˜ "I majored in Industrial Design and Design Management and then I had a minor in Sustainability, but I had a weird realization halfway through college that I didn't want to design products because it contradicts with some of my other values.
I wanted to go into Industrial Design because I wanted to design shoes. I wanted to be a sustainable shoe designer with sustainable manufacturing. Not the path. Not the path. A little backstory: I was vegetarian for seven years and recently went vegan over a year ago. I've been really into sustainability and I was thinking, 'Okay, I'm planning to be an industrial designer where I'll be designing products, working with horrible working conditions, I'll have to think about the impact on the environment and all the other factors that my product will be implementing on other people, other things and other creatures.' I was like, 'Shit, I don't know if I like this.' I kind of had a change of heart and I knew about half way into my schooling that I wanted to go into graphic design. I can still do all this, but I won't be putting this massive impact on the environment, which I'm so passionate about. It's kind of the best of both worlds because I can harness my creativity and use it in an environmentally friendly way that coincides with my other values.
I just want to make sustainable fashion to be fun and trendy. I learned a lot through watching documentaries like 'The True Cost,' which is about how much impact the fashion industry has on the environment and on people. It's real gnarly. Now that I'm more aware of how I shop, I feel like I have a cleaner soul, as weird as that sounds. I don't feel like I have any baggage when I go places. We all just need to be more aware about our choices." ˜
Allison and I went on our Birthright trip to Israel together about 3 years ago and after finding out she moved to LA, it was great to catch up with an old friend! Follow her Instagram: @allisoncarolcreatives
TOMS Flagship Store / Venice, CA