It all started when...

As a young girl it was so easy to look at the glitz and the glamour of the fashion industry. Every Supermodel in her custom-made gown smiling at the cameras, the dramatic editorials that overwhelmed the magazines, and the runway shows that took my breath away. But as I continued to learn more and delve deeper into the industry I realized there was a price to pay for all of this “glitz and glamour”, and that price was steep. The fast fashion industry is the second biggest polluter next to the oil industry. Garments are churned out quickly, and wind up in landfills even quicker. The production of apparel is a huge carbon footprint due to the excessive amounts of energy, water, and waste needed in order to create fabrics, trims, and notions. As an environmentalist I looked at all of these things and wondered where I fit in as a designer. I have a passion for beautiful clothing, but also feel a sense of duty to work to do no harm to the natural world around me. I felt that in an industry that is deemed “materialistic” and “superficial”, it was my duty as a designer to show people that you can create beautiful garments while not sacrificing your values.