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 learn more about this technology.
Some work with corn flour, which is a natural material. It is always improving and becoming eco-friendly. I like to be able to combine different techniques such as the oil technique., too. There are many different things ongoing.
I see eco-friendly as the future. We need to think about our future and our children’s future. We need to think about what’s going to happen later. It is all in my heart since my childhood. I love to speak about these things.
I used to teach children about recycling toys. I think teaching children is important. It is easier to teach them than the adults. I see in my background, in Transylvania, where it is normalized.
I grew up with clothes that adults would gives to parents’ children, and so on. Those that they were about to throw out they would give to the other parents for their kids. It was community sharing.
Most of part-time labour force is women. Most of those in the garment industry are women and children. If you care about children’s rights, women’s rights, and the environment, the fashion industry can be one linchpin.
I went to a sustainable event. It was looking at the fast fashion in places like Bangladesh and seeing how the children are working and so on. It’s a big problem, but it’s gaining attention.
You’ve seen the same meme campaign: who made my clothes?
Yes, people like to know where their clothes came from, which is a bit like their food. We need to get to a point where some or most people get to this point. There are companies that go handmade in London, in New York, in Vancouver, and so on. It’s hard, though.
If something is made in China, you reach more people. However, we don’t want to do that because we know what’s happening there. We need to advertise more. The people can see it on the TV and the magazines, which provides more exposure for smaller companies and brands.
In the long road, it is an uphill battle for new competitors. You’ve seen a couple countries and will be presenting and many events, soon. What is the state of ethical and sustainable fashion in contrast to non-ethical and non-sustainable fashion?
People are open to the new in the US. They are open to new products, new styles, new stuff. I still believe it is possible to grow even if I’m equal and don’t have money for advertisements. I appreciate the opportunity to talk about my brand without charging thousands of dollars.
I believe the future is getting better. I believe the word is getting out with more editors and magazines. It’s here all over the world. It is in this moment a bit in need of improvement.
Any thoughts or feelings in conclusion?
Thank you for very much for your interview. I will share this. I will share on my website as I can. It is good to think of the future, not simply our life and while we are living here, but the next generation and the environment. With hard work, we are getting there step-by-step.
Thank you for your time, Matilda.