Hi! I’m Alyssa and I’d love for you to join me on my sustainable fashion journey. Here’s a little about me:
I was born and raised in Basking Ridge, NJ with a lifelong love of fashion. My grandmother, Josephine, was a seamstress and frequently took my brothers and me to thrift stores to sort through the racks and racks of clothes. She would find fabrics she liked and design completely new outfits from those original secondhand clothes. My grandma taught me how to find quality items over brands, and how to bring discarded clothes back to life.
Honestly, I did not think much about how my clothing consumption had ripple effects in both the environment and society as a whole. That is, until I was working in finance in New York and found out a troubling data point: that a single cargo ship can produce as much pollution as 50 million cars. 50 million!! To put that in perspective, only 15 cargo ships would produce the same amount of pollution as all of the cars currently on the road in the entire world.
After this, I knew that I needed to reconsider how I consumed everything – starting first with the clothes that I buy. I’ve spent the last few years understanding the secondhand and sustainable fashion industry in more depth and want to share what I’ve learned along the way. This is a long and very personal journey to be more aware of what I consume. And I’m not striving for perfection – rather comparing impact and effort to find my equilibrium.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey as I share tips, facts and resources as I navigate this journey myself!