dfrntpiegon: Streetwear with Heart

Debuting their inaugural collection this past April 2017, dfrntpiegon is one of many trendy online streetwear retailers. What sets them apart is their mission for youth empowerment. Officially founded in 2016, the dfrntpiegon studio and streetwear label is a spinoff of a project launched by the Portland-based nonprofit New Avenues for Youth called INKubator. According to Angela Hathaway from dfrntpiegon’s team, INKubator paired up local at-risk youth, many of whom were homeless, with designers and creatives in the area.

virtue + vice: Q&A with Shop Owner Melanie DiSalvo

When Melanie DiSalvo, founder of the sustainably and ethically-made clothing line virtue + vice, reached out to me in hopes of collaborating, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Melanie has an incredibly unique perspective: after years spent working in Asia sourcing and developing clothing for well-known, big-brand retailers, she chose to start her own clothing line (namely, virtue + vice) as an alternative to the morally unjust and environmentally hazardous practices she witnessed firsthand.

Plus-Size Ethical Fashion: A Chat with Sara of Sara Laughed

With a a handful of exceptions, there is little to no plus-size clothing that fits my personal criteria for an ethically-made or sourced garment. In a country where the average woman wears a size 16 (and is constantly facing discrimination in the realm of the fashion industry), why haven’t ethical and sustainable retailers caught on to this gap in the market?