Sustainability, both in fashion and individual choices, inspired me to work more responsibly. I think we have this disposable attitude toward everything now. The more people understand what goes into making clothes —consumers and brands—we now have to walk back from wasteful exploitative practices. We have to educate consumers and elevate the craft of making clothing that lasts.
Community is so important to sustainability. I wanted to make sure that my being in Detroit and setting up my business there was going to include the community. I wanted to be a part of bringing arts education back to young people in Detroit, after the lows the city has suffered.
I never saw myself as an activist. But certain things have come up throughout my lifetime and career, and I’ve had the opportunity to do important work, and speak out, and share my voice. I think it’s important to advocate for causes that we believe in, especially if it’s something positive and uplifting.