More than a time or two we've heard customers mutter under their breath, "____ dollars? I can find it for cheaper somewhere else." But the thing is, you can't. You could perhaps find something similar at Target or Forever 21. And we're not knocking either store, we'd just like to clarify why things cost more at a boutique like Meraki. We also don't want to shame people for buying 'fast fashion'. It's next to impossible not to. That being said, we try very hard to be conscious about how and where our inventory is made, as well as what it's made from. The more natural the fabric, the better it will feel against your skin and the longer it will last. It won't fade and fall apart after washing it one time. Not only is there a huge difference in quality and fit, but it takes less of a toll on the planet. The beautiful, mystical, magical planet that we all live on and take for granted. The planet that does so much for us; we think it's important to show it some love and gratitude. 

So...why does it cost it more? One of our favorite lines, LA Made, explains it beautifully. Their practices are very similar to many of our other lines. n:philanthropy for example; "the mission's in the name." (We love that!) 10% of net proceeds go to pediatric cancer research and animal abuse prevention. Their tag line? "Fashion that gives a damn." We love that, too! 

Keep reading for a more in depth explanation from LA Made for why some clothing costs more than others. The simple answer? It costs the world much less.


Sustainable Fabrics

We do our best to keep the planet clean. The pricier but super sustainable LENZING™ Modal is used in over 80% of our clothing. Its ability to be sourced from nature and biodegrade is one of a kind and something that we value in our clothing.

Our Promise For Living Wages

More often than not, the pieces of clothing you buy are so inexpensive because they cut into the factory employees’ wages which leaves them earning LESS than minimum wage. With only 20% of the garment industry working outside of sweatshops, we pride ourselves in paying living wages at our family owned, Downtown Los Angeles factory. 

Community Focused

Like our name suggests, we are proud to be 100% made in Los Angeles. We feel responsible in building up our local community by providing employment opportunities through our own factory as well as purchasing materials from trusted vendors within a 10 mile radius from us.

Conscious Small Batch Production

In another effort to reduce waste, we only cut what we need. Each collection is produced in small batches to prevent us from having an abundance of overstock that would eventually end up in landfills. While this might lead to the style being a little more expensive due to us having to pay for new manufacturing costs each time we reorder, the positive effect it has on our planet is worth it to us. Keeping Earth healthy is a top priority.

Quality You Can Feel

We put a lot of care and attention into each individual piece we create. The majority of our styles go through a garment dye process which prevents your tops from shrinking and changing sizes each time it goes into the washing machine! We also run tests on every possible aspect (color, shrinkage, weight, feel, etc.) to ensure that you’ll love your clothes.

When you buy from us, you’re showing support for a better fashion industry.

Giving Back To Make A Difference

Lastly, we donate clothing to those in need AND launched our Donation Graphic Tees to give portions of the sales to local organizations that are focusing on bettering our city. Just like our clothing, giving back will always be in style.

“We believe sustainability is based on ensuring long lasting quality of the product, the planet, and the people. We are proud to be a company that creates beautiful clothing made by happy people.”