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Make & Materials


All Shaina Mote pieces are designed, developed, and made in Los Angeles. We are dedicated to fair, American made production. From the company's inception in 2012, we have centered our ethos and practices around supporting the local economy and nurturing the trades and skills found within domestic garment manufacturing.

We have built a solid base of family-run contractors and local craftsmen with whom we work. They are responsible for the long-lasting construction of every piece of clothing that we make. Even special touches throughout the seasons such as pleating or dyeing are done locally. From perfect cutting of fabric to deliberate sewing and finishing with French seams, the collection is built to last by people we know personally.

Each Shaina Mote garment is made with attention and intention: every fabric is deliberately selected with care and consideration given to source, sustainability, and longevity.

Below, a list of current materials and their origins:

Lyocell

We wish lyocell could take on the properties of all fabrics! Made of sustainably-harvested eucalyptus trees, it is processed using minimal water in a closed-loop system where all waste is recaptured. It retains the comfort, breathability and longevity of cotton…without any of the waste.

MicroModal

Most of our knitwear is made of MicroModal, knitted in Los Angeles. Sustainably harvested beechwood trees need minimal environmental input to create a fabric that is incredibly soft, smooth, and luxurious … and still breathable.

Rayon

Often associated with synthetics, this fiber is actually made of wood pulp from trees. Its characteristics allow it to be woven in a number of different ways that translate into a wide array of fabric options. We like the natural properties for the ease of wear and beautiful drape.

Denim

Our preferred supplier of denim is Cone Denim from North Carolina. This company is one of the few that remains after the flight of weaving machinery and expertise overseas several decades ago.

Wool

We use wool sparsely but when we do, it comes from a family-run mill in Italy that has been weaving cloth for decades.

Knitwear

Our knitwear is currently made with Peruvian yarns by a group of small, women-run workshops in Peru. It is their handiwork that creates the quality, lasting knitwear we offer within our collections.



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A Moment of Pause

In this unique and challenging time we are taking a pause - a moment to reflect on the people who make the existence of our company possible. Our staff, our suppliers, cutters and sewers, the stores that we work with, and you, the customer: we pause to share gratitude for all of the individuals that make our work both feasible and worthwhile.

We understand that this moment has challenged all of us to consider what is important to us, which is why the support you have shown us at this time has been especially valued. It is important to us that you feel cared for in return, and we therefore welcome any dialogue you’d like to share - questions about a specific part of our supply or production chain, why a particular design decision was made, or even thoughts about what you’d like to see from the brands you shop right now. At this moment of reflection, we think it’s imperative to keep the conversation going.

Our intention is to continue to create clothing that feels meaningful - items that are comfortable, practical and timeless, constructed for longevity and with care in mind towards each of the individuals that contributed to produce each piece.

We thank you for allowing us to continue in this mission.

With gratitude,
Shaina