FAQs

Fashion with AJ & The quarterrican.

It's an unfortunate fact that the people and communities most negatively impacted by representation in the fashion industry are those of color. However, the industry has the potential to be a huge catalyst for change. As the sustainable fashion movement continues to gain momentum, the demand for true representation and inclusion rises alongside it. We believe that the intersection of inclusivity and sustainability can foster a positive global future.

The FAQs panel served as a safe space for those curious about how sustainability can be a part of their lives and how the movement can continue to be more inclusive. All people participate in fashion in some way shape or form and we want to pass the mic with the conscious, curious and creative here in Boston as a stepping stone to progress. The quarterrican moderated a panel focused on how we can all encourage brands to be intentional not only with what they produce but, additionally, who wears it.

Sustainability & Inclusion Panel

FAQ: How can the sustainable fashion industry become more inclusive?

CURATORS & PANELISTS

Constance Smith


Constance is an Afro-Latina, professional plus-size model based in Boston, MA that specializes in Runway, Commercial, and Editorial modeling. For Smith, the issue of body shaming and colorism were the top two problems that affected her mental health. She spent eight years as a freelance model in Boston before finally being signed to We Speak agency in 2018. As a plus-size model, Smith’s mission was to be a representative for “everyday women” in the fashion world. Getting her start in Boston took a toll on her self-confidence. “I had reached out to some agencies and they all told me to lose weight. There was one agency that told me that they didn’t have any space for me. I checked their website and the closest model considered to be plus-size was a size 10,” she said. The way it was said to me was very demeaning to my character.” Modeling is her passion and has been a journey that has allowed her to blossom into the confidence needed to do what she loves. @lunamodela




Caleb Mayerson


"If i'm going to be putting a new product into the world and i'm responsible for that product’s impact, I don't want it to be around 500 years from now floating in the ocean. The more I get into it, the more I see the negative effects that apparel manufacturers can have. I don’t feel good putting out a plastic product and I want to feel good about what we’re making. I don’t come from a fashion background and I was looking for clothes that I liked, that aesthetically fit with what I was looking to wear but from a brand that I really connected with. Ultimately, I couldn’t really find it in the price point that I was willing to pay. I like simple, streamlined clothes with no outward facing branding and a lot of brands are like that but I also wanted a sustainability component to it. The more I looked the less I could find. That's where the idea for Mayson Clothing really stemmed from." excerpt from www.thequarterrican.com www.maysonclothing.com




Nathalia JMag


Nathalia JMag is a Colombian-American contemporary fashion designer who believes in sustainable and ethical approaches to fashion. She is passionate about conserving the environment and protecting animals and people because she believes that fashion doesn’t have to hurt. She studied fashion design at Framingham State University, graduating in 2016, and has been a professional fashion designer since then. She has participated in many fashion shows including Helsinki Fashion week which was named as the first sustainable fashion week by Vogue. She also curates fashion shows that feature other emerging designers. JMag is a luminary at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and was part of Project Runway Season 15. She is currently getting a Masters degree at RISD in Nature Culture and Sustainability. www.nathaliajmag.com




Joana Vieira


Jo is a Portuguese product designer and entrepreneur specialised in consumer products and services. She's worked in furniture, lighting, healthcare and sustainability, founded two companies and is a startup mentor and advisor. Currently she's the Design Director for a Cambridge startup that develops high tech sensors for the construction industry, to monitor the concrete foundations and make sure they're safe, up to code and meet the desired specs. Jo also founded a sustainability platform that will be launched later this summer. She thinks sustainability is one of the key values of our generation, and the only possible future if we want to survive as a species while keeping the planet alive as well. @joanavieirajoana




The quarterrican.


The quarterrican is a blog that encourages its readers to create the most stylish, functional, and earth-friendly wardrobe possible. By exploring personal style through a minimalist and sustainable mindset, Zach, the creator, shares his favorite brands, challenges, and tips he uses to constantly improve upon his wardrobe and lifestyle. The quarterrican truly believes that sustainability is for everyone.
@thequarterrican




AJ


Andie & AJ makes up a team of creatives who want to inspire you and help you get the most out of your style and closet through blogs, events and creative services. AJ, the creator, realized that she wanted to create experiences where people could feel recognized and included. A & A believes in using the "everyday person" to inspire the "everyday person" and while fashion is what they love, people are what they're about and their vision is to join the movement of re-defining beauty in the media by encouraging daily practices of self-care, inclusion and sustainability.





Pop-Up Shop & Clothing Swap

To further our efforts, we also hosted a pop-up shop and clothing swap. Our shop has apparel from local thrift shops and serves as a way for participants to shop secondhand and practice sustainability. Our vision is to build community and curate an environment of sustainable intention and creative awareness.

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