Wednesday, December 13, 2017

August

August Adea Shirt, Thrifted Pants, Adelante Cordoba Sandal in Caramel

MY STORY: I recently took a day trip to Joshua Tree and went to Key Views, the highest point in the park with a stunning view. It was my first time there and I was blown away both mentally by the natural majestic beauty and physically by the wind. While we were there, someone asked us, "What are your dreams?" We thought about it for a second and replied, "We're living them."

It's honestly such a blessing to be able to say that as our response. I feel that it is easy to be drawn away to doing something unenjoyable just because it's stable, easy, or what someone else wants you to do. I've spent time dabbling here and it made me sad and unable to enjoy what life truly has to offer. I fought for change and now I'm working in ethical fashion, a field that I actually like and look forward to learning about. It's not an easy journey to fight to live your dreams but I can vouch that it'll be worth it.

AUGUST'S STORY: August, a sustainable clothing brand offering innovative designs in natural materials, is founded by Estonian designer Ali Kargoja. Ali creates pieces that harmonize comfort, practicality, and style. For Ali, the materials and manufacturing process are very important. She uses fabric from Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified fabric mills and sustainable fabric fairs. Also, all her pieces are made in Estonia. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Lois Hazel

Lois Hazel Wine Classic Slip, Zou Xou Belu Pump in Sand Suede

MY STORY: Within the time I've been writing my Slow Series, I've been trying to go deeper and learn more about myself. On one day, I felt completely overwhelmed. I broke down and regressed to a part of me I never thought I would see again. Since living in LA, my mood has been lifted from no longer being restricted to the same area, no longer studying something I didn't enjoy, and taking a new perspective on life. Prior to my move, I constantly felt down regardless of where I was in life. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy any of my time because I did, especially when I was with my family and friends. Feeling down was just something that constantly reoccured and didn't leave my mind. The day I broke down, I felt these feelings that I haven't experienced in a year. The ugly feelings of being unwanted and worthless took over me. It was such a strange and uncomfortable feeling that I had forgotten. The next day, I was able to pick myself back up and reestablish my sense of self. As I reflect on this, I realize that I am blessed to no longer experience these feelings constantly. I honestly have never been so happy constantly in my life than I have within the last year. I can see that God has put me where I am in life for reasons I am still discovering today.

LOIS HAZEL'S STORY: Lois McGruer-Fraser launched Lois Hazel, a sustainable and ethical womenswear label, in 2015. Lois graduated from RMIT and felt the desire to delve into the fashion industry. Her main goal was to be honest and 100% transparent in each element of creating her garment. She even offers a list of everyone she works with here. Lois often incorporates dead stock textiles to minimize waste while making sure they are luxurious and comfortable. Her designs are created to last through seasons, climates, and trends. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Eve Gravel


Eve Gravel Soft Machine Jacket, Thrifted Top and Pants, Zou Xou Belu Pump in Sand Suede

SLOW SERIES

-Part IV-
Transitioning into Slow Fashion.

I'd like to think that I learned about slow fashion at the perfect time. For almost my entire life, I've been an avid shopper and would frequent the mall at least once a week. This all changed after the summer of 2015. I went on a trip to Japan and shopped at the usual fast fashion stores - Gap, H&M, GU...the list goes on. When I tried on clothes at those retailers, I realized that the clothes fit me just about perfectly. I have a smaller frame and the clothes sold in Japan were made for what would be considered petite in America. Surprisingly after this trip, I unintentionally cut off shopping. It just wasn't appealing to me anymore since nothing really fit as well as it did in Japan. There was a sort of gap time between this and me learning about slow fashion. Within this time, I mainly wore what I had purchased in Japan and probably purchased about 5 pieces of fast fashion clothing. Because this happened to me right before learning about slow fashion, it made the transition a lot easier than it would've been weaning off fast fashion.

So how did I transition my wardrobe over from fast fashion to slow fashion? I came to 3 solutions: thrifting, shopping ethical and sustainable brands, and swapping clothes. Prior to learning about slow fashion, I've probably only thrifted a handful of times. When I moved to Los Angeles, I was introduced to the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop which is now my go-to thrift store. I found that this store was curated and I really liked the style. I've discovered more curated thrift stores and find that they're fun because there's always something new within a certain style parameter. I feel that thrifting is the most sustainable option because it gives new life to garments and deters it from going into landfill. 

The second solution of moving towards slow fashion is to shop sustainable brands. This is easier said than done because it is a difficult transition mentally and financially. The cycle of shopping fast fashion is enticing since there's always something new but after a while, I felt that I had so much clothes I didn't wear and it just didn't feel right to have so much, not to mention the huge clutter in my room. I went through a phase of donating a large amount of my clothes and selling a few pieces.

 Financially, moving from inexpensive fast fashion clothing to heftier priced slow fashion clothes can be a shock but there is something to think about. With shopping slow fashion brands, I feel that I think through whether I really need or want something before making a purchases. I try to imagine which pieces in my closet I can wear it with and whether it's really something I would wear over time. This takes a while to get used to but once I started doing this, I noticed that I was excited to wear certain pieces to the point that I would reach it for every time it came out from the laundry. With trial and error, I feel that I am heading towards a more fulfilling wardrobe.

Lastly, I've attended a few clothes swap parties and they were a lot of fun. My first one was with friends and friends of friends. We all gathered and brought clothes we no longer wanted but didn't want to donate. Since I have a pile of clothes I am slowly trying to get rid of, I selected pieces I thought my friends would like and brought those. At the night of the clothes swap, we had food and drinks to start. We conducted the swap by giving each person time to describe and sell each garment, followed by asking if anyone wanted it after each clothing was presented. It was comical to see the different ways each person tried to offer their clothes but we also got to know each other since I didn't know everyone at the party. Because of this, I think clothing swap parties are not only a good way to get new clothes and let go of old clothes, but it has an added social aspect to it. So far, these have been my solutions to transitioning into slow fashion.

EVE GRAVEL'S STORY: Eve Gravel founded her ready-to-wear women's line at the age of 22 in Montreal. She ensures her designs are timeless with unique details and a touch of femininity. Eve designs everything in her Mile-End workshop and produces locally and ethically in Montreal. Each fabric is chosen carefully and all prints are created in her workshop. I love that this coat keeps me warm but is simultaneously functional with side slits.

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