Scott Jacobsen

About the Author

Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping and gardening, and runs In-Sight Publishing and In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal.

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An Interview with Jessica of Pqno... Handmade designs

Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion. What is your personal story – education, prior work, and so on? Hello, I’m Jessica from Barcelona, Spain. I have been hand sewing since I was 8 years old, and I learnt by watching my mother and grandmother. At that age it was just a hobby, it relaxed me, and I never thought that it became my passion and work. Some years ago my grandma kept on telling me “leave ... Read More

An Interview with David Rhode of Ingle & Rhode

This story began in 2006, when David Rhode was looking for an engagement ring but couldn’t find a jeweller who could tell him where their diamonds had come from, or the conditions under which their jewellery was produced. The more he looked into the industry, the more compromises he discovered he was being asked to make. From blood diamonds, to dirty gold, to sweatshops and child labour.

Tell us about your story – education, prior work, and so on? How did ... Read More

Interview with Prama Bhardwaj, CEO and Founder of Mantis World

Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion. I was born in Kenya to a family of Indian origin. My great grandfather moved from India to Kenya during British colonial times to work on the railways. My grandfather went back to India to study to become a Hindu pundit. He decided then with his best friend at school that when they grew up, their children would get married so that then they could be family. That’s how my ... Read More

An Interview with Fredrik Stenvinkel of 15:21

15:21 is a Stockholm-based brand with a love for functional minimalist design. We make everyday essentials - the things you touch and hold the most (lovers aside) - in natural cork. 

Cork Wallet, iPhone 6 Cork Case, Cork Passport Holder and Cork Cardholder

Tell us about your story – education, prior work, and so on?

I have no prior experience working with fashion. My past working places we’re rectangular and the work monotonous which inspired me to create the ... Read More

An Interview Thomas Geissmann and Marion Poirier of TSHU

Thomas and Marion founded and own TSHU, an elegant and committed handkerchief. Ethically made in Montreal (Canada), the TSHU handkerchiefs boast unique, bold, colourful designs and a distinctive shape, to make a gesture for the environment – in style! Each hanky is handprinted with silkscreen and hand sown by our skilled seamstresses before being embroidered with our brand – a seal of elegance and commitment – and having its corner neatly folded and sown into place.

Thomas and Marion.
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An Interview with Robert Bergmann of Responsibility in Fashion

Thanks for inviting me to talk with you… and thanks for the great work you’re doing up in Canada.

How did you get interested in ethical and sustainable fashion?

I come to this work in a bit of a nontraditional way— from fashion creative, advertising, and marketing. After 24 years in the industry, as creative director of Vogue Brazil Magazine, years designing the graphic look of New York’s fashion week, and almost 20 years working for the ... Read More

An Interview with Julia Eden of JuliaEden Designs (Part Two)

Continued from Part one

There have been large tragedies such as the Rana Plaza collapse, which was the largest garment factory accident in history with over 1,000 dead and more than 2,500 injured. Others were the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (1911) and the Pakistan Garment Factory Fires (2012). How do tragedies shed light on work conditions in garment factories? This is actually an interesting question - in some ways, mostly very short-term, they can help the workers. But for the most part ... Read More

An Interview with Julia Eden of JuliaEden Designs (Part One)

Julia Eden started making custom macrame hemp necklaces for friends when she was in high school. Twenty years later, she now has an ethical and jewelry brand of JuliaEden designs . A life long environmentalist, she is passionate about sustainability in the fashion supply chain and consciously applies this to her own jewelry brand. Read her story below.

Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion. I grew up in a fairly average, suburban, American household. My parents are recovering ... Read More

An Interview with Fehmida Shah of Wild Things Toys

Wild Thing Toys was founded by Fehmida Ibrahim Shah. She has worked with various social and educational movements and is passionate about supporting a fair trade business models. She started Wild things toys that inspire imagination and play. This is her story.

 
Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion. My name is Fehmida Ibrahim Shah, I was born in the UK, of Indian heritage, and live in London with my three ... Read More

An Interview with Piya Jain of Maha Mala

Maha Mala creates beautifully hand crafted 108 bead Necklaces using crystal and Indian Traditional seeds. These 108 bead necklaces are called 'Malas' in Sanskrit and are used for chanting. Based out of the heartland of India, New Delhi; each of their crystals are sourced locally and every product is hand made. Read more about Maha Mala in our interview with co founder Piya Jain.

Piya and Nora od Maha Mala How did you get interested in ethical and sustainable fashion? It really seemed like ... Read More

An Interview with Henrik Saetre of Mamahuhu

Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion. A 30-year-old male, born in Oslo, Norway, and grew up in Bergen, Norway, I was exposed to many religions throughout school. However, I am an agnostic, meaning that I do perceive there to be something…bigger…than us out there, and am not convinced by any of the manmade religions. Perceive that there is a bigger chance the religions are talking about the same “thing”, but fighting over which name to give ... Read More

An Interview with Lori of Conscious Elegance

Conscious Elegance creates fun, ethically sourced eco-chic wedding attire at a fair price. Sustainability, social responsibility, & affordability are their priorities and reflected in every aspect of their business. Designer Lori, tells us more.

Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion. When I hear the words ‘family background’ I think of my parents. I was born of Italian and Austrian/Romanian parents in upstate NY and we moved south to small-town Maryland, first on the Eastern Shore (Salisbury) ... Read More

Jen Lewis of Purse and Clutch

Purse and Clutch employs weavers & seamstresses in Guatemala & leather workers in Ethiopia to break the cycle of poverty in countries with limited job opportunities. Know more about them in our interview with Jen Lewis!

Purse and Clutch artisans in Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, men & women are stuck in poverty because of a systemic lack of employment opportunities. Even skills training & education can’t help if no jobs exist. By employing Ethiopians to make leather designs, Purse and Clutch creates opportunities ... Read More

Rachel Denniston of Hipsters for Sisters

Rachel grew up in a small suburb of Los Angeles where she resides today. Growing up in a creative environment with her mother who is an artist, inspired her to study Art History and Chinese in a small liberal arts school in Lexington, Virginia. Hipsters for Sisters is a label she founded with her mother and sister. Read more about her and their fashion label, all made in their L.A. studio.

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An Interview with Andrea Salinas of NOW_THEN

NOW THEN is an ecoluxury swimwear and neoprene label for Ocean minded women in search of a fashionable saltwater attire.

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I was raised in a small town of Navarra, in the North part of Spain. Since I have memory my two passions have been nature and fashion. I grew up between the fabrics, rough bodies and patterns from my grandmother who was a seamstress. My family gave me the sense of hard ... Read More

An Interview with Bea of Heke Design

Bea was born in Australia as the youngest of 3 kids. She moved to Canada at the age of 7. She worked in the music touring industry for a while. In between the music touring, she designed for her fashion brand Beazworx. She then founded Heke Design. Here is her story.

Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion. Born in Australia, youngest of 3 kids. Moved to Canada at 7 years old Tell us about ... Read More

An Interview with Gemma of IAIOS

Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion.  My great great grandfather opened a little haberdashery in Granollers, a city near Barcelona. His son called Amadeu took over the business and started to manufacture knit clothing in a small manufactory. I recently found some drawings and notes of the original designs of his sweaters from the 1930´s (attached IAIO amadeu).  Since then, my father’s family worked in the textile industry, (I am the 5th generation). IAIOS Brand was first ... Read More

An Interview with Carrie Asby of Sutter Larkin

Sutter Larkin believes that a positive image on the outside starts with feeling good on the inside. To get there, one-of-a kind designs are used to bring out the best in each individual who puts on a Sutter Larkin ensemble.

Head designer, Carrie Asby, brings Sutter Larkin to life by mixing colors and textures unexpectedly and creating harmonious results. Each design had its own playful twist. Read more in our interview below. Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and ... Read More

An Interview with Rachel Pines of Moonbird Designs

Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion. I was born in UK and lived in Leicester until I went to Art school at 21 in London. My parents were teachers and we were brought up as atheists with a strong social philosophy, my parents did a lot of voluntary and charity work which we were very aware of and helped with. Rachel Pines What is your personal story – education, prior work, and so on? I was always ... Read More

An Interview with Sarah Cooper of The Fableists

Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion. I am Canadian, but am married to a Brit, so now make my home in the UK. We have four children between us. The Fableists is a family business. Tell us about your story – education, prior work, and so on? I met my husband working in the advertising industry. We still have a business in that area, covering news stories about global advertising and commercial production, as well as connecting people ... Read More

An Interview with Peri Drysdale of Untouched World

Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion. I grew up on picturesque and pristine sheep farming high country on the edge of the southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand. Until relatively recently New Zealand was primarily bicultural, with our First Nation people the Maori having arrived here first, then came settlers from United Kingdom.   My forbears arrived from UK in two of the first four ships of European settlers to arrive in New Zealand. ... Read More

An Interview with Ashley Denisov of 1x1

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. Photo credit: Imperial Stock Ranch I received my B.A. from UCLA in Design | Media Arts, where I began developing my interest in fashion and working at several fashion internships in LA. I then began my career as a UX Visual Designer in the San Francisco/Bay Area while studying Fashion Design and Patternmaking. After several years of creating clean user experiences for clients in the e-commerce market, I felt ready ... Read More

An Interview with Emily DeLong of Margu

Founded in 2016, Margu is a womenswear line created and designed by Emily DeLong. Combining classic silhouettes with vintage-inspired details, her clothing strikes a balance between playful femininity and quiet sophistication. Fabrics, notions, and trims are sustainably sourced from all over the world, and every garment is designed, cut, and sewn in her tiny studio in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Emily Delong

How did you get interested in ethical and sustainable fashion?

My interest in ethical ... Read More

An Interview with Esther and Javier of dLana

Tell us about your partnership and how you got started? Esther and Javier We met at a conference on ecology and environment in Vitoria, a beautiful city in northern Spain. We had already spoken on other occasions, since we both volunteered in a state organization but it was the first time we could share a joint space. At that moment, we realized that we had many things and common desires, being few months later when we started to consider creating a business ... Read More

An Interview with Kathleen Murphy of Kámen Road

Kámen Road offers limited edition travel and work bags made on the West Coast of the United States. The company, founded by Kathleen Murphy believes in ethical and sustainable design and business practices. Read more about her and journey into sustainable fashion.

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. First, I want to thank you for this opportunity. I was born and raised in San Jose, California – the Santa Clara Valley – now Silicon Valley. My ... Read More

An Interview with Léonie Daignault-Leclerc of Gaia & Dubos

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I always knew I wanted to be a fashion designer. I began my career at the age of 12, where I learned how to draft patterns and sew for myself. Then, I started my own business at 15 years old, designing made-to-measure garments for customers and people around me. I decided to pursue my dream and study fashion in order to get as much knowledge as possible. I have a College ... Read More

An Interview with Fatim of Fatim Bahh

Fatim started Fatim Bahh brand as a socially conscious line, to help young girls get access to primary education in Kassa, Guinea, West Africa and to help women in the rural areas of Guinea, showcase their artisanal skills to the contemporary market place and be financially independent. Read more about our interview with her below.

Fatim Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. My name is Fatim Bahh, I was born and raised in Guinea, West Africa.  ... Read More

An Interview with Noorin Khamisani of Outsider

Outsider was launched in 2009 with a mission statement that set the scene “Ethical fashion should just look like fashion”.   Read more about our interview with  Noorin Khamisani and her views on the fast fashion.

Noorin Khamisani I was born in London to a Polish mother and Indian father. I grew up speaking both English and Polish.  I was raised knowing some of my family were Muslim, some were Roman Catholic.  I found Buddhism in my twenties. What is your personal ... Read More

An Interview with Alf Vora of Arrogance Accessories

In 1989 Arrogance Accessories was born. Celebrating their 25 Year Anniversary very recently, they've been creating hemp bags and accessories that are now being sold in popular high street stores. Read more about our interview with Alf Valora of Arrogance Accessories.

Tell us about family background - geography, culture, language, and religion. Our family arrived in the UK about 1976 – Indian Ugandan Refugees due to Idi Amin. My Grandfather was a business man in Uganda so naturally he started a business in ... Read More

An Interview with Taylor Johnston of Gamine Co (Part Two)

Women and children are the majority of the exploited and violated work forces. What is the importance of the status of women’s and children’s rights in the ethical and sustainable fashion world too? It’s incredibly important. We navigate a narrative of women’s rights through our garments as we are a company of women for women. And beyond that we’re working on products that directly challenge the accepted ideas of what it means to be feminine and be treated fairly in the ... Read More

An Interview with Taylor Johnston of Gamine Co (Part One)

Gamine Workwear is designed by Taylor Johnston, Manager of the Gardens and Greenhouses at the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, Mass.  Understanding how important it is to create gear that holds up to hard work, every Gamine product (and repair technique) is put to work in the garden before it's added to the shop. Read more about Taylor and Gamine Workwear.

Gamine Factory Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. The people who know me ... Read More

An Interview with Maria Jose and Nicolas of Casa Lefay (Part Two)

What is your customer base – the demographics? Women between 20 - 45 years old, nature lovers, women that appreciate sustainable living and its initiatives, multiculturalism in the world and its traditions. Women that demand confort clothing, exclusive and fair trade designs, boho-chic style, clothes with meaning and social responsability. There have been large tragedies such as the Rana Plaza collapse, which was the largest garment factory accident in history with over 1,000 dead and more than 2,500 injured. Others were the ... Read More

An Interview with Maria Jose and Nicolas of Casa Lefay (Part one)

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. Since childhood I liked fashion, thanks to my grandmother, a woman from Barranquilla, a city in the Caribbean coast of Colombia that breathes fashion, elegance, and style. In her time, women still did not have much participation in society, so they found in fashion a particularly and feminine language for expressing their creativity. I also inherited from her the love for painting. My grandmother devoted her life to be the companion of ... Read More

An Interview with Olga Iriépar Garcìa of A Pompidou (Part Two)

Women and children are the majority of the exploited and violated work forces. What is the importance of the status of women’s and children’s rights in the ethical and sustainable fashion world too? I think that giving the most disadvantaged people the option to get a better job means everything. If, for example, women can sew for a better salary and conditions will improve, then her life quality and also her kids will do better. The children could go to school ... Read More

An Interview with Olga Iriépar Garcìa of A Pompidou (Part One)

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. My name is Olga. I was born in Madrid, Spain. But when they ask me where I am from, I always answer that I am a citizen of the world. From some years now, I've been living outside my country of birth. Olga Iriépar Garcìa When I was little, I used to take all the fabrics that I could find at home and transform these again in a different way. ... Read More

An Interview with Lydia Marshall of Lana Bambini

Lana Bambini is a family-run business offering high quality clothing for children which is all made from lovely natural – and mostly organic – fibres which are either unbleached and undyed or coloured with completely safe GOTS (Global Organic Textiles Standard) approved dyes.

Lydia Marshall Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I'm originally from NZ, married to an Italian and have one daughter. I've lived in my adopted home in the UK for the past 13 ... Read More

An Interview with Guadalupe García Jerez of CARPEDIEM Design (Part Two)

What is your customer base – the demographics? Currently we are oriented to the sale in national territory. But our objective is to grow as a company and export to other countries within European territory. There have been large tragedies such as the Rana Plaza collapse, which was the largest garment factory accident in history with over 1,000 dead and more than 2,500 injured. Others were the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (1911) and the Pakistan Garment Factory Fires (2012). What ... Read More

An Interview with Guadalupe García Jerez of CARPEDIEM Design (Part One)

CARPEDIEM Design stems from the need to respond to social sector concerned about sustainability and innovation within the current framework of fashion. Combining natural fabrics with more technology to provide greater comfort that you saw and being environmentally friendly.

Guadalupe García Jerez Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I was born in Madrid, Spain. I´m bachelor's in History by the UAM and later I dedicated a stage of my life to travel by diverse countries because ... Read More

An Interview with Nina Tack of LE SURI Ltd (Part Two)

What topics most interest you? We are interested in exploring more ways in which cork can be used in fashion. However, we don’t see ourselves as a brand that will be always limited to cork. This is what we focus on now, but there are also many other extremely interesting new materials that are both sustainable and fashionable. Did you have a mentor in this work? We don’t really have a mentor, yet we have met many people sharing their experience and giving ... Read More

An Interview with Nina Tack of LE SURI Ltd (Part One)

LE SURI is an innovative handbag label creating unique handbags made from 100 % cork. The line features highest quality natural materials - organically grown, locally harvested and produced. Read more about our interview with Le Suri's co-founder Nina Tack.

Nina Tack Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. My name is Nina. I’m 29 years old. I am currently living in Dublin, Ireland – this is where LE SURI is headquartered. My business partner lives in London, ... Read More

An Interview with Rita Summers of Gone Rustic (Part Two)

Continued from Part 1 here Children are the most vulnerable population. Women tend to have less status than men in societies including the right to decent working conditions, decent pay, to vote, and so on. What is the relationship between the need to implement women’s rights and children’s rights? I think they are inextricably linked.  Women are still the main caregivers, and are thus in a very good position to make informed decisions on what is ultimately good for them and ... Read More

An Interview with Rita Summers of Gone Rustic (Part One)

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I am happily married to Ian, and have 2 adult children and 1 grandchild. I was born in Canada to Dutch parents, but have lived in Tasmania Australia since I was in highschool. It’s a great place to live and work!  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, with an Art Major.  In later years I also gained a Diploma in Art Craft Design.  I own and operate a gallery ... Read More

An Interview with Snow of BIBICO (Part Two)

There have been large tragedies such as the Rana Plaza collapse, which was the largest garment factory accident in history with over 1,000 dead and more than 2,500 injured. Others were the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (1911) and the Pakistan Garment Factory Fires (2012). Women and children are the majority of the exploited and violated work forces. Children are the most vulnerable population. Women tend to have less status than men in societies including the right to decent working ... Read More

An Interview with Snow of BIBICO (Part One)

Bibico is an ethical clothing brand reknown for its simple effortless style. Their clothes are made from the best quality natural materials and produced in fair trade cooperatives, certified by the World Fair Trade Organisation. Read more about Bibico with our interview with Snow, Bibico's founder and designer.

Nieves Ruiz Ramos also known as Snow is the founder and designer behind BIbico Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I am a 39-year-old mother of 2 little girls. ... Read More

An Interview with Marcia Admetller of Blue Dolls (Part Two)

Women and children are the majority of the exploited and violated work forces. What is the importance of te status of women’s and children’s rights in the ethical and sustainable fashion world too? The maxim, since we do not conceive child exploitation, it is something that must be eradicated. All children must have the right to be educated and right to a childhood, to be children, to play, to be formed, to be happy, this would be a fair world, does ... Read More

An Interview with Monica Rojas of Belvele LLC

Belvele's founder, Monica Rojas, became fascinated with fashion at a young age. She has worked in the industry for 10 years in various roles, including management, merchandising, and buying. Read more about our interview with her.

Monica Rojas Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I was born in Switzerland, and my family is from Ecuador. I spent six years living in each country before moving to the United States at age 12. I became fascinated with ... Read More

An Interview with Jameela of Alora Boutique (Part Two)

Continues from part one here Alora statement necklaces Women and children are the majority of the exploited and violated work forces. What is the importance of the status of women’s and children’s rights in the ethical and sustainable fashion world too? Where to begin! As we create safe conditions for women and children, we create a better society. In North America, we may not think about it because we enforce rules against child labour and women have pretty amazing ... Read More

An Interview with Jameela of Alora Boutique (Part One)

Alora was founded in 2013 in the beautiful city of Calgary, Alberta. Co-founders and mother-daughter duo of Emilyn and Jameela, began handcrafting jewelry on their kitchen table with the belief that jewelry should be beautiful, personal and meaningful

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. My name is Jameela and I was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. My father, who passed away when I was 7, was from Ghana, and my mother is from Jamaica. I ... Read More

An Interview with Sica Schmitz of Bead and Reel (Part Two)

Children are the most vulnerable population. Women tend to have less status than men in societies including the right to decent working conditions, decent pay, to vote, and so on. What is the relationship between the need to implement women’s rights and children’s rights? I think women pay a vital role in changing the fashion industry and the world. According to MIC, women make up 80% of fashion purchasing power and yet account for 0% of apparel Fortune 500 CEOS. Women ... Read More

An Interview with Sica Schmitz of Bead and Reel (Part One)

Bead & Reel is your one-stop shop for ethical fashion. Founded by stylist and costume designer Sica Schmitz, Bead & Reel is the woman-owned, vegan-owned boutique committed to helping women love themselves and others through empowered and empowering fashion.

Sica Schmitz Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I grew up in a very small town in Washington state and then studied art and art history in Oregon followed by fashion design in ... Read More

An Interview with Drakshan Khan of Purple Impression (Part Three)

What have been honest mistakes in the foundation and development of Purple Impression? I would say too much flexibility and lack of future planning in the running of the business. The plan with Purple Impression initially was to connect with an NGO to get our designs produced, but, when we travelled, we found ourselves in the heart of the area known for hand embroidery. It didn’t make sense to go through an NGO in a different city so we decided to ... Read More

An Interview with Drakshan Khan of Purple Impression (Part Two)

How can fashionistas, and fashionistos, become more informed on the rights of garment workers, the violations of those rights, and the general sources of their clothes? I think a good place to begin is by doing some research about how your clothes are made. A platform such as yours is an amazing resource for this. If people want to get more specific information about a brand, then a good starting point is reading the ethos of a company and what they ... Read More

An Interview with Drakshan Khan of Purple Impression (Part One)

Purple Impression is a Fair trade brand that aims to bring people together through art and fashion. They work with women artisans in Pakistan who hand embroider the designs. Their goal is to provide them with employment, fair pay and direct access to broader market giving them an opportunity to educate their children and become financially independent.

Young girls learning how to embroider and sew their own clothes at an artisans home Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I ... Read More

An Interview with Mandy Multerer of MY SISTER

MY SISTER's mission is to prevent sex trafficking, educate communities, empower the population, provide after-care for survivors and offer growth opportunities to at-risk women through the sales of our statement-making, ethically-sourced apparel and accessories.

Mandy Multerer. Image credit: kyleeandchristiancreative Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I attended university in MN for advertising and marketing. There, I had a work study job where my boss started teaching me graphic design skills. It was a great way to add ... Read More

An Interview with April and Garrett of YSTR Clothing (Part Two)

Continued from part one here. Many factors come into the fold for consideration within this movement. It is international, moderate in size, and growing. Tragedies such as the Rana Plaza collapse, was the largest garment factory accident in history with over 1,000 dead and more than 2,500 injured. Others were the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911 and the Pakistan Garment Factory Fires in 2012. This implies human rights, worker rights, and, in many instances, women’s and children’s ... Read More

An Interview with Paola Masperi of Mayamiko (Part Two)

Continued from part 1 here

Women and children are the majority of the exploited and violated work forces. What about the status of women’s and children’s rights as well? Women, children, and the less abled are the most vulnerable people in society, and this exposes them to the greatest level of abuse and unfair treatment. There is no excuse for this and it is one of the greatest reasons of shame for humanity. Children are the most vulnerable population. Women tend to ... Read More

An Interview with Paola Masperi of Mayamiko (Part One)

Mayamiko Trust was established in 2008 by Paola Masperi. After extensive travel in Africa, Paola decided to help some of the most disadvantaged people in Malawi by supporting their creative talents and turning them into sustainable activities.

Paola Masperi Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I was born and raised in Milan, Italy. My parents have always been very active in the community, so I think that’s where the passion for social justice and activism comes from. My Granny ... Read More

An Interview with Rachel Faller of Tonlé (Part Two)

Continued from Part 1 Women and children are the majority of the exploited and violated work forces. What about the status of women’s and children’s rights as well? Women and children tend to be most exploited in the industry because they are more exploited by society in general, which forces them to often take the low wage jobs that men who have been given more wealth, education, and power in society, won’t take. 80% of garment factory workers around the world ... Read More

An Interview with Rachel Faller of Tonlé (Part One)

Tonlé, Cambodias eco and sustainable fashion brand are committed to zero-waste production. They are currently the largest ethical apparel brand in the country, offering fair wages and a secure working environment since 2013.

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. Rachel Faller, creative director of Tonlé I grew up in the Boston area of the Northeast US, and from a young age I was interested in social justice and activism, mostly inspired by my parents. I ... Read More

An Interview with Monique Parker of Wallis Evera

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. Wallis Evera creates ethical, eco-friendly and locally made clothes that work - for you, for our communities and for the planet - because we believe that dressing well means more than just looking good. I’m a West Coast girl. I lived in small towns in northern BC and the Yukon when I was very young, then we settled in Victoria in time for middle school and I stayed there ... Read More

An Interview with Jennifer Graham of Salts & West Clothing

In brief, how did you get interested and involved in ethical and sustainable fashion? I have been interested in art and fashion since I was young. I have always been the type of person who wants to do positive projects in the World. Knowing that the mainstream fashion industry is so damaging as far as labor and pollution is concerned, I wanted to make a difference the by making everything ethically. When you started Salts & West Clothing, what were some ... Read More

An Interview with Nicole Bridger of Nicole Bridger (Part Three)

You mentioned greenwashing. For those that don't know, what is greenwashing? It is pretending to be eco or sustainable when you're not, and using it as a marketing thing. It used to be a weird niche-y thing. When I started Au Coco, clients would come in and say, "Why should I care about eco-clothing? What does that mean?" Nicole Bridger Fall COllection Now, that question is never asked, never. When I say what we do, people say, "That's great. Wow! That's ... Read More

An Interview with Nicole Bridger of Nicole Bridger (Part Two)

Do you have any advice for women that are single mothers for acquiring family or community support for childcare or even just being really low on money - clothes, diapers, and so on? Even the subtle things, that are part of that like emotional support for a bad day, or an unpleasant experience during a 'black month'. Sharing! Sharing is caring. My son's best friend, I take the boys on day after school to hockey and then the mom takes them ... Read More

An Interview with Nicole Bridger of Nicole Bridger (Part One)

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. Nicole Bridger So, I grew up in Vancouver. I was born and raised here. I went to school here. Every play that I did was about “reduce, reuse, recycle,” and so it was ingrained in me at a young age. That the Earth is not at our disposal. That we need to take care of it. I had two very loving parents. I am fortunate to have experienced unconditional ... Read More

An Interview with Matilda Janosi of TildArt (Part Three)

I love to collaborate. In London, it is some people throwing out some beautiful things. I always have a fantasy about how to recycle different fabrics. The rubbish company, this company collecting the rubbish from the bigger houses in London. They just give the recycling to collaborate together. They are all too happy to give a second life to fabrics rather than throwing it out. It is a good collaboration. Also, I would like to use 3D printing. I want to ... Read More

An Interview with Matilda Janosi of TildArt (Part Two)

Your major locations are London, Vancouver, New York, and Brisbane. New York one is for exhibitors. There will be over one thousand. I am in the handmade section. With the British designer, this was an opportunity through the UK. I applied for the opportunity. They provided the opportunity for me. These are great opportunities for me. It is great exposure and mutually beneficial. It helps with the international viewers, buyers, and agents. Agents are very important for spreading out my brand to ... Read More

An Interview with Matilda Janosi of TildArt (Part One)

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I was born and grew up in Transylvania. It is a different life there. There are eco-fashion designers. It was a part of my life. I grew up with it around me. I found it important. I moved from Transylvania from Budapest, Hungary in 2006. In 2009, I started TildArt. Matilda Janosi I had works showing Budapest. I always find fabric, which can be recycled. One of my collections was ... Read More

An Interview with Bonnie Murthy of Vegan Wares (Part Four)

What meaning does this work bring for you? Everything, there’s a lot of different aspects. I have often been yelled at by friends and family that I work too much. I am happy when I am here. I know every time that we improve, then we are helping people make a difference. Of course, we want to give really great shoes to vegans and those ethically inclined. However, my goal is to reach out to people who would normally use leather, especially ... Read More

An Interview with Bonnie Murthy of Vegan Wares (Part Two)

This is part two of a four part interview series. For part one, please click here In brief, tell us how you got involved in ethical and sustainable fashion. Vegan Wares at the Cruelty Free Festival in Sydney I started working full-time here five years ago. The owner of the company, Peter, is my step-dad. He started the company 21 years ago, which was when ethical and sustainable fashion was not something familiar to people. The business started with Peter ... Read More

An Interview with Bonnie Murthy of Vegan Wares (Part One)

In brief, tell us how you got involved in ethical and sustainable fashion. Bonnie Murthy, animal lover and director of vegan wares I started working full-time here five years ago. The owner of the company, Peter, is my step-dad. He started the company 21 years ago, which was when ethical and sustainable fashion was not something familiar to people. The business started with Peter getting a redundancy from his job. He has always been a vegan. He was looking for some ... Read More

An Interview with Bobbi Paidel of Tribe of Lambs

Bobbi Paidel, founder of Tribe of lambs is a Canadian Nonprofit company working to empower and enrich the lives of at risk children in India. Through the sale of their ethically made, high quality jewelry line. Read more about Bobbi and her work!

  How did you get involved with ethical and sustainable fashion? I ended up in India for 7 months after I worked in the fashion industry in Toronto for a few years. I had become a bit jaded with the ... Read More

An Interview with Christine Dubin of Miou

Christine Dubin believes in the vision of creating a better world. Her business MIOU is a socially and environmentally responsible knitwear company that stays true to the principles of producing fair-trade and eco-friendly products.

Christine Dubin Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I am originally from France, but I now live with my family in the charming little town of Gibsons, BC. I studied fashion design in France, and have always gravitated toward classic, ... Read More

An Interview with Cristofer Smith of Green Apple Active

Over the past twenty four years, Green Apple Active founder and veteran athletic designer Cristofer Smith and his team members have pioneered 13 brands with wild success, winning several international design awards for his unique fusion of comfort & style.

Cristofer Smith, a veteran athletic designer and the founder of Green Apple Active. Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I’ve been in this business for 25 years. I was finishing a Masters Degree in International Business. ... Read More

An Interview with Mallorie Dunn of Smart Glamour

We have a chat with  Mallorie Dunn of Smart Glamour, an affordable, fashionable, and customizable ethical clothing line for people of all sizes.

Designer Mallorie Dunn Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. My name is Mallorie Dunn – I am a 29 year old fashion designer living in Astoria Queens in NYC. I've lived in NYC for over 10 years now. I started making my own clothes and teaching myself to sew as a preteen. When I ... Read More

An Interview with Sarah Power of INLAND

INLAND is a Canadian designer shopping event, a platform for designers and brands to sell their collections directly to shoppers, read on to know more about INLAND and Sarah. The founder and creative director behind the event

Tell us your story of how you got into fashion. I started doing a degree in communication studies, which lead me into a variety of roles including not-for-profit. It oddly involved me in getting a teaching degree, in education. I did a lot of travelling ... Read More

An Interview with Diane Kennedy of Diane Kennedy

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, my love of fashion started at a very early age. By the age of four, I received my first real sewing machine and I enjoyed a lot of mother-daughter bonding as she taught me how to sew. A moment stands out in my memory of a time when my cousin and I were playing with Barbie. She disappeared into the other room and quickly ... Read More

An Interview with Maryanne Mathias of Osei-duro

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work.

My name is Maryanne Mathias. My business partner Molly Keogh and I cofounded Osei-Duro in 2009.

Molly and Maryann, co-founders of Osei-Duro

I was born on a small Island on an “intentional community” off the coast of British Columbia, and moved to Vancouver when I was five. I attended the Vancouver Waldorf School from kindergarten to grade 12. There was a strong emphasis on working with the ... Read More

An Interview with Bernard Seys of Efaisto

What is Efaisto in terms of its vision? Fashion is a trillion-dollar industry worldwide. We are all affected by it. However, we think fashion is broken. We want to fix it by making fashion custom-made. That means ethical and sustainable. In order to do this, we need to build a global network of artisans. Efaisto founders Bernard and Lou Adrien The vision is to bypass large fashion brands to go straight to the makers of the products. By doing this, ... Read More

An Interview with Janay A of Janay A Eco Bridal

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work.

I grew up in a family of craftspeople in rural south Missouri, and was always making things, creating, exploring nature.  I'd spend hours by the creek, with the plants and animals, and developed a relationship with nature that is a wellspring of joy and curiosity to me.  I started a handmade clothing line right out of high school, selling to boutiques, and kept getting asked to make wedding ... Read More

An Interview with Jessie Atkins of BERG+BETTS

Jessie founded the sustainable watch brand Berg and Betts in 2013, selling casually on Etsy then launched her very own website at BERG+BETTS.

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. Jessie Atkins I am a mom to two little boys under the age of three, a wife to my wonderful husband, and I am the founder of the sustainable watch business BERG+BETTS. Read More

An Interview with Jennifer M. Brown of Under the Root

Under The Root is an intimate apparel design house that encircles and creates hand structured lingerie, loungerie, and boudoir accessories by Jennifer M. Brown. Read more about the interview below:

Jennifer M. Brown Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. My childhood story is not one for the faint of heart.  There are no warm fuzzies and financial support backups or luscious love stories.  The story is one of reclamation.  I was the oldest of three in ... Read More

An Interview with Dorris Bogus of Kamit Sport

Dorris Bogus, founder of KaMIT Sport fitness and lifestyle wear focuses 30 percent of her line on eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo. Read more about her and Kamit Sport below!

Dorris Bogus Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I grew up in Knoxville Tennessee. as the middle child of 10 siblings.  I can remember vividly shopping at thrift stores for clothes for school and special events.  "New" was not a part of my upbringing.  ... Read More

An Interview with Hillary Sampliner of Nuvango (Part Two)

What is Nuvango – its title, mission, productions, and vision? NU-VAN-GO, rhymes with mango - comes from the idea of “the new Van Gogh” The changing landscape of the art world makes room for new creatives to blossom and show their work on the versatile medium of apparel. Nuvango is a fashion and lifestyle brand focused on collaborating with international artists to create ... Read More

An Interview with Hillary Sampliner of Nuvango (Part One)

Hillary Sampliner is the creative and fashion director at Nuvango, an innovative sustainable fashion brand that is heading 3D printing for the fashion industry. Know more about Hillary and Nuvango below!

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. HIllary Sampliner I grew up in a neighbourhood called Parkdale in downtown Toronto, an artistic and multicultural neighbourhood that provided me with profound social and cultural experiences that shaped the type of creative I am ... Read More

An Interview with Melissa Stieber of More than Half

More Than Half is a fair trade clothing retailer started by Melissa Stieber in downtown Kitchener. Read more below to know about More Than Half and ethical fair trade clothing brands.

More than Half summer 2016 collection

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work.

Well I grew up outside of Baden, Ontario and lived there until I was married in 2007. I then lived in Toronto for a couple years with my husband where ... Read More

An Interview with Susan Cadman of Miik

Read about our Interview below with Susan Cadman of Miik, and ethical and organic clothing line from Canada.

Co-founder Donna and Creative Director Sue of Miik. Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I am driven and active, and have a passion for fashion and the great outdoors. I am a 3 times Ironman triathlete and mother of two amazing young children. I graduated from University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Statistics. I ... Read More

An Interview with Shirley of Wolfbait & B-Girls

Shirley of Wolfbait & B-Girls Tell us about yourself – family/personal story, education, and prior work. I learned to sew from my DIY dynamo Mom and pursued a degree at FIDM iSan Fransisco. Soon after graduation I began my own collection of women's contemporary clothing, Bruiser. Around that time, I joined forces with a baker turned dress maker Jenny Stadler. For more than a decade now, we have been reinventing what purpose fashion serves. What is the importance of ethical fashion ... Read More

Ways we can all save water daily

There are 2 simple ways we can save up to 30,000 gallons of water a year.

The nature of sustainability is the nature of saving energy and one way to do that is to use less water in our daily routine.

My personal favorite is shorter showers instead of taking baths. I like the idea of a single short shower in the morning or what some may refer to as "navy showers".A navy shower (also known as ... Read More

UN: Principles of Women's Empowerment

The women's empowerment principles were put out by UN Women to put forth the main thrust of women's rights in addition to the economic benefits. The statement is that equality means business.

Principles of women's empowerment include training and professional development according to the UN
  • The first principle is that you need to establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality. This means that you can encourage the ability of women to enter into the highest rungs of the corporate ... Read More

An Interview with Mark Oliver of Yogiiza

Yogiiza is an organic clothing brand founded by Mark Oliver and his wife Dawn. Their aim is to make a clothing brand that reflects yoga values. Read on below to know more about our interview with Mark.

Mark and Dawn Oliver of Yogiiza Tell us about yourself – familial story, education, and prior work. My wife and I are business partners. We’ve been married 5 years. We’ve been together 7 years. We have a 22-month old son. In terms of personal, story, ... Read More

An Interview with Eva Power of The Ethical Silk Company

Photo: Dara Munnis Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. My background is in sociology so starting a textiles company was a big change for me. I have family in India and spent a great deal of my twenties traveling in the East (India, Pakistan, China, Mongolia, SE Asia, Iran & Central Asia) so it felt natural to base the tailoring in India, especially as the silk I use is manufactured there. What is the importance of ... Read More

An Interview with Alyssa Kerbel of Mini Mioche

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I am a wife, mother of two (an 8 year-old daughter and a 4 year-old son) and a serial entrepreneur.  I started my first business when I was in my 20’s.  It was a wholesale fashion agency based in Toronto.  We represented a number of different adult fashion brands – both mens and womens, and sold them to stores across Ontario and the Maritimes.  After the birth of my ... Read More

An Interview with Melissa Ferreira of Adhesif Clothing

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Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. My mother worked in garment production factories in Montreal throughout my childhood. I grew up with her sewing at the kitchen table after work, doing alterations for extra income. Naturally I learned how to sew from her. I taught myself how to design from taking apart vintage garments and seeing how they were put together, after spending many years as a vintage clothing buyer right out of high school. I love everything vintage and it ... Read More

An Interview with Carolyn Kitto of STOP THE TRAFFIK

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I live in Sydney or on Qantas. My background is in youth worker, strategic planning, human rights and international development. I had one of those families that shifted around a lot and I had lived in around 20 houses by the time I was 20. So I have learnt to make a home where ever I am. I live with my best friend who is my ... Read More

An Interview with Davina Ogilvie

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I come from a hairdressing background, so I have dived deep into the chemical world, and witnessed the side effects first hand! Day after day, with my hands coated in chemicals, and fumes chocking me, and my clients- well, my conscious just kept at me- to walk another path. Fascinated by products and beauty, I began to unearth just how toxic these industries really are! From a ... Read More

An Interview with SeeMe Founder, Caterina Occhio

An Interview with SeeMe Founder, Caterina Occhio
Before diving into the main conversation, what’s some of your background – personal, educational, professional, and so on? I was born and raised in Naples, Italy. There, I studied political sciences and, at 27, I moved to the north of Europe. I went to Berlin first for a short internship, then Brussels where I earned an MA in Geopolitics and worked at the European Commission and various UN agencies… Also, you’ve worked with various European Union and United Nations agencies as ... Read More

An Interview with Katherine Soucie of Sans Soucie Textile + Design

Image credit: Rob Matharu What is the importance of ethical fashion to you? The importance of ethical fashion to me is based upon a holistic circular approach to designing, producing and consuming fashion and textiles in the 21st century.  It is system that   involves a consideration of our environment in its entirety -- our resources; use/reuse/recycling of these resources, respectful modes of production that does not exploit cultures, modes of production, humans and/or animals and a focus on the development ... Read More

An Interview with Christman Hersha of Noble Denim

Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I graduated from Ohio University in Athens in engineering-- from there, I moved to Austin, TX to play music. I played & toured with my band, and worked as an Audio Engineer & publicist for artists for about 6 years. I got a little burned out at the slog and late nights-- so I moved back to my home state of Ohio with my wife. There, I met my soon to ... Read More

An Interview with Sukhdev Hansra

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I am a British Indian. My father and grandfather came to England in the 1960’s, as my grandfather was part of the British Army. At that time, being in the British army allowed families to resettle in the UK. We are a close knit family. I have one brother, who is married and has three boys (the oldest of whom is in university). My family all live ... Read More

An Interview with Anna Sundari

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous  professional capacities. I was born and grew up in England. I spent a lot of time in Brighton, Glastonbury, and Southwest England. When I left school, I qualified as a hairdresser. I started travelling at the age of 20. I went on a trip to Australia. I was travelling, meeting amazing people, and studying philosophy and spirituality. I went to India at the age of 21. I started making ... Read More

Collective Action

To begin combating large problems, we need to collaborate and work together.

The nature of large-scale problems can be solved through collective action. Collective action via the small contributions multiplied over people. Multiplied over, this can mean use of things that produce carbon to combat climate change or global warming. It might not mean the best economic system at the moment. But it does provide a survivable future for the next generation. Upcoming generations will be dealing with the same issues as ... Read More

The Hidden Workforce

There's the nature of child labour in all its hellish combinations.

One example is child slavery. It's a subset of it. Child labour is estimated above 200,000,000 children. That's 18 times the number of children in Canada as a whole. It's 'jaw dropping'. The kids in child slavery are a much smaller number and going through some of the most severe forms of degradation, humiliation, abuse, and exploitation. They might not know better either.  But we do. And that's the point. If the ... Read More

An Interview with Jo Salter

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. Hi, I’m Jo and I live in Suffolk in the UK with my husband Rob and two young sons.  I grew up in the South of England and have a younger brother, Chris.  My Dad passed away from cancer when I was 10 so my Mum had to work really hard to bring us up.  She grew up on a farm in Ireland so would send Chris ... Read More

Canadian Fashion Icons – Jeanne Beker

Canadian Fashion Icons – Jeanne Beker
So, I wanted to explore something new with respect to Canadian culture, briefly to start. That new aspect has to do with fashion icons that we can find throughout our lovely, multi-faceted Canadian culture. One individual that is highly prominent in Canada goes by the name of Jeanne Beker. She is a Canadian journalist, media personality, and fashion entrepreneur. She began her career as an actress with a turn right into radio and television. She has been known on the ... Read More

An Interview with Adila Cokar of Source My Garment

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Tell us about yourself – familial/personal story, education, and prior work. I’m grateful to be in this an inspiring industry for over 12 years. My experiences range from working with a variety of companies to owning successful businesses. I had a company named ShortStak Boyswear, which was nominated for most innovative new company. After learning about the impact fashion has on the environment, I decided to start my own organic apparel line, called Pur Blankz Organics, which was nominated by ... Read More

Sustainable Fibres - What is Angora

So what’s the animal or plant this time? That’s the funky part. A big giant white bunny rabbit (and it’s not even Easter). Am I kiddin’ you? Nope! You can see it above. Isn’t that cool? So, what is Angora? It’s an Old World domestic rabbit with one main trait. It can grow hair twice as fast as the other rabbits. It is farmed greatly in semi-darkness with hair removed every three months. A single Old World Angora rabbit can ... Read More

An Interview with Natasha Taneka

So to start, what’s some of your brief background? Briefly, I am Canadian. Growing up in five different countries, however, means I have experienced living in the United States, Canada, Zimbabwe, United Arab Emirates, and New Zealand. That experience has led me to develop a passion for travelling and for getting to know people; something that comes easily to me. I have never had trouble picking up and leaving or immersing myself somewhere new. I don’t like to get into ... Read More

Sustainable Fibres: What is Cashmere?

Welcome back to another session on fibres!

Cashmere is native to the Himalayas and it has a fine undercoat of hair on the goat. Kashmir is the goat and true cashmere comes from a Kashmir goat.The hair is collected by a comb or shearing a during the molting season of spring. The molting season being the time at which the hair is going to be falling off a boat naturally. With some sorting out of the fibres, and then some cleaning, ... Read More

An Interview with Mandy den Uijl

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities.

I was born in 1984 in the Netherlands and was brought up in the South. I come from a family of five, I have two younger sisters. My parents got divorced when I was 17 and they are both happy with their new partners. I’m married to graphic designer Sjoerd and we ... Read More

An Interview with Dr. Brendan Richardson (Part Two)

What other work are you involved in at this point in time? Interestingly, I am giving a paper at a conference in Trinity College, Dublin next week looking at the intersection between participation in or support for Blockadia, and support for Bernie Sanders. I have been watching social media for the last 18 months. I will talk next week on how in that space, in that intersection, how it has been interesting to see how people have adopted Bernie Sanders as ... Read More

An Interview with Dr. Brendan Richardson (Part One)

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I teach Consumer Behaviour in University College Cork in Ireland. I have been here for almost 16 years. In my time, I’ve tried to teach consumer behavior from a cultural perspective, and not a positivistic perspective. In that way, I have come across ideas and theories, and some interesting movements and people I might not have otherwise come across. For example, for the PhD thesis, I looked ... Read More

An Interview with Linda Chee

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I have a complex cultural background that reflects the Australian migrant society.  I am a quarter Chinese, with a Czechoslovakian mother. To complicate matters further my husband is Latvian.  All of these influences manifest itself in my aesthetics and textile influences. My Slovakian side, my grandmother would beat flax and make linen.  The Chinese sensibility is embedded in natural fibers such as silk, wool, cashmere as well ... Read More

David Suzuki, environmental activist

Some might see the concern for the future world left for all our descendants. Some might think that an idea of the beyond is necessary for this. Let's take a prominent example counter to this from a Dr. David Suzuki. He is a well known scientist and communicator of science to the Canadian public. Not only that, he is an activist. He has a great sense of humor too. A broadcaster, a Canadian university professor, and an environmental activist.  It has been ... Read More

An Interview with Selina König of ATOYAK

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Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. For some years now I have been very interested in sustainability, sustainable agriculture, reducing food waste and healthy nutrition. I try to include sustainability in my everyday life as best as I can. It just happened that for personal reasons I moved from Germany to the Bay Area, where these ideas and concepts have a much broader audience. I got involved with ATOYAK through my sister-in- ... Read More

An Interview with Emma Ruff

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Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I have been passionate about advocating for global issues since a very young age. If I could pin point the exact moment, I would have to write of my 5th grade endeavors to release hamsters from the corruption caused by the government. While this particular “global issue” was fictitious, I was dedicated nonetheless. I brought people together, to speak about something I felt was wrong, and ... Read More

An Interview with Jamie Hayes (Part Two)

What makes Production Mode unique? I think the proprietary/exclusive materials. Also, the level of transparency—that I share where the materials come from, who is making the garments, the fact that you can come into our studio and see firsthand how things are made. As well, I would say the quality of the fit. I consulted with a technical designer with many years of experience working with leather to refine the fit. A lot of time and energy spent on these patterns. ... Read More

An Interview with Jamie Hayes (Part One)

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Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I started in the fashion industry in 1999 in St. Louis, working at a boutique after college, and sewing after my senior year in college because I wanted something hands-on and concrete. I was studying English literature and while I loved to read and write. It was abstract and alienating for me. My personality type doesn’t mesh with it. PM Studio- photo by Damon Locks It ... Read More

A Short Take on Child Labor

Child Labor and fashion victims

One of the major issues and ethical fashion is child labor. We can find this in millions and millions of children that are working, let alone in substandard conditions and pay, and often in what might most accurately be termed as slave labor. Child labor persists in much of the developing world. Children are made slaves to the fashion industry in a literal sense rather than in the consumers’ sense. These children work hard hours even ... Read More

An Interview with Werner Price

What is the importance of ethical fashion? Unfortunately when most people buy items for consumption, we usually tend to look for the immediate benefit. Whether it is that it tastes good, it looks good on us, it will make us thinner or prettier. This is where most people stop but there is more to what we buy, there is an ethical dimension. This ethical dimension is much more important than any immediate gratification. With every product we buy there are people, ... Read More

An Interview with Daniela Degrassi of Annaborgia

To lay some groundwork, tell us about your background such as family – how your context came about, upbringing – how you came to be, education – where you gained expertise, and professional experiences – where and how you built a reputation. I could write a book about my life, but I’ll give you the quick version!  I come from a non-wealthy family living in a sea side village in Northern Italy.  When I was growing ... Read More

An Interview with Rhea Hamlin

Rhea Hamlin
Tell us a little bit about your brief background, education-wise, personal, and how you ended up getting into this business. I took the 2 + 2 program, which is two years of college and two years of university. This program allows you to get a degree and a diploma in a certain program. At Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), I got my business administration diploma with a concentration in marketing. After NSCC, I transferred to Mount Saint Vincent in Halifax ... Read More

An Interview with Dr. Tamara Stenn (Part Two)

This is a continuation of Scott's Interview with Dr. Tamara Stenn of KUSIKUY.

Read about part one here What is social entrepreneurship?  I am writing a book. I finished writing that introduction. (Laughs) Basically, I am defining it as a business that addresses a social need rather than a monetary one – keeping it really simple. The social need can be expressed in many different ways. It could be environmental. It could be human rights. It could be giving to a particular ... Read More

An Interview with Dr. Tamara Stenn (Part One)

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I grew up in NY and come from a long line of entrepreneurs. I am a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) social entrepreneur, sustainability trainer, Fair Trade business owner, Fulbright scholar, author, and academic. I founded the sustainable luxury brand, KUSIKUY, which has been knitting together opportunities and elegance in the Bolivian Andes since 1996.  I teach sustainable, social enterprise development at both Mount Holyoke College and the SIT Graduate ... Read More

An Interview with Danica of Wild Tussah

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I grew up in the middle of nowhere Maryland, USA where I always had a passion for travel and learning about cultures different than my own. My Dad frequently went overseas for work, and brought back beautiful handicrafts, which sparked my interest to understand the meaning behind them and how they were created. I often found myself bringing these in for ‘show and tell’ – proud ... Read More

A Take on Sustainability

The truth on sustainability bear repetition.

It’s the lifeblood of culture change. Truths need legs. I wanted to express more thoughts on why sustainability is important to me. Sustainability is important to me on one level (at least). I consider ethical fashion and sustainable fashion connected to sustainability and important as well. I like the idea of sustainability. I find the people involved in this endeavor interesting. I like their stories and narratives. It is a really interesting, rich, and committed ... Read More

An Interview with Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs

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Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs has worked in the fashion and footwear industry for nearly 20 years. She is a fashion lecturer, writer, currently researching social enterprise in the fashion industry and is involved with Oka-B footwear as their UK distributor. Her co-authored book Marketing Fashion Footwear: The Business of Shoes is due for publication later in 2016

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities.

Born near Liverpool in the early 1970s, not a ... Read More

An Interview with Adrien Taylor

Photo Credit: Sam Wells Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I’ll keep it brief. (Laughs) Because I’m not that interesting! I’m from New Zealand. I’m 26. I studied here all through high school and university. I’m half-French. I have lived in France for a few years growing up. Basically, my background is in journalism. I was in TV journalism for 4 years, until I decided to quit about a year ago. ... Read More

An Interview with Karen Warner

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I was born in Edinburgh, in 1969, but grew up in the Scottish Highlands, one of the most rugged and beautiful parts of the UK. I studied journalism in Edinburgh, then moved to the Shetland Islands, in the far north of the country, for my first job. I intended to stay about a year, thinking I'd move back to the city, but somehow I've never really left. ... Read More

An Interview with Dara Ambriz

Image Credit: Erin Killion Photography Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. I am a native New Mexican, born and raised in the Land of Enchantment. I come from a tightly knit family full of artists. Living here you can’t help not be one with the rich landscapes, the diversity of the people, the beautiful sunsets and magically star filled skies. As a girl I was introduced to the opportunity of fashion ... Read More

An Interview with Stylianee

Upcycled Creation by Stylianee. Before diving into the main conversation, what’s some of your background – personal, educational, professional, and so on? Tell us about yourself.  I grew up in Greece, studied cinema, theatre and cultural management and lived in England and France until I ended up in Luxembourg. I’ve worked mostly in content creation and film/theatre reviewing, then switched to fashion design; that was the moment I realised how creation is something divine. Literally. You are out in the ... Read More

An Interview with Connie Pillon

Tell us about yourself - family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities. My childhood experiences compelled me to look for deeper meaning in life, starting at a very young age.  However, I was fortunate enough to have experienced an authentic kind of love from my mother early on, which gave me a strong foundation to work with.  I was always very interested in the spiritual realm, and have had my share of paranormal experiences. I was strongly influenced by ... Read More

An Interview with Kai Jonas

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities.   Hello everyone! My name is Kai Jonas and I am a co-founder of Brighton-based fashion brand, Lite Apparel. We launched just over three weeks ago with our 06.16 Collection and we are very grateful of the amazing welcome into the Fashion world! I along with other members in the team are University students, I’m personally an International Business student (quite fittingly) though we are made up ... Read More

An Interview with Kestrel Jenkins

Tell us about yourself – family background, personal story, education, and previous professional capacities.

I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin along the Mississippi River. For my family, being outside and enjoying the natural world was huge. Hiking and biking were our most common pastimes whenever we had a break from helping out at my parents’ restaurant and hotel. I spent a ... Read More

Dishing Washing Insight and Recycling

I had an experience. And I thought it might be relevant to you. It has to do with when I was doing the dishes just this late afternoon. I was doing the dishes and it occurred to me: if I'm putting the hot water into a sink, and then the soap, and then mixing it with the soap and throwing in the dishes and all the other junk, and then washing it away, where's all this going? Image credit: ... Read More

Zimbabwe and Fashion

I want to talk a little bit today about a topic close to the hearts of many people, but with a little bit of background via provision of context. And it is something of interest to me, too, with respect to the African Diaspora. It’s about an individual nation within the African Diaspora. I want to talk about Zimbabwe and its fashion industry. Zimbabwe is a country in Southern Africa that is landlocked. Some notable areas of the country are ... Read More

Sustainability 101 – Lights & Laundry

Let's take a look today at sustainability tips. Two sustainability tips seem relevant to me. These relate to the overall sustainable and ethical fashion culture, but in your home. You can use different lights. You can wash your clothes more efficiently. These are aspects of keeping one's carbon output low and pollution low.

Another aspect of keeping things like those low is the home. The ways in which we keep our homes low in energy cost, but still with comfort. ... Read More

Sustainable Fibres: What is Cotton?

Back again to talk a little bit about, and in a little bit of a roundabout way for you, natural fibres! Again, natural fibres are much unlike the synthetic fibres. Natural fibres are divided into three categorizations known as minerals fibres, animal fibres, and plant fibres. Mineral fibres come in in only one form as far as I know, and that form is asbestos. Asbestos is used in many cases throughout homes as insulation for a good thing, but, unfortunately, ... Read More

Why Do Ghosts Wear Clothes at all, at all, at all…?

If you look at the popularizations of ghosts, ghost-like phenomena (whatever that means, Scott), and many other things, you can see that most ghosts seemed to have an enjoyment in wearing clothing. John Keats had a poem called La Belle Dame Sans Merci, which translates by my reading as “The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy,” A few lines as follows: 
She took me to her Elfin grot, And there she wept and sighed full sore, And there I shut her wild wild eyes With kisses ... Read More

The Oft-Neglected Mineral Fibre

The how much and the what now? (Yep, me too.)

Okie dokie, it's another issue of natural fibres, If you aren't familiar with fibres or fabrics, then see the article below:

Related Article: Sustainable Fabrics- The Good

Man-made fibres are regenerated and synthetic fibres. Synthetic fibres are manufactured synthetically and do not decompose. While regenerated fibres are an admixture of natural fibres and man-made fibres. In that, regenerated fibres are the ones that are originally plant or ... Read More

Reverence and the Environment

Do you ever think about reverence? I don't. So now, I will. If you look at the religious demographic of the world, most people will either have a spiritual, mystical, or religious belief. That means that these people will probably have at some point in his/her life an experience of reverence for themselves, for others, for something outside of human experience.

Perhaps a profound feeling. Something mystical. Something religious. Something unknown that cannot be articulated in words but felt for the people we have ... Read More

An Interview with Carolyn Bailey

Tell us a little bit about your background such as education, and some personal and professional experience.

  My passion for quality clothing and apparel construction drove me to create the business I now own.  Growing up in a rural town across the street from a fabric studio was where I learned quality clothing construction and also where I grew a love for quality fabrics. After gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience in sales, marketing and management as a ... Read More

What is Silk?

Natural fibres divide into animal and plant fibres. Animal fibres are those that are composed of amino acids called proteins, plant fibres are those made mainly of cellulose. Examples of animal fibres are alpaca, angora, cashmere, mohair, silk, and wool. Plant fibres can be things like in abaca, cotton, flax, hemp, jute. Natural fibres themselves also differ from man-made artificial and synthetic fibres. These fibres consist of rayon, nylon, acrylic, and polyester. Each of these are unable to decompose. One such ... Read More

What is Sisal?

Today's sustainable fibre will be sisal. Sisal is a fibre that is native to Mexico derived from the Agave plant (Yay, tequila!), it is a hardy plant that grows in hot climates. In addition, it is actually able to grow in dry areas that tend to be, for the crops, quite unsuitable. These can be cut or crushed. This is then made into a pulp from the fibres. The average yield is about one tonne per hectare with the yield ... Read More

“Misquoting” Great Leaders

I would like to explore something about misquotations, as well as two very interesting fellows. I want to start with a picture I came across with a particular quotation about ‘The’ Albert Einstein. It got me thinking quite a bit, it bothered me enough to want to write something about it. But I had to tie this into textiles or sustainability, one thing about Einstein is that he advocated for vegetarianism. How does that tie in with ... Read More

A History of Natural Fibres: Incan Textiles

So, we're back a little more to talk about the history of natural fibres in one context with an ancient civilization. That civilization is the Incan civilization. These peoples had an extraordinary decorative world, and working textile industry that was representative, as with us now, of status and wealth and other things. They did not have paper money. Nonetheless, they had used textiles both as a tax and as the currency in their culture. That would seem to ... Read More

Self-Doubt or Hope

When you think of individual effort and the problems that affect our sense of self, self-doubt can be crippling.

Here at Trusted Clothes, the important part of our mandate is social activism for sustainable, ecologically friendly, and ethical fashion. Don’t despair, don't be paralyzed by self-doubt, and don’t let your hearts be troubled, is what I say. Social activism that involves a concentrated effort to increase the consumption of natural fibres in an economy that relies heavily on synthetic/man-made fibres is a tall ... Read More

Sisal and Haiti Agriculture, Culture, and Triumph in Tribulation

I want to talk about some natural fibres in one particular part of the world that is unique, that part of the world is Haiti, which is under a great amount of duress at the moment following some tribulations and trials (or ‘trials and tribulations’ in the early part of 2016) in the country.

But first, I want to discuss or point out some of the basic information around natural fibres in the world, and then that part ... Read More

Natural Fibers’ Lifecycle

Cycles are loopy, ideally.  Not crazy. It's a system that feeds back into itself. Pick a circular metaphor, that's it. It's not necessarily the most efficient in the short-term.  But the bet is on the long term.  Sustainable for generations to come, and ethical, super ethical because, this loop provides decent conditions for future generations.  I introduce the natural fiber lifecycle, not a new idea – far from it. So, it’s not mine, and I have no idea where the ... Read More

A Man’s Underwear and Health

You know what they say about a man’s underwear: he wears them. He doesn’t wear them to wear them alone, though. In that, he might have other purposes. What do you think? I think he wears them for health, if he’s conscious and conscientious about these things.

Comfort matters, undergarments matter, but so does health such as reproductive health. In my experience, there are some things men rarely talk about. Nonetheless, the men do at times in Canada – or, at ... Read More

What's the problem

We're back again once more with a very short discussion on natural fibres! Another important discussion around the foundations of sustainable and ethical and healthy fashion. We here at Trusted Clothes work on these issues and consider them of the utmost importance.

Natural fibres are more important than many other things. They incorporate networks of people and ideas in blogs and fashion clothing lines. Ide’s to do with global warming and climate change, sustainability, pollution of the ... Read More

An Interview with Andrea Sanabria 

  Andrea Sanabria

Would you tell us a little about your familial and personal background, as well as provide some educational background? 

I spent most of my life in Peru, but I finished my high school in the U.S. I lived in Minnesota for a year and went back several times after that and I did all of my university in Lima because after high school, I went back ... Read More

But what can I do?

 

I felt like writing a less thinking piece. And more of a reflective or opinion piece, based on a feeling, not so uncommon, and not so profound, but worth its weight in meaning.

Something ‘struck’ me. And it’s the idea of reach. Personal reach, emotional reach, the reach of physical work, the reach into the lives and minds of others, and hopefully (if super lucky) hearts of others, and so on and so forth. How far can I possibly go? Like, if ... Read More

A Brief Note on Natural Fibres and Climate Change

Natural fibres split into animal fibres and plant fibres with the animal fibres composed of proteins and the plant fibres of cellulose.,,,, These, together, constitute a large set of industries with millions of workers including the textile industry, and they have competition from the synthetic or man-made fibre industry., One of these is compostable or bio-degradable, and the other is not. Image Credit Plant ... Read More

An Interview with Abena Sara

Abena Sara is a regular contributor and featured author here at Trusted Clothes. Read more about her below through this one-on-one interview with Scott.

Your name is Sara Corry, but you have the name Abena Sara, too. How did this come about for you? 

In Ghana, everyone has a 'day name' that corresponds to the day they were born.  I was born on a Tuesday, so my day name is Abena.  When saying it, the stress is on the ... Read More

A history on natural fibres

 Natural fibres have been around for a long time and will continue to be around for much longer. As described by the Encylopedia Britannica, Natural Fibres are “any hairlike raw material directly obtainable from an animal, vegetable, or mineral source and convertible into nonwoven fabrics” It’s out of the textile industry, or the industry devoted to fibres, filaments, and yarns capable of being crafted into cloth or fabric for the production of material. That’s a huge industry, ... Read More

Sustainable Fibres: What is Camel Hair?

A Quick Recap

It’s that time again!  First, a quick recap from part one Sustainable Fibres: What is Abaca. There, I said
Natural fibres, as opposed to synthetic or man-made fibres, have a long history, and come in many types., Typically, these include animal fibres or plant fibres., Animal fibres can be things like alpaca wool, angora wool, camel hair, cashmere, mohair, silk, and wool. Animal fibres come from hair, secretions, or wool. Read More

Microplastics in Wastewater

We talk about the natural fibres and the man-made fibres, but do not take into account as much the water aspects of these fibres. As natural fibres come from plant and animal fibres, by definition, their contents come out of the earth and extract and use water in the midst of their production, whether cellulose or proteins composed of amino acids (of course). But what about the possibility of problems with water in connection with the ... Read More

Sustainable Fibres: What is Abaca?

Natural fibres, as opposed to synthetic or man-made fibres, have a long history, and come in many types., Typically, these include animal fibres or plant fibres., Animal fibres can be things like alpaca wool, angora wool, camel hair, cashmere, mohair, silk, and wool. Animal fibres come from hair, secretions, or wool. Plant fibres can be things like abaca, coir, cotton, flax, hemp, jute, ramie, and sisal. Plant fibres ... Read More

What’s the Deal with Natural Fibres?

What’s the deal with natural fibres? Why are they important?

Organic Cotton, Jute, Hemp, Alpaca, Cashmere, Flax, Silk & Wool. Oh My!

So, what’s the deal with natural fibres? Natural fibres are “elongated substances produced by plants and animals that can be spun into filaments, thread or rope. Woven, knitted, matted or bonded, they form fabrics that are essential to society.”, According to Encyclopedia Britannica, they are “any hairlike raw material directly obtainable from an animal, vegetable, or mineral source ... Read More

A How-To on Composting Your (Wool) Clothes

So now that we know  that we can compost our clothes and with the separation between natural fibres and synthetic fibres, and the multiple kinds of natural fibres on offer are numerous, and these natural fibres come with the benefit of being able to be composted, which does include wool. So this one will be about wool, and with some important information as ‘food for thought,’ consider: And that waste is not only of the fibre themselves, but of water, ... Read More

International Women’s Rights, Farming, and Natural Fibres

International Women’s Rights are, not-so surprisingly, knitted together, intimately, with natural fibres in terms of harvesting and general farming. How is this so? Well, this, as well, needs a little background with respect to the international community because women’s rights are not limited by national boundaries. It’s international after all. And natural fibres were important enough to devote an entire year to, through a United Nations Organ, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United ... Read More

A How-To on Composting Your Clothes

Can you compost your old clothes? It turns out that you can do it, but it takes a little work and the right kind of materials. And it depends on your degree of fussiness as well. It needs some background, though.

For example, the EPA showed that, in 2012, 14.3 million tons of textiles were produced by the United States. 2.3 million of that 14.3 million were recovered (a difference of 12 million tons!) and not all of ... Read More

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