The Shaina Mote Collection is a line of foundational garments designed for deliberate wear...season after season, wherever you are, however you are. Our process is grounded in connection to people and planet: essential pieces that we look forward to wearing, consciously created through a circular ethos, building blocks for a life well-lived. Established 2011 - Los Angeles, CA.
Our Production Practices
Our woven garments are designed, developed, and made in Los Angeles, CA. Since our launch in 2010 we have remained dedicated to supporting our local economy and nurturing the resources and trades available close to home. We’ve worked to build a solid base of family-run contractors and local craftspeople — it’s their expertise and artistry behind every detail in our garments, from French seams to our bias-bound edges.
The only pieces we do not produce in Los Angeles are our knits — for these garments we work with a women-run factory in Lima, Peru, which sources local Alpaca and Peruvian Pima Cotton yarns and expertly pairs cultural craft tradition with innovative practices and a progressive ethos.
We carefully select textiles that are durable and easy to care for — at once utilitarian and beautiful, easy to pack yet inherently refined. We use as many circular, organic, and responsibly-produced materials as possible, each treated with low environmental impact dyes or washing processes.
Below, a list of current materials and their origins:
LyocellLyocell is a soft, strong fiber made from primarily eucalyptus wood pulp and created through a closed-loop process. Eucalyptus trees grow rapidly without artificial irrigation, gene manipulation or synthetic pesticides, making lyocell a better raw material for water consumption and pollution. Lyocell’s smooth fiber surface and round cross-section also allow it to retain dye well with minimal water or chemical dyes. Highly absorbent and moisture wicking, fewer washings may be needed, resulting in water and energy savings from reduced laundering.
Organic CottonAs a circular alternative to conventional cotton, we use GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton, which meets specific environmental, wastewater, and labor requirements. Genetically modified seeds and synthetic agricultural chemicals are not used in the production of organic cotton and its production uses 88% less water and 62% less energy than non-organic cotton.
Studies show that organic cotton farming builds organic matter in the soil, reduces soil, air, and water contamination, increases soil fertility and biodiversity, reduces human and wildlife health hazards, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
CuproCupro is a luxurious, silk-like fabric made from cotton waste. Similar to lyocell, it is produced in a closed-loop process, and the solvents used to make the fabric can be recycled. This helps keep chemicals out of water sources and reduces the fashion industry’s water pollution footprint. Cupro retains dye well, reducing the amount of water and chemical dye needed for the dyeing process. Cupro is machine washable and can avoid dry cleaning, making it less chemical and energy intensive.
DenimOur denim is 100% cotton, 40% of which is BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) cotton. BCI trains its cotton farmers to use water more efficiently, care for the health of the soil and natural habitats, minimize the use of harmful crop protection practices, and implement decent labor practices. We use V Sizing for our dye process, which is a vegetal compound that is 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, and replaces all hazardous chemicals including PVA, resulting in a microplastics-free dye process.
LinenLinen is a natural fiber grown from the flax plant, a resilient and fast-growing crop that requires half the amount of water and pesticides needed to produce cotton or polyester. Processing flax into yarn is largely mechanical, requiring no chemicals. As a fabric, linen is naturally moth resistant and absorbs moisture without holding bacteria, qualities that extend the life cycle of linen garments and keep the product in use.
Corozo ButtonsCorozo buttons are made entirely from the tagua nut, a natural, plant-based material known as “vegetable ivory.” Tagua nuts are harvested naturally once the nut has fallen from the tree and therefore do not contribute to deforestation. As a natural rainforest product, corozo harvesting incentivizes rainforest protection by generating up to five times the income of banana plantations and cattle ranches.
Corozo is an incredibly durable material and will naturally biodegrade at the end of its life. As an alternative to metal, plastic, or horn buttons, we value the environmentally gentle production process of the corozo button and its eventual circular lifecycle.
KnitwearOur knitwear is produced in Peru by a workshop started by two women who each spent ten years working in the local knitwear market before beginning their own business. They maintain strong relationships with their clients and their local artisans to execute beautiful, quality garments. Their company respects their artisans, pays them in advance for their time, and partners with them on all aspects of their work. Since 2015, we have maintained a strong partnership with them, and are currently working together with the workshop and their GOTS-certified yarn mills to innovate solutions to avoid yarn waste.
We are proud to continue to work together with this small, women-run workshop and to honor the skills and traditions of knitwear production in Peru.
AlpacaAlpaca fiber is a soft, durable, and water-repellent fiber. Unlike sheep (wool) and goats (cashmere), alpacas have padded feet rather than hooves, which means they are gentle on the land and do not contribute to land degradation or desertification. They do not damage root systems when grazing, which allows for future grass growth. Additionally, alpacas consume less water when compared to goats and sheep. As an animal, alpacas are literally softer on the environment.
Alpaca fiber absorbs odors even after long periods of wear. As a result, garments made from alpaca do not need to be washed frequently, saving water and energy use.
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A shipping confirmation with tracking will be sent when your order has been shipped. Domestic orders will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail. International orders are shipped via DHL, USPS Priority International, or USPS First Class International. Please note that the typical ship time for DHL is 2—5 days, while USPS First Class International can take up to three weeks in transit. We highly recommend purchasing Route shipping insurance with your order when choosing either USPS International ship option. We are not responsible for items lost, damaged or stolen in the mail.
If you have placed an order shipping to a destination outside the US, tax, customs and import duties will be levied by the client's local government on top of our shipping cost. All additional taxes and fees are the responsibility of the customer. This can range from 20% to 40% of the order value. Items will be shipping from Los Angeles, California (United States), with an official invoice declaring the exact total of merchandise purchased in US Dollars.
Our approach to packaging maintains the commitment to circularity that we use to guide our production processes. Using recyclable, plastic-free and compostable materials, we aim to create the lowest environmental impact possible when selecting packaging options for shipping your order.
Each shipment includes the following:
-FSC certified acid-free tissue paper printed with soy-based inks
-Notecards made from partially recycled paper and printed at an independently-owned local printing press
-A USA-produced mailing envelope that is comprised of 90% post-consumer material and is biodegradable and recyclable.
Reduced Packaging Shipping
Our reduced packaging option ensures the safety of the goods in your order while leaving out extra branded matter that we typically include in our shipments. We know that promotional paper goods in shipments can often seem extraneous and quickly end up discarded, so we have made both options available at check-out.
In addition to excluding promotional materials, our reduced packaging option uses a biodegradable bag from The Better Packaging Co in lieu of tissue paper. Unlike most other compostable or biodegradable bag options, which can only degrade in an industrial composting facility, these can be home composted with food scraps and garden waste.
Please feel free to contact us for more information regarding our packaging options.
Any full-price, unworn and unwashed items may be returned for refund or exchange within 7 days of receiving your order. Purchases made using a gift card or store credit are eligible for exchange or store credit only.
Please contact us for a Return Authorization code before returning or exchanging items. We cannot issue refunds or exchanges for items returned without an accompanying code.
The customer is responsible for return shipping costs. We are not liable for any lost or stolen merchandise incurred during return shipping and we therefore recommend providing tracking information with your shipment.
Your account will be credited your refund or any difference in your exchange within 3 business days of receipt, less shipping charges. Please note that it may take up to an additional 10 days for the refund to show up on your account statement, depending on your credit issuer's processing time.
All sale items marked 20% off or greater are final sale.
We reserve the right to refuse any return that does not comply with the conditions stated above.
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