Thursday, April 23, 2015

My arms are telling me no, but my legs, my legs are telling me yes.

I'm not sure what it is about shorts and long sleeves that makes me feel great. But, man I love it.I spoke earlier about missing out on a killer red sweater from Slumlove. It's all mine now!

Ava, the owner of Slumlove, answered some questions for us!

Tell me about Slumlove!
Slumlove Sweater Co. is all about selling ethically-made and stylish clothing that is improving the lives of those who made it! Our mission is to help people make a difference in the world through their everyday purchases. 

What was most striking thing you have learned in creating Slumlove?
The most important thing I've learned so far is to not give up! Running your own business is tough, and there are constantly issues and problems. There's been several times I've wanted to call it quits, but I'm so glad I never did! I feel like Slumlove is a better & stronger business now. 

What has been the most difficult day/part/experience you have had in the eco conscious game?
The most difficult thing is trying to operate a business from the other side of the world. All of our production takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, so when problems arise it's more complicated to try and fix them. Recently, I've been trying to find new natural & Eco-friendly yarn in Kenya. I've had to rely on emailing people who are over there for information, and sometimes it takes several days to hear back. 

The most rewarding day?
The most rewarding part of Slumlove is when I am in Kenya working in the slum. Our company is all about helping people who live in extreme poverty provide for themselves and their families, and it's where my heart is also. I founded Slumlove after working for a non-profit in the slums for 7 years. My relationships with these communities and people is what drives me to work hard everyday. So getting to be with my people in Kenya seeing the impact Slumlove has made in their lives makes everything worth it. It's not always glamorous. There's times when we are working on production in Kenya and I'm sweaty and all my makeup has melted off. I'm covered in dirt and there's flies buzzing all around me, but there's no place I'd rather be! 

How has this endeavor changed the way you consume?
Founding Slumlove has completely changed the way I think about fashion. Since I owned an ethical clothing line, I started to do more research on the fashion industry and other socially-conscious brands. The current state of the industry is very upsetting. There are people all over the world who are quite literally dying to make the clothes we buy, and unfortunately, we don't even give it a second thought. I've become very convicted about my own shopping habits, and now I only purchase ethical and responsibly made clothing. I thought it would be really difficult, but it hasn't! I've found so many great brands, and the best part is I can wear these clothes with a clear conscious!

Why do you care about conscious apparel?
I care about conscious apparel because I care about people. It really is that simple. I've been fortunate enough to travel all over the world, and I've worked in some of the poorest communities. Poverty is a cycle that is hard to break, and unfortunately a lot of companies exploit the disparity of these people by having them work for very little money. Companies that value people over profit are helping people escape this cycle of poverty and provide a better life for themselves and their families. I believe that fashion can help change the world!

Conscious Pieces

Sweater- Slumlove

Shorts- Goodwill

Sunglasses- ICU Eyeware


Tank Top- Nordstrom Rack

Necklace and Shoes- Madewell

Learn more and shop Slumlove here

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