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 to you?
Ethics to me are about lifestyle. Your ethics are reflected everyday in the choices you make, including what you wear, what you buy.
What is the importance of sustainable fashion to you?
The fashion industry is second to OIL in the amount of waste it produces. I have two young daughters who deserve better than what we are doing now.
What is Wolf Bait?
Wolfbait & B-girls is a retail venue/studio space for more than 200 local artisans.
What makes Wolf Bait unique?
More and more shops across the country now follow our model of supporting local talents that we began more than 10 years ago. That makes every shop like ours unique to the neighborhood it is representing. Logan Square, Chicago is an expressive community, and you can see what it has to say at Wolfbait & B-girls.
What other work are you involved in at this point in time?
My partner Jen and I explore lots of creative ideas outside of our clothing lines, from puppet making to falconry.
What personal fulfillment comes from this work?
I find satisfaction in all aspects of Wolfbait, and what it has come to represent. From the simple joys of following a garment from a concept all the way to the consumer in our humble space, to the big picture of supporting and encouraging the artisans of this city, and inspiring people to think differently about what they buy and why.
What’s the importance of them ethical and sustainable fashion companies now?
In fashion, in agriculture, in all areas of our modern life, it is important to make educated choices. The more everyone learns of the TRUE COST of their wardrobe/lifestyle the more they will have to think about those choices/purchases. Hopefully this will lead to a less wasteful and more humane practices in consumer goods of all sorts.
Thank you for your time, Shirley.