This episode the "must have" See Jane Do program of the month and it will make any women or girl feel good about herself. See Jane Do features 4 trend setters who are not only fashion forward thinkers but they are giving a boost to the planet and empowering women and girls.
Today on See Jane Do on KVMR 89.5 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM we'll feature author, educator and textile farmer Rebecca Burgess, fashion farmer Sally Fox and the next generation of fashion forward trendsetters for girl power, Allyson Ahlstrom of Threads for Teens and Tavi Gevinson of Style Rookie.
The power of fashion and style is often determined by knowing who you are and what image you want to project. But do you know who your clothes are? Who made them? Or where they come from? Our first guest educator and textile artist, Rebecca Burgess was disturbed to discover that most of her clothes traveled far distances to reach the rack and many are loaded with chemical dyes. Rebecca founded Fibershed, a "wear only local "challenge. Upon realizing that she couldn't find clothing from local sources Rebecca set out to make her own and partner with local farmers. She is now growing her own dyes, including an indigo patch for denim and establishing a business that will connect fashion designers with local fashion farmers. She is also the author of the newly released book, Harvesting Color.
One of the farmers Rebecca is partnering with is Sally Fox. For over 20 years Sally has been growing organic cotton and farming sheep. Sally is know world-wide as the Colored Cotton Queen. Did you know that cotton actually grows in different colors, that it's not only white? Neither did we. The Incas used colored cotten in their textiles and in the United States, slaves grew brown and green cotton in their own gardens, since they were forbidden from growing white cotton. Sally is the cotton revolutionary of the 21st century! Unfortunately it has been an uphill battle in dealing with mills who don't want to produces small quantities. Also large cotton farmers who don't want their white cotton "contaminated" have forced Sally to move her farm to elsewhere. Now in her partnership with Rebecca they are looking at the possibility of building their own eco-friendly mill.
Our third guest is literally farming out fashion to girls who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it. 16 year oldAllyson Ahlstrom is the founder of Threads for Teens a non-profit that helps young, less-fortunate girls build their self-esteem, confidence and gives them hope. Threads for Teens is an actual retail "store" that gifts clothing and offers support and education. Allyson has created an actual store-front for her organization but the girls pay nothing. Her clients actually receive a full head to toe ensemble of brand new designer clothes, all donated from high-end designers. Allyson thinks that if you feel your best you're going to act your best. She is truly an inspiration.
Our last guest has set out to grow her own trends and has become a fashion sensation. Teen blogger Tavi Gevinson started her site and making her mark in the industry when she was only 11 years old. Now at 15, her blog Style Rookie is moving forward as a magazine and she has been featured in the New Yorker, New York Times, Harper Bazar among other well known publications. What we love about Tavi is that she is all about Girl Power. She is redefining media and fashion that empowers women and girls. Go Tavi!
Tune in today to hear these inspiring stories on KVMR 89.5 from 1:00-2:00 PM.