What does Themis and Thread mean?
There is, at the very least, one single common thread which binds us all. Themis and Thread is a simple name to remind us all of our humanity, and a name which I hope will encourage us all to exercise our individual humanitarian capacities.
Themis, according to the Theogony of Hesiod, was the Ancient Greek Titaness of justice, law and order, controller of the seasons, and harbinger of productivity. A perfect Goddess to represent ethically made products for clientele seeking fair trade for their hard earned dollars.
Themis was also the name of an L.A. boutique in the late 60's so exclusive it was rarely even open. Pamela Courson, Jim Morrison's long time lover, was the shopkeeper and collector of all things beautiful and psychedelic. In the years which Pamela babysat for Slash, his mother had owned a boutique, inspiring Pamela to one day have one of her own. She had been fascinated with adornment, fashion and fabrics. Jim Morrison bankrolled the enterprise for Pamela, perhaps rather than marrying her. Themis was the name of her boutique, which was, along with Jim Morrison, her American dream.
Themis And Thread facilitates my freedom of expressive design, with my only constraints (using ethically produced, American made components) being true assets. Themis and Thread is the name of my American dream, and I hope it will be a name you are proud to wear and represent.
Where else can I find Themis and Thread online?
Love Notes and occasional announcements
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Where is your store?
Themis and Thread does not have a traditional brick and mortar storefront. Our studio is on Seneca Lake in The Finger Lakes wine region of New York State. Select styles can be found at Hector Handmade, Rasta Ranch Vineyards and the StoneCat Cafe in Hector, New York; As well as Millport Landing in Millport, New York. We join in on a monthly marketplace with other local artisans at Rasta Ranch Vineyards called Sip and Shop. The bulk of our business is conducted through this website, pop up boutiques, art shows, festivals, and wherever designer, Jesse Beardslee happens to be traveling! Please join our mailing list for a Love Note to hear about events!
Do you make any other clothing or jewelry?
Yes. Please visit and like my Facebook page at
Custom formal dresses, recycled show pieces, and one of a kind designs are some of my favorite things to create. I participate in fashion shows locally and nationwide with donations to important projects like Teens Turning Green, Fashion Revolution Day, Corning's Recycled Runway, Ithaca's Denim Plus Fashion Show, and NOLA's Green Space Worn Again Fashion Show.
A special one-of-a-kind section will be going up on the website soon, so check back often!
What is a CSF
CSF stands for Community Supported Fashion. It is modeled after CSAs, Community Supported Agriculture, where you can buy a couple or family sized lot to be able to receive the freshest local produce (meat, cheese, ect CSAs exist also) from a nearby farm. The reason this model works for farmers and artisans just as much as their patrons is that it is a symbiotic relationship. Funds upfront make planting or pattern making done easily, with the comfort of a financial cushion to purchase seeds or fabric in order to produce new deliciousiousness! Community Supported Fashion will help produce more fun products every season, and every participant will receive discounted fashions,(one piece of apparel and one accessory) four times a year, for your upfront cost of $300. That will get you 8 awesome new pieces, before anyone else, at an average of $37.50 per piece, it's like buying in bulk, but not receiving it until you need it!
Do you offer specials?
YES! Please check right here for current specials and challenges! We are currently seeking new Style Reps, which gives stylish folks such as yourself a unique opportunity to win free clothing. E-mail email@example.com or like Themis and Thread on Facebook at Facebook.com/jessecreates to see the ad with application instructions.
If you are on Instagram, follow themisandthread for a weekly opportunity to win a $20 gift certificate every Tuesday until New Years! Again, the rules can be found through emailing, Facebook ad, or the photo of designer Jesse Beardslee in a white t on Instagram!
What Bow Tie Fabric options do you offer?
You can order a Bow Tie made from any of our woven organic cottons or current supply of vintage fabrics.
You can do so by leaving a message in the checkout process after listing your billing information. If you have any requests make them there as well, and shop owner and designer Jesse Junko Beardslee will promptly respond.
Our organic color options are natural, red, dark chocolate, Coffee Swirl (a bubbly brown design on natural colored background), or Reef Dance (a detailed paisley print in pale turquoise over natural colored background)
The currently available vintage fabrics are a red satin with a square design woven in, circa 1980; a madras plaid with just about every color featured, circa 1960; and a classic paisley design of thinly lined primary colors, circa 1970.
Do you have a newsletter?
YES! Please copy and paste this URL to sign up for a really fantastic newsletter:
I just know you're going to LOVE it: chock full of goodness every couple of months!
Why have I not received my order yet?
Many Themis and Thread products are made to order. This ensures that we are not over producing products and guarantees the opportunity for you to have your order customized. If you need something expedited call 607-546-8040 to leave a message and we'll let you know the possibilities!
What is your return policy?
Buyers rejoice, or your money back, guaranteed!
If you're not completely satisfied by your first wear and wash call or email for return address and get your refund.
Ready to wear fashion (excluding sample sales and corporate collaborations without additional guarantee purchase) also come with a lifetime guarantee. If this piece needs mending, altering, or redesign in its lifetime call or email for a consultation.
All jewelry sales (except guitar string bracelets) are final sales.
That's right! Every article of clothing comes with our dynamite T&T guarantee!
If for whatever reason your find your piece of Themis and Thread garb sitting in the bottom of a drawer please contact us for a consultation! Hidden down there it is not serving either of us and is just adding unnecessary clutter in your life. Contact designer Jesse Junko Beardslee to explain why it's not getting it's fair share of wear and we will come up with a unique solution!
What makes your fashions justifiable?
We make clothing that makes you feel happy! The fit for your unique body and lifestyle is a thorough consideration in the design and construction process.
We think that our mission is aligned with justifying your purchase, and I'm sure you'll agree once you're wearing T&T!
We use 100% American made components, thus reducing carbon emissions generated in the shipping process. Reducing this generally unseen, unregulated, "uncharged" cost is incredibly important to Themis and Thread.
Every American manufacturer we work with for our fashion components has high standards. Our apparel is almost exclusively made from GOTS organic cottons made in America and supplied to us by Organic Cotton Plus.
We also use fabrics from vintage garments, rescued for reuse. Vintage materials and trims also, that have been hidden away in dusty shops and attics are brought to life again with Themis and Thread.
Recycled and Upcycled accents and components make appearances throughout our clothing and jewelry collections. We're fond of saying "We love garbage!" when showing off our bottle cap earrings, guitar string bracelets and bicycle tire inner tube trims.
Everything we use is made in America or Made into Garbage (and cleaned and reused) in America.
We love using organic cotton, and cannot wait to support the next new innovative material, but are not willing to buy it from another country's supplier. Made in America comes first, supporting our neighbors, helping American companies expand and succeed.
We are certified Carbon Neutral by BLUEdot Register.
We use 100% clean energy from Arcadia Power.
We have a zero waste policy in manufacturing.
Our garments are made to order - therefore not producing unnecessary inventory. Every aspect of business produces emissions in one way or another.
Our garments are customizable - eliminating fitting issues, therefore creating more wearable clothing without waste.
We offer a Lifetime Guarantee to keep our garments our of landfills.
What is the Heart on my Sleeve Challenge?
Designer and Founder Jesse Junko Beardslee came up with the idea as an enriching way to communicate digitally and participate socially in a "Craftivism" kind of a way.
This is an opportunity to create and share a small piece of art depicting what is most important to you.
Think about your values and create a piece of heart shaped art illustrating them. Pin it on your sleeve and share it on social media with #HeartOnMySleeveChallenge.
It doesn't have to be political, but it can be. We think this is what a Fashion Statement should really look like.
We can literally see and share and discuss our passions and priorities. Heart Art can be symbols, words, equations; It can be painted, stitched, typed; It can be paper, fabric, wood, metal, glass. The possibilities are endlessl! Many took the Heart on my Sleeve Challenge as an opportunity for Craftivism to participate in Fashion Revolution Week, the March for Science and Earth Day!
What is Fashion Revolution Week?
Fashion Revolution Week, and more specifically, Fashion Revolution Day, marks the anniversary of the world's most deadly clothing factory event.
On April 24 2013, 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when they went to work at the Rana Plaza complex and it collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. We believe that’s too many people to lose on one day.
Many families lost their mothers and sole providers. Many of the factory workers had been concerned about the degradation of the facility and complained to pressured supervisors who ignored their pleas and forced them to continue working to produce fast fashion for people like us.
That’s when Fashion Revolution was born.
Join us in remembering how our everyday choices can affect the entire world and people we may never hear of on the anniversary of the collapse every April 24th and ask #WhoMadeMyClothes?
This tragedy was the catalyst which fueled the launch of Themis and Thread and many other ethical apparel companies and not for profits. It was a horrific eye opener to many and we will never forget those people or that day.
Be curious, ask questions, make changes. This year Fashion Revolution Week is April 24th-30th, join us by taking the #HeartOnMySleeveChallenge to stand up for workers rights, equal pay, feminism, environmental rights and against slave and child labor, colonialism, and exploitation.
Fashion Revolution Week is when we work the hardest each year to #FightWithFashion.