Sustainable clothing is a critical influence in today’s fashion industry and modern life. Ethical fashion refers to the use of fabrics derived from eco-friendly resources as well as how these fabrics are made. As fashion designer’s attempt to become more sustainable, they focus on reducing the amount of clothing discarded to landfills, decreasing the environmental impact of agro-chemicals in producing conventional fiber, and an emphasis will be placed on the vintage phenomenon and on recycling as fundamental parts of this complex subject. Join this session to learn more about how to integrate these practices into your design, and cutting edge strategies for moving towards zero waste.
I grew up in the Bay Area and attended the University of Arizona right after high school. While there I majored in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Spanish Literature, which ironically secured me my first teaching job as a high school Spanish teacher. I have been passionate about the environment and fashion for quite some time and so when I decided to start D.O.H.P. I knew that the clothing would have to be sustainable as well as locally made. While in the midst of my company’s ascension I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma or RMS. A muscle cancer found predominantly in children put damper on things, but this year I was given a clean bill of health and so I intend to go full speed ahead with the company. My network of suppliers, vendors, and contractors has allowed me to be agile as a small business while also allowing me to explore other revenue streams as a garment manufacturer. This year will be a pivotal year and I aim to succeed.