This collection takes inspiration from people who harness and wield “feminine” power and “masculine” power simultaneously. In a world where femininity isn’t respected and controlled by misogyny, being able to exist and operate from a place that lies between and in the extremes of the gender binary is an act of rebellion. This collection exists there.
If you could change something about the apparel industry, what would it be? How would you change it?
If I could change something about the apparel industry, I would like for more people to learn how to mend and care for their clothing. I believe that applying the skills required to fix one’s clothing can help more people understand the unethical compensation many garment workers are receiving for their labor. I think that showing garments made from second hand and reused materials is the first step in changing how people value reused items.
What do you see happening to the apparel industry in the next five years?
In the next five years I see the apparel industry moving towards valuing community based independent designers who produce limited lines on a smaller scale or one of one pieces, rather than large international fashion corporations.
Who is someone in the industry you look up to?
Lifer Shop, Softpaw vintage, and Picnicwear are all brands I look up to because of their work ethic and respect for others/ their environment.
What are you most proud of accomplishing in your time as a merchandising major (projects, life skills, etc.)?
I am most proud of preserving through my personal struggles with mental health going through schoo