What is good journey?
Good Journey is an online Web Shop + Journal, founded by Jamie Anderson. Good Journey inspires mindful living for the modern woman, offering a curated collection of our own clothing and jewelry designs, our vintage + travel finds, and other sustainable brands that align with our brand vision + mission. Our Journal is a place to read about all things well being; yoga, essential oil uses + properties, lunar energy and our favorite places to travel!
Where do you source your textiles?
The majority of all our textiles are bought from a longtime friend + vendor of ours. We only buy from him. Our Brand Manager, Summer Vega, met him 6 years ago at a local flea market. Good Journey has continued to build our relationship with him, and we know exactly where the textiles come from! It also feels amazing to connect with this man and his family, knowing we are supporting his business, while he supports local artisans throughout many different countries in Africa!
What is a mudcloth?
Also known as Bogolanfini, these beautiful textiles are handmade in Mali, from cotton fabric dyed using a process of fermented mud that dates back to 12th century! Each strip is individually made, then sewn together to create one, large textile.
Design Sponge has the perfect breakdown of how these beauties are crafted + more detailed information about these special textiles. Click on the link to read more!
What about the Indigo and Baolee textiles?
Most textiles throughout Africa are handwoven on a loom, in strips, then sewn together, and are usually 100% cotton. The textiles are then treated in various ways, most are dyed with Indigo dye, a natural, plant based dye, safe and non-toxic but those deep blue shades can sometimes rub off onto lighter colors if they aren't handled carefully. We launder all of our textiles to prevent this from occurring.
The Indigo textiles that have designs on them are created by a bind and resist technique, similar to the way we tie-dye! Some indigo textiles are extremely old and are found in many villages along the Ivory Coast in Africa. Baolee textiles are completely different than indigos. Many people call all African textiles 'mudcloths'; this is incorrect. Baolee's are from Burkina Faso + are much more complex, often taking months to create. Various shades of indigo threads are woven on a loom, creating beautiful, intricate designs with hand-stitched pops of color.
Keep in mind, it is rare to find two textiles that are identical. Each + every one is a work of art, and we make a point to use vintage + antique ones that have a story in them. Please keep this in mind when you are browsing our pieces. Each one is truly unique and completely one-of-a-kind, and it is rare to find the same textile twice. We hand-select each + every one, spending hours going through stacks and stacks of different textiles! We then launder them, create our own designs, and some are just too beautiful to cut so we will offer those as textiles or blankets.
Where do you find your vintage pieces?
In short, EVERYWHERE! We are in love with finding treasures + at the same time, recycling, reducing our footprint! We scour thrift shops, flea markets, swap meets, both locally + globally. Traveling + collecting is one of our joys of life. We never over charge for these pieces + truly want to offer something for everyone, no matter what your budget is! Everyone should be able to enjoy lovely things!
What is gold-fill?
Gold-fill is a solid layer of gold, covering a sterling silver or copper base. Gold-fill jewelry can last 10 to 30 years if it is properly cared for, avoiding water and perfume. Over time, gold-fill jewelry develops a patina or slight aging, making the piece feel vintagey. Gold-fill jewelry is an amazing alternative to solid-gold jewelry, resulting in lovely looking jewelry that doesn't break the bank.
Do you offer wholesale?
All of our pieces in our Kimono Collection + 90% of our jewelry is handcrafted by us in our studio in Newport Beach, California. At this time, we aren't able to offer wholesale, but we can absolutely do pop-up shops within shops, and offer our pieces on consignment! Partnering with boutiques, artist's + other shops is awesome!
How do I launder my kimono?
The majority of our beautiful kimonos are crafted from vintage + antique textiles, which also means these beauties are delicate. Be sure to treat them with love + care, hand-washing + laying them flat to dry. A light dry cleaning is also recommended if hand-washing isn't your thing! Keep in mind, you can wear these babies over and over and over again before washing!
What if stitches on my kimono begin to unravel?
We got you! For a minimal cost of $20, we will mend the unravels for you. Simply send us your kimono, we will mend it, send you an invoice via email + mail it back to you! Many of these textiles are extremely old and have been through a journey well-traveled. It is natural for these delicate textiles to unravel over time. It is just a part that comes along with using beautiful, handcrafted textiles with age. No biggie.
Any additional questions, drop us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org! We would love to connect with you.