I view the world holistically and systemically. I am conscious of how my body moves through this space and the impact I have. My fashion has always played a role in that. As a child, I would source my clothes second hand which often meant I was searching through the “boys” section. I liked the way the clothes hung, the shape of my body a mystery. Thrifting was something I depended on out of necessity, and a way for me to express myself authentically.
I started to explore my sexuality and gender in my late teens, identifying as queer and non-binary. My fashion sense and expression has molded and transformed over time. In each phase, my fashion has been a way to express my fluidity. As a non-binary person, the ways in which I feel comfortable presenting myself is ever evolving.
Through the years I became passionate about social and environmental justice. I recognized the environmental impact my purchasing power had, including how my wardrobe was sourced. That motivated me more to repurpose items already in existence. Something I have always been familiar with in my clothing. It became a passion of mine to live as minimally as I could and to be a more mindful consumer for my pocket and the planet.
It is also important to name that the United States was built upon violence and war for privatized profit, and colonization. The social and environmental impacts of our society as a developed country directly impacts the most vulnerable communities. The fashion industry plays a huge role in the climate crisis as well as past and present abuse of labor.
It became my mission to find conscious brands that are genuinely more sustainable and ethical. I found that “green” brands don’t always offer items that match how I want to express myself, and when I do it becomes an investment. I want to see a world where mindful consumption includes more sustainable and affordable options for all expressions. A world where we circulate our resources, and depend less on items that are extractive of the environment and the people.