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.
This fall, 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 any non-essential brand "sustainable" is possible (after all, nothing about shipping, even if using recycled packaging, and taking airplanes or ubers for business-related meetings goes without a carbon footprint!), I am committed to trying to be as sustainable as possible where I can.