Look Good, Feel Good in This Made to Last Ethical Clothing Label

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Pictured above: the Heeled Chelsea Boot in black rubber


After two babies, I was ready to go through my wardrobe and rethink not only my style (and rid myself of those “one of these days” pants) but also how I can become a more conscious consumer.

Anyone who has participated in a closet purge (or the recent Marie Kondo fad) knows that oftentimes, the whole process changes your outlook on style or substance. For me? It was both. I was an ENORMOUS fan of fast fashion back in the day, and knowing what I know now about the fashion industry, I’ve had to retrain my mindset and purchasing habits to remember QUALITY, not QUANTITY. While I’m in no way perfect, I know that if I’m committed to change, it will happen. 

After donating several bags of clothing and accessories, I was excited to shop my closet and create a brand new wardrobe using pieces that I already had. 

Determined to build a style and closet that would last longer than a season, I required a few everyday essentials. With my list in hand and values in check, I wanted to find a brand of classic, essential wardrobe pieces that would be durable and not break the bank. 

Have you heard of Nisolo? I was already a fan of their silhouettes and their spin on classic designs. Still, after reading about their current commitment to wage transparency (along with another Nashville brand, ABLE), I had to learn more.

(Nisolo is offering a discount to Wit & Delight readers! Keep reading for all the details.)

The Amalia Boot in dark olive

Nisolo recently published its commitment to ethical supply chains and wage transparency. What does that mean? By sharing this information, Nisolo, and other brands, are taking both accountability and responsibility to change unfair labor practices in the world of fashion. 

From their website:

All Nisolo producers receive, at a minimum, beyond fair trade wages, healthcare, and a healthy working environment. Your purchase enables us to create opportunity for over 500 people across our supply chain.

By having a better understanding of where my clothing comes from and what the supply chain looks like, I *am* a conscious consumer. I can see how the product is made from beginning to end and have a better understanding of just how far my money goes. 

Part of being a conscious consumer is using your purchasing power to make decisions. If you purchase from brands like Nisolo (or a list of even more that give back here!), you are supporting their mission and affecting change. 

With my values satisfied, I was ready to dive into Nisolo and find a few exceptionally designed and sustainable pieces that would help me shop my closet season after season. (Nisolo is offering 20% off Nisolo products to Wit & Delight readers. Use code WITDELIGHT20 now until 1/4/2020.)

Simone Crossbody in rosewood – Or as I like to call it, my Goldilocks bag. It’s not too big and not too small. Sometimes, I just want to carry a purse that holds more than my phone and wallet, but don’t want it to be so big that I’m searching for hours to find my phone. There is so much freedom in a crossbody bag, and as a parent, not having to carry everything for everybody is a gift in and of itself.

Ama Mula – Yes, yes, yes, it’s wintertime, and yes, maybe these Ama Mulas aren’t practical for walking outside (unless you’ve got a getaway planned to warmer weather!). But hear me out: I go inside places all the time. These are sitting right inside the studio so I can change out of my large, clunky snow boots and put these little beauties on. And just like that, I remember that spring will come again (and I can wear these all the time!).

Heeled Chelsea Boot in black – Fun fact about having two kids: Your feet aren’t the same size they were before, so I had to part with a few of my previous favorites (wish I knew about this before!). I’ve got a fantastic pair of winter boots for when winter gets real, but I needed a pair for winter “lite.” Enter Nisolo’s Heeled Chelsea boot. It’s not only stylish and light, but it’s rainproof people! This is a hardworking, water-resistant boot with rubber soles that won’t wilt or get destroyed in water. The best part? It still looks fantastic with everything. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a pair for the upcoming holiday season.

Noemi Belt in black – You would think that something so elemental to wardrobe building would be easy to find. For me, this is my white whale. I’m never taking off THIS BELT ever. I’ve had such problems with belts, and the only other one that seemed to work was in a vintage shop in Paris that I found earlier this year, but didn’t buy (spent the money on literally a suitcase full of beauty cream instead!).

While it has been a shift (and a challenge) to think deeper on my purchases, I know that in even in a small way, I’m affecting change. While change doesn’t happen overnight, I do know that even 1% counts. I feel good about using my purchasing power with Nisolo and other brands that are committing to giving back. It’s a win-win-win, knowing I’m getting an exceptionally designed product that is sustainable while also allowing me to uphold my values as a consumer. 

It’s heartening to see more and more companies share this type of information with the general public. I hope that with more companies like Nisolo being transparent with supply chain and wages, more and more brands will be inspired to follow suit. 

Giveaway Entrance Rules

To enter, tell us which two products from Nisolo you’d like to receive for you and a friend, and why? We will choose one (1), lucky reader, at random on December 17th @12noon CST and notify via email

Products sent are dependent on size availability and must be a Nisolo product (not sourced from an outside brand in their Ethical Marketplace). No purchase necessary.

While you are browsing their site, use code: WITDELIGHT20 to receive 20% off your purchase until 1/4/2020

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BY Kate Arends - November 18, 2019

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November 19, 2019 9:45 am

Thank you for telling us about this brand! Love it.
Two requests – tell us about the winter boots for when winter gets real, and tell us about all the beauty cream you brought home from Paris!
Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2019 4:21 pm

SO CUTE! Will you please share the label of the cropped camel coat you’re wearing with the chelsea boots? Thank you!

November 25, 2019 12:22 pm

I love your blog! Random question – any chance that is your rug in the fist photo – ad if so would you kindly share where it is from? I have been on an area rug search for ever and that rug is gorgeous!! Thank you!

December 13, 2019 11:34 am

The Chelsea boots in black and brandy smoking slippers are calling my name!

December 13, 2019 11:35 am

So hard to choose! I especially love the Amalia boot and the Chelsea boot.

December 13, 2019 11:35 am

Everything from Nisolo is adorable but I especially love the brandy heeled Chelsea boot! Perfect for work and has the wherewithal to handle a Minnesota winter!!

December 13, 2019 11:46 am

Would love the Dari boot in wheat and the Chelsea boot! They are both casual enough for everyday and work but could be dressed up as well!

December 13, 2019 11:53 am

everything is so beautiful from Nisolo but i love the Heeled Chelsea Boot and the Lana Ankle Boot. Great for everyday and to dress up or down!

December 13, 2019 11:53 am
December 13, 2019 11:53 am

Love the Chelsea Boot and the Lana Ankle Boot!

December 13, 2019 12:00 pm

I’m loving the Naomi belt–such a good basic that you could pair with anything.

Those Chelsea boots though! Such a staple that can be dressed up or down through the seasons!

December 13, 2019 12:06 pm

Truly dying for the Heeled Chelsea Boot, but wouldn’t be mad about owning the Paloma Mule either 😍

Rory Anderson
December 13, 2019 12:19 pm

I love the Heeled Chelsea Boot because I think it’s perfect for work and going out, and they’re a classic! I think the Amalia Boot would be perfect for my sister. They’d be a great practical winter boot for her that doesn’t sacrifice her personal style.

December 13, 2019 12:27 pm

I love everything! But the Amalia boots and Chelsea boots are both so cute:-)

December 13, 2019 12:29 pm

Love the Chelsea boots for me and the Cortez mid top sneaker for my husband!! Love Nisolo!!!

Haley F
December 13, 2019 12:42 pm

I have the Oxford flats from Nisolo and absolutely love them and especially love what the company stands for! I am in desperate need of a practical but stylish pair of boots and the heeled Chelsea boot seems perfect. I’m also loving the Simone bag but would give as a gift to my little sister. She just graduated from college and started her first “adult” job and is slowly trying to build out a more grown up wardrobe and the Simone would be such a beautiful addition. Thanks Kate+Nisolo!

Mary Noel
December 13, 2019 12:43 pm

And I live in the Huarache sandal!!! It’s May favorite and I’ve told everyone about them. And I’ve been eying the heeled Chelsea boots forever! I’m obsessed with them!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

December 13, 2019 1:30 pm

Love the Mariella Mule in Sand and the Clara Crossbody in Rosewood!

December 13, 2019 1:30 pm

I’ve been hunting around for the perfect pair of black Chelsea boots and these are definitely on my list!! I had no idea they had such cute accessories though — loving the Lori tote to give as a gift!

Jeanette Caban
December 13, 2019 1:37 pm

The heeled Chelsea boot and smoked shoe!

Jana Corbitt
December 13, 2019 1:54 pm

DYING over the chelsea boot. I would get a pair in black and in brandy! They go with everything.

December 13, 2019 1:56 pm

I loveeeee the AMA Mula and the Chelsea boot- they’re both super chic and will go with anything and everything!

December 13, 2019 2:09 pm

The Amalia boots and Simone crossbody are the best! I would like these items because they would make great gifts for my friends for the holidays!

December 13, 2019 2:54 pm

Ah, absolutely love the Chelsea Boot (black) with or without heel and the Mateo All-Weather boot for my partner. Both are perfect for work but also great lifestyle boots.

December 13, 2019 3:13 pm

What an amazing giveaway! I absolutely love Nisolo and have been eyeing up a few pairs of shoes. My favorites are the Smoking Shoe and James Oxford. Such beautiful and classic designs.

December 13, 2019 3:13 pm

What an amazing giveaway! I absolutely love Nisolo and have been eyeing up a few pairs of shoes. My favorites are the Smoking Shoe and James Oxford. Such beautiful and classic designs.

Johanna Miller
December 13, 2019 4:21 pm

LOVE Nisolo! I’d wish for the heeled Chelsea boot in black and the Lori Tote in black/sand to gift to my mama. 🙂

December 13, 2019 4:35 pm

I love all of these picks, it’s too hard to choose! I would have to go with the Chelsea Boot and AMA Mula. I’m 30 weeks pregnant with my first and have been looking for some new boots to invest in! Can’t beat a classic like the Chelsea and the Mula would be perfect to gift to my mom!

December 13, 2019 5:43 pm

I love the Chelsea boot and the Lana ankle boot!

Kelsea Hickman
December 13, 2019 6:41 pm

I’ve been an avid Nisolo supporter since their beginning about 8 years ago, and have loved watching them grow into a simultaneous exemplar for ethical fashion and beautiful design and function. I have more of their shoes than I care to admit, but a favorite of mine is the Dari boot! I have the tan nubuck already, but recently made a move to Salt Lake City from Nashville where I’ve quickly learned weather-resistant shoes are a must! I would love the opportunity to show off the functionality and heart of Nisolo (and a little piece of Nashville!) in my new… Read more »

December 13, 2019 7:34 pm

This is not a brand I was familiar with but now I’m obsessed! Their products are beautiful and I love being more intentional about supporting businesses who are creating more sustainable and ethical merchandise!
My two favorites:
Amalia All Weather Boot in Olive
AMA Mule (reminds me of warmer, sunnier days)!

December 13, 2019 7:45 pm

I love the All Weather boots and the Heeled Chelsea boots! But they’re all so good!!

December 13, 2019 7:46 pm

Heeled Chelsea boot in every color, I’ve been eying them for MONTHS! The flat Chelsea boots too are so cute, and the belt! I might get in all colors . I LOVE Nisolo and everything they stand for!!! So glad to see the love here!

December 13, 2019 7:59 pm

The Ingrid tote and storage baskets are the best for me.

Lindy Wilson
December 13, 2019 9:36 pm

The ama mulas are amazing along with the heeled Chelsea boot. Both so versatile!!

December 13, 2019 9:48 pm

My best friend introduced me to Nisolo! I would have to get the Emma Oxfords to repay her and the heeled Chelsea boot for me because they are perfect for work or play!

December 13, 2019 10:15 pm

My favorite products would definitely have to be the heeled Chelsea boot in black and the Noemi belt in black! These are so cute and so versatile! Would love to rock these with a number of outfits! Would be so blessed to win this. As a mom of one I need more nice stuff like this!

Caitlin H.
December 13, 2019 11:20 pm

I would choose the Mateo All Weather Boot for my boyfriend in Brandy and the Heeled Chelsea Boot in Black for myself. I love the simple, minimalist looks of the Nisolo line and subtle construction details.

December 14, 2019 7:16 am

Love! The Heeled Chelsea Boot and Amalia Boot.

December 14, 2019 7:27 am

The Nisolo Chelsea boot is the perfect Chelsea boot! I just ordered a pair and can’t wait to receive them. I would love to gift a pair to my mom and sister!

December 14, 2019 8:27 am

Such a great post! Everything is beautiful, but the Heeled Chelsea Boot & Amalia All Weather Boot are calling my name.

Tiffany Neman
December 14, 2019 8:52 am

So difficult to choose. I love the black heeled Chelsea boot and the Lucia block heel sandals!

December 14, 2019 9:16 am

I’ve always loved Nisolo’s Emma d’Orsay oxfords and any of my friends would love the classic heeled Chelsea boot!

Annie Costa
December 14, 2019 9:55 am

I love them all, but particularly lusting over the heeled chelsea boot and the smoking shoe.

December 14, 2019 10:33 am

Amalia and Chelsea would go with so many work and play outfits!

December 14, 2019 10:33 am

The heeled Chelsea boot looks perfect for all weather which would be perfect for me since I commute from SF to Chicago and the dark olive Amalia boots would be perfect for my girl Erin living in Barrington, IL. They are all so beautifully made.

December 14, 2019 10:41 am

I’ve been looking for a heeled boot that’ll work with my commute and the Dari Boot looks prefect! I also love the classic design of the Luisa Clutch.

December 14, 2019 11:50 am

I LOVE the heeled Chelsea boot! I added them to my wish list the minute I saw them! As a social worker spending all day in the field, comfortable, versatile footwear is a must. Knowing they’re made by an ethical and sustainable company is super important to me. The Heeled Chelsea boots and Simone Crossbody Shopper would be key for 2020!

December 14, 2019 11:59 am

The Heeled Chelsea Boot and the Smoking Shoe would be beautiful additions to my vintage wardrobe.

December 14, 2019 12:21 pm

The mule and heeled Chelsea boot!!! My friend will love the heel and I’ll want the mule. Nisolo is the bessst.

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