Style & Shopping

Shop Talk

Joshua Tree, promotes made-in-the-U.S., eco-friendly fashions.

When did you open your first store? Has the message remained the same?

I first opened the original Joshua
Tree clothing store in 2000, which was opened in Towson, MD until 2006. My
second store was in Portland, Oregon from 2007 to 2010. Yes, the message
has remained the same with the focus on eco-friendly clothing and new
technologies to better improve on the overall process from production and
material organic fibers.

Explain eco-friendly and fair trade.

Eco-friendly ultimately means how
a garment is being produced and under what conditions that garment is
being produced. Also, utilizing the least amount of harsh chemicals such as
pesticides and herbicides. Whether fair trade in Peru, sweatshop free in areas
of the planet like China, or supporting made in USA clothing whether in
Los Angeles, Virginia, and or the supporting of local companies, which produce
garments made in Baltimore.

Fair trade is about supporting and
preserving fair trade wages and artisan cooperatives, investing in natural and
organic fibers and environmentally friendly dyes, and spreading the beauty of
handmade, eco fashion for a start. Fair trade is really about being held
accountable to make choices that honor both people and the planet and
respecting culture and traditions of artisans from around the world with fair
trade practices.

What inspired you?

in 1999, I was selling and sharing a line of hemp/organic cotton clothing out
of my car for a year. No one wanted to carry the line, but some of the
[local store] owners and employees wanted to buy the clothing for themselves,
which was very cool, but a little frustrating because no one wanted it for
their shops. The only way to go was to open a store of my own.

Describe who shops at your store.

people come into the shop who are all about the ecological aspect of it
all, and the style is secondary. Some customers come into the shop
who are all about the style and fashion of the designs.

Has Baltimore been receptive?

[There’s] a growing community in Baltimore who is looking for alternative
opportunities to enjoy clothing designed without the
traditional sweatshop, harsh chemical label attached to it.

What local lines do you carry?

3Clothing, which is produced in
Hampden. I also carry locally made jewelry from By the Hill designs, aromatherapy
products from AromaChi, Richard Crafton products, and Becca and Mars.

What changes do you hope to make
for the store in the future?

just really want to build the shop to its ultimate and optimal
experience meaning, stocked with clothing and accessory lines in
full. Sort of like an eco-clothing and accessory depot for the Baltimore
and overall Maryland community at large.