About Laura

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.

There is no beauty without truth and there is no truth without transparency. Carry Somers

Founder and Global Operations Director, Fashion Revolution

It isn’t enough just looking for quality in the products we buy, we must ensure that there is quality in the lives of the people who make them. Orsola De Castro

The apparel industry alone accounts for 6.7% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Quantis

Measuring Fashion Report 2018

The average person buys 60% more clothes and keeps them for half as long as they did 15 years ago. Greenpeace

38% of consumers report switching to a preferred brand for its environmental or social practices. Pulse of the Fashion Industry, 2019

Transparency is like water. After the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in Bangladesh [in 2013], transparency started as a slow trickle. It began bubbling up through the cracks. Now it is seeping into some of the darkest corners, permeating the fabric of the industry. Carry Somers

Founder and Global Operations Director, Fashion Revolution