Each one of our customers has their own Blue Fish story, and each story is totally one-of-a-kind, just like our clothing!
I recently spoke with Lisa Labagh to find out what she loves about Blue Fish.
Teaching others to connect with their bodies
Lisa Labagh lives her life to help others. She works as a caregiver in beautiful Sonoma County, California, and has taught community Tai Chi classes for almost 25 years.
Lisa loves helping people connect with themselves through their Tai Chi practice. “It’s a blast!” she says, “People start to get in their feet and connect to their bodies.”
She also pursues a variety of hobbies in her spare time. Most recently, she’s recently been creating herbal medicines, such as elderberry syrups, for her friends and family.
Discovering Blue Fish Clothing
Lisa first discovered Blue Fish through her sister, Donna, who was at the time working at a storage facility inFairfield, Iowa. Donna opened an abandoned storage unit to discover an quite the surprise—boxes upon boxes filled with vintage Blue Fish pieces.
Donna sent Lisa a sweater. She fell in love immediately.
“I just love the feel of the clothes,” says Lisa, “I love the weight of them and I love the fabric.”
Donna soon started working at Blue Fish and regaled Lisa with stories. Finally, Lisa decided she couldn't resist visiting the Fairfield, Iowa headquarters. She and several siblings road tripped from her California home to Fairfield, where she got to try on tons of pieces curated for her by Donna.
“The store was closed, and we just tried on all these clothes. I spent all the money in my checkbook!” said Lisa.
"It was like putting on my own skin."
I asked Lisa what it felt like the first time she wore Blue Fish.
“It felt like I was putting on my own skin. It was like I had found the clothes that were me,” she said.
“I can’t tell you how I feel in these clothes, I feel comfortable, but I also feel like I can go anywhere in them because they are art pieces. There’s a certain feeling you get when you love the clothes and the feel of the clothes.”
In addition to loving how our clothes look, Lisa loves the high-quality organic materials we use in creating them. Her sensitive skin is easily irritated by synthetic fabrics. She hasn’t had that problem with Blue Fish.
Her favorite Blue Fish piece is a pair of black pants made of a heavy cotton and lined inside with flannel, which you can see pictured above.
“It’s hard for me not to take them off,” she says, “Even men ask me where I got them and want a pair… They’re great pants for a Tai Chi teacher!”
What is it about Blue Fish?
When I ask Lisa what the one thing is that keeps her coming back to Blue Fish again and again, she pauses a moment to think, then says:
“I would say it’s the feeling I have when I’m wearing the clothes, which is just like freedom, I’m not restricted in them, I can do anything in them, so that’s all I want to wear.”
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