I met Kestrel at an event in NY in 2011. She was working as editor for ethical fashion blog, Ecouterre. She's been around the ethical fashion block, is super knowledgeable, and passionate about conscious consumerism and the impact of global fashion inustry. She is founder AWEAR World, a platform that inspires us to think about where our clothes are made and community of mindful consumers and change makers. Her podcast, Conscious Chatter is great and I see from Insta she has a new project up her sleeve. Here's what she has to say about that...
Proud Mary is a lifestyle brand owned and operated by textile enthusiast, Harper Poe. Proud Mary collaborates with artisans around the world to construct a beautiful collection of clothing and home accessories using handcrafted textiles. Harper’s knowledge about the artisan sector has allowed her to create a sustainable business for herself and her artisan partners, while among her abundant passions, first and foremost is keeping this growing industry authentic. (All words by Dain Silvestri)
For our first country profile we turned to have Jess Bercovici; archaelogist turned ethical fashion designer, Angelino turned Antigua resident and overall inspiring lady share her passion for her adopted country, Guatemala. If you don't know her brand Stela 9 check it out here. If you're into the business of craft, at the end we talk about her recent decision to switch to a direct to consumer sales model. So admire this approach, thanks for opening up about your business Jess!
Textiles! We love us some hand woven textiles but do we know the process behind the terminology that is thrown at us? Hand woven, desk loom, foot loom, yarn dyed, hand spun, loom woven. Huh?! We've enlisted Janelle Pietrzak, All Roads Design, to help break down some textile terminology. Janelle's background is in textile development/sourcing for fashion brands and has transitioned into a full time textile artisan. She's done some awesome collabs with the likes of Clare V., Suno, and Ace & Jig and produces a home decor collection for Anthropologie. We know you've seen her work now let's tap into her textile brain. Take it away Janelle!
Archive New York's focus is on reviving the techniques and patterns that create the colorful, traditional Guatemalan tops, called huipiles. Owner/design, Amira Marion is an extremely focused, purist super passionate about making sure these textiles aren't lost forever. She works ,mostly with backstrap weavers, all over Guatemala to re-create some of her favorite textiles ensuring these weaving styles don't die and that the weavers creating the pieces are given fair wages for their work.