Raised in Colorado by an artist and architect, creativity has always been a significant part of my life. Whether playing the piano, dancing, drawing or sewing, I have always valued the ability to express myself through the arts. Fashion has long been a passion of mine.
I have experience in many aspects of the retail industry. I owned and operated a fashion boutique which offered a collection of ethically made clothing and accessories from countries like Guatemala, India, Uzbekistan, Mexico, Niger, Vietnam and more. I have owned a hand-sewn accessory line and wholesaled to boutiques as well as sold at art markets. I also had a unique opportunity to consult for a Guatemalan nonprofit that works with women artisans. I learned first hand the challenges and importance of consistent materials, quality, pricing, and styling. I am excited to now be utilizing all of my experience in fashion through Ethos Style Collective. Because of my various experiences I feel I offer a unique perspective that is beneficial to both the retail buyer and the designer.
My interest in the ethics and sustainability of fashion have taken a surge in recent years as more and more fashion brands have been exposed of their wrong doing. The Fashion Revolution has offered a wonderful platform for education. I strongly believe fashion needs major change. Fashion is about beauty and self expression- the fact that its production can cause major pollution, and such harm, (even death) to the factory workers is completely sickening to me. It is my passion to follow the positive initiatives happening and to help create this discussion and awareness. The dark side of the fashion industry simply can’t be swept under the rug.
I have included some of my favorite links that raise awareness of Fast Fashion and support ethical, sustainable fashion.
- What Does Slow Fashion Actually Mean?
- 6 things fast fashion has to do now to help stop climate change
- Fashion Documentaries You Must See