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.”
Jessie joins Remake where she researches brand and product compatibility against Remake’s rigorous criteria for the conscious fashion collections and builds brand partnerships for Remake approved brands. Her background is in Business and Human Rights research and she has consulted for ethical fashion brands including Women Worldwide, AAKS, and Symbology Clothing.
Jessie earned her Master of Science in State, Society, and Development from SOAS University of London. She enjoys traveling around the world, reading, and baked goods.
“My goal is to find the best ethical fashion brands out there to add to Remake’s collection. In doing so, I hope to make it really easy for shoppers to find and learn about ethical and affordable fashion!”
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.
Summer is a Graphic Designer and Art Director with over 11 years of experience designing across all types of mediums and industries. She’s had the chance to work with amazing brands across the fashion, entertainment, tech and non-profit fields. Summer currently runs her own Graphic Design studio, Williams & Kunst.
She has a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design and minor in Ethnic Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. From a young age, Summer’s had a passion for educating herself on all matters of diversity, sustainability and human rights. Remake gives her the opportunity to combine two of her greatest interests—graphic design and social awareness. Summer enjoys cultivating strong partnerships with like-minded individuals who are looking to tell their story in an impactful way.
“Working for Remake is a true dream job. To connect my two passions in such an important way—using design to make the world a better place—makes me feel fortunate and inspired on a daily basis.”
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 Women4WomensWear was born to connect her friends to ethical fashion.
“More women I know would #wearyourvalues if they knew where to find ethical fashion. As a Remake Ambassador and through @Women4WomensWear, I hope to help more women use the power of their purse to empower more women designers and makers!”
Tosin Adeniyi, @tosin_adeniyi13, is an aspiring sustainable fashion designer who fell in love with fashion at a very young age. The paper fashion kits overtook her house since she was able to cut construction paper.
After becoming vegan and looking further into the issues with the environment, she decided that she needed to find a way to help make a change in the fashion industry. That’s when she decided that she wanted to make sustainable fashion cool and start her own small business line, @adeniyidesigns. She’s now partnering up with a fellow vintage lover to create a vintage clothing business with one of a kind vintage finds. Remake gives her a platform to share her values with a like-minded creative community to grow the sustainable fashion movement.
“Sustainability is an up and coming trend in fashion and I am so excited about it. Being able to look as sassy, elegant, chic, or as rebellious as you want does not have to come at the cost of the environment or animals. I wear my values by telling my fashion story with these ideas in mind and I hope to show others it’s futuristic and trendy to do the same!”
Bella Dina is a singer/songwriter and a content creator on instagram @ladinabella. She helps ethical business, brands, and restaurants boost their values online.
She tells her stories through pictures to inspire her audience, and recently started her e-commerce for eco-friendly and sustainable goods called @EcoLand. It’s a store with the hope to build awareness and lifestyle that benefits everyone, so we can co-create a better future.
“I am committed to giving back and creating a positive impact through my work. #wearyourvalues”
Ambassador, Chapel Hill
An avid hiker and lover of the outdoors, Rabina quickly discovered her passion for environmental protection and sustainability during her time at UNC. She became involved with several environmental organizations on campus, all promoting sustainability through different means. Eventually, she helped form Sustainable Fashion Initiative, a campus organization promoting mindful consumption through hosting creative up-cycling workshops, clothing swaps, and discussions.
Rabina is earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Kenan-Flagler Business School and hopes to combine her interests in sustainability, innovation, and creativity in her future career(s).
“There is something exciting about owning fewer pieces of clothing that hold special meaning to you. Whether it be my up-cycled denim pieces or my favorite pair of sneakers purchased from a thrift store, I continuously seek to redefine fashion by promoting ethically and environmentally-conscious practices.”
Florina Tatiana Secara
Florina has a background in corporate communications and digital marketing, consulting for a diverse range of companies and projects.
Her long time passion for fashion and a growing interest in the circular economy has recently led her in a new professional direction. She enrolled in courses like Product Design and Sustainable Luxury Fashion at London College of Fashion and joined workshops and conferences on various topics such as the future of fabrics, waste management and more. Her next project includes launching an online platform in Romania dedicated to sustainable brands with a dynamic educational component.
”I grew up in a post-communist country, and as the youngest daughter of a garment factory worker. I discovered what upcycling, recycling and ethical fashion meant way before these initiatives made it to the news. Even so, fast fashion became my second nature. I understand now that only education and transparency will help. Putting the topic of sustainability on the daily agenda, providing alternatives, just like Remake is doing, can bring a change on all levels. Innovation and close collaboration between various players, not only in the fashion industry, but across other areas, can make sustainable fashion not just a trend, a niche, but the reality in which our children will grow up. What could be more stylish than to #wearyourvalues!?”
Cory believes that fashion is a form of self-expression that should be accessible to everyone – but that it fails when it doesn’t reflect our values about how we treat others in our own community and around the globe, and about how we care for the environment we’re leaving for our children. Changing the problematic nature of current apparel supply chains can bring the joy back to that self-expression and make it more truly beautiful.
As a strategy consultant, Cory’s work supports apparel brands and supply chain partners in developing a comprehensive and brand-aligned approach to sustainability. Projects include triple bottom line impact modeling, sustainability growth strategy, circular business model innovation, and more. Cory received her MBA in Sustainability at Bard, where she continues to serve as a teaching assistant in Data & Analytics, and as network/events chair of the MBA Alumni Board. Cory also holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Maura grew up in an all female household in Philadelphia with her two moms and older sister, where sharing each others clothes was the norm. In high school she was part of the environmental and human rights club, where she helped to get plastic water bottles banned from campus and raised money to donate to nonprofits like Kiva and Books Behind Bars. She left Philly to attend the University of Vermont where she received her B.A., in Global Studies and Anthropology.
After college Maura moved to Aspen, Colorado to follow her recent love of snowboarding. In Aspen she worked for a sustainably minded premier event planning company for two years. During her time living in the luxury mountain town she experienced a personal challenge, which led to a professional endeavor. It was very difficult to shop locally on a budget so she developed an interest in e-commerce and direct-to-consumer brands. Maura followed this interest to San Francisco where she joined a startup called Lyon + Post with a try-before-you-buy method for women’s contemporary fashion. It was during this time that she became aware of the evils of fast fashion and the mounds of unused clothing that were being discarded to landfills.
“As an aspiring social entrepreneur/investor my goal is to one day create a company or invest in companies that support ethical and sustainable fashion practices. I #wearmyvalues by being a conscious consumer and doing my due diligence before I purchase an item.”
Ambassador, Cedar Rapids, IA
Emily Stochl is a writer, podcast producer/host, and content creator on the instagram @brumeanddaisy. Her first love is storytelling, and she uses her platforms to inspire people to slow down, consume consciously, and live a lifestyle in line with their values. She is a proud Midwestern, living in Iowa these days.
Emily is the founder of Pre-Loved Podcast, a weekly interview show about rad vintage and second-hand style, with guests you’ll want to go thrifting with. She created the show to highlight that second-hand style can be both stylish and important. Emily chats with guests about their love for vintage clothes, how they source creative inspiration, their role in the fashion industry, sustainability, the stories behind their favorite pieces, and why we choose second-hand things first.
The opportunity to become a Remake ambassador aligns with her passions and values, and she looks forward to sharing knowledge about the fashion industry, making visible the women who make our clothes, and calling attention to the environmental and human rights impact caused by fast fashion brands.
“I wear my values by being a proud promoter of shopping second-hand first.” #wearyourvalues
Ana Teresa Espinosa Robles
Growing in a country like Mexico allowed Ana to learn and see that social and environmental problems are solved by dedicated, passionate people and go getters. She committed to become one, and to leave this planet better than how she found it. This commitment led her to New York City, where she graduated from MS Sustainability Management program at Columbia University, a program that help her translate her engineering knowledge and her passion for supply chains to advance sustainability and the circular economy.
Ana’s current goal is to fully embrace a zero waste life, and help other reduce products’ environmental and social footprint by expanding access to sustainability and mainly by advancing innovative sustainable packaging solutions that help the world tackle the plastic and waste issues we face today. Ana is currently applying her sustainability knowledge in the beauty industry at Estée Lauder Companies.
“I believe in the connection of fashion and beauty as empowerment tools that help me embrace sustainable living as both a celebration of style and authenticity as well a commitment to a more responsible and purposeful purchase power that on a daily basis help me impact the world in a positive way.”
Vivian is a filmmaker and nature-lover who is currently developing a long-form documentary about the world of sustainable and ethical fashion. Fashion has always been a big part of Vivian’s life, but it wasn’t until she came across the term “sustainable fashion” that she realized what fast fashion was doing to people and the planet. Since then, she has immersed herself in researching the topic, gaining insight from trailblazers, and spreading what she has learned with the people around her.
Vivian became a Remake Ambassador to join a community of like-minded sustainable fashion advocates, and be part of a team effort to make fashion a force for good. She aims to leverage the power of media to influence positive change and hopes to influence more Asian representation in the sustainable fashion space. She is excited about the opportunity to put on and participate in larger scale events to further the cause of sustainable fashion, especially among her family and friends.
“I wear my values by significantly changing my shopping habits. I used to be a hopeless shopping addict – I would purchase at least one item of clothing every other week. I now only purchase clothes that I really need, and when I do I try to get them secondhand. You can #wearyourvalues too.”
Sheila is a sustainable fashion advocate, graduate of Business Economics, a mother, wife, banker and is one of the co-founders of Forth Co – a startup enterprise promoting sustainable fashion in the Philippines. She was once a shopaholic, who shopped the trends at fast fashion brands for items that she didn’t really need. She first became aware of the negative impacts of the fast fashion industry through Fashion Revolution and the documentary film, True Cost.
Sheila believes that it is time that we consider making better buying choices to save planet earth, and hopes that through her work, she is part of the solution.
“As a sustainable fashion advocate, I wear my values by making better, mindful choices when it comes to fashion and sharing the things I’ve learned. Everyone is responsible for the health of this planet and I strongly believe that our collective efforts can create a greater impact in our society and the environment. Let’s challenge the current norm in this industry. #wearyourvalues”
Ambassador, Bristol UK
Izzy is a Welsh-born Psychology student living in Bristol, UK. Izzy grew up tearing through Vogue once a month and quickly developed a love for all things fashion. In recent years this love led her deeper into the depths of sustainable fashion and an awareness of the fast fashion world. She began to realize the world around her was thriving off the fact that they could have a cheap (but pretty) dress delivered next day regardless of the process. This kick-started her to spread sustainable fashion among not only her friends but the rest of her community, her city and our world.
When Izzy stumbled across Remake for a project on sustainability, fashion and empowering women – she found a perfect match to her passions for raising women up and addressing the elephant in the room that is fast fashion. She is so excited to see the movement make waves across the world.
“Fashion has always been an expression for me; clothes have enabled me to portray my emotions, beliefs and creativity. But if I am wearing a cheap t-shirt from a sweatshop what am I expressing? I want to choose to not only express my creativity but my core values when I wear a piece of clothing. You’ll often find me responding to compliments with ‘thanks, and it’s sustainably sourced!’”
Heidi Altree, daughter to entrepreneur parents, grew up believing two truths: she would be successful, and she would change the world. What she didn’t know is she would find success in Technology Sales, and activism in sustainability. In fact, until a couple years ago Heidi didn’t even know there was a such thing as “Sustainable Fashion.” It was by way of her love for animals, a plant-based diet, and a failed attempt to launch a vegan shoe line that Heidi learned about sustainable fashion. She realized if she wanted to save animals, and the planet, she had to think bigger than vegan shoes, she had a find a way to socialize sustainability.
Heidi launched Amare by Heidi; a digital lifestyle magazine focused on sustainable living. From fashion to nutrition to physical & mental health, Amare by Heidi tackles it all. As an Ambassador for Remake, Heidi hopes to use her platform to spread the Remake message and introduce new and exciting sustainable brands to Remake.
“It’s not enough to dream of something better. It’s about pushing through even the most nightmarish of days to ensure your dream comes true.”
Tere is a founder of a sustainable fashion brand that sells reclaimed and repurposed thrift clothing. She is a big fan of DIY and is always on the lookout for ways to make fashion for good.
Aside from working on her brand, she is currently a volunteer researcher on projects that aim to measure the impact of the fashion and the second-hand clothing industry on the economy and environment.
She found Remake through a fellow ambassadors account and immediately connected with the thought of ‘wearing your values’.
“By helping someone change their participation in fashion – choosing to buy second-hand, quitting from fast fashion, or upcycling a shirt instead of throwing it out – that is a win for sustainability.”
Ankur is a designer and photographer, as NYC Ambassador Ankur helps build Remake’s visual identity through branding, fashion photography, and graphic design.
He holds two BA degrees in Molecular Biology and Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley. Alongside his studies, he has spent his time collaborating with fashion designers on ad campaigns and editorials, designing logos and branding materials for startups, shooting runways during NYFW, and teaching photography and art through UC Berkeley.
“On the journey towards a more sustainable future, the easiest changes we can adopt are investing in fewer pieces, shopping vintage, and replacing our basics with slow fashion brands.”
Born and raised in Toronto, ON Joss graduated with a degree in Broadcasting and Film. With over 9 years of experience working in media, she is a full-time television producer in Los Angeles and the founder of the digital publication Seek Minimal.
Seek Minimal is a digital publication where the conscious shopper can discover sustainable brands and improve their mind, body, and spirit. They support creators who share the same ethos on ethical and organic products and give them a platform to be heard. Seek Minimal’s goal is to share what we care about to help you lead an open-minded, happier, and more conscious life. Joss is excited to be a Remake Ambassador to connect with like-minded creators, movers and shakers to turn the fashion industry into a force for good.
“I am passionate about educating others about the importance of sustainable shopping and believe we can use our purchasing powers to save the world. #wearyourvalues”
Anna worked in Management Consulting for over a decade and after having her first son in 2017, she decided it was time to pursue her passion in sustainability. She went on to further her education in sustainability, and during her research she discovered fashion’s negative environmental and social impact. She grew up in New York City where the fashion industry was ever present, so this industry resonated deeply with her.
In 2017 Anna earned her certificate in Sustainable Design Entrepreneurs from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and in 2018, Anna co-founded The Artesao, with Vi Rowshankish. The Artesao is an education-driven marketplace where consumers can reconcile their love of fashion with conscious living. As a Remake Ambassador, Anna is excited to be part of a diverse community; to expand her network and inspire consumers to take a more active role in understanding the story behind their clothes.
“I wear my values by being mindful of my clothing purchases. I research brands and shop only those that are both environmentally friendly and ethical. I only buy clothing that uses natural fibers (organic cotton, linen, wool, etc.) and only buy pieces I absolutely love.”
Zakiya is the Boutique Manager for Dress For Success Seattle, the organization who enables 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, Zakiya ensures all donations are adequately collected, sorted and curated to meet the needs of the women they empower daily. She also manages sales for the quarterly fundraiser that the Seattle affiliate has become so well-known for.
In addition, she is the Founder of The Chayah Movement, a textile re-directing hub that supports resale curation, upcycling, re-purposing and donations that support multiple non-profits in the Seattle area. Zakiya learned about the Remake Ambassador program in a sustainable fashion Facebook group and after reading about the organization and she saw it as a natural fit.
“Through my promotion of sustainable fashion, ethical fashion and textile waste, Remake will allow me to empower people in a deeper way.”
Sofia Grace (@sofilovita) is an actress, model, environmental activist, and co-founder of Greenheart Market, an online earth-conscious community and marketplace.
Having grown up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sofia is influenced by her family owned natural foods store, Greenheart Market. Because of their business, her childhood was full of nature and earth-conscious products that help sustain and regenerate our resources. Today through @greenheartmarket, her online modernized platform of her parents brick-and-mortar, Sofia connects individuals, small businesses, environmental protectors, humanitarians, and entrepreneurs.
“As an actor, model and environmental entrepreneur, I am proud to be a part of sharing Remake’s message – spreading awareness that connects us all in this vital conversation about the fashion industry, its global impact, and how necessary change begins with our choices and actions as individuals within the greater collective.”
Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, 40 minutes from the city and the Shore, Molly is currently based in San Francisco. She earned her BFA in Fashion Design at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. Currently pursuing a graduate certificate in ethical and sustainable apparel business, her focus on considering design and apparel within the context of social and environmental impact led her to Remake.
She loves all things materials and textiles and in her personal design project, Bluestone Loft, works to utilize quality textiles in a sustainable and versatile way to create products that remain current from season to season.
“After seeing how much plastic was used at my previous job with a fashion label, I dug further into the severe impacts of the textile and apparel industry. I’m excited to be a part of Remake to ‘wear my values’ and to spread the word on more conscious consumption supporting better industry practices and less waste.”
Alice became interested in sustainability a little over a year ago when she was trying to sell her old jewelry online. She started looking for places to sell used jewelry and learned a little about sustainable jewelry in the process and how it’s a better alternative to newer brands. She began wondering why everyone didn’t just buy sustainable jewelry instead of new brands that don’t source things carefully. It was then that she began researching brands and decided to start her sustainable jewelry blog, Goodbern. On her blog she recommends brands, reviews products and shares her life.
Alice has enjoyed writing and learning about the slow fashion and sustainable fashion industries in the past few months. She is really happy to be apart of the Remake team!
“There are so many cool and beautiful jewelry brands available that protect human rights and the environment by choosing ethically mined and responsibly sourced materials. I wear my values by choosing to buy from and wear these brands.”
Briston is a seasoned marketing professional with nine years of experience in building brands across the hospitality and fashion industries, including brands such as Ann Taylor, Autograph Collection Hotels, Charming Charlie, LOFT, and Tribute Portfolio. Her specialties include brand, retail, media, and digital marketing and she plans to leverage her expertise to help grow the Remake movement.
In addition, Briston co-founded an eco-friendly candle company in 2014 and her products were sold at many wholesale partners including Whole Foods. She continues to pursue sustainable education and is currently enrolled in the Sustainable Design Entrepreneurs program at FIT.
“For me, sustainability is the future of fashion and as a Remake Ambassador I’m looking forward to spreading awareness one conversation at a time to turn fashion into a force for good.”
Laurie has a background in wellness consulting and healthcare informatics. Her interest in sustainable fashion developed out of her concern for health – the health and well-being of the factory workers, as well as the effects on our health of the treatment and materials used in making the clothes. She has begun to change her habits by buying fewer clothes that she will wear longer and by shopping in thrift and resale shops more often.
Laurie became a Remake Ambassador to help spread the word of sustainable fashion in Texas. She believes that many of her friends and acquaintances would be interested in supporting this cause and changing their habits if they knew how.
“Many of us don’t think twice about buying cheaper clothing and discarding it whenever we desire. I would like to support Remake in changing the status quo, so that workers’ rights will be supported and we are wearing healthier, more natural clothing as well.”
Aiming to heighten the concept of sustainability through fine art, Ashley is a New York based artist & creative director passionate about connecting the two worlds.
With a background in fashion photography and large scale production she actively chose to work with sustainable brands working towards a more transparent fashion agenda. This is when she found Remake!
Currently, Ashley is working on an art collective that connects sustainable brands with fine art to create exhibitions & events.
“Sustainability is a way of life, and one that is achievable for all beings–through connection and awareness.”
Shawnee Badger (@shawneebadger) is one of those few LA Natives. A SAG AFTRA actress, internationally published model represented by Role Models Management, and an activist within the world of progressive politics, Shawnee promotes environmentally conscious living and strives to elevate the political consciousness of her audience on social media. Shawnee believes we must live our politics to the best of our ability and choose people over profits and compassion for others over ourselves.
Currently a delegate to the California Democratic Party, Shawnee authored and passed a resolution and implemented language into the 2018 California Democratic Party Platform about the need to shift to plant-based living, as animal agriculture is a leading driver of the climate crisis. This was the first resolution of its kind in the country to pass a state political party and the 2018 CDP Platform is the first in the country to talk about veganism.
Through strides in the world of acting and modeling, her number one passion, Shawnee hopes to continue using her platform to inspire her audience and be a symbol of sustainability and environmentally-conscious living. She is so excited to be a part of the Remake family.
“By not wearing anything leather, wool, or anything with animal products or by-products and shopping brands that are eco-friendly, pro-human rights, and supporting unions, I wear my values.”
Growing up in Sweden, Anne Therese developed an early appreciation for nature that later led her to seek ways to live a sustainable and eco-conscious life. Besides being a self-proclaimed “Eco-Warrior”, she’s a former NYC model and the Co-Founder of Role Models Management, an ethical modeling agency on a mission to redefine what it means to be a model. She’s also the host of Podcast Hey Change, where she inspires people to embrace curiosity and positivity, as well as promote an ethical and sustainable way of living.
Anne Therese decided to become a Remake Ambassador to help further the message of ethical, just and sustainable fashion to the masses, and to be part of empowering women in the fashion industry all over the world. From garment worker to models and consumers!
“To me, what you wear is more than just a look. It’s a feeling, it’s a statement, it’s an expanded version of who you are. I wear my values by making each choice a conscious one, and by always pausing to ask myself: what do I think is right? Lately, those choices have come a lot through thrifting, swapping, or by supporting brands that are sustainable, innovative and ethical in all they do.”
Sandra recently became more and more aware of how much she was consuming fast fashion and of how much of a hole she was helping to dig, by both filling up landfills with her used and thrown-out fashion, and her wallet. She decided that it was the perfect time to change her ways in life. She became a Remake Ambassador to join a community of creatives who consume responsibly and to help others be more aware of their habits, too.
As I am trying to change my way of consuming fashion and beauty, I am always on the look out for new brands that pay humane wages to their factory workers, care about their health, and say no to any kind of animal products.”
Amy has worked in art direction and graphic design in the D.C. area for the past 9 years. She currently works as the in-house Art Director for the U.S. Green Building Council. USGBC is committed to creating a sustainable future through green buildings and communities worldwide, so Amy is no stranger to the sustainable community. In 2019 Amy set some goals to focus on her personal fashion choices and learn more about sustainable and ethical fashion. And as a Remake Ambassador, Amy is taking her commitment to the next level.
“We should commit to buying less, investing in quality pieces, and supporting sustainable designers. I’ve made some conscious decisions to try to avoid fast fashion, and instead look to handmade or secondhand options. “
Lindy Fox is a luxury knitwear designer based in New York City and Los Angeles.
Her childhood growing up on a farm in California shaped her practice to become more conscious over the years. For her own brand she is most interested in zero-waste techniques and ethical practice as well as upcycling within the fashion and textile industries. Lindy also freelance designs for prominent brands in the womenswear space and educates about sustainability at any chance she gets all the while challenging her own methods to become better. In becoming a Remake Ambassador, she can take her message further. You can follow her work on Instagram, @Lindy__Fox.
“I wear my values by designing my values into the clothing and shoes I make. If I’m shopping, however, I shop second-hand!”
Emily Long is a recent Drexel University Design and Merchandising graduate and currently works in the fashion industry in New York City. At a young age she was raised to respect people, the earth and the resources it provides. As she became more immersed in fashion, it upset her to see the negative impact consumerism has on not only the planet, but the people.
After interning for ethical jewelry brand ARTICLE22 and summer school at the London College of Fashion, Emily launched @greeneyeforfashion to highlight sustainable brands and information about sustainable and ethical fashion to her followers. Being a part of the Remake movement gives her a place to meet and collaborate with like minded creatives in order to exchange ideas for a brighter future.
“In an effort to merge my passion for the environment and passion for self expression through fashion, I work to raise awareness about accountability in fashion and educate others on how we can create change for good.”
Katie is a communications professional from the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she manages digital communications and marketing for BSR, a nonprofit organization that works with business to create a just and sustainable world.
It is through her experience at BSR that she found Remake and her passion for empowering women across value chains. One of her missions in her career is to tell stories that raise the voices of marginalized groups and empower people everywhere to live to their fullest potential. And, as a self-proclaimed fashion and lifestyle junkie, she is excited to more fully work the values and lessons of Remake into her personal life. Katie holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis.
“I’m so thrilled to be joining Remake to learn and promote how building a sustainable wardrobe can be inclusive and accessible, regardless of size or budget. Fashion is one of the biggest markets in the world, and there is so much power in making it work for everyone.”
Currently a senior at the University of Delaware, Nelly has been exposed to the dark side of fashion through her studies as a fashion merchandising major. She accompanied a professor to the annual Sustainable Apparel Coalition meeting, which opened up a world of opportunities and potential solutions that she realized she can bring to the fashion industry.
Nelly first heard about Remake on the podcast, Conscious Chatter, when founder, Ayesha, was featured on an episode. Nelly herself was also featured on Conscious Chatter, speaking about the importance of sustainability in the fashion curriculum. In addition to continuing remote work with Conscious Chatter, Nelly has interned at Nest, a non-profit who is creating a new handworker economy, prioritizing women’s worker rights, and increasing global workforce inclusivity.
“Although I’ve been exposed to the dark and unfortunate side of the industry, I see solutions and potential areas of opportunity for garment makers.”
Ruby Veridiano, @rubyveridiano, is a fashion changemaker. She is a writer, fashion correspondent and speaker whose work focuses on connecting the dots between women’s empowerment and socially-conscious fashion, as well as promoting diversity & inclusion in the fashion industry.
She is a contributing correspondent for NBC News, NYLON Magazine, and Mic.com, and has interviewed designers Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, and Prabal Gurung, among other multicultural designers in the fashion industry. Ruby has worked on the social responsibility team of the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) Group in Paris, where she worked on global diversity initiatives.
“I am a proud Filipina-American from California now living in Paris, sharing my ‘glamour for good’ approach to life & style.”
To build her own path to turn fashion into a force for good, Sarah moved to New York City from her home South Korea to study sustainable entrepreneurship at FIT. In South Korea she was raised practicing Buddhism, which included principles such as non-possession. The principle doesn’t mean ‘live as a monk’, instead it is the idea of not possessing what we do not need. Sarah had an issue with this: she loved fashion too much! After finishing her Bachelors in clothing and textiles, she started her fashion career in global mass manufacturing. But when she learned the true story behind fast fashion and her own footprint in the system, she became conscious of her fashion choices.
Sarah joined Remake as an Ambassador because she believes we can make a huge difference by spreading the true stories behind our clothes:
“I want to help other fashion lovers, from shoppers to buyers, become more conscious. Each person who touches fashion has the power to make a change. I believe we can do better and must do better to survive.”
Brana Dane is a model, sustainability advocate and activist. As one of the leaders of the game-changing “model mafia” based out of NYC, she co-produces and supports sustainability focused events for models. She was recently interviewed for her work by Eco-Age, the sustainability and communications consultancy founded by Livia Firth. Brana herself is a host for the global FNL Network on Amazon Prime and writes interviews for Bella Magazine on the change-makers of our time. As a Remake Ambassador, Brana wears her values and helps her friends, colleagues and a growing community of sustainability advocates do so, too.
“I wear my values by thinking twice about every purchase. Clothes are a way to express oneself. For me, this means going beyond the surface and looking at how a garment is produced and what impact it has on human and animal life.”
Allie joined the Remake team after her participation in Remake’s 2016 immersive journey to Cambodia, during her senior year at Parsons School of Design. Allie creates engaging and creative content for Remake through investigative pieces and vivid storytelling. As both a journalist and fashion designer, she is able to tell stories on the industry and the need for ethical fashion from a unique perspective with thoughtful insight.
Allie graduated from The New School in 2018 with degrees in fashion design and journalism. Her fashion design thesis celebrated the makers she met during Remake’s Made in Cambodia trip, as well as her own family history of seamstresses like her great-grandmother who worked in a doll clothing factory in the 1940s. Allie currently works as a metro reporter for the New York Post, covering the five boroughs and beyond.
“Through the stories I write for Remake, I hope to educate people on the impact we have as consumers of clothing, and also to provide a microphone for the voices of makers to be heard across the world.”
A class of 2020 fashion design student at California College of the Arts, Yesenia joins the Remake team after her participation in Remake’s immersive journey to Mexico. As an aspiring fashion designer, she integrates recycled and reused materials into her textiles and collections to give what others see as “waste,” a second life.
Yesenia is first generation Mexican-American and her experience on the Remake journey helped her see first-hand how the fashion industry impacts the people of her mother country. There she met the women makers who find strength in themselves and in each other to fight for their essential human rights. Yesenia now channels that strength into her design practice, and hopes she can return to Mexico to apply the new fashion values she discovered through Remake.
“As a Mexican woman in the United States studying art and design, I have a position of privilege. It is my responsibility to use this position to speak up and represent women who do not get the recognition they deserve. Through my work, I want to give Mexican makers a voice, so that the rest of the world can meet these inspirational and heroic women.”
While studying fashion design at Parsons School of Fashion, Anh joined Remake on the 2016 immersive journey to Cambodia where they came face to face with the women who make our clothes. They completed their BFA the following year, with Remake as a defining experience guiding their commitment to working for change within the fashion system.
Anh currently works as a 3D specialist and designer at CLO Virtual Fashion, where they support brands and vendors in the adoption and implementation of 3D prototyping technology. Working at the forefront of fashion tech has allowed them to experience a broad view of the entire industry and a better understanding of how it’s sustainable future could form.
“If I work the fashion industry and impact change, even if it’s at a snail’s pace, I’m still joining the garment makers in their fight.”
Neha Kusum Purohit first became interested in making an impact through sustainable fashion while researching USA based sustainable fashion for her MBA in Sustainable Business. Before earning her MBA, Neha designed and showed her own sustainable fashion line that used deadstock and natural, vegetable-dyed fabrics made in her hometown Jaipur, Rajasthan, Bharat (India).
In addition to her MBA, she holds a B.Sc. in Marketing from R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland and has served as Americorps Fellow for two consecutive years with Corporation for National and Community Service in Silver Spring, Maryland. As the Remake Ambassador, she works on building local awareness on trends, issues, technologies, and design practices in sustainable fashion:
“I am most interested in starting conversations around sustainable fashion and empowering consumers with sustainable fashion choices to make an impact.”
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Casey moved to New York in 2013 to study Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design. In her final year she joined Remake’s journey to Cambodia to pursue her study of ethical and sustainable fashion practices. Her thesis questioned traditional making and manufacturing practices and was supported with both her learnings overseas with Remake, and from the Kering Environmental Profit and Loss Pilot Program. Exploring how she could make a unique and impactful mark in this industry, her research proposed new fashion making systems that use sustainable and ethical material sourcing and labor practices.
Casey is currently designing for SoulCycle in New York City, where she is bringing her expertise on ethical production and sustainability to her team in the active apparel industry, a category she is very passionate about.
“Although we saw and heard many stories of unfair working conditions in Cambodia, I found myself coming home speaking about all of the inspiring women I had met and how empowering it was to meet them. Making the personal connection to these women; woman to woman is what I find most powerful.”
Josefina Munoz is a Colombian fashion design student at Parsons School of Design in New York. During the past year, she has focused in work with artisan communities in Colombia and Mexico, exploring in her practice the asymmetries of power in how the global fashion industry works with maquiladoras in developing economies. She is in her last year of her BFA and was selected to join Remake in the 2018 Made in Mexico journey, to understand the conditions of multiple artisans from around Mexico as well as artisans in Oaxaca. For a fashion system that benefits and works for everyone, she has applied her learnings from the journey into her thesis, for decolonizing relationships and advocating for global equality and justice.
“The current state of globalization is building momentum for designers to challenge the linear take-make-waste model and explore sustainable models. This begins with a conversation. And with enough resources, skill, respect and valor, these women will progress from ‘living,’ implying survival, to ‘existing’ implying a deeper involvement in the process of ‘becoming.’”
Alex first met Remake through her work in Net Impact’s ‘Wear It Wise’ campaign in early 2018, where she dove into the realm of textile waste generated by the global fashion industry. In the campaign, she focused on the means to empower consumers to combat waste through the power of their voice and conscious buying.
As a part of the team, she partners with Jessie Ampofo, fellow NYC ambassador, to research and analyze brands’ supply chains from an environmental, social, and governance lens. Through this work, she taps into her background in corporate retail, as well as her current experiences as a Corporate Responsibility Analyst at PVH and as a graduate student in the MS Sustainability Management program at Columbia University.
“I believe in empowerment through knowledge and education, and am passionate about fashion, social justice, and environmental stewardship. Naturally, I am very excited to be a Remake Ambassador, to join the movement in empowering people to wear their values. I am also on the journey to do so myself!”
Ioli was born and raised on a mountainous region of Greece. She studied fashion at Parsons in New York, and wove in her experiences with a Greek all-women’s workshop that has been active since the 70s, which gives women the opportunity to work, be independent and support their family. To demonstrate the relevancy of one’s roots, she combined these two influences to explore where one comes from and one wants to go.
In September 2017 she was one of the four students to travel with Remake to Sri Lanka and witness the fashion industry’s effects on the women that keep it going…
“I realized that makers are the ones who basically run the fashion industry, and they should be the ones that get the benefits, not the ones to suffer.”
Eleanor Amari, LA
Eleanor is focused on telling engaging stories that humanize the fashion supply chain to grow the Remake movement.
Eleanor has over 7 years of marketing and business development experience in the creative industry. She’s worked alongside designers, architects and artists around the world.
Eleanor earned her BA in Philosophy and Architectural History at Boston University, where she did her thesis on aesthetics and ethics. Here she developed her understanding that the material things we choose reflect our values.
“Creative content and live experiences are where education, beauty and fun can come together to create positive change. I’m passionate about sharing information in lively ways, so that our audience is inspired to give more credit to their closet and ultimately their consumer voice. By uniting makers and users, we can together #remakeourworld.”
Celeste Griffy has worked in art, design, and publishing in Los Angeles for the past ten years. Finding and fostering young talented artists and helping to tell their stories has always fueled her.
Working with both contemporary and established fashion photographers, Celeste has published, exhibited, and placed their work in collections, galleries, and museums worldwide. She loved the endless challenge and excitement of working side-by-side with artists and helping their visions become reality. Where there’s a will, there’s a way and no project is too big or idea too creative to pull off.
When she began to collaborate with documentary artists and filmmakers exploring social and environmental themes of consumption, class, and wealth distribution, her eyes were opened to the potential of sustainability. In 2016, Celeste began to pursue an MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School and is most interested in the cross section of design, sustainability, and the power of consumer behavior. She currently works on marketing and branding for an environmental consulting group in Los Angeles. On the weekends, she is scouring the Rose Bowl Flea Market for vintage finds or hosting backyard dinner parties with friends.
Sajida Silva studies Fashion Design at California College of the Arts, a design school that emphasizes sustainability. Sajida is a first generation college student striving to make her community proud. Her design process places emphasis on feminism and socioeconomic issues within the United States and Latin America.
Sajida joined Remake through their 2018 journey to Mexico. She plans to use her new insight about the fashion industry’s supply chain as part of her senior thesis and will hold onto her values after graduation when she becomes part of the industry. She will use her standing as a designer to uplift, advocate for and amplify the voices of marginalized groups within the industry.
“After meeting the women who make our clothes and seeing their resilience despite all their struggles first hand, I physically cannot keep quiet. I need to use the privilege I was born into to ensure that these women aren’t silenced any longer.”
Rebecca Blake Thompson
Inspired by the simple draping and layering of fabrics and textures from a box of mom’s old “dress up” clothes, Rebecca started staging fashion shows in her living room at age four. While pursuing post-graduate work at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, she realized the power of this art form when leveraged with big business. Throughout her career working alongside luxury fashion designers, Rebecca has gained an intimate understanding of the complete product life cycle of apparel from design, to production, to the customer’s closet. After almost a decade of business-as-usual in the fashion industry, Rebecca realized that creating even the most beautiful things can be very ugly business.
Eager to help create sustainable solutions, she began pursing an MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School only to realize that sustainability is only one piece of the puzzle. Empowering consumers to converse, ask questions, speak up, and challenge the apparel industry is the key to real change.
“I believe that we can all do better. Through disruption, growth, and evolution, the fashion industry can leverage sustainable, humane practices to grow businesses and create value for both the producers and the consumers. When we raise our voices together we are generating awareness and growing a movement. Remake is this movement, and everyday I lean into my values by asking myself, how can I be more sustainable right now?“
Mallory grew up in a middle-class family in Salt Lake City, Utah. After both of her parents lost their jobs in the 2009 financial crash Mallory and her family quickly adapted to a more sustainable lifestyle. By implementing as many forms as reduce, reuse, recycle, along with dumpster-diving Mallory quickly realized how much is produced and thrown away on a daily basis. From that point on sustainability became more than a necessity. It became a passion.
While still in high school, she apprenticed under a sustainable fashion designer and made a short documentary on anti-consumerism, interviewing activists, designers, and farmers who were taking actions towards a more sustainable community. The film showed in film festivals across the country.
Mallory applied to the California College of the arts because of their dual focus on fashion and sustainability. In July of 2017, she won the Remake competition and traveled to Sri Lanka, interviewing the garment workers and activists pushing for visibility and equality. Her thesis collection looks at the excess “waste” available to designers, finding new beauty in materials that have been forgotten.
Sophia is currently a student at UCLA studying Business Economics and Global Studies. Ever since realizing fashion is her dream, she’s been making moves to get her foot in the door. On campus, she’s the Vice President of Unravel, a sustainable fashion club, and she’s also a volunteer for San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week International. She hopes to move to New York after graduation to pursue a career in sustainable fashion! As Remake Ambassador, Sophia mobilizes the movement by wearing her values and helping others do the same.
“I like to wear my values by making educated and intentional purchasing decisions and by going the extra step to learn the story behind the company I’m purchasing from – I love talking to small business owners! I like to lead by example as well, whether that’s by wearing secondhand or ethically/sustainably made clothing as often as possible or having conversations about why sustainability matters to me!”
Alex Marchyshyn is a dual degree Master of Environmental Management and MBA candidate at Duke University focusing on the intersection of business, the environment and supply chain. Her goal is to work in the apparel industry to ensure that the clothes we wear are not destroying our planet. She is the creator of SustainableFashion101.com, a website designed to be a resource to help young professionals and college students take steps to become more sustainable without breaking the bank. Before returning to school, she worked at Environmental Defense Fund in their EDF+Business division and with Edelman in their Business+Social Purpose practice.
As the winner of Net Impact’s Wear it Wise competition, Alex joined Remake on their 2018 journey to Mexico. She plans to use her new knowledge of the apparel supply chain to educate consumers about more environmentally and socially sustainable options.
“Going on the Remake trip to Mexico was transformative and opened my eyes to the lives and treatment of women who are the backbone of the apparel supply chain. As I return to my business school classes, I’m motivated to identify ways that we can improve their lives and the environment through challenging norms and by educating consumers.”
Misha Abbas is an artist and designer focused on garment construction, textile experimentation and socially engaged art as the core mediums of her work. Her current practice explores identity concentrating on South Asian and the Middle Eastern influences. Her process is research based and draws from historical narratives, clothing and artisan practices.
Sustainability has been central in shaping her designs and situating the impact of her work on a global scale. Through the exploration of materials, making processes and site conditions, she looks at sustainability through the lens of a fashion designer and community artist–intersections that make her practice whole.
She is Pakistani and was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. She is a class of 2019 student at the California College of the Arts, pursuing a double major in Fashion Design and Community Arts with a focus in Textile Design.
Melissa is a sustainable apparel visionary. Growing up, she did historical reenactments at Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento where she started sewing at six years old. After learning about the social and environmental implications of the apparel industry in college she knew she could not be part of the unjust system.
Currently, Melissa is a Sustainable Management MBA Candidate at Presidio Graduate School where she is also a Digital Marketing Coordinator. Before starting grad school she worked in the apparel industry for nine years in sustainability, product development, design, and merchandising, most recently at Levi’s Innovation Lab and at PACT Apparel. After graduation, Melissa plans on using digital marketing to shift how we as consumers purchase and care for our clothing.
In addition to sewing, Melissa has recently started weaving with a goal of understanding every aspect of the production process. She takes every opportunity she can to attend fashion events in San Francisco to spread the word about just and sustainable business practices. Her personal motto: “Authenticity never goes out of style.”
Partner, Withers Bergman LLP
A self-proclaimed “fashion and technology evangelist,” Gina is a partner in the Los Angeles office of the Withers Bergman LLP law firm where she handles matters at the intersection of fashion and technology. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles to form her own fashion technology practice, Gina represented high technology clients in the Silicon Valley offices of various international law firms and was recognized by Super Lawyers® for her intellectual property litigation work. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Gina had a career as a computer software engineer.
Gina is the founder of the Two Tunics Project, which is an organization created to take clothes from fashion and apparel companies that might otherwise end up in landfills and give them to charities who provide services to people in need.
Gina received her bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her law degree in Washington D.C. from The George Washington University Law School.
CEO, FCB West
Joe is a technology marketing and creative advertising veteran of over 20 years, including positions as Head of Marketing at OnCue (funded by Intel and Verizon) and executive positions at Publicis Razorfish, Lowe Lintas, Duncan Channon and more. He is currently CEO of FCB West, the global strategic and creative lead for iconic brands Levi’s, Clorox and Hotwire.
Founder & CEO, TEENZAPP
Vanessa Arelle is a connector, storyteller and creative actionist. A tech startup investor and social entrepreneur, in 2016 she founded TEENZAPP, a youth lead disruptive narrative media hub. She is a regular contributor for Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America.
Vanessa was Head of Cultural Affairs for Mexico in the UK from 2011 to 2015, where she supported programs in art, culture, and heritage. And since 1997, Vanessa has been actively involved in philanthropic, fundraising and social development projects to further sustainability, diversity, equality and human rights.
From 2009 to 2017 she was on the board of Art Production Fund, a member of Women for Women International Leadership Circle from 2013 to 2016, on the advisory board of the David Roberts Art Foundation from 2014 to 2016 and fellow at Legatum Institute from 2015 to 2017. In addition to being an active board member of Remake, she currently serves as a trustee of Fashion Revolution, is a Strategic Cultural Advisor for Human Rights Foundation´s Oslo Freedom Forum and Advisory Board Member of London Business School’s Out in Business Club and their yearly EurOut Conference.
As board member of Remake, Vanessa brings her creative storytelling skills to grow Remake’s content and conscious consumer movement.
Head of Global Product Innovation, LS&Co.
Following his passion for sustainability, Paul has been an integral partner with Levi Strauss & Company’s Social and Environmental Sustainability group to develop front-end methods for applied sustainability in the design process. Paul led the design team that created the Dockers® Wellthread collection, a result of a fellowship with the Aspen Institute. His recent collaboration with Google for the Jacquard jacket breaks ground in wearable technology through a durable, touch-sensitive fabric.
Before joining LS&Co., Dillinger worked as a fashion designer and brand development specialist for 16 years at a variety of fashion houses in New York, including Calvin Klein and DKNY. He has also served as a designer-in-residence for the Rhode Island School of Design through a program sponsored by Levi Strauss & Co.
Paul received his BFA in Fashion Design from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation he moved to Milan as the first Fulbright Scholar in fashion design, researching the influence of emerging luxury markets on high fashion design directions and commercialization. Concurrent with this research, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Domus Academy in 1995.
Paul is hailed by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in the fashion industry. As board member of Remake, Paul brings his passion for sustainable design to Remake’s immersive journeys and conscious fashion curation.
Product Management & Marketing Strategist
Seema joins Remake’s board with 15 years as a product leader in consumer tech & marketplaces; 30 years as a world traveler; 7 years as an amateur photographer; 2 years as a mother.
She currently work independently with for profit and non profit technology startups including Remake, Fast Forward and Angel List on all aspects of product strategy and process: defining vision, outlining objectives & KPIs, hypothesis-building, feature prioritization / testing, building lean product practices / processes, occasionally product delivery & hiring.
She has formerly held product leadership positions at ebay, AngelList, TaskRabbit, and OPOWER and been awarded 9 US Patents.
Executive Director, Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Jamie is focused on building the right connections, governance structure and policies to advance Remake’s mission.
As a well-respected leader in philanthropy, she has worked across public, private and nonprofit sectors to empower youth and build inclusive economies. As the Executive Director of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund she is devoted to the fund’s mission to build a more healthy, just, and vibrant society. Prior to this, Jamie was Vice President at the S.H. Cowell Foundation, focused on grant-making to strengthen families and communities and advances economic stability.
Jamie is deeply committed to civic engagement and is a visiting lecturer on philanthropy, nonprofit governance and social enterprise at UC Berkeley, Mills College and the University of San Francisco. She currently serves as Board Chair at the Whitman Institute, which promotes social and economic equity through funding dialog and leadership initiatives. She is also Chair of U.S. Friends of CUSO International, a development organization that works to reduce global poverty. Jamie has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from the University of Tennessee with Bachelors degrees in Political Science: International Relations; Spanish; Economics; and Humanities.
“With my board service at Remake, I hope to inspire a next generation of youth leaders to be globally connected and empowered to use their voice to promote safer and more decent jobs around the world.”
Founder and Owner, Katherine Parr Jewelry; Co-Founder, Parré Chocolat
Katherine is a social entrepreneur and designer: she is a founder of two ethical luxury companies with a focus on working with jewelry artisans and cacao farmers in developing nations to bring products to the developed world marketplace with supply chain transparency. She collaborates with Turquoise Mountain, an NGO that empowers artisans in at-risk areas, and Uncommon Cacao for chocolate to support cacao farmers in the jungles of Latin America.
Originally a fashion model with a degree from Villanova University’s School of Business, Katherine has worked in-house in business and creative roles for designers including Diane Von Furstenberg. She was featured on CNN World News as she left her fashion career to spend five years as a schoolteacher and social entrepreneur in an American inner-city, working with organizations including the United Nations Girls Education Initiative for a cross-cultural partnership with the Middle East.
Katherine shares Remake’s passion for global citizenship and supply chain transparency and believes firmly in our mission to create change through education. Her TEDx Talk: “Conscious Consumerism Is the Road to Economic Empowerment” highlighted our shared mission to inspire others to “Wear Your Values.”
Influencer, Model, Stylist, Artist
Laura Madden is an advocate for fashion, art, and sustainability through her work as an influencer, stylist, writer, model and artist. She reports on the intersection of style, sustainability, and self-esteem on both her blog, The ReFashion Report, and various conscious lifestyle publications. Laura also serves as an Advisory board member and a global ambassador for nonprofit Remake, is a board member with San Francisco Fashion Community Week, and is the founder of ReFashioned Art, her brand of upcycled art.
Her commitment to sustainable fashion comes from both her love of fashion and her belief that fashion can be a force for good. Laura has modeled for over 20 years and is represented by multiple agencies in the US, including Role Models Management, an ethical model and talent agency based in NY & LA.
The words she lives by: “We vote with our dollars and that is why I choose to shop mainly secondhand fashion, which I feel is the best thing for the planet and to have a positive impact on climate change. The resources have already been used, it reduces waste, and good clothing that I can wear and share is better off in my closet than sitting in a landfill. I love clothes and that will never change. I empower and express myself through my clothing but it can not come at the expense of the environment.”
Connie K. Duckworth
Founder and CEO, ARZU Inc.
Connie K. Duckworth (@ckduckworth) is the founder and CEO of ARZU, which means hope in Dari, a non-profit organization that empowers women weavers in rural Afghanistan. ARZU is a shining example of holistic grassroots economic development employing 500 Afghans and supporting the eco-system of education, maternal health and community programs. She is a retired Partner and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs, & Co., where she was named the first woman sales and trading partner in the firm’s history during her 20 year career.
Connie brings her passion for ethical commerce as a sustainable way to lift women out of poverty, to Remake’s advisory board.
She is also a Trustee of Equity Residential (EQR) in Chicago and a Director of Steelcase Inc. (SCS) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her philanthropic work, Ms. Duckworth is a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, an Overseer of The Wharton School, and serves on the boards of the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago and NorthShore University HealthSystem, in Evanston, Illinois, where she was the first woman Chairman of the Board. She is a founding member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and a member of the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council.
The recipient of numerous awards for leadership, social impact and innovation, Ms. Duckworth holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is married to Tom and the mother of four children.
Co-Chair, Cordes Foundation
Steph Stephenson is Co-Chair of the Cordes Foundation, working to advance the Foundation’s ethical fashion and sustainable supply chain initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, Steph held positions at Condé Nast and luxury fashion brands Alberta Ferretti and Maiyet.
Passionate about the intersection of fashion and philanthropy, she serves on the board of directors for Indego Africa, a non-profit dedicated to lifting artisan women and their families out of poverty, and advisory boards of Soko, a Kenyan-based ethical jewelry brand, and Remake, an advocacy group committed to building a conscious fashion movement. As an active member of Nexus, Steph co-chairs the Nexus Ethical Fashion Lab and serves on the Nexus Impact Investing Steering Committee. She is a Milken Institute Young Leader, StartingBloc Fellow and Hive Global Leader.
As advisor to Remake, Steph brings her passion for empowering women globally, preserving rich artisan traditions and building a conscious fashion industry.
Head of Social Enablement, Adobe
Lauren (@Lauren_Hannah) drives the content and social media strategy at Remake. She’s focused on developing the voice of the Remake brand and bring the stories of maker-shopper relationships to the forefront of the conversation in a shareable and social way.
Lauren is a digital and social marketing authority having worked with many Fortune 500 brands (Levi’s, Safeway, ABC Family) to help integrate digital and social media into their overarching marketing strategy.
She graduated from the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she was Editor in Chief of the CU Independent. The transformation from print to digital during her tenure inspired her to reach beyond what was well-known in the journalism industry and experiment with social media where her passion developed.
“The root of social media is connecting people to people. In many ways, that’s Remake’s mission as well. Social media is powerful. The community is strong. Now, we can tell our story and the stories of the people who make our clothes at scale. And together, we can #remakeourworld.”
Product Designer and Creative Strategist
Mariam advises Remake on content and experience design strategy. She’s focused on usability and the delivery of content for the Remake brand.
As a product and experience design leader, she has has designed web, mobile and custom software solutions that are led with empathy and a user centric approach. She has successfully co-founded a company (Doughbies) and has worked with many leading brands (Genentech, Dell, Disney). She also works independently with non-profits and start-ups to provide product strategy and creative direction.
“The work Remake does to humanize brands is an important narrative that we need in our daily lives. To connect consumers to makers, to understand that the smallest purchase could have an impact on someone’s life, is what we need to live and lead with empathy.”
Head of Merchandising and Product Development, Journelle
Sandra advises Remake on product selection for their e-commerce platform and brokers key industry relationships that advance the Remake movement.
As Head of Merchandising and Product Development at Journelle, Sandra overseas the selection and management of third party product as well as Journelle’s private label.
With over 10 years in the luxury sector, Sandra has developed her expertise in retail alongside top designers, artisans and key retailers including Christian Louboutin, Henri Bendel, INTERMIX®, Harvey Nichols and Vogue. She brings this knowledge to the Remake team to champion human rights and environmental conservation.
“I was touched by the work Remake does and immediately felt called to action. Consumers must be educated on how and where their products are made, and more importantly, who is making them. Retail’s role in this will be two-fold: demand more transparency from brand partners and increase the focus on availability of affordable, trend-relevant and quality sustainable products.”