“Wearing this poncho is the chicest and most versatile way to add a layer in San Francisco. You can belt it or not, wrap it or not, wear jeans or a dress, all in fully sustainable, handwoven alpaca.” Stick & Ball alpaca fringed Ruana wrap, stickandball.com
Launching polo-inspired sustainable luxury lifestyle brand Stick & Ball 10 years ago was not really a choice for Elizabeth Welborn, it was meant to be. “Polo truly brought together all of my favorite things in life—a sporty, casual-chic fashion, indigenous handwoven textiles (generally made for the horse) and an international community who enjoyed horses as much as convening together in a farm-to-table-style atmosphere,” she says. What began with Welborn hosting trunk shows fieldside has evolved into much more: a Mill Valley design studio and a line of expanded offerings, including pieces made from alpaca, vegetable-tanned leather and organic linen; handforged jewelry; unique accessories and more. But no matter how large the brand gets, sustainability, slow fashion and great design will always remain steadfast tenets. “I have always called myself slow fashion, as I don’t churn out multiple collections throughout the seasons,” says Welborn, who’s currently busy designing seasonless accessories and outerwear, and working on a new tee initiative tied to charities the brand supports. Here, she shares her current must-haves.
“I discovered this sustainable perfume years ago. It’s a beautiful fragrance with a social mission: helping women flower growers.” Sana Jardin Sandalwood Temple eau de parfum, stickandball.com
“I use this for everything, including as a shampoo for my dog Bella.” Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Rose Pure-Castile liquid soap, shop.drbronner.com
“This is my toujours go-to that is soft enough to wear without a shirt, pretty enough to wear belted with a skirt and just right with my favorite denim and sneakers.” Stick & Ball alpaca Sarah cable sweater, stickandball.com
“I wear this bracelet for the beauty, as I love indigenous geometrics, and I also wear it for the mission: helping to employ and empower Native American women.” Stick & Ball Etkie Pilar cuff, stickandball.com
“I may be a heel quitter after COVID, but I can pretend to dress up while secretly wearing these heavenly slippers.” Birdies The Phoebe slide, birdies.com
Photography by: Portrait by Jamie Grenough; all photos courtesy of brands