Fashion. A love hate relationship.

by mariela torres January 18, 2019

Fashion. A love hate relationship.

I have been in the fashion industry for close to 15 years. I have bought and sold a lot of fashun. I shamelessly have to admit that at one period in my life I was buying something every single day, whether it was a blouse, shoes, or something as small as a scarf, everyday I was purchasing a little somethin’. I had become the ultimate consumer, I had bought into the idea that if I didn't have those ‘things’ I wasn't going to be considered fashionable, hip, cool, pretty, or whatever it was retailers were making me believe I needed to be.

Killem With Chic originally started off as a fashion blog and evolved into a clothing brand. I love fashion and appreciate the art, beauty and intricate work that goes into pieces. It’s artistic and creative and should be used as an expression to show the world who you are but I also know the ugly side of it all and I no longer want to be a part of it… the clothing industry is literally killing our planet and people around the world.  It has a huge environmental impact, including water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste. When we think of pollution, we envision raw sewage running into our oceans and coal power plants. We don't often think of the shirts on our backs. But the overall impact the apparel industry has on our planet is catastrophic. The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world second only to oil. “We are increasingly disconnected from the people who make our clothing as 97% of items are made overseas. There are roughly 40 million garment workers in the world today; many of whom do not share the same rights or protections that many people in the West do. They are some of the lowest paid workers in the world and roughly 85% of all garment workers are women.” – The True Cost (for more facts about fast fashion watch The True Cost a documentary on the reality of the fashion industry it can be found on Netflix also read The Green Hub, an Australian sustainable fashion magazine.

A few weeks ago I sold and donated all my shit to live / work / travel the US in an RV with my boyfriend. (Follow us @lejoyride, our voyage starts soon!) I had accumulated an overwhelming amount of clothes over the past years, more than half of it I never even touched. While my pile of shit got smaller and smaller I noticed that the items I kept weren’t the $800 pair of Chanel shoes I wore three times but unique items I had scored at a vintage shop or thrift store I had found in different cities and countries, these items aren't just unique but I know I helped create a sustainable environment. Yes, buying pre-owned fashion is eco-friendly! Second hand clothing is one of the best ways to deal with textile waste as most clothes gets trashed after just a few wears. Second hand clothes gets used by a new person for a few more years and extends the lifespan of the garment. Clothing getting discarded generates an enormous amount of waste, buying second hand clothing can take years before touching a landfill.

4 years ago I had a dream to start a clothing line and turn it into a business. Not only was I able to achieve that dream but it surpassed what I had envisioned. I grew tremendously in all ways and became a better human from the experience. It also opened me up to start other passions like Restyle Your Mind and help others with their dreams and aspirations. Although it's bittersweet I know it's time to move on from creating and selling tee's. We are currently living in a very dark time, and doing what is right for the planet and it's people is in alignment with who I am and who I'm becoming. My dream was always to help women look and feel their best now I will be doing it in a more sustainable way. In just a few short weeks I will be visiting and living in different states, cities and towns all over the US and wandering into every single vintage store I can find choosing one of a kind items to add to KWC's store that will hopefully end up in your closet as well. Thank you in advance for accompanying me in my journey. Can't wait to fashionably save the world together!   




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