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All the vests worn by my family in this photo are the SaladBowlDress basics- Men’s Vests, Women’s, and the Bicycle Vest.

Sustainable Fashion made with clothing being kept out of the landfill. California made, hand-tailored deconstructed utilitarian vests for the Active, Creative, needing some functionality, versatility, and comfort, in style.

 

Emma denim black purple double zipper

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