious. 'A Rosebud Revolution'? Yes please! I'm very interested in sustainable, ethical, traceable processes of creating clothing - so thank you for drawing our attention to IOU clothing with such a vibrant fanfare. One of the reasons I will rarely buy on the high street is, as you say, the insane industrial manufacturing practices. It's one of the many reasons I shop second hand and vintage.

Ofelia said...

Bella I adore this outfit on you!
Love the combinations of flowers and stripes with your fabulous legs and the wedges.

Florence said...

its so chic!

www.fantailflo.com

northeastchic said...

I'm on-board with a Rosebud revolution! Going to check it out NOW. BTW - lovin the stripes and flowers in the outfit and most of all lovin those fab shoes. You've got great gams girl!

Kerry said...

looking good girl, looking REAL good!
xox

RocquelleIsLovely said...

Not only are you GORGEOUS in this post, but the IOU Project sounds like a beautiful organization! I'm going to check them out today.

I love everything about this look on you! You can send that floral jacket over whenever you're ready ;-)!

Ife' said...

Wow, Bella. You look absolutely gorgeous! Those legs of yours are HOTTT!!!

Love the idea behind the IOU Project. Thanks for sharing, my friend!

Nickie Frye said...

Very cool! Right now I'm buying NOTHING unless it's inventory for my store. Major spending diet. Oh, except I'm saving for a new camera. :) I love the idea of this IOU Clothing, though.

Kirstin Marie said...

What a wonderful organization!! I'm definitely going to head over and check it out. Thanks for sharing that.

You have killer legs, and you look amazing, as always. Where did you get that bag??? I LOVE it!!

xo

Inez of Style Chic....360 said...

Love your floral jacket! I paired my florals with stripes as well! I LOVE your HAIR!

fashion_freak said...

I love the shorts and the bag, they're amazing and you're sooo pretty :) xo

http://myfashionlustlist.blogspot.com

MissNeira said...

1. LOVE LOVE those wedges
2. LOVEEEEE that floral blazer, def something I would purchase too!

xoxo
Miss Neira

Christy Jourdan said...

You had me at "vintage travel bag" girlie. I am not one to rock the florals...maybe I'm inspired? I'll try it...

I would LOVE to have a guest post from you on our blog about your vintage travel bag. Maybe photos of vintage or unusual travel gear/luggage along with an "ode" to where they may have been, and where they're taking you...please oh please?

sacramento said...

I have just joined you all flowery people, yeahhhhhhhh
Love U.
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A BRIT GREEK said...

I'm glad you're also supporting these guys! More peeps need to know about what they do! I have total respect for Kavita & the team.

Ok, I'm nuts about your floral jacket and striped top combo! Looking simply amazing!

x.o.x.o

the Citizen Rosebud said...

@Christy: I would be honored to share my vintage bags with you in a guest post. Email me, chica!

Thank you for all the sweet words, my blossoms!

mnord said...

omg, loving this look, i want a jacket like that STAT!

Polka Princess said...

Aaahhh!! How can florals ever go wrong?? That too on such a charming jacket? And pairing the same with stripes & denim - perfecto! Bring on the revolution girl!!! :)

Vintage Vixen said...

Stripes and florals! Never mind the revolution, you are a true revolutionary. xxx

frontrowspectator.com said...

I am really liking the IOU project. You always have the best topics!

I was a fan of some fast-fashion stores but more recently, thanks to some great bloggers like yourself, I've seen the reality of the harsh world of garment making, and I've also noticed how much more quality outweighs quantity.

Lauren Nicole, of Front Row Spectator

My Heart Blogged said...

I love the floral jacket on you. The IOU project sounds awesome. While it may be more expensive I would love if I could always shop this way. It feels good to give your money to someone who pieces a garment together, and does it in good working conditions.
My Heart Blogged

bucklebuttonzip.com said...

Thanks for turning me on to the IOU Project. What a wonderful, sustainable alternative to the constant churn of the fashion machine. You look splendid in your stripes + floral look today! You always have the best take on an outfit.

xLaura
http://bucklebuttonzip.com
@bucklebuttonzip

Rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing the information about the IOU Project.

Shen Dove said...

What a cute look, love your floral jacket and sandals!

LyddieGal said...

LOVE those wedges! Just the perfect little touch of espadrille mixed with the leather.

Chic on the Cheap

The Suburb Experiment said...

IOU sounds amazing - I'll have to check it out. I like your flowers, especially mixed with the stripes. And the bag? The bag!

Jenn

FALCO VERONICA said...

cute blog! I’ll follow you!
I have a fashion blog too, I hope u'll be one of my followers on Bloglovin and on Facebook:-)
thanks:-)
VERONICA
http://lifegivemefashion.blogspot.com

Yvonne said...

Holy Hat!! I LOVE those shoes!! Ok - so we know I am all about shoes right now. I also really love the florals with the stripes and those striped curtains are marvelous!
I think it is really cool that you can trace IOU clothes all the way back to the weaver! That is really awesome!

simplychic said...

if i owned that floral jacket, i'd wear it everyday :)

Debbie Baker Burns said...

I am right there with you sister and I've got on my $2 floral dress! Congrats on being picked for ifb!

A said...

Hooray for florals!

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