You Are What You Wear

Not quite the same as saying “you are what you eat,” but along a similar vein, the clothing you choose to purchase impacts more than just your morning routine of picking out what to wear.

This past week I attended a panel discussion held at The Museum of the City of New York on precisely this subject. Moderated by Ecouterre managing editor Jasmin Malik Chua, the conversation included three individuals who have each embarked on his or her own journey toward creating sustainable fashion. Continue reading

Brand Profile: Zady

This past week I opened my email and the first thing I saw was this image:

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As you can imagine, my interest peaked. Turns out Zady, an online retailer of sustainably-produced clothing, accessories, and home goods, just launched what they call The New Standard, a tool that aims to help consumers understand how the clothing we wear affects not only ourselves, but our planet as well. I highly encourage everyone to go exploring: the content they’ve included is informative, thought-provoking, surprising, and sobering. It just might stop you in your tracks. Maybe it will even make you take a second look at that annoying hang tag on the back of your shirt. Either way, this is a major step forward when it comes to the gargantuan task of educating consumers about their clothing. Continue reading

Introduction

I have loved fashion for a long time. Somewhere between picking out my outfits for school and using a sewing machine for the first time, I decided I wanted to be part of the fashion industry in one way or another. As I grew older, I did my best to figure out what this would look like: I joined a fashion board at a local retailer, took summer classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, worked as a sales associate at some of my favorite stores, and ultimately pursued a degree in fashion merchandising. Besides one misguided semester in college when I thought I should study biology and become a doctor, fashion is all I’ve ever considered for my career. So, you can imagine the sinking feeling I experienced when I discovered the immense gap that exists between the values of this industry and the ones I hold personally.

Halfway through my degree program I found myself thinking, “Is this really the industry where I want to build my career?” Continue reading