We recently chatted with the ladies of Conscious Magazine about ethical fashion and what drives them to do the amazing work they do. They’re on a mission of empowering people everywhere to change the the conversation about ethical fashion. We’re thrilled to be working alongside them to change the sustainable fashion industry and hope their thoughts inspire you to be a more conscious consumer!
What excites or intrigues you most about the conscious fashion movement?
EB: What excites me the most is that we are seeing consumers all over demand transparency when it comes to the clothes they are purchasing. The more willing we are to talk about it, the more people are interested in this movement, the more we, as a whole, begin to grow.
RB: The creators behind the conscious fashion movement are pioneers, brave, intelligent, creative, and purposeful. I love getting behind those individuals. They tell us a story through their work. They inspire me.
What was the catalyst that led you to start your venture?
EB: This question always excites us. We were just ready for something more in our lives. Whether it was a change in our media or to be part of something that was lasting while helping others, there was a collective desire to be rooted in something with depth and meaning, and media was just a platform to fulfill that purpose. However, like many others, we were just tired of being inundated with negative noise. Do you know what we mean? Just a lot of noise that said the same message: if you look like this person, have their body shape and their face, and have this kind of money or material items, only then are you worthy. We felt strongly that there needed to be an alternative message, which says: you are always worthy, so be an agent of change by using your gifts and talents to bring that same realization of worth to others in this world.
Where do you feel is the biggest need to push the conscious fashion movement forward?
RB: Alternative shopping options, which start at the root of fashion production. There is a real need to create more options for people to shop sustainably with more competitive pricing. Sounds easier said than done, so there may very well need to be a shift in how we view consumerism as well. Do we need all of the things that we have? A good question to ask.
What is the most important thing to look for when shopping ethical?
EB: The story behind the fashion. I love learning about garments that tell a story or gives a glimpse into someone’s heritage. It makes the clothing so unique and timeless.
RB: What I find most important are the ethical designers themselves and their innovative approach to design and sustainability. It takes real creativity, intelligence, hard work, and research to create products that not only have meaning but have a positive impact on the people and the environment. I love learning through their creative process!
What conscious brands do you love to wear?
EB: I have a new favorite--Chilote shoes! They are 100% wool slippers made by artisans in Patagonia. They are gorgeous and super comfortable, but I love the story behind them the most!
RB: There are so many brands to choose from. I don’t want to leave anyone out, but I’ll give you my top 3 at the moment. I’m definitely with Elena on the Chilote Shoes pick. Best accessory for lounging around or working from home. My everyday pieces include the Article 22 cuff and The Kula Project’s newly released Washington Station and Coffee Tree Bracelet. So dainty and feminine!
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