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If not now, when?

If not now, when? I spent some time this week reading Hot, Flat, & Crowded: Why We Need A Green Revolution- And How it Can Renew America, a book written by Thomas Friedman in 2008 and then revisited & expanded by Friedman in 2009. It’s well written and straightforward and it definitely reinforced what I already know to be true- we (Americans, yes, but also folks all around the world) have overvalued financial gain and grossly undervalued our greatest resource- the natural environment. This explains why, at least in part, we continue to strain and drain, why we continue to squander- the planet’s finite resources. That said, if we don’t examine our consumption- our purchases both big & small, nothing...

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What Will Our Legacy Be?

I spent some time on the couch this weekend reading Hot, Flat, & Crowded: Why We Need A Green Revolution- And How it Can Renew America, a book written by Thomas Friedman in 2008 and then expanded by him in 2009. It was dense, full of economic terms and events that sit outside of the things I normally read. I think my time with it was important though- Friedman made conclusions that I knew to be true- essentially that we've overvalued financial gain and grossly undervalued our greatest resource- the environment. This explains I believe, in least in part, why we continue to borrow & steal from it, why we continue to squander its limited resources. Dear, dear neighbors, this...

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Defining Reform

For us, reform in the most straightforward terms, is best defined as substantial change. Specifically, criminal justice reform (and we mean meaningful reform) must include changes in how our criminal system functions, from: how arrests are made, to how bail is calculated & collected, to how trial proceedings are communicated, to our rate of incarceration & sentencing guidelines, to how we equip people to return to their communities. Yup- all of it. From another, completely different lens, reform means changing our relationship to consumption and convenience. It’s a change in how we get what we need, who we spend our hard earned dollars with, and what we give value to. Reform looks like changing who we do business with and what...

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Sustainable Style Defined

One of the questions I'm frequently asked is what inspires our approach to fashion design. And I want you to know, that more than anything, we are led by our understanding of how innovation can look in the world of fashion, namely the power of fabric reuse or repurposing. In fact, all signs point to the importance of playing with reclaimed and deadstock fabrics, of not using fertilizers, of avoiding new water usage. This ideal is our guiding star when it comes to sustainable style. This is why we choose to use reclaimed materials as our sole choice for fabrics. This is why we place all of our screen prints on reclaimed tees & sweatshirts.  In looking back, our SS18...

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It's Time to Demand More.

Does criminal justice reform, specifically the fight to end mass incarceration fit into the world of sustainable fashion?  For us, and women like us, the intersections are clear. Here's how: the American criminal justice system currently holds nearly 6.5 million people in its claws. That metaphor is not hyperbolic. Sadly, it's both purposeful and accurate. Our criminal system imprisons more people per capita than any other country in the entire world and it, this system of warehousing humans, costs our country billions of dollars.  And more often than most of us know, incarcerated people create millions of dollars for corporations, sometimes, ironically enough- in manufacturing. That said, when these citizens return to their (our) communities after having served their time (and...

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