“For the past five years
of our high school seniors have not only graduated,
but have also
pursued higher education.”
This week we have paused our usual business practices in order to magnify our focus on what we feel is an important cause. We are so thrilled and tentatively hopeful that people are finally listening, finally actually trying to educate themselves and their children, and finally making a change. We feel a little bit like holding our breath as we have begun to feel a little bit of a breeze that may truly grow into winds of change. Even as we slowly begin to ease back into our business routine, we will continue drawing attention to ways that people can help. Family is so dear to us that the entire structure of Evy’s Tree is built around tending to the needs of our families and children. In the broader picture of that are the women and children connected to us within this special community of customers who have (and continue to) morph from just customers to friends. Thank you to everyone who has emailed, texted, messaged, commented, and shared our posts and blog over this week. Your support is always vital to us. Please continue to walk this path of inclusivity, love and compassion.
This week we are releasing an updated version of a prior piece, the Rylan. A portion of all sales from the Rylan will be donated to Girls For A Change. Please continue reading below for more information about this truly amazing organization.
The Rylan originally was released in three main sizes; XS/S, M/L, and XL/1X. This time, for our new Rylan in Black, we made all 7 usual sizes. This gorgeous hoodie returns, and with so many unique features that it will likely become your new favorite black cardigan and the centerpiece of your look. The Rylan features two different super-soft fabrics; a classic french terry on the back and a luxe jersey knit on the front. It has a beautiful raw edge detail along the extra long sleeves, with ruched cuffs and flattering, functional drawstring ruching in the front that allows for personal customization for your optimal fit and style. Two side pockets are on the side, and a generous hood complete this extremely versatile hoodie. This is made to be slightly larger to allow for wearing this over a variety of shirts and tops, with a little more space in the sleeve. If you are between sizes you could probably size down. As usual, refer to the measurements in the listing for your best fit and email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any sizing questions.
Model is @vanessawilkinson. For pictures of these items on various people who are other heights and body shapes, please refer to our website Customer Photos page and/or our IG IRL (in real life) photo feed, @evystree_irl. Photography is by Tifani Beecher.
Girls For A Change (GFAC) was formed in 2000 with the mission of empowering young women by inviting them to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods.
Since 2013, GFAC has focused more deeply on the empowerment and uplifting of a population whose needs are most unmet—Black girls and other girls of color. We, as an organization and movement, view this action as a first step to end the prejudice, poverty and lack of resources that leave Black girls and young women vulnerable at the margins of society.
Through GFAC programs, not only do girls create change by engaging in social change projects, but in the process, they learn problem-solving skills, as well as what it means to change policy and create movements. GFAC programs also focus on leadership skills, goal-planning, financial literacy, building a network, exposure, community engagement, skill-building, sisterhood building, and socio-emotional learning among other things. We also address various issues to include institutional racism, sexism, the digital divide, and the glass ceiling, which for many Black girls can be a concrete ceiling.
GFAC programs are designed to provide consistent support to girls, from their youth into their young adulthood, and beyond. We also provide outreach programs for middle and high school girls. Through experiential learning and consistent exposure, we focus on ensuring girls are ahead of the learning curve, breaking cycles and closing the opportunity gaps faced by too many disadvantaged, marginalized or underrepresented girls—specifically Black girls. We want to give every girl* who aspires to get ahead a chance to be seen, heard and celebrated.