Mother's Day gift guide: Ethical, sustainable, impactful May 6, 2019 18:28A Mother's Day gift from MADI apparel is perfect for any mom who believes in sustainability, ethicality, and shopping locally. Your gift not only benefits your mom — it helps mother’s all over the world too. Here are some of the items MADI mom's recommend.
Spring Fling: Long weekend getaway in Kansas City March 29, 2019 18:09
Are you an out-of-towner, planning on spending a weekend in Kansas City? Or maybe you’re a local wanting a fun staycation. With its rich history in music and cuisine, plus the new wave of young millennials and big-city professionals, Kansas City has become a hot spot for travelers all across the nation. Don't underestimate this midwestern gem - Kansas City was even named National Geographic's Best Trips destinations of 2019!
This city is full of surprises, even for locals. We compiled a list of some of our favorite spots — from hidden gems to treasured classics — to create an itinerary for your weekend vacation in Kansas City.
Friday | Downtown Kansas City
Come in from your travels (or a long day at work) and book a room at the 21c hotel. The atmosphere of this hotel parallels its unique location between the modern Power & Light and the historic River Market. With a resident museum, this hotel also host events like Yoga With Art or guided tours you can take part of without leaving your hotel (or your bathrobe.)
For drinks, settle in at The Savoy at 21c. This contemporary bar offers a variety of drinks and amazing dishes, with an eclectic, artsy vibe. You can get a Miller High Life Pony (“like a fine Champagne,” according to the menu) for just $2, or a contemporary cocktail based on the theme-of-the-month, ranging from $10-$15.
Saturday | Crossroads Kansas City
From your hotel, walk to the Australian bakehouse and café Banskia for breakfast. Sip a cappuccino on the brick-walled patio or grab a Bloody Mary and people watch out the enormous windows. If you still need a caffeine kick, or just want to check out a local favorite, visit Messenger Coffee. This coffee shop is housed in a 100-year-old, fully renovated three-story building. You can view the bakery in action or take in a 360-view of downtown from the rooftop patio.
From there, take the (free) Kansas City Streetcar and head to the City Market at River Market, where you can spend hours here perusing the offerings, snacking on local favorites and meeting new people. A local favorite is the colorful flower bouquets for $10. Grab lunch here or take the streetcar back to the Crossroads and hit up Howard’s Café. This part grocery store/part café is simple, it’s charming, and it’s absolutely delicious — you’ll feel like a real local here.
If you’re in town for the first Friday of the month, stay in the Crossroads District for the night. You can grab a delicious, creative dinner at the trendy Corvino Supper Club and then walk around to check out our monthly First Fridays event. It’s hard to know what you will find at First Fridays: budding artists, musicians, buskers, chefs, and more fill the streets.
And to top off the night, make it a point to visit the Green Lady Lounge. KC has a rich history in the jazz scene and Green Lady puts it all on display, for free seven nights a week.
Sunday | West Kansas City
Pack your bags Sunday morning and relocate to the Jefferson House Bed and Breakfast. This Victorian home is in Westside KC, near downtown, and has a variety of unique bedrooms and quirky accents throughout. After you settle in, grab breakfast at the Blue Bird Bistro: an organic, local restaurant with everything from breakfast chili to tofu scramble. After, walk next door for a coffee or house soda from Goat Hill — a cute, minimalistic hidden gem. If it’s a warm day, grab a snowcone while you’re there as a token to the building’s last tenant, a local favorite called Little Freshie.
Stop by our MADI Apparel headquarters a few steps away and say hi! Tell us about your trip, check out what’s new in store, and see our space. We have pictures of our customers and women we’ve served on display so you can see exactly what good you are doing through your purchase. You can hang out for a bit on our couch and sip your Goat Hill creation, or take a walk to Observation Park, where you can get a higher-up view of the KC skyline. Don't forget your camera!
Next door to our shop is one of our favorite local eateries, Westside Local, that offers enjoyable “blunch” and cocktail creations (like a menu inspired by Tom Hanks). If you want an authentic Mexican meal, grab tacos from another neighborhood favorite, Los Alamos Market y Cocina.
Walk off your meal at the West Bottoms Antique Malls, which are all open on the First Fridays weekend for all visitors. You can easily walk from shop to shop, seeking fun and quirky creations. And keep your eyes peeled: Many shops offer free drinks and snacks somewhere in the space.
For dinner, visit one of KC’s newest, trendiest spots: The Campground KC. The atmosphere is intimate and quaint — and music comes directly from a record player. And if records are your thing, visit Voltaire, where the rustic, contemporary venue provides an intimate backdrop for unique cocktails. Want a livelier experience? The Ship is a restored 1930’s speakeasy that mimics the look and the feel of a boat — we promise you’ve never seen anything like it.
Wherever you are in Kansas City, you are bound to have a unique, fun experience that makes you want to come back again.
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MADI Makes: Empowering women in KC March 22, 2019 15:10
Give a woman a fish and feed her for a day.
Teach a woman to fish and you feed her for a lifetime.
At MADI Apparel, we are proud and honored to be run by women. And as part of Women’s History Month, we want to recognize and honor the women who came before us and those who will come after us—plus the men who helped us along the way.
Women in history
Throughout our history, women have had many different experiences and successes. Women have been warriors and artists, housewives and political champions. We have Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, and Margaret Thatcher. Ada Lovelace, who is considered to be the first computer programmer; Cleopatra, the final Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt; Nellie Bly, an 1890’s investigative journalist.
Whether it’s big inventions or small happenings, what women have done throughout history has paved the way for women of today—and every year, more and more women are joining the workforce because of it. In fact, we have more lady bosses today than every before; more than half of management positions are held by women (you go girls!)
At MADI, we believe in helping women be the best they can be—that’s why we launched our MADI Makes program to help train and employ Kansas City women facing barriers.
MADI Makes: Andrescia
"When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit. So let's keep going. Let's keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have." —Hillary Clinton
In May of 2018, our non-profit arm (MADI Donations) launched MADI Makes, a seamstress job-training program for at-risk women in Kansas City. This program was designed in partnership with Hope Faith Ministries to help empower women through vocational training.
Our goal was to help women facing barriers and to help end the cycles of chronic homelessness and unemployment in our community—by giving women a skill they can use for the rest of their lives. The women in our program each face unique life challenges and we are with them every step of the way through goal-setting, financial training opportunities, mentoring, and more.
Andrescia is the first graduate of our MADI Makes program. She has long had a passion for sewing and creating something from nothing—she even has a fine arts degree from University of Missouri Kansas City! MADI Makes gave her an outlet for that drive.
“I first started getting into sewing because I wanted to make my own coat,” Andrescia said. “Then it went from making my own coat, to ‘I can sew anything and probably have sewing as a job’.”
And that’s now exactly what she does. After graduation, MADI Apparel hired Andrescia to be a part of our local production team in Kansas City. Now, she'll get to use her skills to help those in need—and get paid doing what she loves. After much perseverance and dedication to show up day after day, this week she started sewing her very first round of underwear that we will pay her for on a contract basis! She's now officially one of our contracted employees!
She loves having the opportunity to explore her passion in a way that not only benefits her, it gives back to others as well. And for Andrescia, this opportunity is a little more personal: She has met many of the people who are on the receiving end of the underwear she has produced through our program.
She knows how they feel and what it’s like being able to receive a basic necessity for free.
“People who can’t afford underwear, people who can’t afford this and that—I really wanted to learn how to do it for them … Now I’m doing a good job for people who need it,” Andrescia said.
When she’s not at work, Andrescia loves hanging out in Midtown (where she lives), hanging out with her cat and visiting JOANN Fabric and Craft, looking around for new and exciting designs to help inspire her next creation.
Helping women—Do your part
"Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength." —G.D. Anderson
To celebrate Women’s History Month, we encourage you to go out of your way to support brands that provide employment opportunities for women! Whether you identify as male or female, you can do your part to help change the lives of many women like Andrescia—just through your buying habits.
Some of our favorite women-empowering brands include:
- The By Grace Foundation: This company educates, employs, empowers and elevates women in need.
- Luna Blu Mar: A portion of profits helps educate girls locally and in developing countries
- A.R.E. Soaps: 20% of your purchase goes toward Uganda and India economic development + employing women
- Prosperity Candle: Each purchase provides training and a fair wage for refugees.
- Marie Mae: Each purchase equals one hour of training at the Marie Mae Business School, which helps educate and train young women entrepreneurs.
- Willow Tree Roots: Purchases provide entrepreneurial women with training, education, and financial skills in Kenya.
We Are Summer Lovin' Our Pop-Ups! August 13, 2017 18:40
This summer MADI Apparel has hosted two pop-up shops in our beautiful Kansas City flagship store and will be hosting a third later this month! These pop-up shops are Noble Native by Sarah Hicks, By Grace Designs by Emily Moon, and Modern Mija by Emily Sharp. Each one is socially conscious through sustainable and slow-fashion. Although two of the pop-up shops have officially moved out of MADI (Noble Native and By Grace Designs), we still want to tell you about these awesome boss babe-run companies!
Modern Mija - Sarah Sharp
Modern Mija is a new brand that focuses on modern and trendy clothing for children. Sharp’s mission is to provide children with clothing that is just as fashionable as the clothing worn by the adults who surround them. The brand carries multiple designers and has an impressive Instagram feed! Modern Mija will be in MADI Apparel August 17 - September 17!
Noble Native - Sarah Hicks
Noble Native was founded in 2016 by Sarah Hicks. The company believes in sustainable fashion and fair working conditions and wages for factory workers. The pieces sold by Noble Native are fashion forward and trendy. Each piece is sure to make you stand out from the crowd! Check out a few of their pieces below:
By Grace Designs - Emily Moon
By Grace Designs is an organization that believes in educating, employing, empowering, and elevating. All of the pieces in this shop are made by at-risk women and are sweatshop free. The main value in this company is empowering women. Emily Moon is doing an amazing thing by creating these pieces with women empowerment in mind. Check out a few pieces from By Grace Designs below:
Be sure to come back to MADI Apparel August 17 - September 17 for Modern Mija and to check out Noble Native and By Grace Designs online! Every Saturday, stop by MADI Apparel for complimentary lemonade, a look at Modern Mija, and exclusive deals at our next-door-neighbor, Westside Local!
Kind Bride Collection May 9, 2017 08:00
Wedding season is in full swing and that means our brides need day-of-wedding attire and maybe something special for the honeymoon! We've got the perfect mix of romantic & classic lingerie ranging from panties, sleepwear and robes. These are perfect for a bride who loves quality, luxurious garments and has a giving heart! Our robes are great for the whole bridal party too! We offer special pricing packages for several combo packs too!
As always, for every intimate sold, we donate a pair of underwear to a woman in need. Made in Kansas City from luxurious long-lasting fabrics.
To order more than one robe for a bridal party, email our team for discount pricing : email@example.com
Mother's Day (Specials) Gift Guide! May 4, 2017 22:25
Outfit of the Week: Spring Has Sprung! April 10, 2017 19:07
Introducing....Robes! (& Coral!) February 8, 2017 12:55
Outfit of the Week: Cozying Up! December 8, 2016 17:28
Outfit of the Week: Holiday Party December 1, 2016 17:27
Outfit of the Week: Friendsgiving Dinner November 15, 2016 00:01
Outfit of the Week: Work Hard, Play Hard November 2, 2016 14:00
Outfit of the Week: Date Night October 26, 2016 20:20
Outfit of the Week: Fall Fun October 13, 2016 17:28
Check Out Our Fall/Winter '16 Collection Video! October 10, 2016 21:12
Runway To Impact Recap October 7, 2016 13:22
Outfit of the Week: Sunny Afternoon October 4, 2016 15:59
Join Us At Our Runway Show! September 26, 2016 20:01
Fall/Winter Collection Runway Show by MADI Apparel
Live Music By:
DJ Mike Scott
Main Band: The Buhs
Opening Duo: bre / emily
Food Sponsored by: Port Fonda
Cocktails Sponsored by: J. Rieger & Co.
Beer Sponsored by: Stockyards Brewing Co.
Silent Auction by MADI Donations
Our Benefiting Partners:
Rose Brooks Center
MOCSA / Assistance League of Kansas City
Journey to New Life, Inc.
Hope Faith Ministries
**First 50 guests to buy a ticket will receive swag bag of local KC products**
Bralettes, Bralettes Bralettes! September 12, 2016 16:29
Kendra Scott at MADI Apparel! June 3, 2016 17:11
We invite everyone to join us Saturday June 11th from 12 to 3 p.m. at our KC flagship store at 1659 Summit, KCMO. We're hosting a special gifting themed Pop-Up featuring Kendra Scott, Ocean and Sea, Indigo Wild and of course, MADI Apparel for this month's Second Saturdaze in the Westside!
- Bring + sign in two friends AND/OR purchase any MADI item and your name will be entered into raffle to win one of 3 Kendra Scott jewelry pieces!
- 20% of Kendra Scott sales will benefit MADI's next international drop-off in Ecuador late June
- Specials by local brands Indigo Wild and Ocean and Sea
Want to come early for more Saturday fun? We are having our second Pilates class at MADI with Thrive Pilates at 10 a.m. Then head next door to Westside Local and recieve 15% off your brunch (with purchase of Pilates ticket)!
We hope to see you all for some mimosas, coffee and shopping!
Outfit of the Week: Ladies Who Lunch May 13, 2016 20:31
Outfit of the Week: Sunny Day Dreams May 5, 2016 18:55
Panama Drop-Off Donation! May 3, 2016 14:53
The Women Behind The Underwear April 28, 2016 21:27
Each MADI style is named after individual women who’ve made a difference in the life of our founder and who symbolize the kind of impact MADI can make in the world! Keep reading to learn about how each style got it's name!
From Hayley, MADI’s founder:
I wanted the women buying MADI intimates to picture their mom, sister, best friend, etc. receiving the donated pair. This was a CRUCIAL element in our development - not only is the name of our intimates line a woman's name (MADI - also spelling out Make a Difference Intimates) - but our styles are named after women as well. I wanted the women receiving the donations to matter - to have a name.
These important women in my life even inspired the creative process behind designing the garment shapes. I'm a woman - and I know what women wear and don't wear. We stick to the styles we know and love - it's usually pretty black and white - but this answer certainly isn't the same across the board for every woman. For example, some women only wear briefs. Some only wear thongs. So, I designed clean-cut styles that women feel sexy in and feel comfortable wearing most often. I wanted to steer clear from trendy styles and fabrics or loud colors that lose their flavor after a year or so. MADI intimates are simple, luxurious basics that women constantly search their drawers for.
During the design process, I pictured the loved one who inspired the style name. I let the design flow from her personality - what makes her unique to the world? How can an undergarment style embody the essence of her soul?
First, I started with my Grandma, Bonnie. (I call her Gaga, but that wouldn't make for a very nice panty name :) ! )
The brief reminded me of her - because it's CLASSIC. Briefs will never go out of style - even young women find them most comfy. When I think of my grandma I think of comfort, ever-present, and always in-style :).
About the style:
Buy The Bonnie HERE
Bonnie is well rounded in life and on your body. High-rise fit with a retro look, flattering every womanly curve.
Mimi is what I call my other Grandma. She's always around and has never let me down! This makes me think of the bikini style. It's modest in the back and doesn't ride - you know she will always stay with you :).
About the style:
Buy The Mimi HERE
Mimi's got your back in everyday life (literally) with full coverage bottoms and a chic, clean front.
Kyle is my best friend since 4th grade. She has a gender fluid name and is always up for anything. The origin of the classic boyshort stemmed from boxers - a low-rise fit with a wide band. We made it a cheekier cut though - why? Because we're girls and want to feel sexy!
About the style:
Buy The Kyle HERE
Kyle is the girl-next-door. Comfy coverage with a classic fit.
Pamela is my wonderful mom. She is the most genuine person I know - but also is a major "boss chic" with sass. This style is inspired by the Brazilian swimwear bikini style. I drew this one up living in a small beach town in Florida. It reminded me of my mom - sweet and cute all around but spicy when you least expect it!
About the style:
Buy The Pamela HERE
Pamela is sweet with a little bit of spice. Feminine, soft and sexy with moderate bottom coverage.
Diana is my other best friend from 4th grade. She's outspoken and knows how to express exactly what she wants! Her hair even inspired this style. Her long, wavy locks remind me of the fluid, feminine floral pattern in the wide lace band.
About the style:
Buy The Diana HERE
Diana isn't afraid to be different – she radiates beauty and confidence. Ultra cheeky bottom with a floral wide lace band
The Kaydee was named after my college sorority, Kappa Delta. I learned a lot of confidence in this life stage - I also had a lot of fun with my sisters, creating memories that will last forever. This style (our now most popular style) was designed with confidence and flair. This one is a guys' favorite! :)
About the style:
Buy The Kaydee HERE
The Kaydee is confident and sassy. Cheeky bottom coverage with a flirty floral wide lace band.
The Sybil sleep top was named after my first cousin. She's bold and loud, but is somehow soft and cuddly at the same time. The design behind this top was to be a garment you never want to take off. And this is literally a possibility as the top was designed to be worn for bed and outerwear over jeans or shorts!
About the style:
Buy The Sybil HERE
Sybil is bold and mysterious. She's comfortable in her own skin.
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