Fast fashion... we have all heard the term, but what does it mean? As I see it, Fast Fashion is an unsustainable consumption of fashion products that comes at the expense of the environment and the people that produce them. Call it consumerism, call it over-consumption, —fast fashion is a disease.
Remember the first time you came down? Did you ever imagine we'd be where we are now?
Of course I did!
I smile at Horacio and tell him so.
He’s right, of course; we’ve faced an uphill battle. Building a scaleable, investable business around principles other than profit maximization was never going to be easy. But our team relishes the challenge. We embrace being different.
If you were to tell me three years ago that I’d be walking through a maximum security prison in Guatemala while breaking bread and drinking Coca Cola with the leader of one of the most dangerous gangs in the world, I probably would have said “You know, I think I’ll just stay here in California.” It’s been quite a journey, and my trips to the prison this year have been absolutely fascinating.
As a liberal-minded English major at Colby College, I took several classes that encouraged me to question the effectiveness of international trade and its impact on the world. It wasn’t until my senior year, however, that a class called Environmental Justice pushed me beyond my comfort zone and brought these issues to life. Studying this social movement, which advocates for the equitable distribution of environmental burdens and benefits in society, urged me to confront the reality of how our products are produced.