Our mission is to build a conscious consumer movement. When we know the stories, we can use our collective voice and shopping dollars to improve and shape the lives of people who make our clothes.
Our mission is to build a conscious consumer movement. When we know the stories, we can use our collective voice and shopping dollars to improve and shape the lives of people who make our clothes.
Ayesha (@abarenblat) is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. With over a decade of leadership to promote social justice and sustainability within the fashion industry, she founded Remake to ignite a conscious consumer movement. Remake’s films, stories and immersive journeys rebuild human connections with the women who make our clothes. Ayesha is passionate about where things come from, who made them and what their lives are like. She has worked with brands, governments, and labor advocates to improve the lives of the women who make our clothes.
She led brand engagement at Better Work, a World Bank and United Nations partnership to ensure safe and decent working conditions within garment factories around the world. She was head of consumer products at BSR, providing strategic advice to brands including H&M, Levi Strauss & Co., Marks and Spencer, Nike, The Walt Disney Company and Pou Chen on the design and integration of sustainability into business. She holds a master’s in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
“Today there is a long unhappy story of how our fashion is made and where it ends up. I want us to reimagine this story. I founded Remake because I truly believe in the good that comes from human connections. The modern shopper wants to know more, and the maker is better off when we use our voice and wallet to advocate for her wellbeing.”
As Content Manager, Eleanor pushes forward the depth, breadth and visual identity of Remake’s video and social content. She’s focused on telling engaging stories that humanize the fashion supply chain.
Eleanor has over 7 years of marketing and business development experience in the creative industry. She’s worked alongside designers, architects and artists around the world.
Eleanor earned her BA in Philosophy and Architectural History at Boston University, where she did her thesis on aesthetics and ethics. Here she developed her understanding that the material things we choose reflect our values.
“Creative content is where education, beauty and fun can come together to create positive change. I’m passionate about sharing information in lively ways, so that our audience is inspired to give more credit to their closet and ultimately their consumer voice. By uniting makers and users, we can together #remakeourworld.”
Katrina is an experienced marketing strategist who strives to build the Remake brand using storytelling, creative thinking, and integrated marketing. A fashionista to the core, Remake allows her to fulfill two of her passions in life: public relations and socially conscious fashion companies.
With over 12 years of experience working within the fashion industry, Katrina has worked as a talent agent, fashion editor, content creator, and marketing manager. These roles not only expanded her knowledge of fashion but they introduced her to many creative people within the industry. She found herself building relationships with top PR firms, designers, stylists, celebrities, photographers, editors, and bloggers, which she enjoys greatly.
Katrina has a BS in Marketing from California State University San Marcos. Immediately after graduation, she moved to New York City where she spent the last 7 years working with fashion companies on brand management, media relations, and content creation.
“Building a brand through storytelling is at the heart of what PR professionals do. At Remake, storytelling is the heart of our brand. Through the stories we share, we are able to celebrate sustainable style, promote ethics, and improve the lives of those who make our clothes.”
Ankur is a designer and photographer who builds Remake’s visual identity through branding, fashion photography, and graphic design.
He holds two BA degrees in Molecular Biology and Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley. Alongside his studies, he has spent his time collaborating with fashion designers on ad campaigns and editorials, designing logos and branding materials for startups, shooting runways during NYFW, and teaching photography and art through UC Berkeley.
“On the journey towards a more sustainable future, the easiest changes we can adopt are investing in fewer pieces, shopping vintage, and replacing our basics with slow fashion brands.”
Allie joins the Remake team after her participation in Remake’s immersive program in Cambodia, what Mic and Fashionista have called the peace corps for fashion. Allie creates engaging and creative content for Remake through investigative pieces and vivid storytelling. As both a journalist and fashion designer, she is able to tell stories on the industry and the need for ethical fashion from a unique perspective with thoughtful insight.
Allie has design experience from past internships at Oscar de la Renta, Tanya Taylor, and Nylon magazine. She has journalism experience from her college paper, The New School Free Press, where she is senior News Editor, and from working as a breaking news intern for the Staten Island Advance.
Allie is in her fifth year at The New School in New York City, where she is finishing a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design and a BA in Journalism + Design. She completed her Fashion thesis, which celebrated the makers she met while in Cambodia in Spring 2017.
“The people who make our clothes are strong inspirational women and have important stories to tell. Their stories can connect them with the women who buy the clothes they make. Through the content I write for Remake, I hope to share these stories and give a voice to the unheard in order to educate people on the impact we have as consumers.”
Jessie joins Remake where she researches brand and product compatibility against Remake’s rigorous criteria for the conscious fashion collections. Her background is in Business and Human rights research and she has consulted for ethical fashion brands including Women Worldwide, AAKS, and Symbology Clothing.
Jessie earned her Master of Science in State, Society, and Development from SOAS University of London. She enjoys travelling around the world, reading, and baked goods.
“My goal is to find the best ethical fashion brands out there to add to Remake’s collection. In doing so, I hope to make it really easy for shoppers to find and learn about ethical and affordable fashion!”
Rasmus joins Remake from Japan by way of Denmark, growing the movement through Remake’s photojournalism series, Humans of Fashion.
Rasmus studied media science in Copenhagen where he focused on the union of content and sustainability. As a professional model since 2010, he sees fashion as a means of expression that can lift us up and give us confidence. He’s sad that the industry today brings people down through unlivable wages, poor working conditions and environmental degradation.
Rasmus has worked with sustainable fashion initiatives including Fair Trade and the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the largest sustainability summit in the world.
“For me it is important to keep talking about the issues in the industry and to listen. With Remake I listen to people’s stories, try to understand their choices and bring them facts the fast fashion industry doesn’t want them to know. I believe in the best of people and I can’t wait to show you the Humans of Fashion here in Japan.”
Ruby Veridiano, @rubyveridiano, is a fashion changemaker. She is a writer, fashion correspondent and speaker whose work focuses on connecting the dots between women’s empowerment and socially-conscious fashion, as well as promoting diversity & inclusion in the fashion industry. She is a contributing correspondent for NBC News, NYLON Magazine, and Mic.com, and has interviewed designers Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, and Prabal Gurung, among other multicultural designers in the fashion industry. Ruby has worked on the social responsibility team of the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) Group in Paris, where she worked on global diversity initiatives. She is a proud Filipina-American from California now living in Paris, sharing her ‘glamour for good’ approach to life & style.
Allison is a lifestyle writer and editor who regularly contributes to the Style section of the San Francisco Chronicle. She also writes for Sunset Magazine, PureWow San Francisco, Luxe Interiors + Design, and Interiors California.
Most recently, she created content for online courses designed to help entrepreneurs in the fashion technology industry land better press coverage for their businesses. She believes in supporting companies that are committed to both ethical and sustainable business models and is practicing what she preaches by changing the clothes in her own closet one piece at a time.
Before going freelance, she was a longtime staff editor at 7×7 Magazine and will never forget the day she got to interview Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles. When she’s not feverishly typing away on her laptop, you’ll find her chatting up designers and spreading the word about all the local brands she proudly stands behind.
Sam is co-founder and director at qb. consulting, a purpose-driven consulting firm in SF & NYC. qb. was born out of the desire to leverage a talented network of experts, seeking flexibility and impactful work, to help organizations be inclusive, resilient and authentic. As climate change, economic injustice and racial tensions dominate the public discourse, companies have an unprecedented opportunity to join the global conversation. Remaining neutral is no longer good enough.
Sam is also wrapping up an MBA in Sustainability Management at the Presidio Graduate School (PGS)—she walks May 2018. While at PGS, she started the school’s Sustainable Fashion Club with fellow Ambassador Melissa Hook.
Before moving to SF and starting school, she was a longtime employee at Change.org (where she met her co-founder) living in Washington D.C. with her four-legged best friend, Ginger. Sam has spent her career working for social enterprises and impact-conscious brands. She believes that without sustainability there will be no fashion industry.
Now that she’s done with her year of #nonewclothes, you can find her browsing TheRealReal’s Stella McCartney collection, adding to her list of up and coming ethical brands to try and writing about gender inequity in the workplace.
Melissa is a sustainable apparel visionary. Growing up, she did historical reenactments at Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento where she started sewing at six years old. After learning about the social and environmental implications of the apparel industry in college she knew she could not be part of the unjust system.
Currently, Melissa is a Sustainable Management MBA Candidate at Presidio Graduate School where she is also a Digital Marketing Coordinator. Before starting grad school she worked in the apparel industry for nine years in sustainability, product development, design, and merchandising, most recently at Levi’s Innovation Lab and at PACT Apparel. After graduation, Melissa plans on using digital marketing to shift how we as consumers purchase and care for our clothing.
In addition to sewing, Melissa has recently started weaving with a goal of understanding every aspect of the production process. She takes every opportunity she can to attend fashion events in San Francisco to spread the word about just and sustainable business practices. Her personal motto: “Authenticity never goes out of style.”
Celeste Griffy has worked in art, design, and publishing in Los Angeles for the past ten years. Finding and fostering young talented artists and helping to tell their stories has always fueled her.
Working with both contemporary and established fashion photographers, Celeste has published, exhibited, and placed their work in collections, galleries, and museums worldwide. She loved the endless challenge and excitement of working side-by-side with artists and helping their visions become reality. Where there’s a will, there’s a way and no project is too big or idea too creative to pull off.
When she began to collaborate with documentary artists and filmmakers exploring social and environmental themes of consumption, class, and wealth distribution, her eyes were opened to the potential of sustainability. In 2016, Celeste began to pursue an MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School and is most interested in the cross section of design, sustainability, and the power of consumer behavior. She currently works on marketing and branding for an environmental consulting group in Los Angeles. On the weekends, she is scouring the Rose Bowl Flea Market for vintage finds or hosting backyard dinner parties with friends.
Founder & CEO, TEENZAPP
Vanessa Arelle is a connector, storyteller and creative actionist. A tech startup investor and social entrepreneur, in 2016 she founded TEENZAPP, a youth lead disruptive narrative media hub. She is a regular contributor for Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America.
Vanessa was Head of Cultural Affairs for Mexico in the UK from 2011 to 2015, where she supported programs in art, culture, and heritage. And since 1997, Vanessa has been actively involved in philanthropic, fundraising and social development projects to further sustainability, diversity, equality and human rights.
From 2009 to 2017 she was on the board of Art Production Fund, a member of Women for Women International Leadership Circle from 2013 to 2016, on the advisory board of the David Roberts Art Foundation from 2014 to 2016 and fellow at Legatum Institute from 2015 to 2017. In addition to being an active board member of Remake, she currently serves as a trustee of Fashion Revolution, is a Strategic Cultural Advisor for Human Rights Foundation´s Oslo Freedom Forum and Advisory Board Member of London Business School’s Out in Business Club and their yearly EurOut Conference.
As board member of Remake, Vanessa brings her creative storytelling skills to grow Remake’s content and conscious consumer movement.
Head of Global Product Innovation, LS&Co.
Following his passion for sustainability, Paul has been an integral partner with Levi Strauss & Company’s Social and Environmental Sustainability group to develop front-end methods for applied sustainability in the design process. Paul led the design team that created the Dockers® Wellthread collection, a result of a fellowship with the Aspen Institute. His recent collaboration with Google for the Jacquard jacket breaks ground in wearable technology through a durable, touch-sensitive fabric.
Before joining LS&Co., Dillinger worked as a fashion designer and brand development specialist for 16 years at a variety of fashion houses in New York, including Calvin Klein and DKNY. He has also served as a designer-in-residence for the Rhode Island School of Design through a program sponsored by Levi Strauss & Co.
Paul received his BFA in Fashion Design from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation he moved to Milan as the first Fulbright Scholar in fashion design, researching the influence of emerging luxury markets on high fashion design directions and commercialization. Concurrent with this research, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Domus Academy in 1995.
Paul is hailed by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in the fashion industry. As board member of Remake, Paul brings his passion for sustainable design to Remake’s immersive journeys and conscious fashion curation.
Founder and CEO, ARZU Inc.
Connie K. Duckworth (@ckduckworth) is the founder and CEO of ARZU, which means hope in Dari, a non-profit organization that empowers women weavers in rural Afghanistan. ARZU is a shining example of holistic grassroots economic development employing 500 Afghans and supporting the eco-system of education, maternal health and community programs. She is a retired Partner and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs, & Co., where she was named the first woman sales and trading partner in the firm’s history during her 20 year career.
Connie brings her passion for ethical commerce as a sustainable way to lift women out of poverty, to Remake’s advisory board.
She is also a Trustee of Equity Residential (EQR) in Chicago and a Director of Steelcase Inc. (SCS) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her philanthropic work, Ms. Duckworth is a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, an Overseer of The Wharton School, and serves on the boards of the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago and NorthShore University HealthSystem, in Evanston, Illinois, where she was the first woman Chairman of the Board. She is a founding member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and a member of the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council.
The recipient of numerous awards for leadership, social impact and innovation, Ms. Duckworth holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is married to Tom and the mother of four children.
Product Management & Marketing Strategist
Seema joins Remake’s board with 15 years as a product leader in consumer tech & marketplaces; 30 years as a world traveler; 7 years as an amateur photographer; 2 years as a mother.
She currently work independently with for profit and non profit technology startups including Remake, Fast Forward and Angel List on all aspects of product strategy and process: defining vision, outlining objectives & KPIs, hypothesis-building, feature prioritization / testing, building lean product practices / processes, occasionally product delivery & hiring.
She has formerly held product leadership positions at ebay, AngelList, TaskRabbit, and OPOWER and been awarded 9 US Patents.
VP, S.H. Cowell Foundation
Jamie is focused on building the right connections, governance structure and policies to advance Remake’s mission.
As a well-respected leader in philanthropy, she has worked across public, private and nonprofit sectors to empower youth and build inclusive economies. As S.H. Cowell Foundation’s Vice President Programs, she focuses on grant-making that strengthens families and communities and advances economic stability. She also manages the Foundation’s Program-Related Investment loan portfolio.
Jamie is deeply committed to civic engagement and is a visiting lecturer on philanthropy, nonprofit governance and social enterprise at UC Berkeley, Mills College and the University of San Francisco. She currently serves as Board Chair at the Whitman Institute, which promotes social and economic equity through funding dialog and leadership initiatives. She is also Chair of U.S. Friends of CUSO International, a development organization that works to reduce global poverty. Jamie has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from the University of Tennessee with Bachelors degrees in Political Science: International Relations; Spanish; Economics; and Humanities.
“With my board service at Remake, I hope to inspire a next generation of youth leaders to be globally connected and empowered to use their voice to promote safer and more decent jobs around the world.”
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
Chad (@chadbolick) is an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Philanthropy Management group. Based in San Francisco, Chad is responsible for providing customized philanthropic advisory services to private wealth management individuals, families, and family offices, as well as nonprofit, foundation, and institutional clients. Chad brings 15 years of experience in management consulting, international development, corporate philanthropy, and nonprofit fundraising to the team.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Chad served as director of global partnerships at FSG, a boutique consulting firm co-founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, where he advised large foundation and nonprofit clients. Prior to FSG, Chad served as director of impact and innovation for the Tides Foundation and as director of partnerships at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). Chad started his career in Asia where we lived for 5+ years, first with the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam and later with The Asia Foundation.
Chad received his B.A. in International Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was also a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in 2014.
A frequent speaker on philanthropy, international development, and impact investing, Chad has presented at the Skoll World Forum (Oxford, UK), CSR Asia Annual Summit (Hong Kong), Shared Value Leadership Summit (New York), and Asia IIX Impact Forum (Singapore), as well as locally in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Chad is an active board member of Remake, as well as an advisor to Fast Forward, a San Francisco-based incubator focused on nonprofit technology startups.
Vice Chair, Cordes Foundation
Steph Cordes is Vice Chair of the Cordes Foundation, working to advance the Foundation’s ethical fashion and sustainable supply chain initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, Steph held positions at Conde Nast and luxury fashion brands Alberta Ferretti and Maiyet.
Passionate about the intersection of fashion and philanthropy, she serves on the board of directors for Indego Africa, a non-profit dedicated to lifting artisan women and their families out of poverty, and advisory boards of Soko, a Kenyan-based ethical jewelry brand, and Remake, an advocacy group committed to building a conscious fashion movement. As an active member of Nexus, Steph co-chairs the Nexus Ethical Fashion Lab and serves on the Nexus Impact Investing Steering Committee. She is a Milken Institute Young Leader, StartingBloc Fellow and Hive Global Leader.
As advisor to Remake, Steph brings her passion for empowering women globally, preserving rich artisan traditions and building a conscious fashion industry.
Head of Social Enablement, Adobe
Lauren (@Lauren_Hannah) drives the content and social media strategy at Remake. She’s focused on developing the voice of the Remake brand and bring the stories of maker-shopper relationships to the forefront of the conversation in a shareable and social way.
Lauren is a digital and social marketing authority having worked with many Fortune 500 brands (Levi’s, Safeway, ABC Family) to help integrate digital and social media into their overarching marketing strategy.
She graduated from the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she was Editor in Chief of the CU Independent. The transformation from print to digital during her tenure inspired her to reach beyond what was well-known in the journalism industry and experiment with social media where her passion developed.
“The root of social media is connecting people to people. In many ways, that’s Remake’s mission as well. Social media is powerful. The community is strong. Now, we can tell our story and the stories of the people who make our clothes at scale. And together, we can #remakeourworld.”
UX Design, Lyra Health
Rina leads the design strategy and visual identity at Remake. She is continuously exploring new ways to communicate the connection between the shopper and the hidden world where our fashion is created.
Rina has been a product and design lead for multiple web application companies, focusing on transparency and social causes. She led the design team at Castlight Health, a company with a mission to bring transparency to healthcare. She also partnered with Rootstrikers on a series of visual information pieces to expose issues of money in politics. At BSR, she collaborated with major automotive manufacturers (Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Honda, and Chrysler) to improve their supply chain working conditions.
Rina earned her MBA and MS in Natural Resources and Environment from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. She has a BAS from Stanford University in Product Design and Japanese Studies.
“My passion is systems thinking and understanding the indirect and long-term impacts of our actions. For every product we consume, there is a long story of how it came to us, and another story of what will happen after we are done with it. I believe heightening this awareness will improve the lives and the futures of many people around the world.”
Product Designer and Creative Strategist
Mariam advises Remake on content and experience design strategy. She’s focused on usability and the delivery of content for the Remake brand.
As a product and experience design leader, she has has designed web, mobile and custom software solutions that are led with empathy and a user centric approach. She has successfully co-founded a company (Doughbies) and has worked with many leading brands (Genentech, Dell, Disney). She also works independently with non-profits and start-ups to provide product strategy and creative direction.
“The work Remake does to humanize brands is an important narrative that we need in our daily lives. To connect consumers to makers, to understand that the smallest purchase could have an impact on someone’s life, is what we need to live and lead with empathy.”
Head of Merchandising and Product Development, Journelle
Sandra advises Remake on product selection for their e-commerce platform and brokers key industry relationships that advance the Remake movement.
As Head of Merchandising and Product Development at Journelle, Sandra overseas the selection and management of third party product as well as Journelle’s private label.
With over 10 years in the luxury sector, Sandra has developed her expertise in retail alongside top designers, artisans and key retailers including Christian Louboutin, Henri Bendel, INTERMIX®, Harvey Nichols and Vogue. She brings this knowledge to the Remake team to champion human rights and environmental conservation.
“I was touched by the work Remake does and immediately felt called to action. Consumers must be educated on how and where their products are made, and more importantly, who is making them. Retail’s role in this will be two-fold: demand more transparency from brand partners and increase the focus on availability of affordable, trend-relevant and quality sustainable products.”