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Bethany Rae Travelling Cardigan Review #HolidayGiftGuide

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I’m very excited to introduce a brand new local business to you today. Bethany Rae Clothing is eco chic, comfy, and Canadian!

How often have you gone out for dinner, and the restaurant turned out to be a bit chillier than you expected? Or gotten goosebumps while grocery shopping in the freezer section? Gone out on a romantic walk after a dinner date and found yourself unprepared for the evening chill?

Here’s the perfect solution! As seen on CTV News last week, the Bethany Rae Travelling Cardigan is fashion that fits in your purse. This soft, stretchy bamboo rayon cardigan stuffs into its own pocket and easily fits into your purse, bag, or car so you can take it anywhere.

The Travelling Cardigan is the perfect gift for moms who want style as well as comfort! #HolidayGiftGuide - This West Coast Mommy

The wonderful ladies at Bethany Rae Clothing sent me a Special Edition Travelling Cardigan of my own to review. I’ve been wearing my cardigan around the house this week, and I wore it out to lunch with my family this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised by how lightweight yet warm it is. The ruffled shawl collar is so pretty, and check out the contrasting paisley print back! This cardigan would go with everything from jeans to a little black dress. What a beautiful and stylish, environmentally-friendly gift for moms who want style as well as comfort!

Beautiful, Renewable Bamboo

The Bethany Rae Travelling Cardigan is handmade in Canada from super soft, pre-shrunk, crease release bamboo rayon. I could hardly believe how soft the fabric is. Rayon from bamboo has a natural lustre, drapes beautifully, and is machine washable! That’s a must for me and for any busy mom. You’d think that stuffing the cardigan into its own pocket would result in a wrinkled mess, but it doesn’t! Just shake it out and wear. No ironing needed – even better!

I love how renewable and eco-friendly bamboo is. Did you know that bamboo trees require no pesticides and little irrigation? They’re fully sustainable, biodegradable, and regenerate in 55 days.

The Travelling Cardigan is the perfect gift for moms who want style as well as comfort! #HolidayGiftGuide - This West Coast Mommy

You know the tent you bought last summer that came so perfectly folded in the bag from the factory? Remember the first time you unpitched that sucker and you realized there was no way it would ever fit in the bag again? Well, I was a little worried that would be the case with the Travelling Cardigan, but I was able to get it back into its pocket easily. If I can do it, anybody can! No folding required. Just find the left pocket, turn it inside out, and stuff the rest of the cardigan in. Fold the edge over twice and  you’re done! 

About Bethany Rae Clothing

Bethany Rae Cornish and Katherine Neufeld are the local designers and friends behind Bethany Rae Clothing. Bethany is originally from Australia. She has a background in fashion and design and even had her own fashion label back in the day. Last summer, Bethany decided to make herself a new cardigan as the thin black one she had lived in while travelling had definitely seen better days from the wear of constantly being crumpled up and shoved in her purse. Some genius suggested folding it into a pocket, and the idea for the Travelling Cardigan was born! The two friends decided to combine Bethany’s background in pattern making and design with Katherine’s business background to start up Bethany Rae Clothing featuring the Travelling Cardigan.

The pair is committed to sustainable and eco-friendly products and business practices. Not only are their clothes made from bamboo fleece and bamboo rayon blend, but their business cards, hang tags and even hangers are all made from 100% recycled materials. Their clothing racks are even made from bamboo!

In addition to their signature Travelling Cardigan, Bethany Rae Clothing also sells the Cozy Cardigan made from bamboo fleece. In January, they’ll be expanding their product line to include the Sweat Pant dress (a dress that feels like you are wearing your comfiest pair of sweat pants), skirts, leggings, tops, and much more. Sizes run from Girls 4 to Ladies 3X.


Win It!

Bethany Rae is generously offering one lucky Canadian reader their very own Travelling Cardigan in their choice of size and colour. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, 18+. Entries will be verified. Prize delivery is not guaranteed by Christmas so please plan accordingly.

Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Jennifer!

Disclosure: I received a sample item for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.

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  • I am really impressed by how lovely your pieces are I love the lace detail.
    Keep up the good work! I do know how much work it is to start your own business I had one of my own before I got married. So keep on! Hard work pays off.

  • I’ve got 2 travelling cardigans on order – can’t wait to get them!! Congrats ladies, and best of luck. I know you’ll be a huge success!!

  • what marvellous cardigans and the fact that they fold up into their own little bag makes them doubly attractive I think. Keep on designing such cute clothing and you’ll be made! 🙂

  • I think it takes an incredible amount of courage to start a business. Not only do you need a great idea (which you have), you need wonderful people surrounding you and encouraging you. Using bamboo for clothing is a great idea! Offering a wide range of sizes is also excellent. I wish you all the luck and thank you for this great contest.

  • November 29-This is a beautiful sweater that one can wear anywhere. Keep up the good work . We need good clothing at reasonable prices.

  • Your product is INNOVATIVE! How awesome is that! I am always lugging a hoodie around when I could just toss this easily into my diaper bag, you ladies are GENIUSES!

  • I am obsessed with cardigans! Even in the summer, it is nice to have one handy, especially going in and out of air conditioning. This one looks so soft and comfy and the lace detail is great! Best of luck to you and I wish you great success!

  • I love cardigans because I hate to put a sweater over my head to get it Your cardigans are gorgeous and really like that you are savvy in that you cater to all sizes. I wish you much success in the future, it will be well deserved.

  • Starting a new business is hard work and you may come across many obstacles but don’t let that get you down. Never give up…just keep going! Best of luck to you 🙂

  • I love the way these cardigans hang at the front! I’m always looking for shirts that are flattering for a ‘mom tummy’. These are great.

  • Yes it is very hard starting a new business of but if you stay at it long enough it will be successful, i am working with schwans food service starting my business of and being patient is the first thing to do. Always make sure the customer is always satisfied when selling to them.