A lot of people have been asking me when I became a “hippie.” All jokes aside sustainable and ethical fashion is an entirely new realm for me. I watched the Devil Wears Prada for the first time at my nana’s house in third grade. Ever since then I have been in love with fashion (and New York City). I watched live streams of New York fashion week in my bed in middle school and have had a subscription to Vogue since 2012. I have always known I wanted to go into fashion up until this past year. I began to ask questions. As I began to understand the lack of transparent pricing in the fashion industry and the horrors of manufacturing these beautiful goods, the romance of this industry began to wear off.
I started to think that fashion wouldn’t be for me, I wanted actually to do something good for the world. While I knew there was probably fair trade (the only way I knew how to describe it at the time) brands, I figured they would be too earthy crunchy for my fashionable wardrobe. I also decided I could never afford these brands even if they were fashionable.
After doing some research not only did I find companies that were stylish and affordable but I realized that I was not alone in wanting a different fashion industry. Now more than ever designers, businesses, and activists are trying to change the fashion industry into becoming more sustainable. From the runway to fast fashion many companies are noticing consumers are demanding for more ethical practices and designs. I believe this is the future of fashion and I have decided to become a part of it. This is my journey, it probably won’t be easy, but I have never felt more passionate about changing the way I live than ever before.