A Girl Named Leney


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Folkling Update

some new pieces are coming to Folking over the weekend so be sure to check out the instagram for them! in the mean time, here are some iphone snaps of some favorites from this past month.

also be sure to get on the actual instagram app, not just the web version, and follow the folkling instagram stories! i post a lot of videos on there of pieces i haven't even posted on the grid, as well as extra details of posted pieces. most of the sales have been moving through that truth be told, so be sure to keep up with it!

and to those of you who have already purchased something in Folkling's first official month of being: thank you
from the bottom of my heart.
it means so much to see this new venture's idea of giving forgotten things new homes and making at least a small dent in the need to buy less by buying what's already out there, one-of-a-kind, quality and timeless, resonating with people.

also, there's a Folkling Facebook page now too!


my sweet friend Erica Dreybus is truly one of my favorite people to photograph and i have to give her a special shout out for modeling for these.
you may recognize her from past posts here and here and here.


The Importance of Shopping Small
A lovely little corner of  Na Nin Vintage

A lovely little corner of Na Nin Vintage

This is something I posted on Instagram this morning, but I had a few extra thoughts I wanted to share so I decided to share them here.

Today is Small Business Saturday. Which, if you didn't know, is a holiday created by Amex in order to promote shopping at small and local businesses.

Shopping small isn't about being trendy. 

It's about supporting your community. 
The place in which you live.
The hard working people who are living out or pursuing their dreams for the greater good.
It's about investing in QUALITY vs. QUANTITY.
Knowing the person behind the product.
The maker behind the creation. 

A sentiment I've been working on implementing into my life more over the past year or so.
People often complain about how expensive it is to shop small/local, and I get that, but honestly when you buy one quality item you save yourself time and money down the road from having to buy five poor quality items after they quickly wear out/break/go out of style. Plus there's the whole fast fashion issue and the excessive consumerism mindset that plagues so much of our lives (if you haven't watched True Cost, do it. It's on Netflix)
Besides, really and truly think about it, wouldn't you rather know where your money's going? Who it's going to and what it's being used for? I think there's far greater value in that than we realize. And what goes around comes around. So make it a point to invest in and support small businesses, not just today, but on a regular basis. Because it's what's best for this here world of ours. We're all in this together after all. 


So those were my words from Instagram this morning, but then a friend of mine brought up the additional thoughts on how so many people don't have the ability to invest in quality and well made things. That that is in fact a luxury and a privilege. And how we should also be conscious and open to not only shop small, but shop second hand.
Which I 100% agree with.
And so I want to add on some more thoughts to this topic and way of thinking.
First by clarifying that when I admonish you to shop at small businesses I'm definitely also including vintage/thrift/second hand shops. Because I do think it's important to buy second hand as much as possible instead of just buying new things all of the time. ***Insert a reiteration of the dangers of fast fashion here***
Secondly, I also think it's important to seek out businesses and artists that make an effort to give back in various ways. I in no way want to come across as elitist and privileged in my declaration of the importance of shopping small, which I know it often can be construed as because it sometimes is more expensive. Rather I want to speak to the value of supporting smaller businesses BECAUSE of how much our community and society as a whole is hurting and doing this, sowing back into people, supporting each other and helping one another out, is so very important in helping out the greater good of our communities. 

It's a hard issue as a whole to address because of its various intricacies and how it goes so much deeper than the surface of just how we shop. 
I think I tend to get overwhelmed when looking at the bigger picture of our country and how it's hurting and impoverished and then seeing the privileged and those more well off (which I undoubtedly am one of, simply because I have a roof over my head and the ability to put food on the table on a consistent basis. Not to mention how I have extra to spend on much sillier/trivial/unnecessary things). I think my way of approaching the issue is hitting at the hearts of so many at the middle/upper class line and how consumerist we are, which is so toxic to not only ourselves and those in this country but those in other countries as well. We have so much in comparison to many who have so little or often even nothing. And my heart is at a place where I'm trying to speak to that issue on the surface so that we can then work our way down to the deeper issues and turn around and give to and help those who are maybe hurting a little more than we are.
It's what God calls us to do after all.
Be a good steward of the blessings he's given us. 
I definitely have been wrestling with more extreme ways to do that though. I recently cleared out a lot of stuff and gave a carload of things to a halfway house, but even things like that make me sick to my stomach. The fact that I have a carload of excess is just wrong on so many levels.
I'm definitely trying to figure out what living a life centered on Gods will in this area looks like. 
But more than that, what it looks like to not stand above reaching down to those less fortunate, but stand beside them hand in hand.

This is something that's been on my mind a lot lately, not just because I am one of those small businesses, an artist and a maker I hope people will support, but because I want to make a positive impact with my life and what I'm doing with it. Whether that's with the services I offer with my knitwear and photography or whether it's with being a consumerist/shopper myself and where I spend my money and what and who I choose to support with it.

It's also a topic of conversation I would love to hear your thoughts on, whichever side of it you take, because I want to be able to openly discuss this. So if you have some thoughts, please share them in the comments or even shoot me an email.


Event | Madewell Pop-Up
Madewell x A Girl Named Leney

I've been holding onto this announcement for a while now, and I'm so excited to finally be able to share it with you guys! 

I will be partnering with Madewell in Short Pump Town Center to cohost a pop-up!
It's going to be held on October 17th from 2pm-5pm. So mark your calendars now!
The event will showcase some prints from my travels from this past year as well as some one-of-a-kind knitwear I've been working on inspired by those places.
You definitely don't want to miss out on being there, it's the start of a lot of really cool things that are coming up for A Girl Named Leney!

So come on by, bring some friends and maybe do a little bit of shopping (ooak knits and Madewell's new fall collection? I mean... sounds like an unbeatable combination to me ;) ) as well as partake in some yummy refreshments! 
Plus Madewell's offering 20% off any purchase of $125+


Shop Update
   The Diana Dress | Photo Cred:  Meagan Abell

   The Diana Dress | Photo Cred: Meagan Abell

So today I have an announcement to make in regards to the shop!
The current lines, On The Road and Gypsy Soul, are going to be pulled from the shop come the beginning of October to make way for an exciting renovation and new direction for my knitwear! I'm really excited about where I'm going with this and I can't wait to share more with you guys. I will say it is defintely going to be very different from what I have going on with my knits now though. 
So, all of that to say, if there's been a piece you've been eyeing (like maybe this one? Or this one? Or even this one?), now's the time to get it because it won't be available come fall!

And if you live in RVA you can actually head to Pop Secret, a pop up shop that Bizarre Market is putting on over at Big Secret during the UCI bike races the 17th-27th of this month! Some of my knits will be there as well as a bunch of other cool local designers pieces! So definitely check that out if you're in the area.
Otherwise, head to the shop to check out the knits there and get your hands on some before they're discontinued. And I mean hey, Christmas is right around the corner, you could get some shopping done early! Or, you know, just treat yourself. ;)

My RVA | Yesterday's Heroes Vintage

And then sometimes good days are marked by leisurely bike rides to visit friends at work and peruse new and old curated finds (by which I mean I looked at the denim for forever because denim is my weakness...) and listen to a little Edward Sharpe on vinyl. 

This little shop here in Richmond is a good one, and if you haven't popped in for a visit before, I suggest you change that asap. So much wonderful vintage goodness. It's actually right down the street from this other favorite shop of mine

You can also find Yesterday's Heroes on Facebook.

See more My RVA posts here.

People In Color

When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls. || Ted Grant

Some favorites from the most recent shoot with Rosewood Clothing Co.
You can shop some of these pieces on their online shop as well as in their brick and morter location here in Richmond at 16 W Broad.

Ashley of Rosewood Clothing Co | Portraits

Time spent in this space with this person is always lovely. 

This firecracker of a girl has stolen my heart from the very beginning and to call her a dear friend is such an honor. She just is a kind of authentic, from the top of her enviable wild and unruly mop of curls to her vintage leather clog clad toes, that makes for a truly wonderful being.
I dare you to walk into the shop and not just fall in love with her right there. She's an amazing lady doing amazing things and Richmond is pretty lucky to have her here helping support and build the creatives community.

Also something worth noting is that Rosewood Clothing Co's online shop is finally live!
This lady has worked so crazy hard this last half year or so building her shop and her brand and it's been such a pleasure getting to work alongside her taking photos for her during that journey. For those of you who don't live in RVA and have been missing out on the wonderfulness that is Rosewood Clothing Co, you can now join in with shopping online. Ashley's taste in vintage and handmade goods is spot on. So go take a peek and treat yourself to something nice. It's the best way to shop local. Some current favorite pieces of mine are this fragrance, this denim dress, this top, and this coach bag.
Go have a look and shop around!

Also go check out Ashley's interview on People In Their Homes (my new favorite site and Instagram account) if you want to fall more in love with her.

Unquiet One

Her mind is an unquiet one, words and thoughts and impulses constantly crashing into each other. || David Levithan -She's Simply Human

Some favorite shots from last week's shoot for Rosewood Clothing Co.
Kathy, Erica and Kalie are all insanely drop dead gorgeous, are they not?

Rosewood Clothing Co.
Surface Handmade
Native Nest

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