Images courtesy of Youth Independent Party.
A new Long Beach-based clothing company launched earlier this summer is dedicated to making environmentally conscious clothing staples for kids.
Youth Independent Party (YIP) has introduced its first line of knit basics for kids ages one to 10, using sustainable fabrics, hyper-local production and a direct-to-consumer model, according to the release.
“After more than a decade in the apparel industry doing what I love, I wanted to create a line made for future generations that highlights what’s possible in sustainable fashion, all while being fun and relatable,” said Krysta Lin, YIP Kids founder and designer, in a statement.
YIP creates fabrics knit from Recover yarns, made from 100 percent recycled clothing and scraps. The cotton-poly knit blends are produced without chemical dyes, almost no water and are safe and sustainable, according to the release.
The company also produces its line with a local manufacturer that places just as much importance on using sustainable practices.
MyDyer is housed in a LEED Gold Standard-certified building and generates more than 150 percent of its electrical needs with rooftop solar panels. Using MyDyer allows YIP to be directly involved in every step of the production process, from sourcing yarns, knitting the fabrics and cutting and sewing the collection.
“Becoming a parent made me realize how hard it is to find environmentally and socially responsible kids’ basics at an accessible price,” Lin stated. “I created YIP to change that, with easy-to-wear clothes kids can play in and parents can feel good about.”
YIP’s timeless basics range from $12 to $25, work for any and all seasons, and are sold online directly to the consumer. Much of the line is gender neutral, can be shared between siblings and handed down without a fuss.
Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her on Twitter and Instagram @theasiamorris and via email at [email protected]
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