Ithaca Festival!

Since bloom is only a year and a half old, we are always grateful for the¬†opportunity to expand our business in new ways. We were so happy to take the leap and have a booth at the Ithaca Festival this year! We can’t thank our artists enough for supplying the booth with beautiful, handmade, local clothes, accessories, gifts, and other amazing goods, and also for helping us staff it. Stay tuned for more festivals coming up…we have the bug and might like to keep the booth rolling!

Here’s to hoping everybody had a wonderfully sunny, funny, lovey Ithaca Festival!

Draya is so excited about our booth!

Draya is so excited about our booth!

Kirsten helps our first booth customer!

Artist Kirsten from Minor Atattooed helps our first booth customer!

Draya helps Kim of Two Foxes get ready for a busy festival day.

Draya helps Kim of Two Foxes get ready for a busy festival day.


Sustainable Fashion

We had the pleasure of speaking with Ithaca College journalist student Kait Clarke about sustainable fashion. She raises good questions about whether sustainability and fashion can really go hand in hand, and how to actually sustain a sustainable wardrobe. Even saying it sounds silly (too much alliteration?) but we are firm believers that if people care about their products, then they will pay for the actual costs associated with them, including the health and safety of workers. Read the article here for her take on ethical clothing in Ithaca.


2013 in review

We had a great year. 2013 bought us a successful Kickstarter campaign that helped us launch our play space and bring our dream into the real world. Thanks to all of you who have supported us by shopping in our ethical retail store and engaging with your children in our play place. We can’t do it without you and we look forward to even more good times at bloom. Happy 2014!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,500 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Downtown Runway Show

Come see a bunch of Bloom cuties strut their ethical stuff on the Runway in Center Ithaca!

runway show

From the Downtown Ithaca Alliance:

December 6th, 2013 7:00pm

On December 6th from 7-8pm, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance is hosting the Runway Holiday Fashion Show in Center Ithaca. The show will be featuring local retailers and designers including Bloom, Petrune, Avanti, The Art and Found, Urban Outfitters, Evolution, and more. Models will be walking the cat walk in fashions for adults and children.

Holiday, Outerwear, and Daytime looks will be featured in this downtown showcase as part of the Winter Festival events in 2013. Unique to this show, participating retailers will be offering in-store discounts, prizes, and giveaways for attending the Runway Holiday Fashion Show. Shop local this holiday season!

By attending you can gain a glimpse of the newly stocked items available for this holiday season along with vintage accessory pairings, and introduction to sustainable clothing, seasonal trends that are just hitting the runway and the latest in winter wear for the season. The show will be held as an additional event to the special Holiday Gallery Night with over 29 participating artists.

Entrance to the show is free but seating is limited. Come early to claim your seat. The show will run from 7-8pm followed by a short reception until 8:30pm. Whether you’re looking for holiday gifts or just interested in the current trends, stop by for a local fashion lesson you will never forget.