We Wear Elegantees
Valerie is Adventurous.
Valerie travels around the world. When she is not on the plane, she teaches in the classroom and also loves to style her own fashion at home.
She proclaims: "The Elegantees clothing line is perfect for me - especially as someone who is always out and about!"
Her love for the Olivia tee is obvious. Valerie loves the light fabric and knot detail that enhances this basic tee.
Let's be fashionable to create adventures.
Shop the Olivia tee:
Natalie is for Growth.
She feels a positive energy whenever she wears Elegantees because it gives her hope for a world of growth. Natalie radiates in our Willow tee in pink clove.
Natalie shares: "I love how versatile Elegantees are. I can wear them to work, dressed up, or I can stay casual for the everyday. The clothing is perfect for every occasion."
Let's plant seeds and see the world grow.Natalie supports the opportunities that Elegantees provides for each woman involved. From new beginnings in Nepal to her opportunity to share the good works with others, it's possible to plant seeds.
Shop the Willow tee:
Jen is a Resource.
Jen is a resource within the ethical fashion community based in Austin, TX. She connects with artisans to partner with developing countries to produce handbags for her company, Purse & Clutch. She is constantly seeking opportunities to collaborate with others to share what it means to purchase with purpose.
She shares: "Elegantees is perfect for me because it is so comfortable! I’m always reaching for items that are easy to wear but can also look professional and Elegantees always comes in handy for me with that. The ones that I own are perfect items to layer for a polished yet effortless look."
Jen accessories our Sita tee in cool grey with accessories from her Austin-based company Purse & Clutch.
Let's be resourceful with what we've been given, and give it to others.
Jen knows she is able to help provide employment for women in Nepal, as her purchase comes with greater purpose. As someone who works in developing nations herself, she agrees: "I’ve seen firsthand the impact that a job can have. I want to support other brands who are choosing this type of community development."
Shop the Sita tee:
Kyra is of Integrity.
Let's stand for integrity and make it a motto.
Kyra thinks fighting human trafficking through fashion is a powerful gift a brand can give a consumer. At Elegantees, it's an honor to provide our customers transparency in our manufacturing as we hire women in Nepal to escape trafficking.
The Tribeca dress:
Rebecca is an Inspirer.
Rebecca loves to inspire and be inspired. She draws inspiration from her children, friends, clients, and herself.
She shares: "Elegantees clothing are sophisticated, classic, and comfortable. I am so proud of the brand. These women are making something of themselves and they are making the world a better place for all of us. I stand a little taller every time I wear Elegantees!"
Let's inspire others to hope for better.
Rebecca loves that "we inspire hope to women in Nepal who have overcome human trafficking; hope for good in the world, hope for a better future, and hope for each other."
Fun Fact: Rebecca was our first customer EVER!
In September of 2010, Elegantees Founder Katie Martinez announced on Facebook that the first collection for the brand was live and ready to order. While in our first office (in her parents' basement), Katie jumped for joy when a notification came in. It said that this Rebecca from Texas, a stranger at the time, ordered a tee. She was our very first customer! Nobody has this inspiring woman beat for brand loyalty longevity. We keep going because of women like Rebecca, and women like you.
The Allison pocket tee:
Alexis is an Empowerer.
Alexis is an empowered woman constantly seeking opportunities to empower other women. She works with Fashion & Compassion, a non-profit organization that provides ethically made jewelry in hopes to bring empowerment to a brighter future ahead. Before her move to Charlotte, NC, Alexis lived a year in Nepal helping a community of people make accessories.
Alexis describes the Peyton tee she is wearing as a perfect basic, easy to style in many ways. She shares: "I feel empowered when I wear Elegantees because I know I get to be a part of their mission and be connected to women in Nepal. They are being given value through their access to dignified work with Elegantees."
Let's empower each other.
Alexis love Elegantees because of our commitment to uplift women in Nepal through providing safe and dignified work for them. She loves that she is able to help provide for these women and their families with Elegantees.
The Peyton tee:
Naomi is Selfless.
Naomi shares: "When shopping for something new for my wardrobe, I want something that I’ll wear several different ways. I always feel classy and stylish with Elegantees because my simple outfits still feel very put together. I mostly wear everyday outfits, but I love dressing them up and adding some accessories. I wouldn’t hesitate to wear them for a night out!"
Let's put others first, to serve and love.
The Emerson tunic:
Shelby is a Stylist.
Shelby enjoys being a stylist because it allows her to become an artist. Shelby can creatively design with different cuts, colors, and accessories enabling her to create her own style that aligns with her own lifestyle and personality.
"As a stylist, I’d say Elegantees are a good fit for women of all styles; edgy, glamorous, classic & romantic. The cuts, colors, and styles are varied enough to invite a wide number of consumers to enjoy along with flattering all types of women's bodies. I also love the comfortable wearable cuts. Over the last few years, I’ve really loved the addition of organic cotton into the Elegantees collections."
Let's style who we are.
Shelby shares "I love wearing Elegantees and getting compliments, they provide me an opportunity to tell people about the work Elegantees does to uplift Nepalese women."
Katie is a Shifter.
Working in the fashion industry, it's important to be flexible and shift in new, sometimes unfamiliar, directions. Seasons change quickly in more than the literal sense in colors and silhouettes. It's the perception of value, the strategies that work, and the priorities that Katie continually adjusts to.
Katie wears the Layla tank in Orchid Haze two ways. On the right, she wraps the sash around the waist and ties it in the back.
Let's reshift to receive the best outcome.
Katie, the Founder of Elegantees, says, "A few months ago, I had to let go of something that required a chunk of my time. I was on the edge about it because it wasn't necessarily a good or a bad thing, and it did produce fruit, but it had a limit. When I asked a friend for advise, she told me: 'Sometimes it's hard to let go of something good, but we must trust that God has something better in store.' She was right. I let it go, and now see clarity through the fog. While I don't know what the better thing is yet, I have faith it is to come. "
The Layla tank:
Katie is a Nurturer.
As a teacher and mother, Katie is a natural nurturer. With her passion to empower others to discover their potential, she is able to teach kindness, resilience, and build a sense of community. Katie knows that nurturing isn’t always easy, but it is rewarding to watch strength and resilience flourish in her loved ones.
Katie shares: "Elegantees are modest, comfortable, and flattering. It feels like wearing a casual tee, but sweet details elevate the look. I wear Elegantees in every facet of my life!"
Let's nurture those around us with care.
Katie shares: "I love the mission of Elegantees, and the fact that each item is made by a woman who has overcome human trafficking. Elegantees goes beyond contributing to a good cause - they empower each woman by providing meaningful work, with fair and livable wages. Not only are the clothes beautiful, but they are truly symbolic of hope, empowerment, and resilience."