For the past decade, I have been a writer and editor in New York City penning for House Beautiful, ELLE Decor, Veranda, Town & Country, Hamptons, Beach and more. It was an amazing experience to learn about and report on so many fashion and decor brands of all shapes, sizes, and styles. However, I honestly grew disenchanted with promoting the over-consumption of luxury goods for a living. I was conflicted: I love beautiful things and art history (decorative and fashion history included), but glamorizing wasteful, non-essential products started to hugely conflict with my ethics and love of our planet.
Right before COVID, I moved to the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda and took some time off to realign my career values and brainstorm how I could make a living around inspirational, but not wasteful, shopping.
In an effort to stop adding non-essential waste to our beautiful world, I am launching a collection made from antique, vintage, recycled, and biodegradable materials. Anything requiring additional stitching and assembly is done by local artisans within my home state of Texas and new home in Bermuda.
While I don't think calling a non-essential brand "sustainable" is possible (after all, nothing about the shipping process, even if using recycled packaging, goes without a carbon footprint!), I am committed to trying to be as sustainable as possible where I can. Which is why I chose biodegradable sun hats, woven from sea grass and palm leaf and with vintage floral ribbons and made-in-USA grosgrain, as my original fashion collection concept. I hope you enjoy your sun hats and take some time to soak up the sun!