A press release from our friends at Gaia Conceptions:

NOMAD: Gaia Conceptions Eco-chic Boutique Opens in Greensboro

Grand Opening Festival on May 18, 12-7 pm

Greensboro, NC – April 24, 2014 – Gaia Conceptions, a handmade eco-chic apparel company founded by clothing designer, Andrea Crouse, has opened NOMAD Boutique, featuring organic clothing made with environmentally friendly dyes. NOMAD: Gaia Conceptions Eco-chic Boutique is located along the Spring Garden to Smith Street section of the proposed Greenway in the Westerwood neighborhood of Greensboro and is currently open Thurs-Sat 11am-6pm. NOMAD Boutique is adjacent to the Gaia Conceptions Studio where all the clothing is handmade by an artisanal team.  Gaia Conceptions has planned a Grand Opening Festival on Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 12-7 pm to celebrate the new NOMAD Boutique.

Gaia Conceptions invites the community to visit the NOMAD Boutique, shop, and learn about sustainable clothing. The Grand Opening Festival on Sunday, May 18th is free admission, open to all, and will feature local artisans including jewelry makers, potters, organic plant farmers, leather makers, and fiber artists. Gaia Conceptions natural dye and herb garden will be open and will host natural dye demos for community members to participate, learn, and take home a plant-dyed Gaia Conceptions tote bag. Musical performances will run throughout the day featuring a UNCG Jazz Studies trio, local sitar and tabla musicians, and the renowned Greensboro-based female trio Amelias Mechanics. At 1:30 pm there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with neighboring “Shops at Westerwood” Past Perfect Antiques & Interiors and Krohm Salon. Food will be available from local food trucks and drinks available at the Westerwood Tavern, located next door to Gaia Conceptions Studio & NOMAD Boutique.

Gaia Conceptions was founded in 2003 by NC native, Andrea Crouse, with a strong focus on hand sewing and hand dyeing clothing made with organic fabrics, earth friendly dyes and simple yet versatile designs. In 2007 she launched an Etsy online shop that helped Gaia Conceptions custom-made clothing reach the world. From 2007-2012 Crouse and the Gaia team created an extensive collection of designs that are rooted in comfort, nomadic style, and multifunctional utilitarianism. In 2012 Crouse collaborated with Burlington-based T.S. Designs to grow and harvest the first North Carolina Organic cotton crop, and accomplished sourcing organic materials grown within a 30 miles radius of the Gaia Conceptions studio. Earlier this year, the studio moved to the Westerwood neighborhood. The new location enabled the opportunity to realize Crouse’s dream of building a natural dye garden and opening the NOMAD Boutique.

For more information and the NOMAD Grand Opening Festival schedule visit: www.gaiaconceptions.com

Event Details

Who: Gaia Conceptions Studio & NOMAD Boutique

What: Grand Opening Festival

Where: NOMAD Boutique, 504-D Guilford Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27401

When: Sunday, May 18, 2014, 12-7pm

Free Admission and Open to All

Media: For more information, the media can contact Hannah Glusenkamp, NOMAD Boutique Manager & Events Coordinator at hannah.gaiaconceptions@gmail.com or 612-220-3139 (mobile)