I am so excited to start this journey with you, and would love to tell you a little about me and why I am so passionate about personal style, second-hand clothes, and confidence.
I have spent the last 13 years of my career as a fashion designer, and have had the privilege of designing for men, women, and kids. Everyone gets into their chosen field for different reasons, and for me, it was always about the people. I love that clothes are an accessible and quick way for people to gain confidence in themselves, and I was meant to lift people up, so I did, and I saw my clothes everywhere, which was inspiring and fun.
About a year and a half ago I started to have more in depth conversations with people about their personal style. I sat with them one-on-one and really dug deep, and I heard story after story about people thinking that their clothes were fine, but their bodies were the problem. It broke my heart that so many people I spoke to didn’t see how beautiful they were, and I started to think about how I was going to change that, even if I had to do it one person at a time.
At the same time, there were a lot of conversations happening in the design industry about the environmental cost of producing garments. If you have not seen “River Blue”, watch it. It is intense and eye opening. I was encouraged that major companies, like the one I was working for, were making huge strides to change the way clothes are produced, but I wasn’t sure it was enough. I am also a mom with two little kids, and for me, bringing two really special people into the world really made me question what legacy I was leaving for them.
On the side, I started working as a Stylist using only second-hand clothes to build people up, and to make zero carbon footprint fashion really fun. Every client I had was having a ball, and so was I, so I started to take it a little more seriously. That is when The Wardrobe Refinery was born!