HAULTE: What has been your biggest challenge?
Dawn: Honestly, there hasn’t been any huge challenges for us yet. We’d like to keep our studio small and filled with good vibes, music, lush plants and matcha green tea. We try not to take everything so seriously (except for the planet of course). Smooth sailing so far.
HAULTE: What was it that made you first realize sustainable fashion was a relevant issue?
I was first introduced to the word “sustainability and eco-friendly materials” in interior design courses. During my sophomore year in college, we focused on “green building materials” and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings. A few years after, while working at an Interior Design firm 9am-5pm, I realized I was wearing the same 10 pieces in my closet while I had mountains of “once or twice used” pieces in my wardrobe. I curated what I needed, kept my treasured vintage pieces and boxed everything else for donation. Since we focused on sustainability in building materials for a few Interior Design projects, I wondered if the fashion industry had a similar process to determine what kind of clothes were not harming the planet. A few google search and clicks and my outlook on fashion completely changed in 2014.
HAULTE: Besides through your fashion choice, are there ways in which you strive for a greener lifestyle?
Dawn: Totally! Just an overall conscious effort on what I purchase for organic food, natural/locally made beauty products, and being mindful of energy efficiency and materials in home interiors of course.
HAULTE: Any advice for finding sustainable clothing?
Dawn: The Goodtrade has an awesome list of brands to look through. I shop mostly online and search for small boutique brands as well so it’s been fairly simple.
HAULTE: Where is your favorite place to thrift shop?
Dawn: I don’t have a specific go to stop. Locally in Palm Springs or Los Angeles. I love borrowing items from my mom’s closet. It’s always a blast. She has so much legit vintage pieces she’s kept from the 70’s and 80’s.
HAULTE: What brands are you in love with right now?
Dawn: Currently in love with apparel from Everlane, lingerie from Anekdot and Naja, shoes from Veja.
HAULTE: Who influences your life? Personal style?
Dawn: A large influence in my life is definitely art and architecture. I’m obsessed with the fusion of clean lines and use of color by minimalist architect Luis Barragan. As for personal style, I love the timeless styles and imagery approach of the CELINE brand.
HAULTE: If you could open a closet into any decade and dress from a wardrobe of that period, what decade would you choose?
Dawn: The 1920’s would’ve been fun! I’m in favor of the relaxed silhouettes. It was the beginning of a “modern” look and less restricting fashion.
HAULTE: You mentioned on your site you curate sustainable artists (a sentiment we love, by the way)... If you had to curate a wall with any artists of your choosing, what would be on your wall?
Dawn: I enjoy photography and minimalist blind contour like drawings. My husband’s an artist so I tend to gravitate towards his art work.
HAULTE: When you're not pursuing sustainable fashion, what else are you doing? Do you have any other projects you are working on?
Dawn: I grew up around a variety of art forms my entire life. I went to a performing arts middle/highschool, studied Interior Design in College and worked in the Architecture and Design industry. Although I’m still very passionate about interior design, art and architecture, I currently dedicate a lot of my work time to moderation.