I first discovered Matter Prints about a year ago and fell in love with the bold prints, easy styles, and traveler-oriented marketing- who doesn't want ethically made "pants to see the world in"? Matter Prints boasts a beautifully transparent supply chain, tracing the journey of each garment as it makes its way from the fabric supplier to the printing workshop, and then finally to Matter Prints' sewing and manufacturing partner.
The beautiful designs you'll find within Matter's range are more than just pretty patterns- each design is chosen with intention and a desire to honor the rich history of handmade textiles throughout India and extending into other parts of the world. There's the bhalka design, reminiscent of spearheads, worn by nomadic tribes in India. The "Indonesia" print is derived from a traditional motif meant to reflect a starry sky and unconditional love... and there are many more beautiful and meaningful prints to choose from!
The cotton that is used for Matter Prints' garments is light enough to be cool and comfortable, but sturdy enough that it can handle movement without stress. Matter makes sure to use azo-free dyes and to reduce their environmental footprint however they can.
When I got the chance to review one of Matter Prints' newer designs, a sort of one-size-fits-all jumpsuit, I hesitated just for a moment. As someone who has come to realize that I don't feel as stylish or confident in slouchy/oversized garments, I wasn't sure I'd love the roomy gaucho silhouette. I'm so glad that I decided to give the jumpsuit a try! It's become one of the most well-worn pieces in my tiny wardrobe in the time that I've owned it... and it IS perfect for travel! The cinched in waist ensures that my small frame isn't overwhelmed by all the fabric, and the breezy open back keeps me cool and comfortable.
I took my new jumpsuit for a test run on my latest trip to the Philippines, and got tons of wear out of it. It's easy to hand wash and quickly hang out to dry in the sun without losing its shape- a must for any serious traveler. I love it so much that I'm already eyeing my next Matter Prints garment- the sideswept dhoti!
I only add items to my wardrobe that are extremely versatile and somewhat "seasonless" (I try to wear as many of my clothes as possible year-round rather than having things in storage), and my Matter Prints jumpsuit definitely is. I've worn it dressed down with sandals and a big sunhat, dressed up with wedges and a statement necklace, and even to meetings with booties and a blazer. I'm looking forward to styling it for fall as the days get colder- even through the open backed cut is summery, the dark print is appropriate for any season and a layering a thick sweater will do the trick to keep things cozy.
While you're checking out Matter Prints online or on their gorgeous instagram feed, be sure to take a look at Matters' latest collaboration with Himalayan artist and designer Preetika Sah, the Kumaon collection. The Kumaon collection is part of an effort to revive the slowly diminishing art & culture of Kumaon, and each purchase contributes toward keeping an ancient art form alive and flourishing.
A huge thanks to my talented friend Mark of Mark Francis Photography for grabbing all of these great shots on a random rooftop in Manila!