Thiri DeVoe and Lauren Beshel became fast friends when they worked together at a local resale shop after Hurricane Katrina. They instantly bonded over their love of vintage and putting together fun outfits for nights out on the town. The two began dreaming of one day opening their own store. Thiri and Lauren wanted to bring something fresh and different to the New Orleans shopping scene while keeping true to their vintage roots. Branch Out was born with this idea in mind.
The women would be the first to introduce New Orleans to an all eco-friendly boutique and they kept everyone in mind; men's and women's new sustainable clothing and vintage fashions, along with tons of accessories for eco-friendly living! We also love to support our local artists and have a number of local designers featured in the store.
(P.S. we are always looking for new local designers, so feel free to send us an email!)
Branch Out works exclusively with companies that employ environmentally responsible practices, including: using sustainable materials, using energy efficient and low-impact production, investing in renewable energy and carbon offsets, maximizing recycling, and reducing waste. In addition, these companies, designers and artists engage in fair trade, support organic agriculture, sweat-shop free production, and various nonprofit groups.
What is an eco-Conscious Company:
Companies that use eco-friendly materials or methods of production. They may also donate percentages of profits to environmental and/or humanitarian causes.
What is an eco-conscious production?
The manufacturing of goods using eco-friendly processes, such as wind-powered factories, recycling wastewater, and pesticide-free farming.
What is eco-fashion?
Eco-Fashion refers to clothing which is manufactured in an environmentally sound way-whether it's through sustainable materials or low impact production-without sacrificing style, comfort or aesthetics.
What does fair trade mean?
Fair trade means providing a living wage to artisans and producers in developing countries for their work and/or products.
What does it mean to be locally sourced?
Locally made products use less fuel for transport, which helps reduce carbon emissions. Buying local also supports independent artists and designers, keeping profits within the community.
What does it mean to be organic?
Like organic food, organic fabric is made from plants that are grown without the use of harmful chemicals, pesticides or herbicides.
What is considered to be recycled?
Used materials are processed into new products to prevent waste, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air and water pollution, and to lower green house gas emissions.
What does sustainable mean?
Sustainable products are made from renewable resources that do no not deplete the Earth's natural resources.
What is vintage?
Similar to recycling, but better. Vintage clothing has already been produced and does not require any new resources.
What are some popular eco-materials that Branch Out carries?
- Bamboo: Bamboo grows plentifully without pesticides or chemicals; it is the fastest growing woody plant in the world.
- Modal: Modal, a type of viscose, is a bio-based fiber created from natural cellulose. Super soft, smooth, and shape-retentive, clothing made from modal has lustrous drape and fantastic breath ability. It's as sexy as silk with the comfort of cotton. and while modal naturally resists shrinking, fading, and pilling
- Organic Cotton: Organic cotton avoids use of toxic chemicals, replenishes and maintains soil fertility, and builds biologically diverse agriculture.
- Organic Wool: Sheep raised for conventional wool are often dipped in pesticides, fed genetically engineered grains, and live in overcrowded pastures. Organic wool (sometimes branded as o-wool) comes from un-dipped sheep who are raised on organic feed and is produced without the use of harsh chemicals.
- Soy: Soy fabric is an eco-friendly fabric made from a by-product of soybean oil production. It is a sustainable textile fiber made from renewable and biodegradable resources. It is part of an effort to move consumers away from petrochemical textile products and turn waste into useful products.
- Tencel/ Lyocell: Tencel, made from wood pulp cellulose, tencel is an environmentally sustainable version of rayon that's fully biodegradable.