Founder & CEO
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.”
Director of Marketing & Partnerships
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.”
Director of Education
As the Director of Education, Sam supports a growing community of Remake Ambassadors, individuals working across the fashion industry and in their local communities to make fashion a force for good. She is narrowly focused on empowering the next generation of sustainable fashion and women empowerment advocates.
From TOMS to fair trade to grassroots advocacy, Sam has spent her career at the intersection of social impact and business, knowing full well that without informed, empathetic consumers the fashion industry will not change.
Sam holds a BA in Textile and Apparel Manufacturing from the University of Missouri, and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. Alongside Remake, Sam is a managing partner at qb., a purpose-driven consulting firm helping clients create and implement sustainability and diversity and inclusion strategies and communications.
“As Brittney Packnett says, ‘Knowledge is power. Take powerful action.’ At Remake, we elevate makers’ voices bringing awareness to the vast inequities across the fashion industry; we listen to their stories. Then we act; we #wearourvalues and share what we’ve learned with our local community.”
Director of Content & Development
Chelsey joins Remake with over eight years of professional content experience. Beginning her career as a photo editor for a national teen magazine and quickly moving into writing, editing, and content managing for a diverse range of major print and online publications.
Prior to Remake, Chelsey wrote for Bustle, City Guide NY, and Paste Magazine, also regularly picking up bylines in The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Thought Catalog. Additionally, she taught creative writing to undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts Boston and to children and teens at Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization based in New York City.
With a BA in Film/Video from the University of California, San Diego and a forthcoming MFA in Creative Writing from UMass Boston, Chelsey is interested in the power of storytelling and how universality can be accessed through writing. Chelsey is particularly excited by Remake’s interrogation of fast fashion as a women’s issue, and she is thrilled to get to play a role in spreading this insight.
“I care deeply about women and this planet, and fast fashion is harming them both. For me, sustainable fashion isn’t only a question of saving the earth, but also, it is an examination of ethics and the way we treat each other. It is a persistence in the hope for a better future, both environmentally and humanistically.”
Social Media Manager
Lindsey helps bring Remake’s mission to life, digitally, as the Social Media Marketing Manager. Prior to becoming “eco woke,” she afforded 5+ years of digital marketing and strategy experience with quintessential, fashion-retail brands, including Victoria’s Secret PINK, Aerie, Anthropologie, Keds, Ralph Lauren, and Timberland. It was upon exposure to the smoke and mirrors of the industry while working closely with a production partner in 2018 that shifted her individual consumption behavior (250+ days with #nonewclothes), focus to permaculture, and desire to be a part of the community creating positive change. Lindsey actively hopes through her story and role, she can spread the #wearyourvalues movement.
Committed to the cause of shifting consumer behavior, today she also serves as North-American Marketing Manager for Loop, a platform ranked as one of Time’s 2019 top innovations by eliminating single-use through offering durable, reusable packaging solutions. Outside of her NYC-based 9-5, Lindsey enjoys R&R with her kitty Winston Bishop and 20+ houseplants, museum exploring, time spent sipping and thrifting with friends and over hobbies which include painting in watercolors, dissecting Taylor Swift lyrics, celebrating her Jersey roots, and chatting all things the environment / Philadelphia, having lived there while attending Temple University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors Program with a B.A. in Advertising Research + Strategy.
To continue to inspire the next generation to create movements before physically moving across the country (which she did in 2016), Lindsey guest lectures and mentors at Northeastern universities, like the Fashion Institute of Technology, and prioritizes making time to speak at conferences to provide education similar to the one she’s been fortuned to receive through a combination of her experiences and Remake’s resources.
Caroline joins Remake to support the development of the Ambassador and Student Ambassador programs. Having served as a Campus Rep for a Fortune 500 company, she knows how to maximize a brand’s presence on college and university campuses. Through digital and experiential initiatives, Caroline looks forward to engaging with students about the clothes they wear and the individuals who make them.
A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Caroline has a B.S. in Hospitality and General Business, with an emphasis in Meetings and Events. In her career, she wants to assist brands – including Remake – fulfill and exceed their goals through authentic and innovative engagement programs.
“My goal is to help Remake become a catalyst for ethical and sustainable fashion practices on campuses. Along the way, I hope to foster and nurture relationships with like-minded individuals in the fashion community, Remake community, and my local community, while empowering future generations.”
Experiential Marketing Manager
Robyn joins Remake to develop partnerships with NYC-based brands, influencers, and media. With Remake, she seeks to inspire influential companies and individuals to use their platform for good.
Robyn previously worked in marketing & communications at companies including Rent the Runway and Red Bull Media House. After learning about how we consume fashion and its effects on people and the planet, she decided to use her expertise in brand & content strategy, creative direction, partnerships, and events to inspire women to be more conscious consumers. Robyn loves working with Remake because of its positive, actionable approach to making fashion a force for good.
Outside of Remake, Robyn is a marketing consultant and founder of R. Davies Styling, a boutique personal styling service that helps women build a sustainable wardrobe that’s reflective of who they are and what they value.
Ambassador, London, United Kingdom
Riikka Olli, originally from Finland has led an international career in Tech/Ecommerce building and developing faster, more convenient 1-click shopping experiences. She led product development and new business innovation at PayPal for 7 years in Paris, Stockholm and Moscow. While studying her MBA, she worked with a smaller sustainable fashion brand in Helsinki and that opened her eyes to the challenges faced in Fashion. The lack of transparency, fast-fashion business model with massive over production and unfairness channelled in the industry made her readjust her own mission and next career move. She wanted to find a way to use her tech background for greater good within fashion.
Today Riikka is a Founder at Styleuncoded Ltd, recently launched a business based in London and Helsinki, with a mission to help brands that sell online in 2 ways 1) building tools for customers to buy more consciously, no more 1-click but value adding services that help customers make more sustainable choices 2) Innovating business models to introduce sustainable and circular business practices like second-hand, repairs and up-cycling.
“I’m excited to join Remake as I believe this is a great forum for consumers, brands, influencers and policy-makers to lead change in the Fashion industry. When joining forces we can take action for a cleaner, more transparent and more equal future.”
Ambassador, Glen Head, New York
Sachi is an avid writer, artist, and activist. She is a high school student who has used fashion to express herself for as long as she could remember, However, having begun to learn about the dangers of fast fashion and its impact on the environment, she had begun her journey embracing a sustainable lifestyle. As a remake ambassador, she hopes to inform young girls about the impacts of their styling choices on the environment, as well as the impacts production can have on labor. She hopes to be an inspiration, and hopes to embody self love, raise awareness about injustices caused by the impacts of the fast-fashion industry, promote body-positivity and feminism, all while maintaining a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
“I wear my values by respecting my integrity, and by making choices that make me proud to stand by the consequences of my own actions.”
Ambassador, Flushing, New York
In March of 2019, while recovering from foot surgery, Luz was conducting research for her up-cycled jewelry brand, Stella Lucchi, Inc. – because she had steered away from solely up-cycling broken or discarded jewelry and felt that she needed to honor her commitment of keeping broken and unwanted jewelry out of the landfills. While researching how she can partner with others who shared her values she came across the NYC Fair Trade Coalition (NYCFTC) and became a business member. Through NYCFTC, she came across the Global Fashion Exchange and Remake. She learned about Fashion Revolution Week and began learning all she could about sustainable fashion and fell in love with the whole cause.
She has always been an avid thrifter and clothing swapper. She came across the Slow Fashion Season campaign in the summer of 2019 and pledged to not purchase anything new, as well as give up purchasing from fast fashion megastores. She committed to only swapping clothes and purchasing secondhand and since then it is all she does. She also sells her and her friends’ unwanted clothes on Poshmark and at a thrift store where she is involved in. Luz wanted to find more ways to get involved in the sustainable fashion movement and when she learned about the Remake Ambassador program, she signed up right away. Bringing awareness about all facets of sustainable fashion is important to her, issues such as the impacts of fast fashion, apparel supply chain, and how fashion impacts the environment. She feels she has lots to learn but in the process can share what she does know to aid in making a difference.
“I am committed to increasing the life of what I already have, only purchasing secondhand whenever possible, swapping my clothes as well as reselling whatever clothes I no longer want to keep it out of the landfills. I am all about Re-purposing, Re-Styling, and Re-Fashioning what you have. I believe sustainability is sexy! More importantly, I am committed to bringing awareness about sustainable fashion to those around me.”
Ambassador, Washington D.C.
Creator of “Love Is Therapy,” Bernisha set her business focus on educating the importance of sustainably, loving the world we live in, and it’s connection with mental healing.
Her love for fashion started at a very young age, which consisted of modeling and reconstructed denim jeans into skirts and bags, as a form of creative expression. She went on to study Fashion Merchandising, and from there is where her love for sustainability grew. She currently creates handcrafted and custom clothing and decor making “unloved” items loved again.
Becoming a Remake Ambassador gives Bernisha the opportunity to connect and engage with like minded people, and further her knowledge of sustainability to pass it on to others.
“My motto is, ‘Love what you wear,’ but it’s more than just looking good, it’s feeling good about the conscious clothing decisions you make for yourself and the world.”
Ambassador, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bella has always had a long-standing love for fashion and is now on a mission to showcase the sustainable side. She has a styling account (@bellasternstyle) where she researchers small, sustainable brands and “shops” from her own closet to try to elevate the seemingly daunting task of finding sustainable fashion. She is a part of Villanova University’s class of 2021 with majors in Psychology and French and a minor in Sustainability. She has made it her prerogative to study and learn everything she can about the fashion industry, the good, the bad, and the ugly, on her own terms.
She got into sustainable fashion after working for a fast-fashion company and seeing first-hand the toxic and exploitative work environment. As a remake ambassador she hopes to join a community, spread the word, and foster the dialogue around ethical and sustainable fashion.
“Not knowing where and who is impacted by our shopping choices is no longer an option. We need to take responsibility and change the industry if we want to see it move forward. I wear my values by shopping from small, ethical, sustainable brands or second hand.
Ambassador, Los Angeles, California
Kate is a visionary entrepreneurial leader who has spent 20+ years forecasting future trends for global brands & businesses, mentoring teams and building organizational standards from New York to Hawaii. By utilizing her executive skills in leadership, merchandising, spatial, product, and line architecture, she has built a legacy of lasting relationships and vast networks in design, retail, production, technology, operations, logistics, construction, and human resources.
Kate joined the Remake team after shifting gears from the fast-fashion world to focus on the next stage of her career path to align more closely with her values in sustainability and circular economies. She first learned of Remake through her studies at Wageningen University, Circular Fashion Design, Science, and Value in Sustainable Clothing Industry course. Her recent years of studies have kick-started her passion to collaborate with brands and ambassadors who align with her similar ideals, which why she is so excited to be a part of the Remake team.
Ambassador, Uppsala, Sweden
Originally from Mantova, Italy, Ingrid is what you can call an European citizen. Graduated in Politic Philosophy and Economics, she lived in France and Sweden and she is now a master student in European Studies, Politics and culture. Interested in sustainability and the role of politics in promoting a more sustainable world, she became a Remake Ambassador in 2020. In her academic career she studied environmental law and sustainable societies. In addition, her interest for sustainable fashion motivated her to attend a course at the London College of Fashion about fashion and sustainability.
Ingrid is a vintage lover and she loves to thrift all around Europe and beyond. She loves every clothing brand that is organic, vegan or uses new technologies to promote sustainable fashion.
“I became an Ambassador because I believe in the power of knowledge, awareness and education, pushing modern societies to ameliorate their way of living. Fashion MUST be a sustainable and an affordable option for everyone. Just through common effort we can make it possible!”
Ambassador, Irvine, California
Trish graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with an Associate’s Degree in Merchandise Product Development and a B.S. in Business Management. She currently works as a senior content strategist for a lifestyle digital media site that lifts up the voices of women around the world.
Given her academic background, industry experience, and passion for fashion and social justice issues, Trish hopes to bring awareness and encourage people to reflect on the power and responsibility they have to make better decisions, hold brands accountable, and to advocate for those who don’t have voices.
“As a faith-based individual, I believe that empathy is what motivates me to wear my values. I approach my consumer decisions with this in mind, by taking care of my clothes and repurposing items I own to extend its life and lessen its negative ethical and environmental impacts. “
Ellen Mason & Jennifer Ransom
Ambassador, Austin, Texas
A Fashionating Life is a fashion blog for women in their 40s who want to feel empowered by fashion in their daily lives. Inspiring women to take control of their personal style and view fashion as a powerful tool in the story they tell the world. Co-founded by sustainable shopping enthusiasts, Ellen Mason, 48 and Jennifer Ransom, 45, AFL wants to see 40+ women have more representation in the influencer space, with a focus on developing personal style through sustainable shopping. From thrift and vintage stores, to designer consignment, Etsy and eBay, 85% of our (rather fabulous) wardrobes come from the secondary market.
Both discovered their love for sustainable shopping at garage sales and thrift stores with their grandmothers in the 70s and never stopped. Ellen has a background in fashion and music marketing. Jennifer’s experience is in politics and nonprofit work. They met while working together for the largest arts advocacy organization in the state of Texas where they fought for increased funding for the creative sector, as well as arts education initiatives.
The most exciting part of being a Remake Ambassador is getting to work with sustainably stylish women who are committed to making a difference in how we produce and consume clothing, as well as cleaning up the fashion industry in general.
“We are unapologetic fashion lovers. While some might find that frivolous, we believe that fashion lovers have the power and the opportunity to bring about crucial changes that will positively impact everything from women’s rights and our environment.”
Ambassador, Victoria, British Columbia
A human rights and environmental activist, Sierra found Remake through her passion for low impact and locally made fashion. With a degree in environmental science, her work has been largely focused on connecting people with what’s in their own backyard. She bridges her interests in minimalism, tiny living, and nature with her closet and shares that with others. By committing to #365daysnonewclothes Sierra hopes to inspire others to live more sustainably and be a conscious consumer (while building a bada** thrifted wardrobe)!
Sierra has been immersed in local fashion as both an employee, model, consultant and friend. She takes her work seriously and continues to strive for a more just and sustainable world through activism and organizing. By building community through event planning, she gets to share her values and connect with people from all walks of life. Come at her with an idea and she will surely make it happen!
“I want to be part of a just and equitable future for all. Clothing and fashion is one piece of the dollar puzzle where every vote counts. Our future depends on the decisions we make now.”
Ambassador, Mexico City, Mexico
Kevin Ramirez is a young student from Mexico City. Kevin studied digital marketing at The Open University and while taking a course on ecological management at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, he realized the impact that fast fashion had on the world and quickly changed his consumer habits.
Kevin lives in a community where fast fashion shopping is very consistent and accessible. He wants to inform and educate about sustainable, ethical and second-hand consumption.
“I stopped being a big consumer of fast fashion and #wearyourvales by educating and buying ethically sustainable brands.”
Philippa grew up all over Britain where she also began her studies in textiles and fashion. Being unsatisfied with the lack of an interdisciplinary approach, she moved to Sweden where she is currently studying a BS in Development Studies. She has combined her love for fashion with her activism, touching on topics such as race, gender and sustainability through her blog ‘Talking Dirty- The filthy state of fashion’. She hopes to use this to encourage others to explore the fashion industry and use it as a platform to promote re/make.
“I truly think that the heart of fashion should be expression, love and creativity. The fact that the current state of the market does not reflect this, with its abuses of human rights, theft and pollution -to name just a few horrors- has caused the industry to rot. Slowly, through the awareness-raising by many amazing people like at Remake, the world is slowly starting to wake-up to the injustices. I hope to be a small part of making that happen!”
Ambassador, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Lucy Hall is a freelance brand strategist, content creator and founder of the Instagram page, Nothing To Hide. Horrified by the environmental and ethical implications of garment manufacture, Lucy developed her knowledge on the darker side of the industry, writing a report on supply chain transparency. Her research revealed a desire from consumers to be educated on the truth, sparking the concept for Nothing To Hide. Recently featured on the Graduate Fashion Foundation Talent list, Lucy’s approach focuses on rewriting the narrative surrounding sustainable fashion. Think more accessible and cool, less green and leafy.
“Shopping only from second-hand stores or sustainable labels for well over a year now, I wear my values by saying no to fast fashion on all levels. I am thrilled to be working alongside my fellow remake ambassadors on the mission to put an end to the detrimental environmental and ethical implications of our current system. It’s time to shine a light on the brands who are getting it right, allowing them to pose a threat to mainstream ideas of fashion.”
Ambassador, Toronto, Ontario
Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Anushka moved to Toronto to pursue a degree in Marketing. Having grown up in the hub of fast fashion production, Anushka was determined at a young age to bring meaningful changes to the lesser seen side of fast fashion. She then went on to work with NGO’s in rural Bangladesh, Myanmar and Malaysia to facilitate women to unlock their entrepreneurship potential through micro finance.
After moving to Toronto, Anushka quickly realized that consumers were not aware of the conditions that the workers who made their clothes were working in or how much they were getting paid. There was no transparency across the supply chain about how the most vulnerable workers at the bottom were getting treated. Anushka is passionate about shedding a light to consumers on the lives of workers by humanizing the fashion supply chain and demanding accountability from brands.
”As consumers we often get carried away by shiny clearance and sale signs, forgetting that somewhere in the world, someone is paying the price for it. Now more than ever, we must look at our clothes with empathy and remember that someone’s hopes and dreams are being sacrificed for our fashion. I wanted to become a Remake ambassador to help spread their incredibly important message of Wearing your values, and educating consumers to challenge their shopping habits for the better.”
Ambassador, San Diego, California
“I #WearMyValues by making careful choices about each item I buy and wear. I use fashion as a way to celebrate creativity of giving new life to old clothes and to support innovative brands that are driven by social impact.”
Ambassador, Boston, Massachusetts
Giana is a fundraiser by trade, activist at heart, and aspiring sustainable fashion entrepreneur. As she nears the finish of her MBA, she‘s realizing it is time to blend her passion and her career which is precisely what brought her to Remake.
“I grew up in a family of small business owners, so the entrepreneurial spirit was always inside me. But, I remember the time clear as day when I realized the space I wanted to take up was in sustainable fashion. I met a friend for coffee before work in my gym clothes figuring I’d get some exercise in after our date. I realized I had completely forgotten my professional clothes (and, of course, had some big meetings that day)! I found myself in the middle of Downtown Crossing in Boston, surrounded by notoriously unethical brands and without any options. It dawned on me then, I can be the one to help my city do better.”
Irfan obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Delhi under Indian Council For Cultural Scholarship Scheme.
Irfan has more than 10 years experience with various NGOs in Indonesia and 4 years as journalist. Today, he established Jendela Desa Indonesia Foundation and is a director with a a vision, “empowering and enlightening people in the rural places in Indonesia.”
The number of textile and garment industries in Indonesia has made him learn a lot about the various impacts it has: environmental pollution, land degradation and desertification, human right violation, unhealthy worker living condition, salary below of standard etc.
“I hope I can learn more knowledge from Remake and make a positive contribution in Remake advocacy on the #WearYourValues movement, particularly in Indonesia. I think, we shouldn’t sacrifice our live and environment to be fashionable.”
Ambassador, Chicago, Illinois
Having always been passionate about the environment and reuse, Marley’s love for fashion deepened during her time at Michigan State University, where she studied Apparel and Textile Design while on scholarship for the varsity volleyball team. Not exactly gifted with a pattern + sewing machine, she quickly realized her efforts were better served wearing fabulous fashion and connecting with people via the world of large scale event design.
Currently residing in Chicago as Director of Sales + Partnerships for one of the nation’s top event design firms, HMR Designs, Marley is committed to buying only sustainable and responsibly designed pieces – with a dream that a leading luxury design house will make a commitment to creating chic, one of a kind pieces via quality reused materials.
Her latest claim to fame is being featured on Vox Media’s “Pivot” Podcast where she brought up the need for change at big retail like Amazon as it relates to socially conscious consumerism and Chipotle’s recent line of sustainably made goods.
“Passionate in the fight vs. fast fashion and a wiz in a resale shop, I am thrilled to be a part of the Remake team as an Ambassador to help spread knowledge on the myriad of ways that we as consumers need to demand impactful change in the industry via our actions, wallets and voices.”
Ambassador, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Katia was raised as a third culture kid who was exposed to various cultures growing up between France, Japan and California. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy at UC Berkeley, she moved to Singapore to jumpstart her career. This led her to discover the region and travel to Cambodia where she was faced with the manufacturing side of fashion for the first time. She researched the garment industry’s impact on the local economy and its effects on garment workers and the local environment. Two years later, she packed her belongings and moved to Phnom Penh to start GOOD KRAMA – a data-driven sustainable fashion label that operates in full transparency and places the makers and the environment at the center of her business model.
She now runs her business between Phnom Penh and Amsterdam and is excited to share her experience as a young entrepreneur with the Remake community. She is a firm believer in knowledge sharing and collaborative effort to show that ethics and esthetics are not mutually exclusive.
“My goal is to empower consumers to understand that each purchase can and does make a difference. It starts with rebuilding an emotional connection to the garments we wear and understanding how they are made and by whom. Storytelling is a huge part of my work and I am constantly amazed by the skill and craftsmanship that the makers have honed over generations.”
Ambassador, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Catherine Bouchard is an Economics student at the University of Glasgow with a background of corporate experience mainly focused in Audit. Her interest in the cohesion between fashion and sustainability arose from becoming more aware during lockdown of the extent to which we as a society (particularly the younger generation) contribute to the exploitation of both people and the environment. We should all be striving to live in a transparent society that allows us to make ethical and informed choices about the impact we leave behind on the planet, whilst holding corporate brands to the same high standards we should hold ourselves.
Catherine has been involved in promoting various charitable causes on campus, namely as a committee member of the Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show which raised over £42,000 for Glasgow Women’s Aid, and as Treasurer of Glasgow University Fashion Revolution. Whilst Co-Editor in Chief of G-You, a magazine published by the Glasgow University Union, she has called attention to issues surrounding fast fashion and hopes to use the platform to advocate for a variety of campus societies. As a Remake Ambassador she hopes to be able to focus more student attention on Remake and raise the profile of issues linked to fast fashion on campus through collaborating with other societies and the two student unions on campus to host events such as film screenings, panel talks and vintage shops. She is excited to be able to campaign for such an important issue, particularly one that is so relatable for students!
“I wear my values by really following through on the promises I make and by considering the impact my choices have on others. Being able to live a truly sustainable life is about being more conscious, and walking the walk as well as talking a big game about being more sustainable. I also believe these changes should come from a place of compassion and desire to improve as a person, so I try not to judge others for their choices as everyone comes from a different social and economic background.”
Ambassador, New York, New York
Thania Peck is a Fashion/Beauty industry content creator, the creative director of Catcher in the Style, an activist for sustainability, and an advocate for a climate positive fashion and beauty industry. She started modeling before creating her lifestyle and fashion blog. Her blog not only emphasizes her love of fashion but also her passion for philanthropy.
Intending to spread love and positivity, Thania serves as an ambassador to four youth charities, is a mentor, and a nonprofit volunteer. She is a UN partner and works closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, is an organizer for Plus1Vote, and on the advisory board of the New Fashion Initiative. Her work with major fashion and beauty brands as a strategic partner in sustainable practices has made her a dominant voice in the fashion and beauty industry movement of sustainability.
This year she’s working on public policy with goals to create a circular fashion industry and greater transparency for consumers.
Ambassador, San Francisco, California
Growing up in San Francisco, Andrea Robinowitz has always been passionate about the environment. At a young age, she committed to making responsible choices by becoming vegetarian, convincing her family to use sustainable energy, and starting petitions to promote composting at her school. Through her Italian heritage, she developed an interest in fashion. In high school, she took a job at an Italian fast fashion store, popular with her age group. Working there, Andrea realized the negative impact of that industry. Not only was the store wasteful, but she also saw a culture of overconsumption that is deeply ingrained in our society. After quitting her job, Andrea was inspired to join the Remake Ambassador community. Not only does she aim to promote ecological fashion, but she is passionate about sustainable wages for garment workers. Having attended public school in an urban setting, she saw the painful effect on children in families who needed two or three jobs to make ends meet.
Now as a senior at Lowell High School, Andrea is studying environmental science and is an avid thrifter. As a Remake Ambassador, she hopes to learn more about sustainable fashion issues, connect with other Ambassadors in SF, explore career opportunities in this field, discover more sustainable brands to support, and inspire other people her age to follow in her footsteps.
“I #wearmyvalues by shopping with purpose and not getting carried away by short-lived trend culture. Being fashionable and having respect for the planet are not mutually exclusive. Anyone can begin walking down the path of sustainability, no matter if the steps they take are big or small.”
Ambassador, San Francisco, California
Dorahely Sanchez has always been enthusiastic about the fashion industry. At a young age she would flip through fashion magazines, embroider with her grandmother, and spend her afternoons sewing.
After leaving her hometown of San Diego to further her education, she quickly gained experience in the industry. Dorahely now works for a leading global brand in San Francisco. Sustainability and accountability are her top priorities as she continues her professional journey.
As a Remake Ambassador, Dorahely hopes to learn more about the industry as it continues to evolve while educating others. She wants to bring awareness to the consumer through advocacy and community shaping.
“I #wearmyvalues by educating myself on sustainable/ethical brands and by keeping myself accountable.”
Ambassador, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Currently in the final year of her degree in English Literature and Politics at Newcastle University, Jemima Elliott is a writer, slow fashion advocate and activist. In 2017, Jemima started looking into the ethics and environmental impacts of fast fashion, particularly at how women are affected at all levels of the supply chain. Since then, she’s changed her shopping habits – cutting out fast fashion, buying mostly secondhand (if at all) – and has become a campaigner on sustainability and ethical issues in the fashion industry. On her blog, Another Ranting Reader, she writes about slow fashion, other areas of sustainability, books, periods and more!
“I believe that everything we buy and do should have the best possible impact on both people and planet. We should love our clothes not just because of how they look, but also for the processes through which they were made.”
Ambassador, London, United Kingdom
Francine Heath credits designer Maggie Marilyn Hewitt with her shift into professionally focusing on sustainable fashion. On a regular working day at NET-A-PORTER, she attended a training session with the rising star, who talked through a rail of wonderfully bright and beautiful garments – noting any eco credentials along the way. At that point, sustainability wasn’t the buzzword it is today, and discovering someone in the industry striving so hard to make a real difference was far from the norm. Francine left the session inspired and hasn’t stopped researching or writing about the movement since.
A trained fashion journalist, she’s penned articles for the likes of Eco-Age, Vogue and Refinery 29, and has created content for The Forward Lab, including the #NoMoreMustHave campaign which was covered by Clare Press on the news desk of Wardrobe Crisis. At NET-A-PORTER, she worked on the global launch of NET SUSTAIN: a platform spotlighting locally made products and the use of considered materials. Francine is thrilled to join the Remake team as an ambassador and can’t wait to collaborate with like-minded change makers.
“I #WearMyValues by continuing to advocate conscious consumerism in a positive, optimistic way. I’m passionate about changing the culture of newness and influencing better shopping habits.”
Ambassador, Richmond, Virginia
TaLisa Robinson is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She was formerly employed as a Licensed Cosmetologist and Educator for Richmond City Public School Systems as well as her own education venture, Beyond The Basics Beauty Boot Camp. Talisa is now owner and designer at Akira Couture, offering elegant, timeless Fashion. Graduating from Bryant and Stratton College with her business degree in Management. TaLisa has worked in the beauty and cosmetology field for over 25 years and as an onset Stylest for RVA’s finest photographers and makeup artists for fashion shoots and model portfolios.
As a child, she was first introduced to sewing at the age of 9 in home economics. This is where her interest was born for the fashion Industry. After showing a constant interest in the class, her Mother, Joyce, purchased a sewing machine and taught her how to sew. TaLisa fell in love with Vogue, one of the most complex pattern makers for that time period, and began making and altering her own clothing.
That is where the dream began for fashion, but that dream would be delayed for decades to come. Pursuing other interests, family, and the beauty industry, she found fulfillment in her career and family. Today Talisa is the owner of the new fashion brand, Akira Couture, now a sustainable brand. While refining her brand’s focus and audience, she learned of the building collapse and the tragic and senseless loss of lives in Dhaka in 2013. So, what started out as a mainstream fashion venture, turned into a sustainable fashion company once she saw the devastating effects of the fashion industry on our eco-systems, women of color, and the danger that all of the processes to produce fast fashion held. During the search for sustainable partners, she came across this extraordinary opportunity to partner with a company that is dedicated to making a difference, Remake.
” I believe fashion shouldn’t cost the lives of others. Fashion shouldn’t jeopardize environments in our global community and people should not be left without safe living spaces, drinking water, and safe places to work in this industry. I believe I can make a difference, one garment at a time, one seminar at a time as I and others partner with Remake to make real change in this wonderful fashion Industry. I will #wearmyvalues as I move forward with my venture and through speaking with and engaging my global community with my voice and company, one project at a time.”
Ambassador, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Lucy is a Sustainable Design MA student with a Textiles background, currently working in communications for a Brighton-based non-profit. She is a designer/maker by trade and the founder of Not So Sloppy Seconds (@notsosloppy), a sustainable fashion events company. Throughout her undergraduate career, Lucy noticed the gap in education when it came to sustainability in the Textiles industry and so shifted her focus from commercial textile design to sustainable fashion. She started to realize how dangerous the fashion industry was to garment workers and the environment and vowed to fight for change.
She is passionate about sustainable education and hopes to use her platform to educate herself and others on the atrocities committed by the fashion industry, and wider global communities in the name of profit. She believes in supporting small, independent and ethical businesses and is excited for the future of the fashion, as people begin to realize the damage that has been caused. As a Remake Ambassador, Lucy is excited to join a collective of passionate and powerful people, and continue to amplify the voices in the fashion industry that have been suppressed for decades. She hopes that she can continue to learn and be inspired by those around her in this new global community.
“I #wearmyvalues by supporting those who are campaigning for change, and vowing to educate myself with every purchase I make. Saying no to fast fashion, and yes to independent creators and makers who are the force for change in our industry.”
Ambassador, Buffalo, New York
Kristie Bailey, @freeze_bae, is a graphic designer and socio-environmental advocate who is passionate about green, labor-positive fashion across the supply chain. Kristie first became aware of the fashion crisis after watching the documentary, The True Cost, which exposed modern-day fashion for what it is: an oppressive, unsustainable, and destructive force motivated almost entirely by profit. Since that time, Kristie has committed herself to wearing only secondhand and ethically-made garments.
An editorial designer for magazines including GQ and Oprah Magazine, Kristie is a skillful storyteller who makes complex ideas both visually exciting and accessible. By becoming a Remake Ambassador, Kristie adds her voice to a strong network of green fashion advocates working toward systemic change in the fashion industry.
“Making ethical fashion choices allows us to express a positive vision of ourselves and the world around us. No one needs to suffer for fashion. In advocating for systemic change, we work toward a vision in which no one will.”
Ambassador, Brooklyn, New York
Rose got hooked on sustainable fashion about 10 years ago. While in college she learned a bit about it and upon graduating, the more she researched, the more she noticed a lack of transparency. Rose then became quite obsessed and immersed in the industry.
Rose is a 2008 graduate from Dominican University with a BA in Apparel Design. She has her own sustainable swimwear company called Rosina~Mae. She also heads Camp Fashion Design in Manhattan’s Garment District each summer. Additionally, Rose enjoys contributing articles and editorials to sustainable fashion magazines as a stylist and writer. With a love for vintage, she has worked as an archivist for various luxury vintage companies. Researching and writing about designers that were activists in other times is particularly enjoyable and a true passion of hers. Various works of Rose (as designer, stylist, or writer) have been featured in Sportswear International, Nylon Magazine, WWD, PhotoBook Magazine, NBC Chicago, BuzzFeed, Trend Prive, Vogue Italia, Bazaar Kids, and more.
“There are many different ways to be climate activists through our closets and with what we wear. As a Multiracial-American, I want the industry to be diverse, transparent, and inclusive. Sustainability should not be a luxury. I believe that everyone regardless of background and income can embrace an ethical and sustainable lifestyle.”
Ambassador, New York, New York
Claudia began her sustainable fashion journey by interning with Marina Testino, founder of Point Off View and an avid promoter of sustainable choices in fashion. From Rent the Runway’s Campus Coordinator at NYU, to interning at The Circular Project, a sustainable fashion store in Madrid, Claudia has focused on obtaining professional experiences rooted in sustainable fashion. Most recently, Claudia was the Sustainability and Fashion Public Relations intern at BPCM, a strategic communications agency in New York. There, she had the opportunity to work closely with clients like Evrnu® and Thousand Fell, leaders and innovators of circularity and sustainability in the fashion industry.
Claudia utilizes her free time during the pandemic to ensure that her formal academic background backs up her passion and internship experience in sustainable fashion. Claudia took Céline Semaan’s Sustainable Literacy Course, as well as the Ellen Macarthur Foundation’s Linear to Circular: Open to All Course. Additionally, Claudia is currently taking the course Fashion’s Future: The Sustainable Development Goals by Fashion Revolution. Now in her Senior Year, Claudia is the Event Director of NYU’s Future Fashion Group, a community of students dedicated to raising awareness of the social and environmental consequences of the fashion industry. She is most excited to keep the movement growing and host events in collaboration between the Future Fashion Group and the Remake community.
“As a previous fast fashion addict, I immediately understood that I had to #WearMyValues in order to force the industry to move from a linear model to a circular one. As consumers, we vote with our wallet, and in order to vote consciously we need to adapt our purchasing behaviors, research and dive deep into the ethos and values of the brands we buy. Most importantly, we need to change our consumerist mindset and focus on loving what we already have.”
Ambassador, Portland, Oregon
Erin has always created “ new from old,” ever since she was young and was turning pillowcases into dresses for her dolls. But the passion really set in when she started her online business and really started to research the clothing waste that builds up on our earth, and how it affects our environment. She knew then and there she wanted to be part of making a difference in the world of sustainable fashion. She creates up-cycled wares because it really highlights the idea of eradication, and turning waste into something new.
Erin does not have any formal training, and is a self-taught fashion designer and seamstress. Her background is in theatre, so there is a lot of “drama” that goes into her pieces, hence the name: Dramatique Designs.
“Upcycling really promotes sustainable innovation and creativity for me. It also gives me endless possibilities to nurture my creativity and share something with the world that is unique, and gives promise to a chance at a better future for our world by doing my part to protect the environment.”
Ambassador, Ontario, Canada
Serena Luca always had an interest in fashion growing up and decided to pursue this passion when she moved to Florence, Italy to study a masters in fashion marketing and communications. Although she had deep desires to work in fashion, she felt very internally conflicted about working in an industry that is so problematic in the amount of sheer waste it produces and the exploitative labor practices it exacerbates. It wasn’t until she actually began classes and learned more about the extent of the issues and the ways in which companies are aiming to combat them that she realized she didn’t have to be part of the problem in fashion, she could actually help improve it.
Serena is looking forward to starting an internship in PR and E-commerce in the fall for a digital marketplace for sustainable fashion. What she is most excited about in working with Remake is connecting with likeminded individuals and gaining the tools to better educate others on the negative side of the fashion industry that is usually not talked about.
“This year I really learned to understand the value in having fewer items of clothing and shopping not only sustainably, but mindfully as well. We are so caught up in the consumer culture nowadays that our items of clothing have very little meaning because they are easily dispensable. I working towards doing my part to live more sustainably but I think it’s also important to educate others on how they can take the right steps to do the same.”
Ambassador, Oxford, United Kingdom
Phoebe is an English Literature student from the South of England, coming to the end of her studies. She recently created a blog (phoebenisbet.co.uk) where she writes about her sustainability journey, amongst other things she cares about. Phoebe believes that provoking honest and insightful conversation changes the way in which people think, and therefore act.
From being school-age, Phoebe was especially interested in the way certain Highstreet brands were able to charge so little for clothing, and began to learn about the human affect. In recent years, Phoebe has become a strong advocate for women’s rights and equality so, Fast Fashion does not fit with her ideals. Over time, Phoebe has become more and more interested in the various issues surrounding Fast Fashion. She took Remake’s ‘No New Clothes’ 90 day pledge and has not looked back since, instead she wants to push her journey of sustainability further.
Through being a Remake Ambassador, Phoebe hopes to bolster her own knowledge of the impacts of Fast Fashion, learn from and connect to inspiring individuals and teach others about the importance of everyone playing their own small part to combat a big issue.
“Though I am still learning how to #wearmyvalues as this is a relatively new way of living, I am much more aware and conscious of the impact from buying from Fast Fashion labels. I want to support fellow women, garment workers and do my part to help the environment so holding myself accountable for past shopping habits has been important. I hope to carry on learning, refusing to buy from Fast Fashion brands (instead shopping from sustainable labels or vintage) and to encourage and teach others to take on this lifestyle too.”
Ambassador, Orange County, California
Emma is a British fashion designer and founder based in California. She earned her BA at University for the Creative Arts in Surrey, England.
Designing for internationally recognized fashion brands both in the UK and USA over the past 10 years, Emma has witnessed firsthand the implications the fashion industry can have on people and the planet. In recent years through visiting factories overseas, and seeing the amount of waste and consumption increasing year on year, she has wrestled with her conscience over her love for her job in fashion and the negative effects the industry can have.
Deciding to use her position for good, Emma took several online courses in sustainability and ethical practices as well as trying to influence from within through her role as a designer.
Earlier this year, Emma founded Fashion and the Free . An online fashion platform with the goal of giving the real people in fashion a voice to share their stories to inspire, educate and resonate with fellow industry professionals and students. The site also features articles on sustainable & ethical brands as well as educational pieces from leading experts.
The most exciting aspect of joining Remake as an Ambassador is the opportunity to connect with like minded individuals who share the common goal of shaping the future of fashion and its impact on the environment.
“I wear my values by encouraging & educating others on the importance of sustainable and ethically made clothing. I’m proud to continue this work by sharing Remake’s message.”
Ambassador, Chicago, Illinois
Maria has been in the retail fashion industry for 18 years. Her most recent role with Lou & Grey and their initiative HERproject is what inspired her to get more involved in sustainable fashion. HERproject focused on empowering women working in the global supply chain community and giving them access to health, nutrition, and financial education. Maria felt so inspired by this initiative that she decided to leave the company and launch her own sustainable fashion lifestyle brand called LYV-ON.
Maria has held a variety of roles within the fashion retail industry. While working her way up the corporate ladder she continued to focus on her education completing her MBA while working full-time. She launched LYV-ON social platform (@lyvonlife) in early April of 2020 and is currently working on her first sustainable fashion collection, which will drop in Spring 2021. She is a passionate leader and feels at her best when she is working with a purpose. LYV-ON and being a Remake Ambassador gives her purpose – making a positive impact on women empowerment, climate change, and social and economical sustainability. The ability to join a community of change makers wanting to take lead in this super important initiative and hold fashion companies accountable is what excites Maria!
“I am a huge advocate for women empowerment. I am a believer in working together as one large community – balancing each other’s strengths and weaknesses to reach a common goal. At LYV-ON I wear my values by supporting women and giving them a voice to share their story in our Real Women + Real Experiences series. We also focus on educating and giving alternative solutions to shopping more sustainably and living a more sustainable lifestyle. Our content is diverse and inclusive so that all women feel seen and heard. We are STRONGER TOGETHER!”
Ambassador, Puerto Rico
Coral is a sought-after Marketing Communications Strategist and Creative Director in Latin America and US Hispanic markets with over 10 years of experience leading creative teams, developing and executing campaigns, high impact events, executive coaching and international media relations for several Fortune 500 companies like Ford Motor Company, McDonald’s, JetBlue and LBrands along with numerous startups and nonprofits that help make the world a better place.
Her background in journalism and expertise in corporate social responsibility allowed her to develop several programs that help protect the environment and establish ethical values and procedures in world-class corporations. Her love for nature, design and fashion came together when she learned about sustainable fashion; her newly found passion. Coral is studying sustainability in Central Saint Martins and established Fashion Awakening magazine to promote a transformation in the fashion and luxury business.
“I’m excited to connect with a community that has aligned values and a common goal; saving our planet and raising consciousness about the impact of fast fashion on the environment. I intend to use my voice and skills to amplify Remake’s message and guide others through their fashion awakening.”
Ambassador, Seattle, Washington
Ellie is a non-fashionable ethical fashion advocate. She’s never been particularly interested in fashion, and always choose clothes that are more comfortable than aesthetic. She prefers used clothes to new clothes, and she often wear beloved items long after they should be repurposed or recycled.
Although not a fashionista, Ellie is deeply interested in supporting companies and efforts that provide a fair and just working condition for garment workers. She strongly believe that consumers have a responsibility to know where their clothing comes from, and to use their purchasing power for social and economic good.
In her previous professional life, Ellie worked with newly-arrived refugees and immigrants, helping them connect to employment opportunities and get settled into their new community. She currently spends her days with her amazing twin infants, who are learning and growing at an ever-rapid pace!
Ellie is thrilled to join the work of Remake, advocating for justice, fairness, and climate-consciousness in the fashion industry. She is particularly interested in working to inspire other non-fashionistas about why they should care about making ethical fashion choices.
“I want to be an encouraging voice to consumers, helping them understand the responsibility and importance of supporting ethical fashion. There are so many resources (human and environmental) that go into the garments that we wear – resources that we don’t see when we pick up clothing off a rack. As I continue on my own ethical fashion journey, I hope to inspire others along the way.”
Ambassador, Raleigh, North Carolina
Anna is a sophomore at North Carolina State University studying Fashion and Textile Brand Management and Marketing with a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. She recently became more aware about sustainability in the fashion industry from the courses she took at school over the past year. After learning more in detail about the impacts of the fashion industry on the environment and how easy it is to make a difference, she realized that she needed to change her shopping habits and convince others to be more conscious as well. She currently works part time for a sustainable retail company called Color It Green where she has discovered a variety of sustainable brands.
Anna hopes to bring awareness of sustainable shopping to her college campus by being an advocate for change for men and women her age. It excites her knowing that she is able to make a difference in her peer’s lives as well as in the fashion industry.
“I am passionate about fashion and knowing that I am making a difference, no matter how small or large, to better this industry gives me hope that, united, we can create a big change in this world.”
Ambassador, Lisbon, Portugal
Carolina Carreira, @carolina_changetheworld, is a young student currently finishing high school from Lisbon, Portugal.
Since she was very little, she was educated to respect the planet and its people. But over the las couple of years she has been learning how her love for shopping new clothes influences the planet. That made her think she could do more to make Earth a better place. Now that she has joined Remake, she hopes to make a bigger change in the world.
“I am so exited to have the opportunity to really make a difference. I hope I can also inspire people younger than me to do something that moves them, regardless their age. We are never too young to change the world.”
Ambassador, Washington D.C.
Natalie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Being raised near mountains and the beach, Natalie spent a great deal of her childhood outside in nature. As she got older, she became passionate about environmental rights and hopes to pursue a career in corporate sustainability. She currently works at a financial trade association in Washington DC where she has learned about sustainable finance.
Natalie attended American University where she received her undergraduate degree in International Studies with a focus on human rights and global inequality and development. During undergrad, she took a course on sustainability and global strategy, where she became aware of the harmful environmental effects and human rights abuses present in the fashion industry. Beyond her studies, Natalie wanted to find more ways to learn about and get involved in sustainable fashion, which is what drew her to the Remake ambassador program. She is excited to do more to incorporate sustainable fashion into her life and educate others about fast fashion.
“The idea of living sustainably can seem daunting at times. There have been moments when I felt defeated and that my actions would never be enough to save our planet. However, little steps, like buying used clothing or purchasing a new outfit from a sustainable and ethical company, can go a long way. As a Remake Ambassador, I want to learn how to live a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle, and I want to help others make greener choices in their day to day lives.”
Ambassador, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Victoria is a Journalist and local Entrepreneur, she also collaborates with the NGO Hecho por Nosotros, an organization that works for an ethical and sustainable change in the Fashion Industry. She is studying Social Communication at La Matanza University, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She would like to focus her thesis on Fashion Industry and the impact on local society.
Victoria has always been wondering why the Fashion Industry keeps on changing so fast without thinking about the consequent social and environmental impact. If every single person has their own beauty why is so important for people to fit into a stereotype? She wants to turn every customer into a critical user, who can decide what to wear, when and why.
“It is important to create awareness not only in the brand, but also in the customer. In the capitalist world there will always be several options to choose in the fashion industry. This is not about restricting options, is about creating awareness in the user and opening up all the existing possibilities.”
Ambassador, Tempe, Arizona
Sophia (@sophiatoomb) is a sustainable fashion activist and conscious curator. She is an Arizona native, graduating from Arizona State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Supply Chain Management and a Spanish minor. Her interest in sustainable fashion started with a buying job at a local resale store. Secondhand shopping quickly became her main method of purchasing clothing after learning about the detrimental effects that fast fashion has on the environment.
From there, she dove into the sustainable side of the apparel industry. With fashion being a top polluting industry, Sophia wanted to help spread awareness about more conscious ways to shop. She founded Moda Verde (@modaverdeus), a fashion sustainability blog that is dedicated to curating environmentally and socially responsible fashion brands. As a Remake Ambassador, Sophia hopes to help educate others about sustainable ways to shop, while joining an empowering community dedicated to making change.
“I #wearmyvalues by being conscious of how much clothing I purchase, and making sure I either shop used or support sustainable brands! Sustainability is not a trend or a buzzword. It is the future of how we must live in order to sustain our planet and the people who live on it.”
Ambassador, Gurgaon, India
A second year student of Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University, Soumyaa Rawat has had the privilege to access the internet and the opportunity to know about the world.
Although there are buzzing articles about international relations, climate change, and superpowers’ race to ace, sustainable fashion is a newer concept that has happened to attract the younger minds. Dressing up and shopping being one among the many hobbies that she possesses, she found about sustainable fashion and the pros attached to it. As an ambassador at Remake, she is eager to know more about what world has to offer to the field of fashion and also to escalate the combination of sustainability and fashion into a widespread ideology. Lastly, the idea of connecting with like-minded people always excites her to the core of her heart!
“Elegance and ethics go hand in hand. For me, one can’t do without the other. Imagine being a fashionista with animal blood on it!”
Ambassador, New York, New York
Samantha Milne writes a blog (@the_sustainlabel) where she exposes secondhand treasures and sustainable fashion brands in an attempt to influence readers fast fashion inclinations. She is currently a Senior Client Strategist at a mobile marketing technology firm and graduated from Dartmouth College where she focused her studies on consumer decision-making.
Once a fast fashion shopaholic, Samantha became interested in sustainable fashion while thrifting secondhand luxury and vintage garments on the hunt for one-of-a-kind pieces to enhance her wardrobe. She has been fascinated by fast fashion’s influence on consumer purchase behavior and recently began to uncover the environmental and ethical consequences of buying new fashion. She is excited to collaborate with and learn from the like-minded, fashion-conscious community at Remake.
“I #WearMyValues by empowering others to think before shopping and providing resources to encourage reduced fashion footprints.”
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Ambassador, New York, New York
Carla is a NYC based men’s stylist and the founder of Well-Guided Style. Carla works with men to “dress and address” their needs through sustainable, ethical, and purpose-driven fashion. She helps empower them to look, feel, and be the best expression of themselves while educating them on how to up-cycle, recycle, and mindfully shop.
Born in Spain and raised in Germany, Carla has spent the last two decades living in NYC leading public relations for world-renowned luxury fashion and lifestyle brands. Before starting her own business in 2017, Carla was the Vice president of Global Communications at Donna Karan International, where she executed runway shows, secured features in major publications, developed high-profile press campaigns, and styled celebrities, athletes, and other noteworthy men.
As a Remake ambassador, she is committed to continually learning and raising awareness around mindful fashion.
“I wear my values and try to set a good example for my clients by buying less and spending wisely on brands that address social, ecological, cultural, economic, and ethical issues.”
Ambassador, Manchester, United Kingdom
In the 1990s, Alison had first hand experience of working in commercial garment factories the UK and South Asia, and was also privileged to work for a handloom company in Sri Lanka which had deep respect for its workers, and philanthropic values about teaching artisan skills of spinning, weaving and sewing to the underprivileged women it employs at its small, rural workshops. Here she designed collections of clothes inspired by traditional zero waste designs that were made by hand.
After graduating with a BA (Hons) Clothing, she continued as a freelance designer specializing in bespoke pattern cutting for the individual figure, designing and making garments from club wear to men’s shirts, wedding and christening dresses. She also spent many years working in online learning in higher education where she pioneered change, and led teams to develop strategies and implement operational plans.
In 2018 she quit her job in education to focus her energy on bespoke clothing design, including costumes for dance and stage performances. She is passionate about sharing and developing skills, and teaches technical aspects of fashion at private classes. She is experienced at supporting community events with creative workshops, fashion shows, costumes, and parade wear, and runs events to recycle, re-use and create garments and costumes with people of all levels of experience, to enhance their confidence, creativity and resourcefulness.
“I became a Remake Ambassador because I want to make people aware of the artisan skills that goes into making their clothes, how much a garment should really cost, and to promote ethical working practices and fair wages across the supply chain. I wear my values by making, remodeling or up-cycling all my own clothes, and teaching others to do the same.”
Ambassador, Richmond, Virginia
Kora joined Remake summer of 2020 to develop a deeper understanding of the fashion world, and connect with like minded peers and industry leaders who can enhance her sustainable lifestyle. Kora is currently a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where she studies business information technology, focusing on operations and supply chain management. She is also minoring in communication strategy and sustainability. She hopes to combine her educational paths and begin a career in sustainable fashion, which she believes starts with the supply chain of the garment industry.
Kora first became interested in a sustainable lifestyle due to her passion for the environment. She believes in living purposely, and in a lot of ways that means giving back to the planet that gives us life. On minimum wage salary with a desire to keep up with the trends, In high school she never really considered the impact of fashion and focused her efforts on limiting plastic use and vegetarianism. In college after buying from Zaful and Shien one too many times, she had to look into the fashion industry. It all changed from there. An environmentalist realizing that fashion is a top 3 polluter…. there was no going back. This was something never talked about with her friends, family, even on any social media she’d seen. So, she started @korarestyled to commit to consumer consciousness and promote sustainable shopping for people like her.
On @korarestyled, Kora posts clothing restyles, thrifts, and offers sustainable stores to her following. Her focus is to support girls her age to shop sustainably, and to show it’s possible even without a big salary.
With Remake, she hopes to help influence sustainability on a college level. Whether this means setting up an informational booth, pushing for sustainable sorority spirit-wear, or hosting informational sessions- she’s excited to be a part of the revolution.
“I think it’s important for people like me, as a student with minimal income, to understand that shopping sustainably isn’t just for those who can afford a two hundred dollar dress, it’s for everyone. I’m here to show that and spread the word.”
Ambassador, New South Wales, Australia
Pearl is glad to have grown up during the second wave of feminism. Everything she’s come to understand about sustainability and how its linked to capitalism, patriarchy and the oppression of women has come into sharp focus understood through feminist critique.
As a young woman Pearl was intrigued by “fashion” but instinctively dressed herself more as an act of performance art. Buying only from thrift shops in the 1970s some of the things Pearl enthusiastically wore in public were – a genuine WW2 soldiers trench coat, a calf length pink ballet tutu and genuine fox fur stoles. Unless you are actually doing a performance of Swan Lake the perfect thing to wear with a ballet tutu is Doc Martens boots.
In 1984 Pearl gained an industry qualification as a pattern maker and sample machinist. Initially she worked in clothing factories then later started a small manufacturing business selling her own designs from a market stall and directly to boutiques. Today she works as a professional textile artist from her own studio making woman’s art to wear clothing from wholly up-cycled clothing and fabrics. In keeping with her strong principles about ethics and sustainability Pearl is the sole worker who designs and makes everything.
“I was born a fashion disruptor and it’s my plan to die wearing a pink tutu and homemade crotchet desert boots.”
Ambassador, Burlington, Vermont
Dewey MacMillen was born and raised in Norwich, Vermont – definitely not a community known for its connection to fashion. However, that didn’t stop her from pursuing fashion wherever possible! She put on makeshift fashion shows, read magazines, and watched every movie/documentary available. After moving to Boston to study Marketing and International Affairs at Northeastern University, she completed a Co-op at NARS Cosmetics in NYC where she got her first taste of working at NYFW. However, after watching The True Cost documentary in 2015, her love of fashion was placed under a harsh lens.
Since then, she has moved back to her home state of Vermont; one that is known for its stewardship of the environment. This, combined with feeling inspired by organizations such as Remake have led her down the sustainable fashion rabbit hole.
Now, she is an Account Manager at a Youth-focused marketing agency in Burlington, Vermont. She hopes to educate not only her fellow Vermonters but many others, by extension.
“I do not believe any human being should suffer for fashion. The (predominantly) women who make our clothes deserve respect, a living wage, a safe work environment, and appreciation for their craftsmanship. We, as consumers, have the power to change our consumption habits and subsequently force brands to follow suit. I appreciate and admire the work Re/Make does and I am excited to embark on the journey and continue to ask myself – and others – ‘how can we make choices that create a slower, more sustainable and human system?'”
Ambassador, San Jose, California
Sumedha Vemulakonda is an undergraduate student studying Economics, Journalism, and Law at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. As a true Economics nerd, and Fashionista, she’s combined her interests in her current project: research into the labor rights issues within the fast fashion industry — particularly analyzing success of public and private measures taken after the Rana Plaza incident. In the process she fell in love with fashion as an ethical force for good.
Like a lot of other fashion enthusiasts, Sumedha was guilty of valuing trendy clothes while turning a blind eye towards the multiple labor rights abuses and various other ethical issues that underlie the production process of fast fashion. After writing a paper on the sourcing models of these businesses, as well as publishing stories about sustainable fashion on her blog, À La Mode, she is determined that it isn’t enough to simply write about these issues. As an aspiring lawyer, she’s excited to learn a more hands-on approach to activism from the Remake Ambassadorship program. She plans on documenting her journey of growing a sustainable and ethical wardrobe and in so doing, educate her community as to how they too can #weartheirvalues.
“I’m still learning how to wear my values, and although it’s an ongoing journey for me, I can say the first step is personal accountability and education. I’m working on buying from ethical and sustainable brands, as well as slowing down my consumption. Thrifting is a great way to slow the fashion cycle, while still putting together some fly fits!”
Ambassador, New Delhi, India
Shrutaswini was inclined toward fashion from a very young age and loved playing dress-up. Having an artistic mother only encouraged it further. Her mum would teach her to work on old clothes and, even, to stitch old scrap fabrics to make quirky newer pieces. Watching documentaries and reading about the waste generated in the garment industries, the exploitation of labor and natural resources, brands not being accountable, and other horrors in fashion have made her understand the need for sustainability as a movement. Extensive research into it as she was growing up, further, increased her concern for the environment and the people exploited by the industry.
She is, currently, a science student from University of Delhi, India, and identifies herself as an empath with a passion in science and love for the arts. With a head full of dreams, she desires to bring change to the world around her with kindness and love.
With resources getting replenished outside and exploitation increasing, it is time that the need for ethical fashion is brought out to the masses and sustainability in fashion, as a movement, gains momentum. By joining Remake as an ambassador, she hopes to be one of those to bring awareness to the people and help this movement grow. Remake is already working well to bring awareness, justice and accountability in fashion. So, working with the team will help her do her part in bringing a change and she looks forward to it.
“I only shop, when it is necessary, from ethical brands. I #wearmyvalues by reusing old clothes, mixing outfits, thrifting and taking care of the clothes I already own. Fashion is more than just looking good every time you step out. It should be smart, sustainable and accountable. It needs to value resources and not be selfish. I’m waiting for a time when every buyer is smart, every brand is sustainable and both hold accountability. Till then, I want to play my part by putting forward my voice and be active in the movement.”
Ambassador, Oxford, United Kingdom
Driven by her passion in combining fashion and sustainability, Elif runs a small business where she sells curated vintage clothing. She believes that dressing well shouldn’t come at the expense of our planet or its people.
Being a change maker from a young age, she has led many humanitarian projects across continents including literacy initiatives for refugee women in the refugee camps of Lebanon, Jordan and the West Bank, as well as developing a health and educational reform program throughout orphanages in Haiti. Having recently completed a masters in Development Studies at Cambridge, Elif saw a deeper perspective into the overarching inequalities embedded in the world order.
She has worked as a consultant in sustainable commodities for brands including M&S, Nestle, Amazon and Coca Cola in eliminating deforestation from supply chains across industries. Frustrated by the lack of change in the move towards achieving the agreed SDGs, Elif has now started to work as a policy advisor in the UK government’s Department for International Trade in hope for initiating conversations around sustainable and ethical transactions.
Her goal as a Remake Ambassador is to continue striving hard to spread the enthusiasm for embracing an ethical and sustainable lifestyle and believes that with like-minded individuals who share the same passion, she can make her message reach even further.
“Having proudly broken up with fast fashion some years ago, I #wearmyvalues by being mindful that every purchase is in fact a political statement that I make to either support a multi-billion industry which profits off slave labor- or not. I am reminded that the most sustainable purchase is the one I didn’t make.”
Ambassador, São Paulo, Brazil
Camila graduated in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing, and has two masters, one in Business Management and another in Financial Controlling. She has developed her career in the automotive industry, and she is currently Executive Manager of Business Control at Scania Latin America. All her friends think that she should be working with fashion, because they find her very stylish and elegant.
Despite working in the automotive industry, Camila was always passionate about fashion. After starting to read the book “The Conscious Closet” she had a “click”, and decided to go for a conscious closet journey. 2020 has been a different year for her. She has been trying to improve her knowledge about sustainable fashion and the true story behind fast fashion. She has also decided to launch a new business in the fashion industry. Coming soon…
She believes that by being part of the Remake World as an ambassador, she can contribute to others’ development by spreading her knowledge in a country where people don’t speak too much about the consequences of fast fashion: Brazil.
“I want to collaborate with the planet and our society, supporting people to become more conscious about the clothes they buy. It’s all about gaining greater awareness! We all need to look good, feel good and do good!”
Ambassador, Boston, Massachusetts
Hansika Iyer is a sustainable fashion activist and fiber scientist. She works as a materials developer at Reebok where she creates innovative, sustainable materials. As an activist, Hansika has spoken on stage twice at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit to advocate for human rights in the fashion industry. She has led sustainable fashion initiatives at Cornell University, where she studied Fiber Science and Apparel Design, and at the UN headquarters as a participant of the #FashionForSDGs campaign. Hansika hopes to use her platform as a Remake Ambassador to raise awareness of sustainable materials in fashion, and to advocate for human rights in the fashion supply chain.
“I believe that fashion is art, and that no art should come at the cost of human lives or the environment. I wear my values by working to create a more beautiful fashion industry where the clothes we design create value for the earth and everyone in the supply chain.”
Ambassador, Dallas, Texas
Lizzie became hooked on sustainable fashion after she took a year off to travel around Europe, Asia, and Australia. During her time away from the U.S., she didn’t shop much but when she needed to, she started doing basic research about international brands and how they differed from where she was in the U.S. Lizzie was already interested in sustainability from a consumer standpoint, but hadn’t done much research on the ins and outs of what it means within the fashion industry. But once she started researching different brands and went down the rabbit hole of fast fashion, Lizzie learned just what it is that sustainable fashion REALLY means – it’s not just about the materials, but about working conditions and proper payment and safety conditions of garment workers. After coming back home to Texas prematurely due to COVID-19, she started to research what a career in sustainable fashion looked like and she’s been educating myself on the topic ever since!
Lizzie is so excited to keep educating herself, educating others, and connecting with like-minded humans to make a difference. She can’t wait to be involved in more dialogue about what can be done to keep promoting sustainable fashion, as well as find opportunities to be on the front lines of social justice within the industry to support garment workers, factory conditions, and highlight the interconnectedness among other social justice issues and fashion.
“It took a life-changing trip for me to realize how I want to spend my time moving forward – to immerse myself in the sustainable fashion industry to support garment workers, factory conditions, and highlight the interconnectedness among other social justice issues and fashion. I’m here to make an impact and I think this is just the beginning.”
Ambassador, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alicia Bennett, originally from Southern Maryland, moved to Philadelphia, PA to study Fashion Merchandising at Jefferson University. Through taking courses and working in retail the many issues within the fashion industry were brought to her attention. Her career goal is to work towards changing the industry for the better, specifically for garment workers. She believes these workers are often unprotected and no one should have to work under unsafe or unfair conditions. As a Remake Ambassador Alicia is excited to be a part of a community of fashion lovers who all share a similar vision for the future of the industry. Fast fashion will kill our planet if more consumers are not educated on its effects and brands do not change their ways. She hopes to learn more about sustainable alternatives from other Ambassadors and the Remake community so she can share it with her peers and classmates. Alicia is excited to participate in a movement that is actively shifting the industry and is ready to help out in any way needed.
“Fashion is more than just how you look, it is how you #WearYourValues. This means supporting brands who pay their workers a living wage, use materials that don’t harm the planet, while also encouraging a more inclusive and sustainable lifestyle.”
Ambassador, London, United Kingdom
Event Manager turned Community Developer, Maya (@mayahowell) is currently Director of a Community Interest Company working to support people affected by dementia. In her spare time she puts energy into social and environmental advocacy, aspiring to just do the best she can in helping to create a circular economy that supports all. Through her childhood, living sustainably with nature and people in mind was always a given. Coming from a small Scottish town with a love for vintage, second hand and repurposing, discovering the community surrounding the sustainable fashion movement sparked motivation and a new found sense of purpose.
At the beginning of 2020 Maya travelled to Jaipur, India, to learn about natural printmaking and dying, using traditional methods and using only elements found in nature. Whilst visiting the village of Bagru she saw first hand how the demand for these famous printed textiles has turned the once slow traditional art into a fast fashion production line, with chemicals, machines, and dangerous working conditions causing a devastating impact on the people and their environment. This brought to life the urgency in changing the way we look at fashion and our purchasing habits.
“I’m excited to learn and share through the Remake community. As a Remake Ambassador I want to be able to empower others to wear their values too. It’s clear that consumer decision making has to drastically change to stop the cycle of pollution and abuse. I want to help bring awareness to not just the dark side of the industry, but to how fun, accessible and rewarding it can be to enjoy slow fashion that is kind to people and our planet.”
Ambassador, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Originally from Oklahoma, Katy Redmond moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to study Design and Merchandising. While at Drexel University, Katy found herself becoming quite the advocate for sustainability within the fashion industry. Learning about environmental and ethical travesties caused by the fashion industry, Katy realized her purpose was to help change the way consumers think about fashion. After her first year at school, Katy pushed her friends and family to cut out fast fashion, a task that proved successful.
Her passion for sustainability culminated in creating a custom major – combining fashion, sociology, sustainability, and business consulting. She hopes to become a sustainability consultant for existing fashion brands. Katy found Remake through Instagram, falling in love with their mission. She hopes to help to make a positive impact on the future of fashion. She wants to facilitate the conversations that educate consumers on the reality of the fashion industry. Katy is beyond excited to have Remake as a platform to use her voice to amplify the voice of others.
“Education drives change, and I think consumers need to be educated on the reality of the fashion industry. I believe we can make a difference in ethical/sustainable fashion if we work together. We are stronger when we work together and realize what each of us bring to the table.”
Ambassador, Princeton, New Jersey
Eliza Duberstein is from Rochester, NY and currently resides in Princeton, NJ. She went to Emory University where she studied Political Science. She is currently doing public health research while studying for the LSAT. Eliza plans to attend law school in fall 2021 and is interested in studying fashion law and/or environmental law.
While at Emory, Eliza took many environmental science classes that made her passionate about sustainability. A lover of fashion, she started wondering about the intersections of the environment and fashion. After researching the topic for a few months, Eliza decided to start shopping only from sustainable retailers. She’s loved learning about the sustainable fashion movement and wants to make other people passionate about it too! When she learned about the Remake Ambassadors program, it was the perfect opportunity.
“I wear my values by researching brands before purchasing clothes, shopping secondhand and talking to friends and family about the importance of sustainable and slow fashion!”
Ambassador, New Delhi, India
Nainika, while studying fashion technology in her college, came across different aspects of clothing. Having noticed the side effects of garment manufacturing, she took a pledge to buy less and live more. She promotes the same.
While still being in final year of her undergrad from NIFT, New Delhi, India, she firmly believes that the price paid for the purchase of clothes is the price paid for damaging our surroundings.
She co-founded Echo Club in her college and participated in WWF India’s Project Echo, a national level inter-collegiate conservation initiative. She won Echo 2019-2020 where the team worked on spreading awareness about responsible production and consumption in fashion industry. The initiatives can be seen on the Instagram page @projectecho_tattertales.
She reckons Remake as an apt platform to showcase her interest in fashion sustainability along with like-minded people and to vivify her view of the inside world of fashion.
“Fashion shouldn’t be a burden on anyone, neither the environment nor the people who create it. I #wearmyvalues by spreading this awareness no matter on how small or large scale it is.”
Ambassador, Wellington, New Zealand
Maree Helleur is a long-term fashion industry professional from the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Growing up in an artistic rural beach-town small volume high quality items of clothing make up about 90% of her wardrobe consisting of mainly ethically produced New Zealand made brands. Having lived outside of the confines of a city for the first half of her life Maree has made a big move to shift across New Zealand to the capital, Wellington.
Being naturally attracted to high quality, low volume brands with local manufacturing she has fallen on her feet in a role as retail store manager for a brand with similar values to her own. Maree loves building long term relationships with her clients, educating them about fabulous garments made from sustainably sourced materials with ethical manufacturing.
“My daughter has recently graduated and become a nurse, I have shifted from the beach to a city and I am in the next chapter of my life. Having lived outside the hustle bustle of city life in an environment support by tourism, agriculture and local manufacturing I believe I can offer an alternative perspective. Having been accepted with remake know I will gain more knowledge and this collaboration will help me with new communication frameworks.”
Ambassador, Kolkata, India
Mahima (@greenissustainable) just graduated from high school, but don’t let her age fool you. Having a mother as a researcher and specialist in sustainability, it was only natural for her to follow her mother’s footsteps. While casually browsing through YouTube one day, she came across an amazing TedTalk by Lauren Singer on Zero Waste. From there, one thing led to another and she found herself engulfed in the world of sustainability, zero waste and sustainable fashion. What started off as a mere fascination, turned into a full fledged passion.
She was introduced to fast fashion through the two horrifying documentaries – China Blue and The True Cost. It was really hard for her to accept the injustice that was happening inside the fashion industry; that not only violated the rights of millions of garment workers but also adversely impacted the environment. After doing more research, Mahima had made up her mind that she wanted to be an environmental activist advocating for intersectional environmentalism and justice for garment workers, while practicing zero waste in her personal life. To serve this purpose, she started a page on Instagram called Green Is Sustainable, which shares informational content on fast fashion, plastic-free tips, sustainable swaps and much more.
The main objective of joining the Remake community is to reach out to more people and educate them about the ill-effects of fast fashion, and inspire them to welcome sustainable and eco-friendly local businesses. At the same time, she also hopes to move brands towards transparency, urge them to #PayUp and be more fair to people of color.
“I #wearmyvalues by shopping only when necessary and by supporting local businesses. I choose people and planet first, and fashion second. Let’s give a voice to nature, and amplify the voices of people who are unheard.”
Ambassador, Saint Paul, Minneapolis
Ashleyn Przedwiecki is an event producer, design, and creative place maker with expertise in visual communications, sustainable design, and social impact strategy. She is currently working on a Masters in Sustainable Design from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, combining her passions for cultivating and designing spaces with her pursuit of creating a positive social and environmental impact. She proudly serves as a member of the Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum to gather young leaders from around the world to engage in social and environmental action in their communities and leads the North American Caribbean teams for the Shaping Fashion Initiative.
She believes art, fashion, and immersive experiences can change our views on the world and uses events as a platform for driving change. She passionately advocates for women’s rights and sustainable practices within the fashion industry through her 5+ years of service as a regional coordinator Fashion Revolution, now serving Fashion Revolution USA as the Director of Operations and Community, and additionally has recently launched a community-driven fashion-focused platform called Threaded for independent creators, brands, and visionaries to gather and connect on actionable steps to driving change on a local level. By joining Remake, Ashleyn hopes to learn more about how to advocate for the rights of garment workers on a national and international level, disrupt modern slavery, and spearhead any necessary change to protect the most vulnerable who are exploited at the hands of the fashion industry.
“Fashion can be a form of daily activism and expression, as well as a wonderful entry point for connection and conversation with anyone. By choosing to wear your values every day, we can build a world where people and the planet as respected and honored, using our wardrobes as the tool for education, empowerment, and change.”
Ambassador, Congers, New York
Since graduating with her Bachelors degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management, Jacqueline has realized that she wants to make her impact on the fashion industry by pushing the industry to do better. She first started getting interested in sustainable fashion and worker’s rights when she traveled to China on a trip with her university. Jacqueline was able to see garment factories and how the production process went firsthand. This is when she realized that there were many brands who were not being transparent about their supply chain process and how wrong that is. As a Remake Ambassador, Jacqueline is hoping to get more information across to her peers and show them that their purchases truly do make a difference. She is most excited to be a member of a community that is advocating for change in an industry that she truly loves and wants to see do better as time goes on.
“I wear my values by truly connecting to the clothes that I wear. It means more to me when I know where these clothes came from, who made them, and how my purchase can help. Having a story behind my clothing makes me feel that much more connected.”
Ambassador, Oakland, California
Emily Woo is a 22-year-old recent graduate from San Diego State University (SDSU) in California. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Securities and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) and is eager to get started on her career despite the uncertainty of our current times. Emily grew up in the Bay Area of California and went to high school in Berkeley. She completed one year at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon in 2015-2016 before realizing that it was not the right fit for her. Despite this, it was at the University of Oregon that Emily took her first higher level International Relations classes where she was often the youngest student in a given class.
Immediately after her first year in Oregon, Emily moved to San Diego in the fall of 2016 to continue her journey at community college. After two years of community college in San Diego, Emily was accepted into the ISCOR program as a transfer student. She started in the fall of 2018 and immediately found herself at home. She not only loved the location of her school, but she fell in love with international securities and global diplomacy through her major. She found herself getting excited about reading assignments and simulation finals because each class was full of topics about which she was passionate. In addition, Emily completed over 100 hours as an intern at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego as a community health intern. She worked with local refugees and immigrants teaching English and job training skills. Emily enjoyed this experience because she got a small, internal look into how NGO’s operate. Emily is also extremely proud of her time abroad in Stockholm, Sweden. She spent 6 months in Sweden at Stockholm University studying Globalization and International Securities. Not only did Emily gain new knowledge in the classroom, but saw the world from completely new perspectives along the way. She is hoping to move back to Sweden to continue her career in the near future. Emily completed two full years at SDSU and graduated in May of 2020 and received her degree despite the current pandemic.
Aside from Emily’s educational experiences, she is passionate about combing her passion for and experience with international securities with sustainable fashion and lifestyles! She came across Remake’s story and missions and hoped to be involved in it’s work to further education about how our own habits can be detrimental to our global society socially, economically, and environmentally. She is not only passionate about international securities, but also about social justice, animal justice, and childhood development! She has worked as a nanny and caregiver for most of her life and loves working with kids of all ages and experiencing the world through such a fresh perspective.
Emily is excited to use her knowledge and experiences to try and help Remake in any way possible. She is excited about educating her peers about sustainable and safe fashion and ways we can all be involved in these progressive times. She is hard working and is always willing to go above and beyond for things she cares about.
“I #wearsyourvalues in my clothing as well as in my everyday interactions. I had started transitioning my wardrobe to incorporate only reused or thrifted items or sustainably and ethically made items. I practice kindness and compassion every day to the best of my ability as well as decent communication skills. I work hard to uphold the age old saying of treating others how I wish to be treated because I truly believe peace is achieved through genuinely understanding others’ and what they have to say or believe in.”
Ambassador, Oakland, California
Anna is a textile designer currently based in Oakland, California. When attending undergrad at Parsons School of Design, where she studied fashion design; a professor asked her to trace her favorite garment’s whole life cycle. This exercise opened Anna’s eyes to the vast amount of resources producing clothing takes from our planet. This ignited a passion in her to uncover the fashion industries exploitation of the planet as well as human rights.
Since then Anna has rooted her own design practice in focusing on slow hand crafted making techniques that highlight the love, care, and hand that go into every garment made; using only environmentally friendly yarns and old clothing/fabric to create her pieces.
As a Remake Ambassador, Anna hopes to inspire others to think about the entire lifecycle of an item of clothing and the amount of human hands that touch a garment before it ends up adorning their bodies.
I #WearMyValues by thinking about if I want or if I need something before I purchase it in order to limit my consumption of goods; as well as to make sure my dollar goes to supporting brands and people I believe in.
Ambassador, Austin, Texas
Sustainability has and continues to be a common theme in Tracy’s world. Growing up in Columbus, OH, she was an avid thrifter and a frequent visitor of the local consignment shops. As a self proclaimed “treasure hunter” and “emotional dresser”, Tracy was always on the hunt for unique pieces to add to her wardrobe. She attended Columbus State Community College and received a degree in nutrition with the intention to work in sustainable farming. Soon after graduation, Tracy made the move to Austin, TX and within a year, made her presence and passion for sustainability known at the largest farmers market in Austin, while working at a beloved juice stand. It was here where she made countless connections with local farmers, entrepreneurs and other sustainability enthusiasts.
In 2017, Tracy was offered a unique opportunity to work on a local movie set as the head wardrobe stylist. This experience of being on set and styling the cast amplified her love of fashion and prompted her realization of how an outfit can be utilized to express what she (and others) are feeling on the inside. When the movie wrapped up and Tracy was no longer styling the cast, she felt a void and decided to switch her focus from sustainable food to sustainable fashion and launched her own vintage pop up, @sheisahawk. Her vintage collection is largely inspired by her great grandmother, believing the significance of family heirlooms and how meaningful they are to pass on to younger generations. Some of Tracy’s most treasured items include jewelry from both sides of her family. Tracy loves to share her passion for fashion with her community and closest friends as she has hosted quarterly clothing swaps for the last nine years.
Through the Remake community, she hopes to continue her education and forever be a student while connecting with passionate people who want to make a difference in the fashion industry and advocating for conscious consumerism.
“I am always learning. I love seeing clothing have new life and I try to make my own story with every piece of wardrobe in my closet. I am excited to continue my education on sustainable and ethical fashion, understanding the history of the clothes I find second hand, and being mindful when buying new items out of necessity.”
Ambassador, Nashville, Tennessee
As an activist, speaker, and writer, Kamilah Sanders is founder and CEO of Greater Than Equal™, an international whole person, vision-based marketing and leadership consulting agency for social impact organizations and artists. Greater Than Equal focuses on Making Impact Easy ™ by engaging communities in culture, art, and sustainable fashion initiatives. An award-winning professional with over 20 years of experience in marketing and retail fashion apparel, Kamilah has worked with international corporations, nonprofits, communities, and entrepreneurs.
Sustainability was a way of life for Kamilah growing up – thrifting, hand me downs, borrowing clothes, sewing, patching, and upcycling was the norm. At a young age, Kamilah advocated for conservation and developed a love for fashion yet she was disheartened by the superficiality of it all. She studied consumer behavior and dove deeper into sustainable fashion, learning about fashion’s potential to cause a major positive shift in the climate crisis. Passionate about sustainable development strategy and serving as a catalyst for the sustainable fashion movement, Kamilah provides tools to leaders and enables individuals and organizations to take a stand, find their voice and share their story, so together we can change the world.
“Fashion is a global language that connects across cultures. We cannot overlook the BIPOC populations that enable this connection. I create understandings, connect disparate groups, and inspire leaders, so that together we can make a positive impact on the world. I take pride in fashionably standing for my values and you can too. Let me show you how.”
Ambassador, Mumbai, India
Mourushi is a fashion technology student at National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai, India and a sustainability activist.
She grew up learning and loving fashion with her mother who would often stitch her cute comfortable outfits or make DIY stuff from scrap fabrics. She believes we need to go back to basics, learn lessons on co-existing with nature and be empathetic towards each other. She has been working on encouraging conversations around sustainable fashion and climate change for some time now, also have been taking necessary steps on individual level wherever possible. As a remake ambassador she looks forward to make others aware about sustainable and ethical fashion choices by sharing her experiences and knowledge.
“I #wearmyvalues by making mindful purchases, focusing on quality than quantity and taking care of stuff I already own. Fashion will always remain a part of me but not without my values.”
Ambassador, San Diego, California
As a Filipina-American growing up in a military family, Urisa frequently moved around as a child. Her love of fashion stemmed from her early childhood years living in Japan where she was exposed to the avant-garde, fun, and bold statements that characterized Japanese street fashion. To her, fashion is art – it’s expression, beliefs, connection, and culture. She loved how stories about a person’s life and who they are could be expressed through their apparel.
After her family finally settled down in San Diego, Urisa went on to pursue a double major at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Environmental Studies and Geography where her love for sustainability and the environment – and ultimately sustainable fashion began. While learning about the relationships between humans and the environment in school, Urisa finally realized that she no longer had the funds or the space (and necessity really) to cater to her fast-fashion made clothes. It was also a time where she learned about the power that individual choice holds in our modern capitalist society.
“Do my actions align with my values?” is an incessant question that often crosses her mind. In this ongoing self-journey to improve upon her choices as a consumer and human, Urisa has found that starting from her own home (specifically her closet!) is where true and authentic change begins.
During this pandemic, Urisa decided to leave her 9-5 job and is spending this quarantine time working on her blog, The Dotted Lyne, which serves to highlight and spread awareness of sustainable and ethical ways we can improve our fashion choices while also fulfilling our needs to live a beautiful and mindful life. As a Remake Ambassador, Urisa is thrilled to join a group of intelligent and stylish environmentalists to learn more from, share her love for sustainable fashion with, and to educate fiercely for a more self-sustaining and kind future.
“I #WearMyValues by purchasing and wearing my clothes with emotion and intention. What beautiful place did this come from? Who stitched this together? What is this beautiful hue made of? I ask. I hold myself accountable for the purchasing choices that I make as a consumer.”
Ambassador, Mumbai, India
Nidhi is an entrepreneur, growth strategist and supporter of sustainability in fashion. She got her MBA from Boston-USA, wherein she was first introduced to industry leaders and advocates of sustainable fashion.
Then, working at her second generation family business of luxury garment exports, based out of Mumbai-India, she was driven to discover different ways and initiatives to introduce responsible procedures and processes in their operations. This has also resulted in the emergence of her local brand of fun and modern clothing with an iconic style made out of the wasted fabrics and materials from the family’s export unit. They also up-cycle and personalize clothing that you are not sure what to do with, thereby giving it a new life rather than having it end up in landfills.
She has been working extensively on finding sustainable solutions for designing, manufacturing, packaging, transporting and end consumption within the fashion industry and through this opportunity with Remake, she is excited to create a level of awareness within her community so that their choices can make a positive impact on the industry.
“As a Remake Ambassador I wish to learn as well as educate my local communities on the issues with irresponsible consumption of fashion and encourage conversations so as to empower myself and them to make better choices in response to these issues.”
Ambassador, Los Angeles, California
Valeria (@valeshrndz) is a student studying Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in News Media and Society at the University of Southern California. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has always enjoyed exploring the island’s beautiful beaches and other natural sites. Her journey into slow fashion began through thrift shopping, solely because it was an inexpensive way to restock her closet. As she learned more about the positive effects of thrift shopping and the harms of fast fashion, she made it her mission to spread this message among her friends.
Her goal as a Remake Ambassador is to continue spreading this message across a larger platform and to connect to like minded individuals who share this same passion of tackling the fast fashion industry.
“As a college student, leaving fast fashion seemed impossible on my budget. As I learned more about thrift shopping and other methods to steer clear of the fast fashion industry, I realized that it is not an impossible feat. I want to help people like me through this process and come to the realization themselves that slow fashion can be easy, affordable, and fun!”
Ambassador, Murcia, Spain
Marisa is an International Relations and Business Administration student at the University of Murcia. Fashion has always been an important part of her life but when she realized how that empire was made of, instantly knew that the rules of the industry had to change.
As a Remake Ambassador, Marisa hopes to learn more about fast and slow fashion and to spread awareness to others.
“I try to buy better, less and use longer. That is my mantra. Personally speaking, I see it such as a responsibility we all have not just with the planet we live in but with the people who make our clothes”
Ambassador, Paris, France
Chloé is a journalist, speaker and host of the podcast Nouveau Modèle on sustainable fashion.
She created her podcast in 2018, when she was a correspondent for Le Parisien, in New York City. At that time, she attended a lot of events about sustainability in the fashion industry. She gradually became aware of the consequences of her own fashion choices. She therefore decided to create her podcast, a space for discussion, where she invites committed women to come and talk about their fight to improve the garment industry and promote a more ethical and ecological fashion. She focuses on the links between women’s empowerment and socially-conscious fashion.
Chloé joined Remake as an Ambassador because she believes sorority is one of the solutions to defend the rights of women workers behind our clothes.
“I wear my values by promoting slow fashion through my podcast and by buying less but better. This means doing research about companies, looking at how a garment is produced and what impact it has on our planet. I want to to use my voice to make a change in the fashion industry.”
Ambassador, London, United Kingdom
From a young age Aisha was fascinated by the glamorous image of the fashion industry. As her understanding of the industry’s real and damaging impact changed, so did the reason why she felt the need to be part of the fashion community.
As an Art History student at the University of Edinburgh, Aisha had the opportunity to participate in a university-organized trip to India in 2019. The trip focused on India’s complex relationship with cotton, from harvest to clothing production. While she had an understanding of the need for sustainable and ethical practices before this, the trip inspired her to take action and get involved. In that same year Aisha began interning for The Circle, a developing platform which champions sustainability, circularity and transparency in fashion. Aisha’s goal is to help others in their journey towards understanding and implementing sustainable and ethical consumption into their own lives. She also believes that changing the relationship that we have with our clothes, and those who make them, can make fashion as exciting as it was when we were children.
“I #wearmyvalues by encouraging honest and open conversations about consumption. I believe that it is vital to share the message of change from a place of non-judgement, kindness and understanding.”
Ambassador, Scottsdale, Arizona
Demory is a recent American University graduate and an aspiring Public Relations professional. Her passion for sustainable fashion began when she learned about the environmental impact of the fast fashion industry and recognized how much waste she produced. Seeking a community to hold her accountable and help provide alternatives to fast fashion, Demory joined Remake. As a writer, she believes in the power of storytelling to effect change, which is why she writes for the Remake site, too. Demory is constantly working towards more ethical consumption, and she is currently looking for ways to use her talents to further this mission.
“On a student’s budget, I couldn’t imagine quitting fast fashion, but once I started seeing the creative, cost-effective alternatives, it became much easier to wear my values. The best feeling is when someone compliments something I’m wearing and I can tell them it’s thrifted or can tell them about the sustainable brand I bought it from.”
Ambassador, Karnataka, India
Fashion is in Tanvi’s blood, having grown up with a fashion designer for a mother. From creating outfits of scrap fabric as a child to working for various fashion companies, her interest in the industry has only grown with time. Her professional experiences range from corporate retail in America to a design firm, garment factory and fashion startups in India.
Over the course of Tanvi’s career, she has learned about the fashion industry’s detrimental effects on the environment and the erosion of human rights of garment factory workers. This converted her interest to a deep passion for ethical and sustainable fashion. As a Remake Ambassador, she looks forward to influencing others to make decisions that will lead to a greener and safer fashion world.
“I have changed my relationship with fashion by switching gears from a seasoned fast fashion shopper to becoming extremely mindful of my purchases and the brands I choose to support. Fashion continues to be my form of self-expression, where my choices reflect my values.”
Ambassador, London, United Kingdom
Megan (@titianthread) is a fashion journalist and content creator born in Perth, Australia and based in London. Having started her career writing about luxury and business for publications like the Business of Fashion and Luxury Society, she soon discovered that the world of sustainable fashion held far more meaning, importance, sense of community and a common purpose that she couldn’t find in other sectors of the industry.
Through her writing, Megan aims to make sustainability more accessible to people outside of the fashion community in order to ignite conversations about consumption, the lifecycle of clothing and the importance of education to change people’s relationship with fashion. She is fascinated by the psychology of consumerism and marketing, policymaking and understanding the social, cultural and political structures that have to be dismantled in order to rebuild a safe and sustainable fashion system for people and the planet.
As a Remake Ambassador, Megan plans to continue learning about the ever-changing sustainability landscape and sharing her discoveries through critical, honest and solution-focused stories that highlight the incredible work of sustainable thinkers & makers around the world. She hopes to encourage readers to question the status quo and reflect on their own relationship with clothing.
“I #WearMyValues by being a proud outfit repeater, avoiding the allure of new clothes in favor of embracing what’s already in my wardrobe, as well as buying vintage and second-hand where possible. We live in a world where a celebrity wearing the same outfit twice is somehow newsworthy, which makes it even more important that we normalize and celebrate wearing our clothes until they fall apart!
Ambassador, Washington D.C.
Maggie is a law student at American University Washington College of Law focused on environmental law with specific interests in environmental justice, sustainable food systems, and human rights more generally. Her research on food systems has inspired her to look further into other supply chains, like fashion, and Question the Process (which is also the name of the blog she is currently developing!).
As a Remake Ambassador, Maggie hopes to learn more about the environmental and human impacts of fast fashion and spread this knowledge to others.
“After becoming plant-based and reevaluating the way my actions impact the environment, I am excited to take the next step in my sustainability journey by taking the 90 day #NoNewClothes pledge to begin my commitment to sustainable fashion.”
Ambassador, Brooklyn, New York
Sarah Lermsider is a self-taught fashion sustainability mentor, blogger, and advocate. With a background in theatre, film, and television, she first began standing up to the injustices of pay inequality and mistreatment through the #PayUpHollywood movement affecting underpaid and overworked entertainment assistants. Sarah began her journey in fashion sustainability through her passion of sourcing vintage and thrifted clothing, thus launching her commitment to conscious consumerism.
Sarah’s blog, Peridotjournal.com, is an accessible resource for fashionistas and sustainability beginners interested in learning how to discover their individual style, often muddied by the trends forced upon shoppers by fast fashion brands. Through Sarah’s research, she uncovered the debilitating effects fashion has on our Earth as well as the lives of millions of garment workers worldwide. Remake’s #PayUp movement solidified Sarah’s desire to become an active member of the organization working towards social justice and sustainability within the fashion industry. As a Remake Ambassador, Sarah hopes to provide tools and information to transform the perspectives of consumers who unknowingly feed into the dangerous cycle of fast fashion.
“It is my responsibility as a sustainable leader and Remake ambassador to #wearmyvalues for the Earth and for future generations to come. I invest in sustainable brands that will last years, rather than purchase cheap clothing solely because of the price tag. It isn’t too late to change the game, and adjust our mindset to think of how our clothes were made, and by whom. Small mindful steps will create an astronomical outcome.”
Ambassador, Brooklyn, New York
Margaret was introduced to thrifting and vintage hunting at an early age from her mother, which was both practical and exciting. Growing up her mother also taught her how to sew and she also enjoyed adding personal touches and modifying her clothing to give them a second life. This was a natural path to design school, where Margaret graduated from Parsons in 2013 with a degree in fashion design. After graduation she started working in corporate fashion as an accessories designer, this helped her quickly see the impact design and production had on the environment. This was both troubling and discouraging, as it felt like it went against everything she grew up doing as well as what she was taught in design school. The idea of designing clothing and accessories with a long life, and intention of being passed down to next generations did not seem to be current fashion practices anymore.
Through her passion and drive to design better and waste less, Margaret pivoted from large corporate companies to smaller companies where she could be closer to material sourcing and production practices to really make an impact. Outside of her 9 to 5, Margaret works on her own projects of handmade accessories, up-cycling projects, and spreading the word of ethical fashion within her community. As a Remake Ambassador Margaret hopes to reach a larger audience and help take actionable steps to rework the fashion system.
“As a designer and creator I was taught that our job was to fix problems. I hope to empower other designers to help fix the problems of the traditional fashion system, and make it the powerful platform it can be!”
Ambassador, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Fern Rouse has always been interested in Fashion especially the history and how ladies clothes have changed through time.
As a student and up until her 30’s, she lived totally in thrifted and vintage clothes often altering them to her preference. She lost her way a bit in the corporate world in Management and Directorship alas hitting the high street feeling the need to reward herself and indeed to look successful by wearing new things.
Fern put her career on hold when she became a mom to 3 brilliant children which ultimately changed her career going forward and her view on fashion. A year ago, she began a Vintage Fashion business “Maggies Magic Wardrobe” on Instagram and Facebook, and is currently working on the website. A year prior to this, she stopped buying new clothes and now only shops her wardrobe, vintage, and preloved. Maggies is named after her daughter who has encouraged her to become vegan in some part for the sake of our environment which really does fit in with her business ethics along with using recycled and recyclable packaging.
She has been a Slow Fashion Season Ambassador for 2 years now and she has a Facebook Group “Slow Fashion Forum #onlywearsprelovely” where participants get to share tips on living a more sustainable life, their outfit of the day and guidance on mending and making clothes. Everyone involved has the opportunity to take part and they also do Swap Shop Sunday’s where everyone swaps clothes that no longer fit into their lives, it’s all online and it’s proved to be very successful.
“I am passionate about what I do & I look forward to a time where people look to buy vintage & preloved for special occasions or to fill gaps in their wardrobe. I volunteer in a charity shop & I see the results from fast fashion & I know if people volunteered too they would not go back to mindless spending as the cost to our people & our world is astronomical.”
Ambassador, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Growing up hiking and rock-climbing in Pennsylvania, Jamie gained a deep appreciation for the environment at a young age. Her time spent outdoors encouraged her to protect the space that allowed her to do the things she loved. In high school, with too many clothes and a minimalist attitude, she created an eBay shop as a platform to practice sustainability. Through the selling and purchasing of second-hand clothing and shipping items with reusable packaging (to some of her buyers’ dismay), she encouraged her customers and community to join her in her efforts towards a more responsible way of purchasing clothes.
Today, as a recent graduate of Penn State with a BS in Biobehavioral Health, Jamie hopes to blend her passions for health, the environment, and fashion, in a career that encourages sustainability. Being a Remake Ambassador is one step she is taking towards that goal. She is excited to work with like-minded individuals who are passionate about protecting the earth through fashion. Through workshops and resources, she hopes to create change in her larger community, in hopes of bringing greater awareness to the issue that lies in the fashion industry.
“I #WearMyValues by shopping second-hand or from companies that have claimed responsibility for their environmental and ethical impact. I encourage others in my small community to understand their impacts and offer resources on how to do better. I am always learning and excited to embrace an even larger community of change-seekers!”
Ambassador, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Flora is on her year abroad and is preparing to start teacher training. Through her personal research and having so much time to really focus on this, she was able to combine her passions of, sustainability, the environment and ethical fashion. She has spent an enormous amount of time reading books, blogs, articles all about sustainability in fashion.
Fashion to her is a very important part of self expression. However, the demand for cheap clothing with such low quality and a short lifespan causes many of the worlds problems. Including environmental and social, from environmental pollution to the exploitation of workers. Flora was a ‘shopaholic’, until she realized the effect and damage this had on the planet, and all the negative ways it impacted the earth. Flora’s goal is to raise awareness on these issues, as people are so often unaware.
Through the Remake community, she hopes to be able to connect to like-minded people, with the similar aspirations and to use her voice to motivate people in to become more conscious consumers. As this is the only way the fashion industry can improve and change. She believes that the change will come each time we spend our money wisely.
“I #wearmyvalues every time I choose to make a purchase. I do this by choosing to shop mainly second-hand, or from brands which are all sustainable and ethical, with good working environments and so on. By doing this, I feel like I’m truly wearing my values and being true to myself – it’s such a great feeling! I have such a passion for change, and I believe that sustainability is a way of life, and one that is achievable for everyone – so I’d like to motivate people to change. I care for the clothes that I have, because loved clothes last.”
Erin Anderson Scott
Ambassador, Hamilton, New Zealand
“‘Be the girl, you want that little girl to see’”- my loving mother.”
Whether it be wearing her values, advocating for equal opportunities or leading through actions this quote is something that inspires Erin to be better and do better daily.
Raised in the Waikato, New Zealand, colleagues and peers refer to Erin as a dynamic and engaging individual, passionate about inclusivity, sustainability and driving positive change.
Extensive international experience living, working and visiting over 30 countries has given her an in-depth understanding of the impacts of fashion and the role it plays in today’s society. A previous athlete with a keen interest in art and sustainable fashion, Erin is excited to listen, collaborate and share unique perspectives and knowledge as a Remake Ambassador.
An avid second hand shopper Erin went to university in Michigan and holds a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Non-profit and community development roles in Australia, in addition to further Social Impact and Sustainability study, have led her to gain a comprehensive understanding of community business initiatives, people and culture. Previous roles have given her first-hand experience working with the immense amounts of clothing and shoe waste heading for landfills. Building on her retail, stylist and community experience she is currently working through a number of sustainable, secondhand and repurposing projects. Founder of @secondhandmap @renire_collective her aim to make it easier to shop secondhand around the world and to tackle consumer behavior and clothing waste in New Zealand.
Ambassador, Somerset, United Kingdom
Judy has been an avid stitcher ever since she was old enough to hold a needle. She is passionate about clothes, fashion, fabrics and creating and all things secondhand. Last year she watched The True Cost, a documentary about fast fashion, and was shocked. This led her on a rollercoaster of exploration, avidly reading and learning all she could about fashion and sustainability. It was a lightbulb moment. She decided that she had to share what she was learning and started a Facebook page to enthuse about up-cycling clothing, buying secondhand and information about the current state of the fashion industry.
Judy is a textile artist who has qualifications in stitching and design, as well as a Bachelors degree in the History of Art. She now uses her textiles skills to refashion garments. Alongside her creative endeavors, Judy has had a long career within the charity sector. Judy is excited about connecting with others who are passionate about making a difference within the fashion industry.
‘I wear my values by wearing my up-cycled creations and showing that altered fashion is exciting. It can also give new life to old clothes which may otherwise end up in landfill’.
Ambassador, New York, New York
Sarah is a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology majoring in Fashion Business Management and minoring in French. When she moved to New York City two years ago for college, her eyes were opened to what fast fashion was and how much waste it is producing. She then decided that she wasn’t going to consume products for those companies anymore, and got really into thrifting and vintage shopping. She found that she liked the style of these clothes better, and was being much more sustainable.
She was tired of watching fast fashion companies building and people not knowing how much they are affecting our planet, so when she came across Remake, she thought she found the perfect match. She hopes to make a difference and raise awareness of sustainable fashion, and alternatives to fast fashion. She knows she can’t change everything bad in the world, but she wishes to be part of something small, that will make a change.
“The clothes that I wear are unspoken characteristics about myself. It is important to show people the sustainable side of fashion, and I do that by wearing my values.”
Ambassador, Litchfield Park, Arizona
Stella Abril is a Latina inspirational motivator, eco-preneuer and blogger. She gently empowers people to choose their impact and make conscious choices. Stella became fully committed to sustainable fashion with the firm belief that each of us has the power to make a change. As a Remake Ambassador, she is dedicated to sharing knowledge and resources and using her voice to educate and create awareness.
She is currently the Chairman and Founding Member of Arizona Sustainable Fashion, Events Chair for Girls in Tech Phoenix, Junior High Ministry Coach, Community Leader, wife and last but not least, Mom. She is a phenomenal mother of 3 amazing little women that happen to be the driving force and reason for her to continue making an impact. She continuously reinforces love and acceptance while serving as the backbone to her family unit and community. Stella is humble and passionate and always looking for ways to give more of herself to build those around her.
“I #WearMyValues by setting an example for my children and those around me with each choice I make and empowering others with information to make conscious choices now and in the future.”
Ambassador, Los Angeles, California
Ana is currently studying Design and Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her passion for sustainability and environmental activism stems from growing up in Seattle, where she spent many years exploring the natural beauty of the PNW. Her move to Los Angeles introduced her to the disparities of the fashion industry- the glitzy over-consumption of luxury shopping, the mountains of dead stock textiles in the Garment District and the obvious demographic contrasts between them. Since then, her advocacy surrounding sustainability has expanded from protection of natural ecosystems to the empowerment and attention to the people, especially women, who sustain the fashion industry.
As a Remake Ambassador, she hopes to utilize her passion for design to advocate for a more sustainable and ethical fashion culture. She hopes to empower young people to reject the pressures of mindless consumption and to explore the joys of more conscious and creative consumption. Ana makes her own clothing by sewing and dyeing with natural materials or up-cycling discarded textiles (@tofubingo).
“I am always striving to be a more thoughtful person- thoughtful in the sense of having empathy and care but also in the sense that I am full of thoughts. In the realm of fashion we certainly need both. We need more respect for the garment workers who carry this system. We need more care for our planet and the clothing we call our own. And we need to be thinking more deeply about our roles in these exploitative systems targeting people and our planet.”
Ambassador, Wales, United Kingdom
Olivia is a Graphic Designer based along the north coast of Wales. After writing her university dissertation titled “Does advertising stimulate excessive consumption in the fast-fashion industry?” her eyes were opened to the devastation corporate brands were imposing on garment workers and our planet.
She was eager for change and to make the first steps by transforming the way she saw fashion. Olivia loves repurposing and rehoming clothes found in charity and vintage shops and makes her own clothes using recycled materials her old self would most likely of thrown away. Doing this has allowed her to fall in love with fashion all over again, and to find her own identity away from weekly ‘trends’ sourced and enforced by fashion giants.
As a Remake Ambassador, Olivia hopes to inspire others to make the commitment to love their wardrobe and to change how they shop in the future.
“As I get older, I realize how unjust the world can be and how oppression is a consequence of money and greed. I #WearMyValues by promising not to buy from unethical fashion brands, and by loving and appreciating my clothes and the people who made them.”
Eunice Pais is a Portugal based self-taught responsible fashion photographer. She founded Quasi Australis in 2017, a project aimed at creating visual aesthetics with ethical practices in fashion. She actively chooses to work with responsible fashion brands as part of her responsibility and values as an artist.
Aiming to bring more awareness to the importance of social justice in environmental actions, Eunice is currently developing a system that aims to contribute to supply chain equity by elevating brands’ ethical standards and creating more consumer awareness. Becoming a Remake Ambassador will help her gain more insight, and strengthen ties with a community that is at the core of her work.
“Without social equity, environmental justice can’t exist.”
Ambassador, St. Andrews, Scotland
Cordelia is a current student at the University of St. Andrews studying International Relations with a concentration in environmental politics, currently working on her dissertation on intersectional environmentalism. Since starting university, she has cultivated a passion for environmental advocacy which ultimately drove her to explore the nexus between sustainability and fashion.
As a member of the planning committee for the St. Andrews Charity Fashion Show, one of the largest student-run charity fashion shows in the United Kingdom, she realized that there was an opportunity to use the event as a platform to both promote sustainable brands and raise awareness about the detrimental humanitarian and environmental impacts of the fast fashion industry. This is when she reached out to the Remake team and with our help not only managed to have 36% of runway collections be sustainable, but organized a campus-wide speaker panel, clothing-swap, and sustainable pop-up shop to educate the university community about sustainable fashion.
“After the wide-spread success of the sustainability events I organized on campus with the help of Remake, I realized that although students are extremely enthusiastic to learn about sustainable fashion, there are a lack of educational opportunities on university campuses to engage students in these issues. As a Remake ambassador I cannot wait to mobilize the movement on my campus and educate students on why we should all be following #WearMyValues.”
Ambassador, Becket, Massachusetts
Crispina ffrench started recycling textiles in the form of used clothing as an art school student in 1987. By the time she graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design her manufacturing company was in full swing and her signature product – stuffed toys called Ragamuffins completely hand sewn from recycled wool sweaters were selling internationally. Within two years her company employed 40 women at home making Ragamuffins, Blankets, Potholder Rugs, etc. all completely hand constructed and all recycled.
Fast forward 30+ years Crispina’s company works with companies including Timberland, Crate and Barrel, Patagonia, American Apparel, Eileen Fisher and others to create marketable product using their textile waste.
She has authored a teaching book called The Sweater Chop Shop, is working on her second book and currently finds herself empowering women all over the world through her membership called Circle.
“I am so excited to be a Remake Ambassador, to be welcomed into and nurtured by a community of like-minded conscious consumption leaders where I have historically blazed a lonely trail I #wearmyvalues with a mostly thrifted wardrobe and supporting conscious brands when new is necessary (think bras, undies, and socks).”
Ambassador, Surrey, England
Yasmin (@yasminnorvill) is an English Literature student by day and a freelance journalist by night; specializing in women’s issues and sustainability. She utilizes her platform as a writer to frequently discuss environmental activism and continuously encourages readers to live more sustainably. Growing up, fashion served as an outlet of self-expression. From band tees and combat boots, to pretty floral dresses: fashion was a constant pillar in creating her own identity. After many years of researching and educating herself on the harmful impacts of fast fashion, Yasmin is now an advocate for sustainable fashion and ethical consumption.
As a Remake Ambassador, Yasmin aims to prove that each individual is still able to showcase and develop their own unique personal style while ensuring there are no negative implications for other workers or the larger environment. Yasmin is thrilled to be given the opportunity to meet and learn from other activists working towards a more sustainable future. After spending a year studying in Denmark and embracing the Danish lifestyle, Yasmin’s own personal style showcases a large Scandinavian influence. Although recently, she has been enjoying the process of experimentally up-cycling her clothes with embroidery and tie dye; giving old pieces a new life. Yasmin hopes to create sustainable look books and DIY tutorials to demonstrate to consumers how to develop personal style ethically.
“My love of fashion motivates me to consume in a sustainable way. By rummaging through charity shops, supporting independent local businesses and reworking my own old clothes, I am able to create a wardrobe that reflects my personality while simultaneously aligning with my ethical beliefs too #wearyourvalues.”
Ambassador, New York, New York
Jasmina (@itsjustminah) is a digital content creator and a fashion business student based in New York City. Growing up in a developing country, the Republic of Macedonia, Jasmina started thrifting clothes at a very young age. Buying second hand was not a choice for her but the only way she could afford to buy clothes. When she moved to the United States, she was instantly overwhelmed by the amount of available clothes and how inexpensive they were. She immediately recognized that something was wrong with the way people in America consume and dispose clothes. She decided to go to a fashion design school and explore the idea of making one of a kind value-pieces that are meant to last a lifetime.
Two years into the design program she felt the need to explore the business side of fashion and that’s why she moved to New York to attend the Fashion Business Management Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Besides attending school, she is actively searching for ways to get involved in the sustainable world of fashion. As a Remake Ambassador, she hopes to meet a lot of amazing and like-minded people and help expand the community.
‘’I wear my values by constantly learning to become more aware of the changes I can make in my life to help the environment. I understand that the change needs to start with me first. My responsibility is to share my value and inspire others to take actions in their own life.’’
Ambassador, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kathryn is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and she currently works in finance. After learning about the retail supply chain from a business perspective, she realized that most fashion companies fail to discuss the unethical conditions of garment workers and wasteful practices of fast fashion. As a younger sister, Kathryn has always been a lover of secondhand clothing, and she is a self-taught seamstress, extending the wear of each piece in her closet.
As a Remake Ambassador, Kathryn hopes to connect with people passionate about sustainable fashion across the world and to spur others to start their journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle. She hopes to learn more about the intersectionality between sustainable fashion and other social justice issues and spark conversation around these topics. Kathryn has recently started a passion project (@katsthread) to share her journey up-cycling old clothing in her closet and sharing resources to learn more about the sustainable fashion movement.
“I #WearMyValues by buying less, buying meaningfully, and making the most out of each garment. I want people to recognize the humanitarian and environmental crises of fast fashion, and to shift the way they think about purchasing.”
Ambassador, New York, New York
Sarah’s sustainability journey started with her personal health. She’s always been “healthy and active” but started to dive even deeper into the impact some foods have on her body and the planet, and, subsequently, changed her daily habits to more organic and plant-derived. From there, she inevitably turned to look and making changes to the products in her home, and in her wardrobe and started to use her voice to amplify messages about climate change and social justice. Once you know, you can’t not know, and now every purchase decision Sarah makes is challenged by the question: is this good for people, and the planet?
Sarah has worked in fashion since the early 2000’s, from the retail shop floor in Australia, to the factories in China and traveling around the world on trend and design trips. She’s been living in NYC since 2012, and in 2014 started her own brand, OVERT; she created a bag that was designed to “do it all” for women on the go, with an authentic digital content platform, where she shared the stories of real women in the city and built a solid community of City Girls. In 2018, Sarah parted ways and she now consults with other early-stage brands, founders and personalities to define their brand and communications strategy. She also has a couple of creative projects; @the.reality.bites, a social club and meeting point for curiously creative people. She hopes to continue building that platform and cultivate connections through culture and expansion through important topics, AND @tbcspeakeasy, a cocktail club that hosts immersive cocktail making experiences and make drinks for gatherings.
“I wear my values by curating a wardrobe, home, and lifestyle that supports conscious designers, creators, and businesses. I share insights and brands I stand behind with people in my community to amplify the message that thinking with sustainability at the forefront isn’t harder, and makes our decisions better for both people and the planet.”
Ambassador, New York, New York
While in her second year studying at FIT, Emilie realized just how vast the negative effects caused by the fashion industry were on the environment and humanity. Since then, she has pledged to be part of the solution, opposed to adding more to the problems.
For the past 4 years, Emilie’s worked in merchandising, product development, and marketing for different notable fashion companies around the globe. In her spare time, she hosts clothing swaps, resells secondhand apparel, and educates others on sustainable fashion. As a Remake Ambassador, Emilie hopes to reach more people and inspire them to change their relationship with fashion.
“I try to buy ‘new’ clothes as infrequently as possible. Despite being a fashion addict I make it work by shopping secondhand, swapping, and up-cycling. I’m also really passionate about implementing more sustainable manufacturing practices. I want to decrease the negative impacts of the industry while also making it more inclusive.”
Ambassador, Falmouth, Maryland
Kelsey is a maker of all kinds with a DIY-or-die mentality that spans everything from the kombucha she drinks to the clothing she wears. Her passion for self-sufficiency and the independence provided by the ability to do-it-yourself walks hand-in-hand with her commitment to sustainable living and social justice. After attending Sarah Lawrence College where she studied primarily writing and public policy, Kelsey returned to her childhood roots as a seamstress and started designing under her own label, Garbedge Designs. Using primarily repurposed materials at first, Kelsey spent the early days of Garbedge seam-ripping cast off work pants to salvage zippers and collecting materials like secondhand bed sheets and curtains to create unique garments for women of all sizes. Interest in her work expanded to a point where relying solely on repurposed materials became untenable, and while Kelsey still salvages much of her material, she now sources ethical and sustainable materials as well. Kelsey is a self-taught seamstress and pattern drafter, working with each garment she creates–in the true slow-fashion way–from conception all the way to fruition. Creating everything from wedding dresses to bikinis, Kelsey’s work is all about reflecting personal style, functionality, and durability. With a nod to the historical disenfranchisement of women, she adds (functional!) pockets to womenswear absolutely whenever she can.
As a Remake Ambassador, Kelsey is excited not just to help educate others about sustainability and responsible consumerism, but to bolster her own knowledge of these essential practices. Kelsey has been working freelance in NYC doing custom clothing design since 2012. Currently she is taking a break from the big city and living in the woods of Maine where she grew up. After her stint back in New England, Kelsey plans to return home to NYC and pursue graduate studies in sustainability and fashion design.
“Everybody has a body and wears clothing. The decisions we make and the way we use that body in the world makes a difference—not just on an individual level, but on a global one. The need for transparency and accountability in the fashion industry is monumental, and just as we must think critically about the foods we choose to buy and consume, we must consider carefully the clothes on our collective back.”
Ambassador, Bloomington, Illinois
After learning about fast fashion and watching The True Cost, Ashlee became an ethical fashion convert. Ever since, she has committed her consumer dollars to supporting sustainable, ethical brands. She’s also an avid thrifter because of the bargains, the unique finds, and thrifting’s role in the circular economy.
Ashlee runs a one-woman marketing firm for purpose-driven businesses. She focuses on content strategy and copywriting. Supporting these businesses and their messages is one way for her to increase her impact—and her clients’—beyond what she would be able to do as a single consumer.
“As a Remake Ambassador, I hope to connect with people who care about similar issues, as well as discover new ethical brands and thrifting platforms.”
Ambassador, New York, New York
Meredith is a sustainability educator and advocate living in New York City. She has worked in the high-end fashion world for a few years and saw first-hand how things needed to change. The two-week drop cycle felt like it would never end and she knew the lack of transparency in the industry was hiding many dirty secrets. She ultimately left the fashion world and began working on a passion project called reBLOOM.news.
Meredith advocates that it is not about being perfect, but that it is about making small changes towards living more sustainably. After sharing her imperfect “sustainable story” on Instagram, she saw that there was a need for easily digestible content that would inspire people to live more sustainably. As a result, Meredith founded of reBLOOM.news, a free newsletter for advice, inspiration, and actionable items to live for consciously with the planet. reBLOOM.news now has hundreds of subscribers that are influenced positively from a sustainability viewpoint. Meredith loves to incorporate Remake campaigns and stats into these newsletters to help spread the message and make an impact.
“I wear my values by sharing my authentic story through my newsletter, even if it isn’t perfect. My main goal is to have someone think twice before purchasing a garment or supporting a brand with a negative track record. I believe we vote with our dollar, so I love supporting brands that are doing it right!”
Ambassador, Wichita, Kansas
Libby is the Boutique Manager for Dress for Success Wichita, a nonprofit organization who empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. As Boutique Manager, Libby’s focus is on the professional attire aspect of their mission, handling and sorting all donations in order to provide the women in the Wichita community with clothing that will ensure their confidence and success.
In addition, Libby is a special effects makeup artist and a screen printer for her and her husband’s small business, diligently working towards finding and using only products that are sustainable and eco-friendly. She enjoys breathing new life into clothing by refashioning unwanted second-hand items into unique daily-wear pieces and costumes for her art.
“After seeing a glimpse of the devastation caused by fast fashion and the lack of compassion in the industry, I felt compelled to help raise awareness towards this issue. I feel deeply that humanity needs to come together, to stop supporting companies that deprive others of their chance at life. As a feminist, environmentalist, and fashion lover, Remake is the perfect platform for my values, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I look forward to Wearing My Values with my fellow Remake Ambassadors, helping others see that with just a little effort, you can make a big difference.”
Ambassador, New York, New York
Growing up in the small mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, Erin (@erin.kean) learned the importance of respecting the environment at a young age. Over time she researched ways to live a more eco-conscious life and began to make small changes to lower her ecological footprint. Now living in NYC, she works at The New York Times and spends her free time exploring new places. Her passion project, The Next Edit, is a blog focused on sustainable fashion and clean beauty.
Erin contributes articles on Remake that navigate the environmental and ethical issues within the fashion industry. As a Remake Ambassador she hopes to educate and offer solutions on building a sustainable wardrobe.
“I wear my values by educating myself on the state of our environment and what I can do to make a change – however big or small. Find me purchasing clothes from a local thrift store, filling up reusable bags in the bulk food section, or researching the values behind a company I might make a purchase from!”
Valentina Quintero Rubio
Ambassador, Bogotá, Colombia
Valentina Quintero Rubio (@badgalqueentero) is a Colombian fashion design student at Parsons School of Design in New York. She has lived in Milan, New York and Bogota in order to get to know the core essence of the fashion she believes in. After exploring big capitals of fashion she has found out that she believes more in the process than in the final product, making her focus her attention on artisan and indigenous communities in her country. She is currently working in an online platform for masterclasses with indigenous communities and artisans, as well as giving second life to military uniforms that have been burned by the Colombian Air Force.
Due to her curiosity to explore further the fashion system and the pieces in fashion that are one of a kind done by hand, she has traveled around other countries such as Mexico and Peru to do some research in order to compare the process of different communities, and to try to figure out how to make a more just payment to the ones that make the pieces, because they are sold extremely expensive in international markets, but are bought very cheap to locals. She has been very critical of fashion in terms of consumption, this belief that you are more if you have a brand on, price, ethical wages, colonization of designers instead of collaboration, racism and classism involved in fashion everywhere but mostly in her country. All this, because Valentina believes in building a much more just and equal world through the world she loves the most, but at the same time questions: fashion.
What excites her the most about joining the Remake community is to learn from everything that remake has accomplished and hope to meet other people that are interested in building a more ethical fashion world. She also expects to work in the future with these people, to show others the value of slow fashion and of the importance of supporting indigenous communities, which do not only create pieces, but also inherited traditional ART.
Ambassador, Oakland, California
Madeline has adored colors and textures since she was able to see. Art has always been a safe space for her to express her thoughts and emotions in a way that felt accurate and genuine. She has a degree in fashion design from Iowa State University and a certificate in illustration from Accademia Italiana Arte Moda & Design. To her, fashion is a harmonious blend of art and individual expression. Our life experiences are unique to our own lens, and fashion is a way to show that perspective to the world.
Madeline is a graduate student in San Francisco studying Sustainability in relation to the fashion industry. She is energized by having important, at times uncomfortable, conversations about the fashion industry. Through the power of conversations and actions, we can begin to dismantle our current systems which stand on the basis of marginalizing communities and polluting the environment. She believes we can transform the fashion industry into a resilient and inclusive space! She hopes to practice this passion through Remake, and initiate these conversations.
“I #WearMyValues by making every purchase intentionally, and supported with product education. I take time to understand the life cycle of each garment, including from the seed to the store. After my purchase, I show my textiles respect through care and mending.”
Luciana dos Santos Duarte
Ambassador, The Hague, The Netherlands
Luciana is a PhD researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University of Rotterdam / The Netherlands), and at the Production Engineering Department (Federal University of Minas Gerais / Brazil). She has a bachelor degree in Product Design, and a master degree in Production Engineering. She is also a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Trainer (NGO World Peace Initiative / Thailand).
Since 2007, she communicates about ethical and sustainable fashion via her website http://ethicalfashionbrazil.com/, as well as work as a consultant in Design and Engineering for Fashion. One of the industrial projects she did was the 3D layout of a medium-size factory of bags and shoes. In 2011, she created the course Fashion and Sustainability at the Fashion Design under graduation, and also taught for six years at the Production Engineering under graduation.
One of her biggest achievements is to have created a network of more than 250 volunteers and 1,000 donors to offer millions of clothes and accessories for homeless people. They could chose everything that they wanted according to their taste, during 10 editions of this pop-up store along five years. As a Remake Ambassador, she shares about ethical fashion initiatives at her website and social media.
“We should do charity everyday, as a way to be resilient in this system that we live (based on competition to be richer than your brother). We should be humble and available to everybody, because the ego is just a temporary illusion.”
Ambassador, Atlanta, Georgia
Darriea Clark is a fashionista, content creator, and feminist. At a young age, she began thrifting with her mom and grandmother. Inspired by their innovative style, she fell in love with the unique opportunity of self-expression that secondhand clothing affords. After years of DIYing her own clothes and watching YouTube channels like The Fashion Citizen, she has decided to begin her own secondhand clothing store. Her brand will launch in summer of 2020.
Darriea studied magazine journalism with concentrations in South Asian studies and fashion and beauty communications at Syracuse University. She focuses on fashion storytelling in both journalistic and artistic capacities. Her interests include psychological and sociological motivations of dress and how clothing affects self-esteem, the global environment, and women’s empowerment. As a Remake ambassador, Darriea plans to co-create fashion stories with her peers and uplift voices of women marginalized by the fast fashion industry. She is passionate about increasing awareness of sustainable fashion and wants others to define style on their own terms as well.
“I #WearMyValues by only buying from brands that engage in fair trade practices and are committed reducing their ecological footprint. I celebrate my individuality by wearing what’s in my closet, and I refuse to be swayed by fleeting trends.”
Ambassador, Manila, Philippines
Myxen Montes is an Industrial Engineering student in the Philippines. She has always seen fashion as an outlet of self-expression and also a form of revolution. She joined the movement towards sustainable fashion because she believes that bags, clothes, and shoes shouldn’t just be pretty nor should it only benefit the wearer. It should go beyond that.
By being a Remake Ambassador, Myxen hopes to have a platform to both educate, and be educated regarding sustainability issues in the fashion industry. She wishes to open more minds and inspire others to be more cautious about what they wear, and how it affects the environment and the people behind it.
“I support the #WearYourValues movement by only supporting brands that aligns with my views and beliefs, and also by keeping in mind that less is always more.”
Ambassador, San Francisco, California
As a digital and event marketing professional focusing on trade shows and community engagement, Riley has an obsession with bringing groups together to innovate for and learn about sustainability and purpose. Riley started at Sustainable Brands, a media and conference company supporting brands understand how hey can profit from sustainable business practices, and more recently transitioning to field marketing role for a tech company, Segment, starting a sustainability and CSR task force – laying the ground work for the company’s first formal initiatives. Riley separately is an organizer for a local San Francisco Women in Corporate Social Responsibility chapter building community among like-minded women in the field.
As a part of the Remake Ambassador Program, Riley hopes to gain resources to educate her network on how sustainable fashion is accessible and something they should and can be a part of!
“I #WearMyValues by buying from brands that have sustainability and social impact in mind – I always take 10 seconds to think about the purchase: who made it, where was it made, what is it made out of, why am I buying this, but at least I took 10 seconds to make a conscious decision. All other purchases or trendy items come from local thrift stores or Threadup (…which is more than I like to admit).”
Isabel Valencia Zuniga
Ambassador, New York City, New York
Isabel is a world traveler, she has lived in seven different cities in the past five years. Eager to see the world and learn about new cultures, Isabel is a pioneer in provocative thinking and an explorer at heart. After watching different economies rise and fall throughout history, Isabel was immediately captivated by sustainable movements. Fashion and style have been the apple of Isabel’s eye ever since Fashion Police aired on National TV, but she always felt conflicted by the truth behind the retail industry. Having to buy new clothes when moving from one city to the next, Isabel mastered the art of minimalism and conscious shopping.
Isabel studied international Hospitality Management in a Swiss university. She split her studies between the campus in Spain and the campus in Switzerland. As part of these studies, Isabel worked for six months in the Bay Area in a five star resort, and later spent another six months working in her homeland, Mexico City, also in a high-end metropolitan hotel. Now, Isabel calls New York City her home. She has worked in multiple high-end restaurants in the city, both on the floor and in the events department. Isabel is currently transitioning from a life devoted to the corporate world and will focus on cultural, social and activist professions.
As a part of Remake, Isabel wants to contribute to the amazing movement to empower labor workers who are mistreated and overworked by large corporations. She is excited to join a movement that will absolutely transform the face of fashion for the better.
“I #WearMyValues by revealing the ugly, unjust, and dark truth behind our luxuries. I am here to show my passion for fashion while honoring the silent workers who are forgotten by the people who wear their underpaid work.”
Ambassador, Ontario, Canada
Shannon found an interest in repurposing from a young age. Making doll clothes, later skating costumes out of old dresses, and finding reasons to make cast-offs from her family’s wardrobes. She began designing handbags in 2008 under the label Agent Honey and later switched her business model from accessing skins directly from the tanners to sourcing damaged leather garments, otherwise destined to landfill.
Agent Reclaim was launched in 2010, focusing on making products entirely out of post consumer garments. Shannon has collaborated in capsule collections with large leather retailers using their post consumer damaged returns and dead stock. She has been a member of Fashion Takes Action (FTA) Canada’s only non-profit fashion industry organization focused on sustainability. She is also part of the education team, teaching youth the impacts of fast fashion on the environment, social justice and how to become agents of change.
“I believe we can make fashion more circular and kind. It is in educating the wrongs of this industry and highlighting the change makers that will allow sustainable fashion to become mainstream.”
Ambassador, Antioquía, Colombia
Tatiana is a fashion designer student at Colegiatura de Diseño, a professional photographer, a fashion film maker, stylist and creative, she has been living in different places in North and South America, from Medellín to Buenos Aires, New York and Philadelphia, this gave to her an international background and an open mindedness. She grew up into a very creative family, architects, painters and designers, she has an artistic vision of life.
As a fashion student she realized the power of nature and how fashion industry in getting a important impact in our planet. She is into Remake and up-cycling fashion world, she loves to creative her designs from recycled fabrics and materials, and she thinks step by step we can safe the planet earth.
Tatiana is very excited to be part of the Remake Ambassador Program, connecting with conscious people on world issues, different vision and stories, with the same objective!
“I think step by step we can safe the planet. Realizing it is the most important start! Today I am very happy to say goodbye to fast fashion industry, I #WearMyValues by joining a community that will help me to be true to myself. I will love to share my conscious art-fashion to the world. I want to create an impact in my community and live a conscious life.”
Ambassador, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Like many in the conscious fashion community, Jessica’s sustainable journey began by watching a simple documentary (True Cost) that would end up changing the trajectory of her life. Seeing the toxic effects of the fast fashion industry and the contributions to the destruction of the planet everyday, she decided to use her knowledge to advocate for slow fashion and social justice.
Since moving to Dubai in 2016, Jessica has felt compelled to support the ongoing efforts towards sustainability and pushing boundaries where there are still great strides to be made in addressing fast fashion practices. She uses her passion and local expertise to empower others to make small greener changes.
Jessica is currently using her advocacy efforts ad has curated a space @eqo&inspo as a means of cultivating her purpose and living with intention every day, inspiring others in her community to do the same.
“I #WearMyValues by challenging the stigma around slow fashion and taking the steps towards Cultivating a conscious culture whilst also being mindfully stylish. I have seen that it only takes a few voices in the community to influence and Inspire others to action even the smallest of changes in a bid to advocate for our beautiful planets future.”
Ambassador, London, England
Stephanie Frank is an undergraduate student at University College London (UCL), studying Geography and French. Stephanie has also completed several internships in the fashion industry involving digital marketing, journalism and public relations.
When those hear of her degree choice and her adoration for fashion, people often raise a quizzical eyebrow: but how does geography relate to fashion? The answer of course, lies in sustainable fashion.
Combining her entrenched knowledge of the climate crisis with a strong political awareness of how our choices as consumers can contribute to wider structural injustices across the world, Stephanie has become dedicated to repurposing fashion as a force for good.
As a Remake Ambassador Stephanie hopes to connect with likeminded creators to be part of a movement that helps break up the atrocities of the fast fashion industry, whilst empowering more women to join the conversation on sustainable fashion.
“Every choice we make matters, it is upon us to pressure change.”
Ambassador, Mexico City, Mexico
Natalia Silva is a fashion designer from Mexico. She graduated from CENTRO university in Mexico City in 2014 and soon she became interested in working for the brands she saw people wearing the most: fast fashion. Like anyone going through and admission process at a company she dug into their supply chain to better understand them. What she found was a huge ethical and sustainable issue that not many people knew about. She decided not to be part of it, but to also raise awareness about the way our clothes are made, how we take care of them and how we dispose them.
In 2019 Natalia opened Long: Clothes Rehab, a clothing repair and up-cycle shop in Mexico City, in order to extend the active lifespan of clothes. She’s also passionate about clothing care habits and offers talks on this subject.
As a Remake Ambassador she is looking forward to connect with other people around the world who feel the same passion to change the fashion industry.
“Clothes are one of our most powerful physical tools as humans. Let’s fix our relationship with them.”
Ambassador, Sydney Australia
Alma is a multi-skilled talent professional with a background in Psychology, currently studying counseling and starting her own personal project called ‘Australian Clothes Swap Community’ (@australian.clothes.swap).
The idea of reusing and recycling clothes began in her home country Mexico, while she was studying at University. In 2010, she moved to Spain and continued buying/selling preloved clothes using different channels. This passion has continued in her new home, Australia. Alma is now ready to make a bigger positive impact in the fashion industry, with a mission to promote the clothes swap in Australia, and to extend the life of each item to reduce textile waste as much as possible.
“I’ve always had the idea that, if you want something “new” (in your closet or in life), you need to clear a space for it. I’ve realized that we are filling our homes and lives with stuff; we don’t need more things! What we need is meaning and value in what we wear (and do)!”
Alonso de Llanes
Ambassador, Strasbourg, France
Alonso is an energy and sustainability lawyer, with an LLM in energy and sustainability law in Mexico, and another one from the University of Strasbourg in France, he also holds a certificate in renewable energy and energy efficiency from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is focused on regulation and corporate social responsibility strategies in manufacturing companies. He was an advisor to the Mexican Congress, particularly for the energy and the environmental commission, he also writes articles for Mexican magazines and media such as El Financiero-Bloomberg.
As a water-conscious person, Alonso participated in the Paris Agreement working groups in 2015 and was nominated for the 2018 Youth Award in Mexico for the defense and protection of fresh water. He is currently an advisor to several organizations in France.
“I joined as a Remake Ambassador because I am concerned about the use and management of water in the luxury and fashion industry. We need more sustainable fashion, with less impact that guarantees a fair distribution of water resources and greater social justice.”
Ambassador, Reno, Nevada
From a young age, Jenni has loved clothing, textiles, and the process of creating them. As she grew older, she became aware of the ugly side of fashion. After studying anthropology and human rights, and traveling the world, she realized that her mission in life was to be an advocate of ethically made fashion. She couldn’t continue to enjoy expressing herself with beautiful clothes when so many suffered to make them.
Currently, Jenni lives in Reno, Nevada and works for Patagonia. She is looking forward to pursuing her masters degree in the near-ish future.
Jenni has experienced first-hand how un-accessible sustainable fashion can be in some communities around the world. As a Remake Ambassador, she hopes to learn how to share the message of ethical fashion in ways that those communities can support. She can’t wait to get connected with all of the amazing people in this industry who share her values, learn, and get to work!
“I #WearMyValues by supporting local second-hand shops and companies that are actively trying to do good and make a change in the industry. To spread the message, I’ve learned that people respond best to positivity. By sharing my values in a positive light with others, I feel that it plants the seed for them to want to make change in their own life!”
Ambassador, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Anna is an Iowa native who has been obsessively drawn to color since a young age. A classically-trained violinist and singer, Anna has spent a large portion of her life creating music in the US and abroad. Performing, be it in a concert hall or her family’s green backyard, initially sparked Anna’s interest in personal style as she’d scour local vintage shops for beaded dresses and handmade jewelry. The local Midwestern arts culture along with Anna’s passion for women-owned business compelled her to enter into conversation with women around the globe (in her travels for performance and violin teaching) about the beautiful arts objects and crafts they make.
Anna is particularly drawn to ethical, women-made fair trade textiles and jewelry that honor traditional production processes and prints. While Anna has never been professionally involved in the fashion industry, she devotes much of her free time to researching fair trade practices, discovering ethical and sustainable brands, and learning more about the immense impacts of the fashion industry on the environment and laborers around the globe. She wears handmade dresses, ceramic earrings, and painted skirts with pride in her current roles as a violin instructor and Donor Relations Manager with a local professional orchestra.
Anna is ecstatic to be part of the Remake team, first and foremost because she truly believes in the movement’s global impact. She sees Remake as an integral part in educating people from many walks of life around the world about the relationship between ethical shopping, human rights advocacy, and a cleaner environment. “As a Remake Ambassador and advocate for slow, sustainable fashion, I eagerly enter into regular conversation with others about how to “clean up” their shopping and to demand, in their own ways, accountability from major fashion brands. It’s not enough to wear a t-shirt with a women’s rights slogan and call oneself a feminist — I need to know more about the people who made the shirt, that they were paid fair wages, and that they were treated with dignity. That is how I #WearMyValues as an intersectional feminist.”
Ambassador, Costa Mesa, California
Elise started her sustainability and fair trade journey after a decade working as a women’s apparel designer in the action sports industry. After learning about the manufacturing processes used today, she decided it was time to make a change and begin her self-education in sustainability. Since then she has made it her goal to learn more about human rights and how important it is to share that knowledge with her friends and family.
As a Remake Ambassador, Elise is looking forward to spreading more awareness through her outreach on social media and amongst her colleagues in the industry. She can’t wait to continue learning within this community of leaders, and to grow into a more empowered agent of change.
“Awareness is the best gift we can give. By sharing what we’ve learned, we have the tools to help empower others to take action in creating a more fair and just world.”
Ambassador, Salem, Virginia
Emily Iris Degn (@emilyirisdegn) is a seasoned travel writer, Earth activist, model, ecofeminist, photographer, professional artist, and published poet! She now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her partner and over 20 plant babies, but she grew up in the San Juan Islands in Washington state. As a kid she was constantly swimming in the sea, hiking, eating fresh berries, body surfing, traveling, indoboarding, and learning how much she loved the planet. She’s since spent her life protesting the destruction of it, spreading awareness, and making decisions that reflect her devotion to our one and only home. Her decision to not support fast fashion was a result of that.
She is an avid thrifter, but loves to support eco-conscious companies that not only help heal the planet, but are vegan, are fair trade, and keep their makers safe. She hopes to drive others to care about each other and the Earth enough to do something about it. She wants to always leave places better than they were when she found them, and Remake has proven to be something that helps her to do just that.
“What we buy says a lot about ourselves. Our money is, in a very real sense, our vote. When we buy things that are destructive to the planet, harm animals, kill animals, or are from companies that don’t treat women or their makers well, then we are supporting those things. We are telling the world, and ourselves, that we want to destroy the planet; that we want to kill animals; that we want to treat women unfairly. We are perpetuating those things. I’ve chosen to live a life that is as ethical as I can make it. It’s not about perfection because come on- that’s impossible due to the nature of the world we live in, but it is about trying. That’s a big misconception that I’ve seen people have about veganism, environmentalism, and any form of progress – they think that unless they can be perfect, they shouldn’t even bother. That’s just not true. We should ALL be trying our best to not harm others, to heal our planet, and to treat each other better than we were treated ourselves. I wear those things on my heart by being vocal, by standing up, by writing my government reps, and by being mindful of my choices every day. That’s really what it’s all about- mindfulness. We all need to realize that every decision that we make has a consequence. They can help the world, or tear it down. I want to make my life about the helping, and I hope others will be inspired to do the same.”
Ambassador, Los Angeles, California
Mercy James (@mercylynn05) is an apparel designer and product developer originally from Houston, Texas. She moved to Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she earned degrees in Merchandise Product Development, International Manufacturing, and Business Management. Throughout her education and career, she has fostered a lifelong passion for creating high-quality, sustainable apparel and products, ethically manufactured using socially/environmentally responsible business practices.
Her devotion was sparked when Fashion Revolution highlighted the disaster at Rana Plaza in 2013, killing 1,138 people. Today, most companies still run on a corrupt, capitalistic structure, built around exploiting supply chain workers, taking precious resources, and damaging entire societies and ecosystems. Fueling her belief that ethical should be the rule, not the exception. It is through collective action and systematic policy change, that the apparel industry can evolve for good because there is not a single company that can manage what they’ve never been required to measure.
She strives to be a positive force in the industry, using her voice to encourage consumers to hold brands accountable, because every purchase is a vote for the future. Her mission is to close the loop, pushing for circular and regenerative fashion, that always puts people and the planet first. She will continue to use her platform to cultivate conversations, environments, and build mindsets that are motivated to innovate and improve the framework of design processes and supply chains. This mantra and her responsibility as a designer are why she’s thrilled to join this community of like-minded Remake Ambassadors, accelerating change together!
“As a designer and consumer, I choose to #WearMyValues by living out my mission and supporting businesses who inspire and educate, society and the apparel industry, to demand justice for our world and for the millions of people who make our clothes.”
Ambassador, Potomac, Maryland
Becca is an Economics and Politics graduate, originally from Zimbabwe, who is now working as an au pair just outside of Washington, D.C.
She has always had an interest in fashion, sustainability and Human and Women’s Rights. However, it was only when she discovered her passion for thrifting while at university in Scotland that she started to realize the extent of the journey her clothes had been on before they had come to reach her. Then, when she watched the documentary ‘The True Cost’ in 2015, the rest of the puzzle came together. She understood the intrinsic links between each of her passions and it became her life’s mission to help make fashion better for people and planet.
Though she has been somewhat of a nomad since graduating university, she has woven conscious fashion and social and environmental justice into all that she has done since then. She has worked on projects educating and empowering garment workers in India, she has run her own online secondhand clothing boutique, and she has interned at the sustainable and ethical fashion space Tribute, in D.C. Most recently she volunteered as a researcher and communications assistant for the Global Sourcing Council where she came to understand just how powerful a tool the global fashion industry is, and what a large role it has to play, in the meeting of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Becca was mobilized to join Remake after signing our #PayUp petition. She sees joining the organization as a natural extension and progression of her ethical fashion journey. She is very excited to learn and grow with the community of ambassadors as we work together in the creation of a better world for all.
“Sometimes getting dressed, in itself, is a revolutionary act.”
Ambassador, Ahmedbad, India
Tanya Jain is an advocate for ethical practices and sustainable systems. She used her education at Parsons The New School for Design to work towards promoting sustainability to the masses. She founded Pasithea in 2017, then a sustainable clothing brand to work towards creating a system that went against fast-fashion. Shortly she realized she needed to create a bigger impact and decided to turn Pasithea into a sustainable magazine. Pasithea now showcases brands and individuals across Design, Lifestyle and Fashion who are working towards making an impact in the sustainability landscape.
Through Remake, she is trying to connect with the right people to build a network that solves the issues that the fashion system is facing.
“I wish to educate people on the importance of sustainability from the work I do and the people I associate with.”
Ambassador, Tacoma, Washington
Jasmyne is a native of Long Island, NY and a professional soccer player for the OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League. Her career as a professional soccer player has enabled her to travel the world having lived and played in Denmark, Cyprus and Australia. Throughout her world travels one thing has remained constant: her passion for the environment and love for engaging with people of all walks of life.
Her journey with sustainable fashion started 4 years ago when she created an eco-friendly headband collection called Jas It Up. Seeing the positive impact her collection and platform as a professional athlete had on her local community, she relaunched Jas It Up as a sustainable lifestyle brand whose mission is to uplift communities, empower youth, and protect the planet.
“We all have a responsibility to leave the world in a better place for future generations. I’m excited to join the Remake community to learn, collaborate, and inspire people who share my values to help change the world!”
Silvia Scotto di Santolo
Ambassador, Milano, Italy
Silvia Scotto di Santolo is a digital creator. She is a person with problem-solving ability and she has got an ambitious personality. She is perfectionist and she has got great desire to enrich herself and to learn. The predisposition to innovation leads Silvia to have high digital skills.
She loves the planet so much and she is particularly inspired by sustainability. For her vision, the fashion system, therefore, in order to survive, must offer the market a fashionable but sustainable product, focusing on the circular economy. Being a Remake Ambassador will be an opportunity for her to enrich herself and to focus on sustainability.
“Eco-fashion should not be a trend, but a modus vivendi.”
Ambassador, Fairfax, Virginia
Leohana was born in Guatemala and grew up in a small town knowing who made her clothes. As an immigrant in America, she grew up living sustainably by valuing the few things her family could afford.
Leohana’s mindful moment came when she traveled back to Guatemala and noticed that her aunt was wearing a cute shirt that she had given her years ago. To her surprise, the shirt she had once deemed invaluable was still around and it looked cute on her aunt. That moment to her was nostalgic, as she recalled her life before America and became mindful of how American culture had changed her. Leohana studied international politics in college with an interest in international development. In her travels back home she started to realize the overwhelmingly growing mounds of secondhand American clothes, witnessing the impacts of the industry, policies, and consumeristic culture on her country.
Passionate about international sustainable development, immigration issues, and the environment she founded Our ReStore (@our.restore), a brand reducing textile waste and fast fashion consumption. With sustainable clothing brands often pricing out low-to-middle class consumers and the stigma around thrift shops and flea markets her aim is to provide a new experience for women to readopt habits previously popular among working-class communities. A reminder that sustainability is not a new endeavor practiced by the few who can afford it, but an accessible set of beliefs, values, and principles that have been practiced by indigenous and working-class communities for centuries. Our ReStore aims to provide sustainable workwear for young working women by reducing textile waste and empowering immigrants to not just represent labor in the fashion industry but also designers, stylists, and consumers.
As a Remake Ambassador, Leohana aims to re-center the sustainable fashion conversation on those most impacted and specifically from the viewpoint of immigrants. She believes the immigrant community has great power in creating impact. She’s excited to join the Remake Community as an Ambassador to continue learning and furthering the dialogue in creative educational ways that inform consumers.
“Immigrants have an incredible impact in shaping culture and our voices are crucial in this issue as sustainability is more than just shopping ethical brands, for me, it’s about changing the social and cultural narrative in which we approach sustainability.”
Ambassador, London, England
Libby works in charity communications and runs Hot Knots, a sustainable, upcycling craft business. She was brought up trawling charity shops and boot fairs across South East London and developed a life-long appreciation for second-hand culture.
She became invested in raising awareness of waste culture during her Foundation Diploma in textiles design, when she knitted plastic bags to create new textures and fibers for garment construction and sculpture. Through Hot Knots, she designs affordable and accessible zero-waste items using ‘waste’ materials and delivers workshops to share upcycling skills and start conversations around sustainability.
She is a writer and communicator and hopes to integrate this into her work as a Remake Ambassador, as well as sharing upcycling skills and joining a network of other sustainable creatives. Looking ahead, she’s excited for the knowledge that this opportunity will bring, and hopes that Remake will equip her with the tools to take further action through organizing events, running campaigns and telling stories.
“I #WearMyValues through my commitment to boycotting fast fashion, buying only from small businesses and designers. I use my voice to promote slow design, and to challenge fast fashion’s impact on the environmental and social fabric of the modern world. I’m very lucky to have talented friends who design and make amazing clothes, using sustainably sourced materials. I hope to use my networks to amplify slow, conscious designers whose voices are often silenced by the noise of fast fashion.”
Ambassador, San Jose, California
Tran was born and raised in the San Francisco bay area! Tran started thrifting back in her teenage years as a way to save money, and has continued to do so as she commits to a zero-waste lifestyle. She realized that by shopping fast fashion, she is not only helping to dig the hole in landfills, but is also supporting non-ethical brands.
The opportunity to be a Remake ambassador and work hand in hand with other ambassadors around the globe excites her! She aims to better educate herself about sustainable and ethical fashion, connect with like-minded people, and spread the message to others. In order to change consumer behavior and make fashion a force for good, she believes the first step is to educate others. She admires the daring individuals behind this program and the huge impact it has made!
“I #WearMyValues by buying less and being intentional about where I purchase my clothing!”
Ambassador, Boston, Massachusetts
Jessica Nguyen didn’t expect to return to the world of fashion after turning her back to her ex-fashion blogger days. However, after diving into reads such as “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” and “Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change,” Jessica rediscovered her interest and faith in creating social change in fashion. Her feelings were further justified after working on the front lines as a retail sales advisor in some of the world’s largest fast-fashion chain companies. Having sold $175,000 worth of stock in twelve hours, $50,000 more than their average goal in one day at a flagship store, she realized that something needed to be changed.
Passionate about speaking out against the ethical issues of the global fast fashion industry including workers’ wage equity and environmental sustainability, Jessica decided to enroll herself in Factory45, an online sustainable fashion accelerator program for aspiring entrepreneurs and change-makers, and became an Ambassador of Remake.
“I believe that we have the power to subvert the fast-paced, capitalist reigns of the fast fashion industry by being better-informed consumers. I wear my values by being conscious of what I buy and vocally advocating for a more humanity-focused economy.”
Ambassador, Bali, Indonesia
Lyna is a fashion photographer who was born and raised in Morocco. She has lived in four different regions of the world: North Africa, the US, South Asia, and Europe. This gave her an international background and an open-mindedness about today’s global issues.
She always had an interest in fashion, from big stores to small Moroccan artisan shops, she was a compulsive buyer. She acquired more awareness about the conditions of garment workers in developing countries when she started traveling around Asia, doing volunteer work.
However, she got completely hooked on it when she started living in Bali, where ethical Fashion Brands are leading the way in the industry. She believes that sustainability is the future of fashion and that it’s time for fashion labels to care more about the conditions of their workers and the materials that they are using.
“As I’m starting my fashion and beauty photography career, I want to be as ethical as possible, and being part of a community is a more powerful way to make changes. As a Remake Ambassador, I’m looking forward to building a strong and meaningful community with other like-minded professionals from all over the world, but I am also eager to create a positive impact through my work.”
Ambassador, Santiago, Chile
Claudia is a fashion and textile designer, image consultant and personal shopper and an entrepreneur at heart, with more than 10 years of experience in the fashion field. And today she is launching her own brand of sustainable shoes reusing disused garments for its manufacture and with zero philosophy waste, in addition to advising an enterprise that investigates alternative natural and sustainable medicines for the management of certain diseases.
She hopes to be able to put in society’s mind the concept of “conscious buying”, to understand that the decisions that each one makes have repercussions that affect others and that the actions of each one can produce incredible changes. Claudia is very excited and motivated with the opportunity to be a Remake ambassador, to meet and share with other people who want the same as she does for the world and learn from them.
“I care about choosing the garments I wear very well, I only buy when necessary from local brands, which have a social responsibility and are transparent in how they produce their products. I buy in second-hand or vintage stores, fix or transform a garment that is in poor condition to be able to continue wearing it, as a gift or sell clothes that I have not seen so that someone else can use them and every so often I make a detox closet.”
Ambassador, Paris, France
Marco is of Italian origins but has been living in several places, from Barcelona to Paris, London and Singapore, working for some of the biggest fast fashion companies as a buyer first and as a category manager after. Coming from a Business School background, he managed to dissect the main economical mechanisms of the industry and throughout the years he also got his styling and design skills down to a fine art.
This experiences gave him a 360 degrees bird’s eye view of the fast paced retail industry, its inner workings and all of its devastating effects on both people and the environment.
The increased consciousness led him to found The Fashion Sloth, a platform where he discusses sustainable and circular fashion, how to style up in a greener way and everything in between. He’s also a contributor for different sustainable media platforms like Green is The New Black and organizes sustainable styling sessions at organizations like The Fashion Pulpit or Dress for Success, among others. The main objective of his action is to bring circular fashion under the “cool” light, making people understand how urgent but also how empowering swapping, mending, thrifting and upstaging clothes can be.
“The situation we have created is catastrophic and it needs to stop urgently but I am very positive on the collective impact we can have and how education is key to lead the change. It is primordial to realize how the fashion industry is tricking us into thinking we need that blue t-shirt today and how lame it will definitely become tomorrow and prevent this very brain bias of ours from expanding. There’s a lot to be done in making people aware that circular fashion is the only way through and everything it has to offer, this is thrilling! Thanks to communities like Remake, we can make these messages louder and have a wider reach”.
Ambassador, Delhi, India
Saloni is a sustainability advocate by passion and profession. She truly believes that ‘simplistic and minimalistic’ living can help our society grow along with making our unique planet earth healthier.
She has immense trust and faith in the ‘Power of People’ to create change and ‘Remake the world’. Saloni is an engineer with a master’s degree in sustainable development and renewable energy. She has over four years of experience in sustainable energy in the not-for-profit space with responsibilities of grant development and management, strategy and planning, project execution, and government liaising. In the past, she has been instrumental in developing policies and regulations to ensure supply of 24×7 clean, reliable, and affordable power to all consumers resulting in reduced carbon impact.
During her work and regular visits to the rural community in India, she realized how cloth and fashion industry played a huge economic role in the life of the rural folks. How local entrepreneurs and mills were producing authentic material and styles which eventually got lost in the fast-fashion industry. She got curious and started researching supporting NGO’s in India. She recently started her own Instagram page called ‘SustainableSassy’ to spread awareness about alternate eco-friendly solutions and collaborate with local -brands and give them a platform to create a new, slow, and clean fashion industry.
Saloni finds her solace and passion in dancing her heart out. She is an adventure freak and loves to travel.
“I wear my values by spreading awareness about sustainable fashion and keeping faith in people’s essential goodness and make consistent effort to cultivate and ignite this goodness in ourselves. I aim to learn from the beautiful community and create a platform on sustainable fashion in India to empower consumers with sustainable fashion choices to make an impact.”
Ambassador, Miami, Florida
Alexina is the founder of a brand (@ShopAlexina) that creates conversation-starting, up-cycled fashion pieces. She is a passionate advocate for the secondhand clothing industry. Alexina has sewn, knit, and crocheted her whole life and has always held a passion for the fashion industry. More recently, as she enrolled in the inaugural cohort of graduate students at the University of Miami Herbert Business School studying Sustainable Businesses, her mindset towards the clothing industry and also her own purchasing habits shifted. Alexina has committed to only buying secondhand and participating in clothing swaps, and strives to spread this message.
As a Remake Ambassador, Alexina hopes to further promote sustainable practices both in the fashion industry and beyond. She believes in finding clothes that you can invest in and wear forever. Reusing is the best first step in any recycling process and that is why the materials for every design that she creates are bought secondhand.
“I wear my values by putting secondhand clothing first. I aim to educate and empower individuals about how they can reduce clothing waste and purchase their clothes more consciously.”
Ambassador, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mirah is a sociological researcher, communicator, and strategist. She became hooked on conscious consumerism through her work with Social Enterprise Alliance, where she saw the power of using business as a force for good. As a Category Specialist at Walmart eCommerce, her understanding of mass production, mass consumption, and the global negative effects of fast fashion grew. This sparked her passion for implementing eco-friendly and corporate responsibility practices at a large scale, where even small changes can have a monumental impact.
Since then, she’s started using her voice to write articles for B-Corp’s B The Change, Social Enterprise Alliance, and Brightly. Mirah earned her Bachelor’s degrees from Vanderbilt University and is now a graduate student in Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill. Her research asks how apparel brands strategically communicate their social and environmental commitment. She’s excited to join Remake as an Ambassador to continue learning and connecting with others.
“I wear my values by avoiding leather, buying secondhand, staying minimal, and investing in sustainable pieces from ethical brands. I also wear my values digitally by sharing information about fast fashion while promoting brands I believe in.”
Diana Eugeni Le Quesne
Ambassador, Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy
Diana has a degree in architecture, PhD in sustainable design, and Master in Product Design. Diana taught at the politecnico of Milan for 10 years, She was a luxury consultant- art director-stylist for many brands and she has been creative director for different Italian fashion magazines and websites. Now Diana is teaching yoga and dance and she has a brand called Vuscichè with a mission to collect local fabrics ( 20 km) restoring, dyeing, mending and transforming them into garments. Vuscichè doesn’t have a permanent collection and produces on request – customizing the garments on the measurements of the clients.
As a Remake Ambassador, Diana is looking forward to connect with people that are building for a future that is based on values. She dreams of a network of minds that support each other and define a new aesthetic, using second hand garments, handmade creations with local producers. Working localy with a global network to learn and share experiences could be a key to move forward.
“I don’t buy new clothes or new fabrics. I wear a combination of second-hand and self-made garments, I work with just 2 artisans that help me with the part of production i can not manage myself. I respect their prices and time and I like to be grateful to them for the help.”
Ambassador, Iowa City, Iowa
Garik Himebaugh is the founder of Eco-Stylist, the go-to marketplace for stylish and sustainable men’s clothes. He got hooked on sustainable fashion after a chance meeting with the founder of an ethical brand, which then lead him down a path of countless hours of research into how un-sustainable the fashion industry is. Garik emerged from all this research with a simple question: “can I put together stylish outfits with only sustainable brands?”
Once he knew that he could, he wanted to help other guys dress like they give a damn—and Eco-Stylist (@yourecostylist) was born! Along this journey, Garik partnered with Remake to utilize their sustainable brand criteria to power Eco-Stylist’s brand research. He is excited to continue leveraging Remake’s criteria in order to start conversations around what “sustainable” means, and as a vehicle to move brands towards greater and greater transparency.
“I wear my values by supporting brands that are creating the future I want to live in: a world where all people are respected as if they were family, and all of the planet is regarded as if it were in our own backyard. Through Eco-Stylist I help other guys do the same.”
Ambassador, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dustin is a creative extrovert with a passion for the environment and fashion. With a B.S. in Agricultural Science & Environmental Sustainability from Penn State University, Dustin provides a unique perspective to the apparel industry’s supply chain.
Presently as a Research Fellow with the United Nations Environmental Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), she is researching and writing a white paper emphasizing the environmental/social issues within the apparel industry and providing policy recommendations for governments, businesses, and consumers.
As a Remake Ambassador, Dustin’s mission is to collaborate with other leaders in the movement, spread awareness and to promote sustainable solutions. “I #WearMyValues by educating myself and others about where our clothes come from and by making conscious decisions about the brands I support.”
Gaia is a student about to graduate and through her studies and personal research she was able to combine her two passions of, fashion and sustainability.
Fashion to her is an important form of self expression but the demand for cheap, low quality clothing with a short lifespan causes many of the world’s problems, environmental and social. From environmental pollution to the exploitation of workers. Gaia was an avid shopper, she used to buy a lot of clothes, until she realized the impacts of her shopping habits had on the planet, her goal is to raise awareness on these issues, which people are often unaware of.
She hopes, through the Remake community to connect to people with similar aspirations and to use her voice for good, motivating people to become more conscious consumers, only this way the fashion industry can really improve, with the vote we cast each time we spend money.
“I #wearmyvalues by choosing to shop mostly secondhand and caring about my clothes, because loved clothes last.”
Ambassador, Los Angeles, California
Charline Zeroual is a wardrobe stylist who moved from France to the US ten years ago. Six years ago, she decided to leave her marketing career to combine the two passions she has- people and styling.
While her mission is focused on making a positive impact on people’s lives, as a stylist, she wants to use her voice to promote awareness around sustainable fashion and create some consciousness of how much clothing we consume, where we are consuming from and how much it’s impacting our environment. She works closely with her clients to bring a positive change in our society by educating them on how to build and maintain a more conscious wardrobe.
After living with a minimalist maternity wardrobe for almost four years, she has come to realize that even with a smaller closet filled with good quality basics, she could look stylish. Her second Aha moment happened after discovering a local shop in NYC specialized in ethical fashion – she realized that her positive impact on the environment could actually be greater if she supported and consumed from more “sustainable brands.”
As a remake ambassador she looks forward to learning more about how to support sustainable fashion and how to influence and support the change in her local community.
“I wear my values everyday by supporting and consuming from brands who care about how they make clothes, the people who are making them and how it is impacting the environment.”
Ambassador, Garden Grove, California
Erika Taylor (@erikatxylor) is a full-time student and fashion model based in Los Angeles, California. Erika initially became interested in sustainability after conducting undergraduate-level research on the subject through an accelerated program at her high school. Since then, she has become an avid thrift-enthusiast and has started her own business selling secondhand clothing through the app Depop. As a recent high school graduate, she is excited to be attending Loyola Marymount University in the fall of 2020. Like any true Californian, she enjoys spending her free time at the beach.
As a Remake Ambassador, Erika hopes to influence some of fast fashion’s worst offenders: teenagers and college-age students. Looking to grab clothing at cheap prices, the majority of individuals in this age group lack knowledge regarding the harsher realities of fast fashion. Through sharing her journey into sustainability on social media, Erika hopes that she can encourage others to join the movement and become educated consumers.
“Sustainability is ongoing — I wear my values each day by building a consciously-curated closet filled with items that are good for people and the planet.”
Ambassador, Washington, D.C.
Annika Pederson is a student set to attend Northeastern University as a freshman in the fall of 2020, planning to major in Business and Economics and minor in Global Fashion Studies. When she was in sixth grade, her Social Studies teacher taught her class about the impact of the fast fashion industry, and what she learned stuck with her ever since.
During her sophomore and junior years of high school, she completed a social entrepreneurship and leadership program called “LearnServe International,” which challenges high school students to create a business venture or organization to combat a social problem they are passionate about. With the help of LearnServe, Annika launched Ethos (ethosoffashion.org), an online magazine and fledgling organization that aims to spread awareness about the fast fashion industry. Annika is very excited to be a Remake Ambassador and meet like-minded people and help advocate for sustainable fashion choices.
“Prior to making purchases I research all brands of clothing I purchase to ensure that the company is practicing sustainable and ethical habits. I’m also an avid secondhand shopper. I also make an effort to upcycle my clothing and encourage my friends to do the same!”
Ambassador, Atlanta, Georgia
Liana Malinowski is a current student at the University of Michigan, majoring in Program in the Environment. After learning about humanity’s negative impact on our planet and the preventable endangerment to forests and oceans in high school, she became a passionate environmentalist and decided to dedicate her future to helping the earth. After an internship for a fashion brand in Los Angeles and an educational fashion program in New York City, she decided to explore fashion as a career path. A self-proclaimed shopaholic, Liana has always had a taste for fashion but understood the environmental and ethical consequences of convenient fashion. It was not until recent years that she became loyal to brands dedicated to sustainability and transparency. Now, as an ambassador to Remake, she hopes to inspire others to share in her passion for sustainable fashion by giving them the resources and motivation they need to take the next step in decreasing their carbon footprint. She is excited to use her social platform for a movement much bigger than herself.
“I #wearmyvalues by being proud of the story behind my clothing. I make the conscious decision to shop at fashion brands that do not compromise my devotion to environmentalism or stray from my ethics. I’m also a huge fan of recycling and upcycling clothing!”
Ambassador, Syosset, New York
Angela is a high school student who aims to raise greater awareness among youth about the impacts of fast fashion and its impact on the environment and labor. Angela has been an avid shopper who loves pulling together new and trendy looks and posting them on social media for much of her life, but she didn’t think about the impacts of her actions until she gained a greater understanding of the environmental impacts. She used to shop fast fashion brands like Forever 21 because it was cheap and readily available, but now aims to shop less at these brands and focus more on buying secondhand and from sustainable brands.
As a Remake Ambassador, she hopes to inform girls her age about the effects their fashion choices have on the environment and steer them towards a more sustainable lifestyle. She also wishes to learn more about sustainable fashion from the Remake community.
“I #wearmyvalues through conscious decisions to limit my fast fashion expenditures and focus on expanding my style through sustainable choices.”
Milagros de Souza
Ambassador, Durham, North Carolina
Milagros de Souza (Mila) joined Remake during her junior year of college at Duke University. She always had a commitment to sustainable fashion, but it was not until she began an in-depth study of the fashion industrial complex within her major at school that she realized how much the fashion industry needed sustainability.
In the past year, Mila has committed to being a sustainable fashion activist. In her daily life, Mila only buys sustainable or second-hand clothing. In her career, Mila is a stylist, model, designer, blogger, and entrepreneur in the fashion industry. In all of these roles, Mila incorporates social and/or environmental sustainability. Even during a school club, Runway of Dreams, an organization committed to empowering people with disabilities through adaptive clothing, Mila pushed for the inclusion of upcycled clothing as opposed to buying all new clothes.
As someone who has experienced the fashion industry as a business owner and consumer, she knows that being sustainable is not easy; however, she also knows that it is non-negotiable.
“I am always telling people the harms of the fashion industry- constantly urging them to use their buying power and change their purchasing practices. A lot of people find me annoying and disregard what I am saying. At times it feels futile- like no one is listening; but I persevere because if just one person changes their purchasing practices, then I have made the world of a difference.”
Ambassador, York, England
Maddie is a long-term lover of clothes. Her mum taught her to buy good quality and long lasting garments whilst patiently teaching her to patch up many a hole; a ‘make, do and mend’ approach is very much part of her philosophy . After traveling through Latin America for 6 months whilst wearing the same core items again and again, she couldn’t get over the number of clothes her friends and peers at home were going through. Having delved into as many books and articles as possible, it became abundantly clear to Maddie that the fashion industry was neither kind nor sustainable. This sparked a determination to show the rest of the world that fashion can be kind and ethical, without compromising aesthetics.
As a student studying Spanish and Arabic at the University of Durham, she has a global perspective which she hopes will stand her in good stead in terms of promoting ethical fashion as part of the Remake Ambassador team now and well into the future. She is most excited about meeting fellow sustainable fashion lovers and spreading the message of kinder fashion.
“Fashion has always been an outlet for me to express my identity and this extends well beyond aesthetic values. I have thought deeply about each garment I wear – whether that be from a perspective of who made it or how many times I have and will wear it – and hope to encourage others to do the same.”
Ambassador, Columbus, Ohio
Abbey (@abbeykebe) has been in the fashion industry since graduating from The Ohio State University with a B.S in fashion & retail studies in 2016. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan she now resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Philip, & Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Darby. In her spare time she enjoys shopping (+ eating) local, blogging/gramming, and traveling to new places.
As a former avid fast fashion shopper, Abbey first became interested in sustainable fashion while exploring purchasing luxury & vintage goods secondhand as a way to express an individual sense of style, as well as shopping in a more conscious way. While shopping secondhand, and researching the positive impact it has on the planet, she was also exposed to all of the negative aspects of buying new. She hopes to inspire & empower others to think before the shop, as she has been inspired by the rest of the team at Remake.
“I #wearmyvalues not only to help create an individual sense of style, but to help build a future that this generation can be proud of. Sustainable fashion is the future, and I can’t wait to help normalize that!”
Ambassador, Barcelona, Spain
Pilar is a ‘Textile Engineer’ from Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Spain and obtained a ‘Chemical Engineering applied to Textiles’ degree in Università Politecnica di Torino. She made her thesis on the Peruvian Alpaca Fibre, at CNR of Biella, Italy. And after almost 20 years in traditional fashion industry, she has founded B.e Quality, a Slowfashion brand, with a completely sustainable supply chain in Peru. As part of her commitment to sustainable fashion, she organises talks, exhibitions to inform people about fashion industry, the good reasons why and how to adopt a more responsible fashion consumption.
As a Quality Control & Production Manager on traditional fashion industry, Pilar was traveling to visit factories in Asia, North Africa & East Europe. She could see the impact of fast fashion ‘on site’, and had to deal with the big differences between European and the other part of the world’s standards, which in the latest years became unsustainable.
Pilar is so enthusiastic to be part of the Remake Ambassadors with different backgrounds and stories, with the same objective! She sees this as a great opportunity to put together strengths to transform fashion into a sustainable industry, protecting the environment and giving value to workers & clients.
“I can’t work in a system which doesn’t reflect my values. So, I quit my full time job on the traditional fashion industry and founded my own brand, based on Respect. This is a simple word that if applied to all our actions/choices can make a difference in regards of the environment, the workers & the clients. My motivational phrase is ‘be the change I want to see’, as Gandhi suggested.”
Ambassador, Stamford, Connecticut
During Yimin’s senior year at Parsons, he was selected for Remake’s Made In Sri Lanka journey inside garment maker communities to learn about the true human stories behind mass-produced fashion. During his awakening experience with garment makers inside their factories and boarding home, he realized the complexity of our fashion system and came away hoping to transform fashion into a force for good. Yimin earned his BFA from Parsons in 2018 and soon after became a Remake Ambassador. His involvement at Remake includes editorial writing, industry leaders interviews, event organization, public speaking and partnerships building. He helps grow Remake’s ecosystem in New York City.
After a year working as an Ambassador, Yimin is promoted to Community Manager of New York in June 2019. Continuing his responsibilities as an Ambassador, he is now in charge of organizing clothing swaps with Remake’s partners in New York: Buffalo Exchange, Global Fashion Exchange and The Phluid Project. As a special correspondent, Yimin has been covering the New York and global sustainable fashion community from local organizations to industry leaders including Outerknown, One432, and Carmen Gama of Eileen Fisher Renew. He also translates Remake’s valuable assets into Chinese in order to help expand Remake’s presence and contribute to the sustainable fashion movement in China. Yimin is also a liaison with Parsons School of Design, his alma mater, to help continually deepen the bond between Remake and Parsons.
“I wear my values by actively curbing my consumption and taking the time to research if I do need to buy something new. I ask myself again and again, do I really need more stuff in my life? Does this spark joy? I also love The RealReal and Remake Clothing Swaps!”
Ambassador, Santa Barbara, California
Alesya Zubov was a business manager in industries that were typically male dominated. She consistently learned and grew as a person and professional, ultimately realizing that this was not her path.
Alesya decided to leave the corporate world to follow her true passion of launching an online boutique dedicated to rediscovering, reinventing and redefining our identities through sustainable lifestyle choices. Her boutique centers around zero waste, partnerships with nonprofits, and collaborations with local artisans supporting causes such as: animal welfare, women’s rights, ailment awareness, and other worthy causes. Addressing a broad spectrum of economical, environmental and social issues, one sale at a time.
“I wholeheartedly believe it is up to each of us to not only preserve our planet’s resources but to assist and give back to those living in it (human and otherwise). I refuse to reduce my career solely to profit margins, I want my success to be measured by my contributions to society. #WearYourValues.”
Ambassador, Boulder, CO
Ana is a mom and sustainable fashion activist in Colorado. She learned to sew at a young age, and has always loved clothing and accessories. After several years of blogging as @MrsAmericanMade promoting a more local shopping ethos, Ana realized that even clothing manufactured domestically has a profound impact on the environment, so she pivoted and vowed to learn more in order to continue to help and advise others on how to dress their best. To do that, she had to first define her own sustainable wardrobe, and she now helps others understand how to do that for themselves.
Ana received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in Mathematics and Art/Art History, and she has recently completed a Master’s degree at the University of Colorado in Environmental Studies to learn how fashion fits into the larger system of sustainability. For her program capstone project she created the unCover Handbook, a magazine-style beginner’s guide to sustainable fashion to help educate teens and young shoppers.
We need big change in the fashion industry – from the designers and brands down and up from the consumers – and Ana is excited to be a part of a community that shares the same vision and goals and to join forces with the Remake Ambassadors to amplify our voices to affect change.
“My values include doing my best to consume mindfully, ethically, and sustainably. This means that my closet is predominantly natural fibers, made domestically, and secondhand. I am most excited about the resurgence in secondhand shopping that allows everyone to #wearyourvalues.”
Ambassador, Greenwich, Connecticut
Emma has an undergraduate background in international and cultural studies, worked for a Turkish Cultural Center, and lived in Dakar, Senegal to teach English. She has always been an adamant traveler and has traveled for academic, professional, and personal purposes. Throughout all of her travels, Emma started to notice the environmental health issues that plagued the world’s population, from India, to Turkey, to Cuba, to England. She then decided to pursue a Masters of Science at Pratt Institute in Sustainable Environmental Systems, which was a very interdisciplinary program that approached each subject through the lens of environmental justice.
It was through her travels and background as well as graduate classes such as “Life Cycle Analysis” and “Sustainability and Production” that her interests all fused together under the sustainable fashion umbrella. Since this realization, she has worked on various projects and for various companies, including Eileen Fisher, Textile Exchange/Responsible Down Standard, Katherine Parr Jewelry, and Another Tomorrow, a completely traceable luxury brand that just launched in 2020. In addition, Emma has vast experience with outreach and customer experience, not only at Turkish Cultural Center; but at Greenwich Library in Greenwich, CT, a major hub for community that is just an hour train ride from NYC.
“Remake really makes me excited about the possibility of expanded a NYC metropolitan presence. As someone who is often left out of the conversation when it comes to size, I look forward to talking more about the need for size inclusion in the sustainable fashion world. I also hope to expand the conversation more on white privilege in this space and the colonization of sustainable fashion because it is a narrative too often controlled by a specific demographic of society. I cannot wait to do this with Remake!”
Ambassador, Austin, Texas
In 2009, Krissy Teegerstrom completed a year of #nonewclothes. During that year, she learned about the ills of fast fashion and quit it for good. One year of no new clothes has turned into more than a decade of shopping sustainably. 95% of what Krissy buys for her home and her wardrobe is secondhand or vintage. When she does buy new clothing items, she supports businesses that share her values. As she tuned out of trends, she discovered her own personal style which reflects her uniqueness, individuality and the joy of self-expression through getting dressed.
Krissy is a native Texan who lived in NYC and the Bay Area before returning to Austin. With her creative work under the name Featherweight Studio, she turns secondhand and vintage pieces into one-of-a-kind art-to-wear pieces by repairing and embellishing them with patches, paint and vintage notions. Krissy is the creator and host of Beyond + Back podcast where she interviews fellow artists about their creative journey. She is also a Creative Consultant to authors and thought leaders spreading messages of creativity and service. Throughout her diverse projects, she carries the values of style, self-expression and sustainability.
By becoming a Remake Ambassador, Krissy intends to learn more and better ways to spread the word of why she’s been dressing sustainably for the past decade. She’s excited to connect with a likeminded community united in a mission she’s passionate about.
“Dressing sustainably doesn’t limit you, it opens up a broader world of self-expression. You don’t need to have a capsule wardrobe or dress in all neutrals. I am a maximalist who chooses to make a minimal impact on the environment.”
Ambassador, Cape Town, South Africa
Masego is currently in her final year of studying a BA in Visual Communications. She is a co-creator of cnscs_, a platform that aims to promote low-impact living, mainly to young South Africans. She is also the co-founder of Swap Social, a clothing swap event that donates the entry fees to NGOs, such as FemmeProjects and The Beach Co-Op.
Masego first got hooked on sustainable style at a young age through her mother. Unaware that wearing preloved was sustainable fashion until 2015 when she started looking into alternatives to the fast fashion industry. Being a Remake ambassador excites Masego because not only does it align with her passion and values, but she’s able to learn and have access to more information that she can share with others.
“I wear my values by promoting loving preloved clothes, making sure my clothes last me years, not just a season, and supporting brands that practice ethical and low-impact practices.”
Ambassador, Washington, D.C.
Dhrumil is a public health social entrepreneur pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at the George Washington University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2018, Dhrumil came across the environmental and occupational health hazards created by the fast fashion industry in a human centered design thinking workshop, and immediately became obsessed of the underbelly of the fast fashion industry. Originally pursuing medical school, Dhrumil now has dedicated his career to learning about sustainable fashion supply chain and social marketing to create positive social and environmental impact in the industry.
Dhrumil is now developing an independent sustainable fashion consulting group dedicated to supporting the transition to sustainable and ethical fashion supply chain and marketing. As a Remake Ambassador, Dhrumil aims to connect with like-minded sustainable fashion advocates, professionals, and connoisseurs who desire to remold the industry from within.
“I believe that well-being is a basic human right, and it requires everyone to work towards something greater together. I wear my values by shopping secondhand, purchasing eco-friendly materials, and am looking to style my current closet in new and interesting ways. Fashion is among a few areas that connects everyone, and it is one of the most basic needs that drive our ability to live healthy lives. The global fashion industry must play a role in that basic need, and transform it into something empowering for everyone involved in the sow, sew, sell, and salvage process.”
Ambassador, Washington, D.C.
Vashti’s interest in sustainability in fashion first began while working as an Operations Manager in the retail industry, 5 years ago. Before beginning her career in retail operations, Vashti worked with the CFDA, producing runway shows for New York Fashion Week as well as other fashion weeks in the United States and abroad. Working in retail operations inspired her to return to school for her MBA, focusing on logistics and supply chain management. Since graduating in December 2019 from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, Vashti has been working as a freelance retail consultant and is looking for a full-time role that focuses on sustainability and corporate responsibility.
“I do my best to buy second-hand as much as possible. In 2019, I did not purchase a single new item of clothing or furnishings for my home.”
Ndi Kilian Ngwang
Ambassador, Abuja, Nigeria
Ndi Kilian Ngwang is a graduate in Biochemistry. However, his concerns for the rapid deterioration of the natural environment, which makes it lose its natural beauty and the escalating climate change effects, inspired him to focus his attention on the possibilities of reducing waste from fashion designing in Nigeria, a nation where the fashion design industry has greatly improved in recent years. In 2018, Kilian was selected as a Wear It Wise campaign Ambassador by Net Impact, a program that enabled him to learn more and interact with other change makers in the fashion industry from other parts of the world.
Hosting the Wear It Wise campaign in Abuja, Nigeria was a great inspiration and many fashion designers jointly participated by learning about the impact of waste from fashion designing and its effect on climate change. They also learned how the waste could be recycled to create wealth. Kilian has continued to organize other projects in Nigeria to reduce the effects of fashion to climate change by liaising with other organizations. Kilian is most delighted to join the Remake’s Ambassadors to ensure that it is fully represented in Nigeria and its impact felt nationwide.
This will be accomplished by organizing and hosting programs that will influence the attitudes and dressing of fashion designers and consumers to make choices that will that will contribute positively and sustain the beauty of our natural environment so as to make the world a better place and live a good legacy for our future generations.
Ambassador, Delray Beach, Florida
Robin Shaw is a Mom, a Model and an Activist. Having modeling for 15 years in NYC and around the world she turned to activism as a means to create positive change and to channel her passion for advocacy.
The birth of her son in 2017 was the catalyst for this change, and since then she has spoken at Climate panel discussions, organized events in preparation for climate marches and coproduced a sustainable fashion show during fashion week with Zero Waste Daniel. Her goal as a Remake Ambassador and Activist is to help individuals and families to live more mindfully, peacefully and sustainably, so that future generations and the planet may thrive.
“Every time you buy, eat, or make a choice, you are casting a vote. You either vote unconsciously for unethical practices and the destruction of our planet, or you can learn about all the amazing sustainable and ethical brands and daily choices that are now available to us, and vote for those. I choose to #WearYourValues because I want to give my son, and all future generations, a chance at a better world. And I know that many small choices lead to big changes.”
Ambassador, San Jose, California
First introduced to sustainable fashion online shopping at PrAna, an ethical activewear company, Amelia became instantly devoted to changing the fast fashion industry as we know it. She is currently studying Environmental Studies and International Business at Santa Clara University. Also, she works at a small retail business called “Makers Market,” where all products are made by various small businesses around the United States. Ultimately, her goal is to enter the corporate sustainability sector in fashion corporations once she graduates.
After spending years learning about the ins-and-outs of sustainable and ethical fashion and the effects of fast fashion on the environment, Amelia is eager to finally join a community of like-minded individuals representing a cause she cares so deeply about.
“I #wearmyvalues by purchasing second-hand or purchasing first-hand from small, sustainable businesses. I share the story of my clothes whenever I can, like my apple-peel-leather sneakers made in the Netherlands!”
Ambassador, Sincelejo, Colombia
Carolina was born in Sincelejo, Colombia. She is a business administrator and currently pursuing her Master in Digital Marketing. When she realized her hyper-consumption behavior, she knew immediately that she wanted to change it. This is how she discovered her passion for sustainable fashion. She currently promotes more sustainable habits among her friends and aims to change current consumption and production models.
Carolina once organized a Pop Store for a weekend in Bogotá , Colombia, to sell all the clothes she did not wear and had 15 friend join her in the event. In order to go one step further on this initiative, she is currently building an e-commerce business where she wants to create a space for emerging brands with environmental and social impact awareness. Through this medium she also hopes to serve as an example to consumers, especially in Latin America, about the need to change their consumption habits in relation to fashion and generate more awareness about the problem.
¨I believe that the fashion industry is a major contributor to social and environmental impact, and therefore a change in the production model is a necessity. We cannot forget that informing the consumer is a very important part of the process, I want to be part of that voice.¨
Ambassador, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Carolina is a diligent Mexican lawyer keen on searching for political and social solutions regarding human and labor rights in the workplace. Carolina found her passion in International Law with a special interest on Corporate Social Responsibility and Supply Chain management. Her interest in sustainable fashion began during an internship in a corporate law firm when she realized the continuous human and environmental rights violations due to the lack of legal implementations on the supply chains on developing countries.
Carolina´s passion and compromise towards raising awareness about the fashion movement started after realizing the absence of corporate information regarding the biggest and strongest fast fashion stores in Mexico. She became a Remake Ambassador because she is certain that knowledge is a person best friend and the voice of the people is the strongest force of all in order to improve the fashion industry towards to sustainability.
“I wear my values every day I walk down the street of Mexico and I see all these hard working women making local and sustainable clothes from scratch. I wear my values every time I talk to someone about fashion sustainability and how we need to raise our voice as consumers.”
Ambassador, Montréal, Canada
Alia Dobson (@costumechange.co) is currently studying Liberal Arts at Dawson College and will be attending the University of Leiden in Anthropology in the fall. She has always been creative, making craft projects since she can remember with an artist for a mother who showed her the importance of remaking and upcycling.
In high school, she discovered the wonderful movement of Feminism and through that, Environmentalism in clubs such as FemClub but found she felt helpless in the face of the growing climate crisis. Finally, in 2019, she co-created an Instagram-based page on sustainable fashion and became the Digital Creation Executive for the Canadian organization SYC (Sustainable Youth Canada). In both these positions, she continues to apply her creative skills to attract attention to the graver cause at hand and give ways for the average consumer to make an impact. And, having won the superlative “best dressed” in high school, she obviously has a passion for fashion, and with Remake, she hopes to pursue this passion in an increasingly sustainable way.
“Let’s kick fast fashion in the resource-intensive butt!”
Ambassador, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Romy (@costumechange.co) is currently studying Liberal Arts at Dawson College and plans to study Public Affairs and Policy in university next year. She has been ambitious in her attempts for social justice since high school, having participated in and led awareness and fundraising campaigns for local women’s shelters, for example. Her environmental enlightenment came after watching Lauren Singer’s famous mason jar TED Talk, and Romy then started making serious attempts at a low-waste lifestyle and discovered her love of secondhand shopping.
She co-manages the Instagram account @costumechange.co with fellow ambassador Alia Dobson, “an attempt to change our clothes and minds as to how we consume & contribute to our environment.” She hopes that joining this team of passionate and determined Remake ambassadors will connect her to other like-minded people and popularize the sustainability-oriented culture. Romy is also the executive of marketing at youth nonprofit Sustainability Youth Canada (SYC)’s Montreal branch.
“Being an environmentalist is hard, but we’ve all got to do our part. With Remake’s help, I hope to continue improving on my sustainable lifestyle, and encourage others to #wearyourvalues.”
Ambassador, São Paulo, Brazil
Mariana is a fashion graduate, and since college she has been attached to sustainable fashion. She discovered this “new world” right before her graduation year, and since then she dedicated all her college projects and research to learn more about the subject. From that, a life project was created: Angá, the first Brazilian marketplace for sustainable fashion brands, composed only of Brazilian brands!
Now Angá one and a half years old, and since the beginning of 2019, Mariana has been changing things up a little bit. The company is not only a marketplace anymore — now it is also a cross branding/communication agency for sustainable brands, where Mariana can come up with communication and branding strategies with her clients, always with the purpose of spreading the word about sustainability and conscious consumption — and that’s why being a Remake Ambassador, the first one in Brazil, is so important to her. This is another step towards her main goal, which is inform as many people as she can about sustainable fashion and the importance of being conscious about what we buy and wear.
“I #wearmyvalues every time I decide to make a purchase – or not to. I’ve been studying and researching sustainability for almost 5 years now and it is a daily challenge to always be making the best choices, so every time I do it, I feel like I truly am wearing my values and being true to myself and it’s the best feeling ever. I also #wearmyvalues every time I talk to someone about this subject and am able to make them a little more aware of the industry, how it works and how we can fight for a more just fashion industry. Hopefully, I’m only starting!”
Ambassador, Baltimore, Maryland
Nikki Bracy is an activist, creative, and ethical fashion lover. She got started in the sustainable and ethical fashion movement in college when she found out her university’s branded apparel was all made in sweatshops. She has been fighting for the sustainable and slow fashion movement ever since through protests, education, and more.
She is currently on a mission to make her closet 100% sustainable and sweatshop-free. So she started designing her own pieces and having them made by seamstresses so that she knows which materials are being used and that the workers are being paid a fair wage—all without compromising on style.
“You are what you wear. I wear my values by always striving to act in ways that benefit the collective—not just myself. By focusing on creating a positive long-term reality for individuals, the environment and humanity overall.”
Ambassador, Boston, MA
Kevin is an engineer, photographer, sustainability champion, and streetwear aficionado. Kevin received his engineering degree from the University of Texas and his MBA from Dartmouth College. He started his career as an engineer for Chevron managing environmental policy and piloting innovations in sustainable energy. He was also a wildlife photographer for National Geographic, specializing in underwater and scuba diving photography with his travels taking him across the world.
Kevin is now at Nike where he worked on the Sustainability and Innovation team and will be serving as a manager on Nike’s Global Sustainable Operations team. In addition, Kevin is a United Nations SDGl Ambassador having been invited and attended COP24, COP25, and the annual United Nations General Assembly. In addition, Kevin has served as a consultant to Patagonia’s Worn Wear team, evaluating market expansion opportunities and new business development opportunities. As a Remake Ambassador, Kevin aims to tap into the global sustainable fashion network and continue to connect with likeminded individuals to reform the fashion industry.
“Making the fashion industry sustainable needs to be a holistic process. From design to sourcing to manufacturing to end of life treatment, there are so many opportunities for ALL of us to play a role in reforming this truly global industry.”
Ambassador, Omaha, Nebraska
Sarah was born and raised in the middle of the US – Nebraska! She holds a BS degree in Industrial Distribution from the University of Nebraska – Kearney. Today she works at a local CAT dealer as forklift sales rep! With a background in heavy equipment and not fashion, she was intrigued when she started to research where used clothing ended up. Her love for thrifting and flipping vintage Nebraska gear is what sparked her interested in sustainable fashion.
As a kid of the 90’s, she grew up around a sewing machine making bandanas to sell to the neighborhood kids. It was not until October 2019 that she started to upcycle clothing. Her side-gig is rescuing and rehoming garments through her brand OHRTinary Designs.
“I became a Remake Ambassador to spread local awareness in Nebraska and that it is cool to wear and re-gift used clothing! I’m excited to learn more about sustainable brands and to join the movement by educating local consumers on the impact we all have in the clothing industry. I wear my values by turning trash and unwanted items into new wearables. I also shop at local resale and thrift shops instead of the shopping malls. Nebraska, honestly it’s not for everyone but Sustainable Fashion is.”
Ambassador, Kelseyville, CA
Kaila received her Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2018. Currently, she is a Fellow in Northern California with CivicSpark a branch of Americorp, that works on capacity building for local governments to address environmental challenges.
Kaila is passionate about fashion and design and wants to see the industry become more sustainable. She loves thrifting and wants to empower and inspire consumers to make more conscious purchases!
Kaila is excited about this opportunity to connect and collaborate with individuals of the same values and views on sustainable and ethical fashion and believes Remake is just the place.
“I wear my values by thrifting and swapping clothes with others. Trying to make a conscious effort to buy from sustainable brands can be tough but worth it after learning about the ins and outs of fast fashion”
Ambassador, Atlanta, Georgia
Jessica is a concierge personal assistant living in Atlanta with her young son and husband. She is passionate about sustainability, the environment, human rights and low waste living. Her “ah ha” moment came when she was pregnant with her son and began worrying about the world she would be passing on to him. Since then, she has been researching and advocating a lifestyle that has the least amount of impact on the environment and humanity. She believes there are no acts too small and any stride toward conscious living and mindful consumerism will have great impact on the world.
“I Wear my values every day— in the clothes I purchase, the foods I eat, and the examples I set for my family. I want to show others that it doesn’t have to be hard, it doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to be intentional. Life is meant to be lived intentionally. ”
Ambassador, East Point, Georgia
Kendria White is a Paper-crafting, gift wrapping, balloon blowing Key holder for Paper Source by day and a fashion designer by night. She lives in East Point (in Atlanta,Ga.) and has been a thrift store constant for close to 5yrs. She took a leap and tried college again in 2012 at the age of 32 and that is where she first learned about sustainability while attaining her B.F.A. in Fashion Marketing & Design. Kendria was raised doing her part in upcycling being baby #4 of 5 kids. Her first sustainable act post-graduation was putting on her own fashion show. Running out of funds, she took her mockups made in muslin, and used kitchen ingredients to dye the garments (wine, turmeric and kool-aid) and put them on the runway, resulting in success!
As a Remake Ambassador, she hopes to encourage confident use of the words “thrifting”, “upcycling”, and the idea of pass-me-downs. Kendria wants people to look at the words as creative opportunities, not just trendy terms.
“I wear my values by thrifting instead of mall shopping. I take garments that have thankfully remained wearable for years and pair them with thrifted apparel or things passed down, borrowed, or re-designed by me. #wearyourvalues”
Ambassador, Beirut, Lebanon
Francesca herself was recently a victim of overconsumption, impulsive buying and absolute oblivion. She first became aware of the negative impact fashion has on the planet – and people – after coming across a few articles, and watching the documentary: The True Cost. The more she learned, the more she found herself guilty of plundering the planet with her shopping habits. She is currently writing her master’s thesis on the topic, and is eager to shed light on hidden areas in the fashion industry. She has started an Instagram page (@behindyourclothes), where she will be sharing her knowledge as she completes her research. Her goal is for you to become more aware and conscious without putting in the extra effort – that’s what she’s here for!
As a remake ambassador, she looks forward to building a community of like-minded fashion sustainability advocates starting in her country. She believes that people simply do not know enough, and that the first step in changing consumer behavior is getting rid of ignorance. She hopes that this opportunity as a remake ambassador will help her have a greater impact in turning fashion into a force for good. She is excited to work hand in hand, with all ambassadors around the world, as they each bring positive change to their respective communities.
“I wear my values by considering where my clothes were made and who made them. Now, instead of being tempted by incredibly cheap price tags, I stop and think of what the garment is made of, and how many wears it’s going to last me before it looks worn out. Invest in your clothes. It’s all about fast fashion vs. slow fashion. Instead of buying four ridiculously cheap t-shirts, opt for the average priced one that won’t end up in a landfill after a few weeks”.
Ambassador, London, England
Ellie Pearce runs Ellie’s heirlooms, a small sustainable brand, making clothing to order from antique linens with handprinted patterns. Following the ‘Make do and mend’ initiative of 1940s she repurposes, reuses and remembers the history of this fabric giving it a new story to be part of. She is able to make to order commissioned pieces from otherwise lost and wasted fabric.
Alongside Nadien Klages of Nadien_K and her upcyling brand of handmade kids clothing they have set up The Hackney Made collective. A sustainable concept store for other independent, ethical and eco conscious brands to have a space to sell on the high street, take workshops and hold events to grow their business and change our world. It is run as a true collective with brands supporting each others work with in the running of the shop. They have an opportunity to rent a space, which pays for shifts for makers to work in the shop, and runs a schedule of evening talks and exclusive introductions to host mindfully made products otherwise unseen in the market. Its a chance to create something that changes how things work in commerce, create a community and for these ethical brands to grow at a rate and in way that is healthy and is environmental.
“We can and must all play a part. Us creatives can offer new ways of making and living out change for the way we buy, what we need and how we use. As a community we are at our strongest, working out out how to do things, sharing skills and learning from each other. So if we can set up a forum for makers to bring to society their products and lead others in the same thinking, we will start to really impact change. Together we can pass things on and enhance ours and others lives.”
Ambassador, Norwich, England
Libby has made clothes since she was old enough to dream them up. But getting into the fashion industry herself took years, as the way the industry works always made her uncomfortable. Until she turned 30 and realized she didn’t have to conform – she could be part of changing it into something better.
Libby set up The Way Of Tea after she graduated from her Masters in fashion. She dyes fabrics with plants and creates one off pieces from reclaimed and organic fabrics, zips, buttons, threads and embellishments.
“I wanted to become an ambassador for Remake because I have such a passion for CHANGE. I believe the fast fashion industry is abusing women all over the world – from farmer, to spinner, to weaver to garment maker to models to consumer. I want to be part of empowering women – including myself – to stand up, say no, and carve out new ways to make a more nourishing industry that makes us feel good and appreciates those whose hands make our clothes. Including the hands of Mother Nature.”
Ambassador, Columbus, Ohio
Tyra is currently a third year student at Ohio State studying Business Marketing. After her study abroad in London she realized how passionate she was about a career in the fashion and retail industry and added a minor in fashion and retail studies. On Campus, she is a member of the Fashion Production Associate where they plan their annual fashion show and advocate for more sustainability. On her blog Blush by Tyra, she discusses new trends in fashion as well as issues in the industry.
Tyra joined Remake as an ambassador because she wants to have a greater impact on an issue, she is passionate about. She wants to continue the conversation surrounding sustainability with college students and show more sustainable retail options. After graduation she hopes to go into merchandising or marketing and brand management for a retail brand that values sustainability as much as she does.
“I want to make sustainability more than just the new trend. Empowering and educating consumers is only the first step and I can’t wait to see where we go from there”
Ambassador, East Sussex, England
Lottie has currently finished a foundation year in psychology, studying graphic design from home and training to be a personal trainer. Plays rugby and loves cooking funky vegan food. Hopes to inspire people all around the world in any way possible – wants to learn as much about sustainable fashion there is to know and really make a difference in the world. Lottie wants to achieve the most she possibly can in life and inspire many others to feel the same way.
Lottie hopes to make new friends across the globe being an ambassador for remake and really connect with different people in as many ways as possible! Getting involved with events and hosting wherever she can.
“I feel that expressing myself through my clothing really plays a part in what I chose to wear. Making sustainable choices that are good for the environment and that don’t harm animals is incredibly important to me.”
Ambassador, New York City, New York
Melinda currently resides in New York City and is originally from California. While working full-time as a sexual health educator, she created her own handbag line in which she used vintage fabrics and upcycled materials. After working in public health for 10 years, she earned her Certificate in Image Consulting from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is currently working as a Stylist for a men’s fashion company.
Melinda became a Remake Ambassador when she realized how much waste and damage is created through fast fashion. She became interested in learning more about sustainable brands and celebrating thrifting and clothing swaps. She loves to gain knowledge on upcycling, reducing waste and water consumption and seeing how items are made from recycled products. She hopes to help educate others make an impact on the environment and fashion industry for future generations.
“I #wearmyvalues by thrifting and swapping! I also love reworking and shopping my own closet. Understanding how my clothes are produced prior to purchasing helps me to live a sustainable lifestyle and gives me knowledge to educate others.”
Ambassador, New York City, New York
Sustainability fell into Valerie’s lap. Valerie studied Public Relations and Business in Hotels, Restaurants, Tourism Management. She lived in Madrid her senior year before graduation and has been to multiple countries in Europe, her happy place. Valerie had an innate passion early on for hosting closet swaps with her friends, without yet discovering sustainability. Valerie’s first job out of college was working for a sustainable fashion start-up and is now PR & Marketing Manager of that very same company, now Ecofashion corp.
Valerie’s an aspirational entrepreneur and determined to change the world in the travel, fashion and sustainability space. She’s chosen to be an ambassador because she aligns herself and strongly believes she contributes to Re/make’s goal to re/make 1 million closets by 2025. Valerie’s, “Why,” is to increase human-connectivity all around the world to share, learn and understand each other better within human-to-human connection to ultimately help save our planet.
“I wear my inner values in practicing spirituality, TM Meditation and yoga. I wear my outer values from how I treat others, including every homeless person in the streets of NY, to the clothes I wear because it feels good to be a conscious consumer.”
Ambassador, San Francisco, California
Fashion and textiles have inspired Lucy her whole life, which is why she became a home textile buyer in San Francisco. Over the past four years of working within the retail industry, she has learned the ins and outs of manufacturing and is deeply passionate about sustainability and corporate responsibility. Earlier this year, Lucy traveled to a small town in India to explore new production opportunities. While she was there, she spent time teaching screen-printing to local women. Watching this group of women learn the textile printing skills that would enable their financial independence inspired Lucy to get more involved with sustainable textile initiatives, ultimately leading to her involvement with Remake.
“Remake’s mission is incredibly important to the well-being of our planet. I hope to spread awareness within my work and the greater bay area community. I #wearmyvalues by researching brands before I purchase from them and by buying pre-owned and vintage clothing.”
Adriana Flores Bernal
Ambassador, Laguna Niguel, California
Adriana is a proud Mexican girl living in California. She holds a BS in Communications and has over 15 years of professional experience in the Marketing & Communications fields in the corporate world. She has always been passionate about beauty and fashion, so she also holds a career as a Make-Up artist since 2002, and in 2013 she started her own fashion marketing blog. As her career as a blog editor evolved, she realized how hyper-consumerism is integrated in our society, and she started to question herself if she was rising responsible fashion awareness.
In the recent years she has been concerned about the challenges the human race is facing due climate change, and the unsustainable and harmful impact of the fast-growing “throw away” practices across industries. She started researching sustainable fashion and beauty industry and decided to change her mission: to practice more conscious, ethical and environmental habits, and to share her journey with whoever is keen to learn along to make changes for a better world.
“I am happy to be a Remake Ambassador. I want to continue respecting expression through Beauty/ Make-Up, Fashion and Interior Design, as well as respecting the environment. Having my blog does not make sense anymore if my voice will not contribute to my community in a positive way, especially when it comes to taking care of our only planet”.
Ambassador, Scottsdale, Arizona
Madeline is a higher education professional by day and a sustainable fashion advocate by night. Madeline first became passionate about sustainable fashion through studying international development in college. Overwhelmed by the unethical labor conditions and environmental issues within the fashion industry, she stopped buying new clothes and instead started upcycling what she already owned.
Today, Madeline accepts donations of old clothes and upcycles them through her fashion brand Healing Seams. She showcases designs in local fashion shows and pop-up shops. She loves the opportunity to re-purpose her friends old clothing and watch them take on a new life with a different owner. Her brand expresses her values of saving garments from the landfill and inspiring others to make more sustainable choices. While her brand is currently still a side-gig, she hopes that the Remake community can serve as a source of knowledge and support to prepare her with the tools to dive into this work full time.
“I #wearmyvalues by being intentional about how I purchase and care for my garments. I alter and upcycle my clothes when they rip instead of throwing them away, utilize a ‘guppy’ bag in the washing machine to save microfibers from going into the oceans, and invest in purchases from companies who have transparent supply chains and utilize organic/natural resources.”
For upcycled designs, follow her on Instagram @healingseams
Caroline Eaton Pickard
Ambassador, Houston, Texas
Caroline is a passionate entrepreneur who wants to use her influence to make a positive impact on others and the world. She became obsessed with studying sustainability a few years ago and learned about how terrible fast fashion is for the environment, but it was discovering how garment workers are treated that made her blood boil (shout out to The True Cost doc). She made a vow to never buy from fast fashion brands again, and now she loves to help others learn to love sustainable shopping.
She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two cats, and works full time as an independent distributer with Young Living Essential Oils. She loves using her business to educate on natural health and going green with your home products.
“My favorite thing about ‘conscious living’ is how everything is so connected. Choices that are better for your health are usually better for the environment, and vice versa. I see that same connection with clothes – slow fashion is better for us, for others and for the planet, and I’m excited to spread awareness to that message.”
Ambassador, Portland, Maine
Bridgett Keith (@bxoxbeauty) is a freelance writer and actress with a passion for storytelling. Like most people, she bought most of her clothes at fast fashion chains without thinking about the consequences. After watching The True Cost, she became aware of the negative harm fast fashion has, both on the environment and in many people’s lives.
Due to her growing passion on the issue, Bridgett has recently launched an Etsy shop called A Fanfare for Elephants where she sells flower crown headbands. Bridgett is soon launching a fashion blog and podcast under the same name, to promote sustainability and make/sell upcycled clothing. She is excited to be a Remake Ambassador, and to educate others on the importance of sustainability.
“I am passionate about helping to spread Remake’s message- being mindful of where our clothing originates from, and how a seemingly simple choice, like what to buy, can have a profound impact on other’s lives. I am #wearingmyvalues by committing to buying second hand clothes and nothing new from fast fashion chains.”
Ambassador, Washington, D.C.
Over the years, Tammy Miller has developed a love and appreciation for thrift and sustainability. Besides having a background in information technology, Tammy Miller has blog that interview guest about their thrifting experiences and finding clothing that are both sustainable and accessible for workwear and weekend.
The opportunity to become a Remake ambassador aligns with her values and she looks forward to sharing the knowledge, the mission, and other resources about sustainability in the DC metropolitan area.
“I wear my values by thrifting at second hand stores and looking at brands that are sustainable. #wearyourvalues”
Ambassador, Raleigh, North Carolina
A high school student, Viti quickly became immersed in the fast fashion issue after her fellow classmates gave a presentation regarding the concept’s detrimental effects. After in-depth research, Viti decided to switch to a sustainable fashion lifestyle. Additionally, she created SUSS Fashion, an organization dedicated to guiding young people with their sustainable fashion journey through discussions and workshops.
Viti decided to become a Remake ambassador to help educate people in the community about ethical fashion. She believes spreading the word will help create an impact, benefiting both the environment and the preservation of basic human rights.
“I #wearmyvalues by limiting my spending on clothes along with buying both second-hand and sustainable clothing. It’s an enjoyable practice that comes with many perks!”
Ambassador, Atlanta, Georgia
Kelly became interested in sustainable fashion after an internship with College Fashionista and spending some time working with brands online. Seeing how much product was sent out to bloggers alone, who would never be able to wear everything sent to them by brands anyway, sparked her curiosity as to how much was being produced in the first place. Fast forward a bit and the research she had been doing made her desperate for a change!
Kelly is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy and hopes to work on issues related to economic development, something she believes the sustainable fashion industry can play a major role in. She chose to become a Remake Ambassador to join a community who believed in that change. Furthermore, she wants to aid in fostering our movement in her own community by helping host events and igniting conversations on how we can become more conscious consumers.
“I choose to #wearmyvalues by making a conscious effort to research brands before buying and seeking out secondhand options first whenever possible.”
Being born and brought up in a country like India, where human manpower in the clothing industry stands to be a challenge when it comes to ethical practices in the fashion industry, Pooja has witnessed the hardships of the workers and chose to take a stand to bring about a change in the fast growing fashion Industry. By using the idea of up-cycling, her motive is to change people’s mindset from fast fashion to fair fashion. After completing her course in Sustainable Fashion from Central Saint Martins, London, Pooja has been using her intellectual skills in sharing her knowledge of expertise by consulting her clients and designing their wardrobe clothing into up-cycling wear.
Pooja finds fun ways to revamp the wardrobe without burning a hole in the pocket and the environment. She recently conducted a fashion show with the slogan of FASHION REVOLUTION to strengthen the thoughts of people and show them the TRUE COST story. Where every closet in India contains saris (five and a half meters fabric attire), which is hardly used, Pooja designs a capsule collection out of the same material on a zero waste basis. She also holds clothing swap within her city. She is currently working on launching her new label, MANNEQUIN, which will contain up-cycled wear and organic wear. She is also helping a small group of women from rural areas in selling their recycled products by collaborating with them.
“I simply believe that instead of building a new sustainable fashion industry, we need to make our existing industry more sustainable. The aim is to close the loop, through various contributors— experts, enthusiasts, and most importantly, us as consumers. Gandhi once said ‘We need to be the change we want to see in the world.’ We can be the change makers, all we have to do is have a long-lasting relationship with what we have hanging in our closets. As humans, we owe it to ourselves to be responsible for what we have caused, and we can love what we already have in our closets.”
María José Munguía
Ambassador, Mexico City, Mexico
María José Munguía is a textile engineer graduate, conscious consumer, and fashion lover. During her academic development she started to question if the textile industry was making the right choices in terms of sustainability. She questioned every step from processes and materials to working conditions and consequences; between classes and research programs, she discovered that changes around this industry needed to be made. She found her passion discovering that fashion doesn’t have to be in a fight with nature.
Thanks to her academic background, she is working towards a better industry. Nowadays she works for a Mexican Brand in which seamstresses are getting better working conditions. She is very excited to be a part of something that inspires her and she hopes to bring more consciousness and show people that every step counts. She believes that consumers have the power to change the world if they decided not only to buy less but to but better.
“No pretendo cambiar al mundo, pero en el pedacito que me toco vivir quiero hacer la diferencia.”
Ambassador, Des Moines, Iowa
Stacey became interested in sustainable fashion when she learned more about the people who were making her clothing and getting paid next to nothing when she was still shopping at fast fashion companies. She decided that she needed to do better for herself and for this world that she lives in.
Stacey is the co-founder of The 1846, which is a fair trade and sustainable e-commerce site that shows that individuals can find ethical fashion that looks great and is better for the environment. The site’s Instagram page dives into great sustainable brands and how individuals can become more sustainable. Stacey hopes as a Remake Ambassador that she can keep teaching others about the great impact sustainable fashion has and can continue to have on the world, and show others that this can be a lifestyle that they too can live.
“I wear my values by spreading awareness to others that the sustainable fashion movement is something that they too can be a part of by wearing clothes that were made through great companies that show their workers and the earth respect.”
Ilenia is a fashion designer and has been working as a fashion editor since September 2017. She founded a small sustainable clothes brand for babies, starting with fabrics coming from textile wastes, failed clothing factories, or donated clothes in good condition. Her main purpose has been to find a way to reintroduce textile wastes, giving them a second life circle, and transforming them into new, unique pieces.
She became hooked on sustainable fashion when, living in Brussels in 2018, she discovered the zero waste movement, and she had the chance to collaborate with the designer of a 100% circular brand, where the clothes are made from old men shirts. Since then, she never stop believing in circular fashion and a sustainable lifestyle.
“I am Remake ambassador because I believe that the fashion industry needs to undergo a big transition, and instead of solely advocating for it, I want to concretely do my part in order to make it happen.”
Amber Dawn Lee
Ambassador, Los Angeles
Amber wears her values every day by mixing up second-hand outfits that look boho-chic for the Los Angeles style scene. She is an active content creator who focuses on sustainable second-hand fashion styling.
She remembers a specific summer as a child where the old rackety washer her family owned broke down, and the laundry pile turned into a mountain of textiles. She loved jumping into the clothing to dig for an outfit to pull and wash. The outfit had to be special because if she was going to hand wash, she didn’t want to look frumpy. So mixing and matching has always been part of her mojo. Her family even lived in the back of a thrift shop for a while. It’s part of who she is, she loves fashion, and she loves looking awesome for less by mixing high-end pieces with less expensive finds.
Liza is a student at Fordham University Rose Hill in the Bronx, NY. She is studying Communication and the Environment with a minor in sustainable business; she’s on a mission to find solutions to the environmental crisis and share those solutions with others. Being educated on this topic was a privilege she first experienced in high school, and it is her desire to continue to broaden her knowledge on the subject. Additionally, Liza is keenly aware of the necessity to make knowledge about the challenges to our world readily available to everyone. She believes businesses will play a big role in this task.
Liza got hooked on sustainable fashion because she loved shopping but hated the waste produced by it. She developed an appreciation for local businesses who were transparent about materials and efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. As a Remake Ambassador she hopes to bring more public attention to the ethical issues of fast fashion and educate her community about sustainable brands and efforts they are making.
“The price of fashion should not come at the cost of the natural world. I want to feel good about what I put on my body, so when people ask where my clothes are from, I can tell them how I #wearmyvalues.”
Milena Alexandrovna Eva Marchetti-Kozlov
Ambassador, Guadalajara, Mexico
Milena is a sustainable fashion designer based in Guadalajara, Mexico, and originally from Northern California. She is currently launching her brand, MARCHETTI Sustainable, in the U.S and Mexico.
After going to university for both fashion merchandising and advertising and strategic communication, Milena found herself torn between her love for fashion and her concerns about industry practices. After researching and understanding the true cost of clothing, she could no longer pursue a career in the field without taking a more responsible route.
Milena is driven both by a deep concern and awareness to build a better world through conscious consumption. She is ecstatic to join the Remake team and be part of a community of sustainable fashion advocates.
“Empathy is nothing without action. We must refuse to buy into the hype that our needs or desires are more important than someone else’s humanity or well-being. There are real, serious consequences for each and every item we purchase. Our choices matter.
As a designer, I feel passionately that if new clothing is being created, it absolutely must be designed around the sustainable materials or practices available to us. In my case, it was a huge struggle to find authentically sustainable options, but I felt I had no other choice if I wanted to create this collection.
Fashion is such an important industry and has the ability to create and empower a movement that has a tangible impact on both people and the planet from within. There is so much to be done and I am honored to be part of a group of like-minded individuals working to make fashion a force for good.”
Breezy Diabo is an NYC Renaissance artist who loves to dabble in many mediums. She attended University for fashion design and theater and has worked as a stylist for online content, artists, magazines, and everyday women. When she started writing content for fashion blogs about feminism, sexuality, and living a sustainable lifestyle, her research opened her eyes to a major problem: fast fashion. While she grew up a vegan shopping at cool vintage and antique stores and seeing her mother go through breast cancer, she was appalled later in life to read not only how fast fashion disrupts our earth and its awful working conditions in factories, but how damaging fast fashion is for your body externally as well as internally. She now dedicates her time to educating friends, family, and the masses at events and through her writing on the unethical damages fast fashion creates.
Breezy currently makes a point to use recycled, vintage, and sustainable clothing while dressing clients and or booking personal shoots. Her closet and the way she shops has forever changed for the better! As a Remake Ambassador, she hopes to spread the word of reducing products, buying clothing of quality for one’s health, and how to maintain a sustainable lifestyle to the masses through events and learning from the fellow Remake team. She is most excited to meet others from around the world and her neck of the woods who believe in the sustainable movement.
“Fashion has always been a way for me to express myself or my current mood. One could even say I was a different character on stage each day. Yet it saddens me to see the rise in fast fashion and mass production of items one “must-have” due to the increase of social media and envy in many individuals. Choosing to buy a cheap dress or shirt via Instagram, Amazon, or other fast international sites makes me feel like the people in my life and so many others are a part of a large problem that needs to be taken on full speed ahead now! If it takes gallons of water, cruel working conditions, and made with fabrics unhealthy for my skin in the long run, is it even ‘beautiful or easy fashion’ anymore? When people say they love the way I dress and how different it is, I let them know about the sustainable or recycled vintage ways I source each piece. I’d rather my clothing tell a story, one that wasn’t made quickly without care.”
Chris is a Buyer at Nubian Hueman and an MBA Associate at a fashion-focused venture capital firm. As a Remake Ambassador, she promotes shopping sustainably through her writing, speaking engagements, and co-hosting clothing swaps in DC and New York.
“Being a Remake Ambassador has allowed me to learn how to buy and live more sustainably from a knowledgeable team. I have the honor to share my learnings with my local community. When placing large merchandise buys at work or shopping for myself, I support brands that have sustainable supply chains.”
Ambassador, Montréal, Canada
Claire got into sustainable fashion and a more sustainable way of life in 2014, when she started studying. Since then, she’s become a journalist who tries to write as much as she can about the fashion industry. Specializing in new technologies and innovative businesses, she is at the perfect place to get in touch with sustainable businesses and people who want to change the way we use, produce, and throw away materials. Being a Remake Ambassador will help her get information about sustainable life to as many people as possible, and she can’t wait to put her knowledge to good use.
“Sustainable life is not a trend. It’s how we have to live if we want to change things around us. The more we try, the more efficient we will be. #wearyourvalues”
Ambassador, Youngstown, Ohio
Sarah is a 23 y/o living in Youngstown, OH (smack dab in between Pittsburgh, PA and Cleveland, OH for reference, since you’ve probably never heard of it). She currently works as a coordinator of development and fundraising for a nonprofit that focuses on mental health and drug + alcohol addiction recovery. She loves music, fashion, wearing sneakers with everything (lifelong runner over here!), being outside, food, and traveling.
Once a booming area before the demise of the steel industry, Youngstown is finally rising up after years of persistent rebuilding. The majority of the population here tends to be ~10 years behind on trends, social issues, etc., and sustainable fashion is not a typical topic of conversation. She’s excited that as a new Remake Ambassador, she will soon have the confidence, knowledge, and tools to start that conversation!
Sarah studied marketing with a focus in consumer and retail marketing in college and has worked in retail marketing (and in-store retail during college), so the damage of the fashion industry has been on her radar for only a few years now. She was so concerned about it upon her understanding of it, but honestly felt powerless. After watching interviews and documentaries, reading countless articles, and being inspired by a former fashion colleague to join Remake (hi LC!), she understands that it takes small steps at first. So, here she is taking her first step!
Ambassador, Sydney, Australia
Jen has been a sustainability professional developing and managing sustainability policy and projects for over 20 years. Along the way her passion for sustainability and social justice has merged with her passion for fashion. Jen is behind Juice Design & Style (@juice_design_style) where she promotes wearing recycled fashion and teaches women personal styling and how to shop for recycled clothing to encourage them make empowered thoughtful fashion decisions. Jen hosts op-shop/thrift/vintage tours in Sydney Australia, she gives talks and presents sustainable fashion workshops, she hosts clothes swaps and writes a blog. Jen’s career, and now her sustainable style advocacy, aligns perfectly with Remake’s mission of working for environmental and social justice.
“I am proud to be a Remake ambassador (am-bad-ass-ador!). I am a mother of two teenage daughters and showing them (and all the women around me) that they hold real power in their hands to make change when they make conscious fashion choices excites and drives me. The future can be beautiful, feminine, and creative while being fair, sustainable, and accountable.”
Francesca is a quick-witted fashion veteran and an unapologetic style savant. She has lived in Miami long enough to realize she is still Italian.
As people always complimented her chic style and wanted to dress like her, she worked to capture the essence of her putting things together with nonchalant elegance, extracted a concentrate, and created the tools for every woman to dress and live the Italian way: this is now her book The Cheat Sheet of Italian Style. Confidence and Sustainable Chic in Ten Struts.
In real life Francesca grew up following those sustainable chic struts and intends to bring common sense back to the world of Fashion: no allegiance to trends, a curated wardrobe that considers provenance, quality, and durability, favors luxury as a state of mind, has pledged to the Sustainable Development Goals (n.12 – “responsible production and consumption”) in an effort to eradicate discrimination and social injustice.
“Keep it chic or leave it: stick to sustainable, reclaim yourself by dressing the Italian way, because luxury is a state of mind.”
Kelly Wang is an entrepreneur, business leader, and fashion & travel enthusiast based in New York City. Kelly spent a decade working in Finance before launching her sustainably focused lifestyle shop, Rue Saint Paul, in 2018.
Having lived on five continents, Kelly saw the astonishing beauty of nature, culture, and fashion from around the world. Inspired by her travels, she set out to create a shop showcasing the independent creations in fashion and design from around the globe. Along her journey, Kelly became aware of the significant environmental and human impact of the things she loved. Since then, she is dedicated to continued learning, educating, and furthering efforts in sustainable and ethical fashion in her everyday life and through Rue Saint Paul.
She is excited to join other Remake Ambassadors on spreading the message about our fashion footprint and how making an impact is possible.
“Money is power. How we spend our dollars is a vote for how we want the world to be”
Jenna is currently a second-year law student in Boston at Northeastern and is designing her curriculum to advance her knowledge and skills in corporate social responsibility.
Prior to law school, Jenna worked at a law firm in New York City assisting attorneys on a variety of cases ranging from pro-bono human rights matters to litigation disputes between fashion companies. Being highly interested in the intersection between fashion and the law, Jenna went on to receive her master’s in Fashion Law at Fordham Law School in New York. In her master’s program, Jenna worked at the non-profit Nest, which is centered on bettering transparency across the supply chain and obtaining legal rights and benefits for artisans and homeworkers across the globe. It was at an event cosponsored by Nest that she was first exposed to Remake!
Jenna joined Remake as an Ambassador to add more power and value in the movement of making fashion a force for good. In addition to her educational background, Jenna has also hosted events at her school to bring attention to the waste fast fashion produces and the injustices experienced by developing countries utilized as fast fashion factory hubs; spent her summer after her first year of law school at Oxfam America in their Private Sector Department building their Living Wage Initiative; and began her blog bridging the gap between fashion and the law! Follow her on instagram – @thealtrusthetic
Federica Morolla is a Remake Ambassador based out of Madrid. She believes in the power of people and positive influence, because these elements can truly motivate you to strive to do your best.
Originally from Italy, she graduated from IULM University in Milan in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Some years later, she gained a Master’s Degree in Marketing & Sales Management. Passionate about food, fashion, music and art, she can’t think of her life without a piano or singing. Writing is another passion of hers, she has published novels in two collections of stories: “D’Autunno” and “Je suis Chocolat”, Edizioni 2000 diciassette. At the beginning of 2019, she published with 2 co-authors her book, ‘La Filosofia delle Spezie’ a culinary diary that combines the best of Italian and Mediterranean recipes with Indian and exotic spices, creating brand new healthy and tasty recipes told through the personal experiences, memories and lives of the authors.
“I believe fashion is as powerful as food to express our personality. I wear my values by buying fewer better things and treasuring my heirloom accessories.”
Ambassador, Somerset, NJ
Sampada has been interested in style and fashion since a young age, but became truly hooked around the time that the fashion blogging world became a force of its own. Inspired by peers who were experimenting with their personal styles, Sampada first started a blog to document not only her daily outfits, but also her thoughts on the industry. She soon went on to intern for CollegeFashionista as a Style Guru, writing regularly about stylish students around campus and how readers can achieve such looks.
While Sampada was exposed in small doses to the ethical shortcomings of the industry throughout these years of dabbling, she began considering it strongly when she switched her career path from pharmacy to public health. Learning about the Rana Plaza tragedy, hearing Remake Founder Ayesha Barenblat discuss the labor and environmental issues posed by mass clothing production at the United Nations, and interviewing Ayesha for Public Health Post cemented Sampada’s commitment to the sustainable fashion movement.
The most exciting aspect of joining Remake as an Ambassador is the opportunity to not only make a positive impact on the fashion industry, but also on the environment and population wellness. Sampada hopes to encourage her friends and family members to support the sustainable fashion movement through her role as a Remake Ambassador.
“I #wearmyvalues by saying no to fast fashion retailers, shopping my own closet, and buying second-hand or from businesses with good practices only when I know I will wear an item multiple times, for years to come.”
Ambassador, Exeter, UK
Sacha is currently studying at the University of Exeter where she set up her own handmade earring business @sacha_beee which promotes a conscious and ethical style. Her focus is to create beautiful, unique and affordable pieces whilst raising awareness of sustainability.
“I am so excited to reach out to a larger audience with Remake and share what we are all so passionate about. I use clothes to express myself so it only seems right to #wearyourvalues everyday and encourage others think before they buy.”
JeLisa “JL” Marshall
JeLisa “JL” Marshall has spent a decade studying and creating within the fashion industry. She currently develops private label clothing for a retailer in Seattle. It is this work that ignited her passion for sustainable fashion. She discovered there is so much room for improvement in the development and production process, and wants to help spur the necessary changes. Insert: Remake.
Her goal as an Ambassador is two-fold. She aims to better educate herself and others about sustainable fashion and to join forces with other like-minded people. The thing that is most exciting about this opportunity to her is knowing how big of an impact this program has made and will continue to make with such caring and daring individuals behind it.
“To me, buying clothes is like searching for a new best friend. I only want what will be down for the long haul.”
Ambassador, San Luis Obispo, CA
Melanie’s adventures in sustainable fashion began with her desire to help protect the environment. Earning a degree in Environmental Policy, she learned about the devastating effects of global resource consumption. Inspired by her education, her love for fashion, the Leave No Trace philosophy and outlandish styling found at her favorite music festivals, Melanie began creating wild, wearable art from upcycled and recycled materials.
Currently, Melanie is promoting sustainable fashion with her clothing brand Felis Ferox. As a Remake Ambassador, she hopes to get people involved in mending, redesigning and trading their clothing. She envisions hosting a space where people can learn to patch, mend and remake their clothing using her abundant scrap fabric supply.
“I wear my values by up cycling clothing into fresh, new designs and by wearing those designs in a million different ways! #wearyourvalues”
Kim grew up in a small, Midwestern town where wearing your older sister’s hand me downs was not only exciting, it was required. Her sustainable fashion was not born out of duty, but more out of necessity.
Kim first learned the term “fast fashion” when she was studying the slave labor condition in the textile industry in college as part of her International Studies curriculum. She was shown picture after picture, documentary after documentary, of men and women working long hours in dangerous conditions being paid less than a living wage. As a direct result, the cost of “fast fashion” became too high for Kim to be willing to pay.
As a Remake Ambassador, Kim wants to spread the word about the harmful slave conditions that fast fashion creates, not only in clothing, but in other industries such as make-up, and textiles used to make home décor. She believes that if more people knew what goes into making the things they purchase, they might take a step back and think about purchasing more sustainable products, as opposed to products that are detrimental to people and the environment.
“To me, I don’t see the price tag as the cost of fast fashion. I see the men and women working tirelessly day in and day out – THAT is the cost of fast fashion. And that cost is too high.”
Patricia E. Langan
Patricia has been looking for a community of women who care what their fashion statement says about them – and has found it in Remake! She looks forward to extending that community through her initiative Women4WomensWear, a network that connects women to one-of-a-kind products handmade by talented women from around the world.
The idea for Women4WomensWear was inspired by Patricia’s global travels as a program director for international NGOs the International Youth Foundation and Save the Children. She helped subcontractors to global brands such as Nike and The Gap provide training to young female garment workers that empowered them to make life and professional choices and to stay healthy in Morocco and Bangladesh. She also found that her friends loved the fashions from independent female designers from countries such as Ethiopia and Vietnam that she brought back to DC. She realized there is a market for unique, artisanal luxury with a modern twist in the US, but that her friends didn’t know where to find it. Thus Women