Compassion Fashion Designs!

I have some very excited news to share with you my dear readers. After years of talking the talk with ethical fashion it’s time to see if I can walk the walk. Ya girl is going to design her very own ethically-made line of clothes.WUT.

 One of Jeiylyne Santana's stunning designs from her Resort collection

One of Jeiylyne Santana's stunning designs from her Resort collection

You must be wondering how the heck is this happening, and to be honest, I’m still floored that it is! I’m thrilled to announce that I will be collaborating with designer Jeilyne Santana to co-create a collection that will be sold on 19th Amendment!

This whole story really starts all the way back in 2013 when designer and ultra-forward thinking lady Amanda Curtis founded 19th Amendment, a designer-direct platform. 19th Amendment  gives emerging designers a place to pre-sell their collections and it gives those of us that love discovering the latest and greatest fashions a chance to find the hottest up and coming designers. My favorite part of this whole enterprise though is its approach to sustainability. First, 19th amendment ensures that everything on its site is made ethically and sustainably. Secondly, because all items are pre-purchased there’s no inventory waste. It’s a win win!

A couple of months ago 19th Amendment approached me to see if I’d like to be paired with one of their designers and I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Design something myself???? This is literally a childhood dream come true. The very first designer they suggested was Jeilyne Santana and a quick glance at her previous collection was enough for me to know we’d be a good fit. Originally from Puerto Rico, Jeilyne’s work is colorful and flowy. It’s the kind of clothing that makes you feel beautiful and playful at the same time. I couldn’t be happier to work with her.

 Our first meeting via FaceTime. Thank god for technology!

Our first meeting via FaceTime. Thank god for technology!

I can’t wait to get this collaboration going (we have a FaceTime meeting scheduled tomorrow!), and I’d like to bring you along for the ride. Every other week I’ll fill you in on how the process is going (don't worry you'll still get my regular blog posts as well). What’s it like finding the right eco-friendly fabrics? Am I going to have to compromise my ideals to get a design I love? Just how hard is it to have a sustainable collection? They say it’s easier said than done and I’m excited to put my ethical and sustainable requirements to the test .  You can also follow along in real time on my Instagram, just look for the highlight on my page labeled “Design Collab”.

Wish me luck!




 

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