Meet the Designer: Mandy Kordal

Sweater weather is better because of this Brooklyn babe. After studying in Cincinnati Mandy Kordal worked in the studios of Travota, J. Crew and Doo.ri before venturing out on her own to focus on ethical and sustainable knitwear. She launched her namesake line in 2012 and is now expanding into other weaves and women’s wear. A move that is making our closets very happy. Mandy also happens to be one of the coolest, sweetest women we know. As she worked on an exclusive sweater for our holiday collection, we went behind the scenes to find out more.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROCESS. WHAT PART DO YOU LOVE THE MOST? Our process starts with a general mood or inspiration and, from there, we start to source our fabrications and textiles. Sometimes we source based on an idea for a garment and other times we let the textiles drive our designs. From there, we start to sketch and also create knitted swatches to see how the yarn is going to react to certain textures and patterns. We then photograph and show the collection at market. Last step is putting our styles into production with our vendors based in New York and Peru.
My favorite part of this process is seeing the collection come together. It’s hard to imagine all of the pieces falling into place at the very beginning, but once the samples start arriving and you see it all styled together, it’s like the picture has finally come into focus and it feels so good!

Online eco boutique Ethica on ethical fashion and sustainable style

It’s Earth Day tomorrow, so it’s always a good reminder to check in on how our consumption habits are affecting the planet. Ethica curates their online store with that in mind all year round.

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Focused on ethical and sustainable fashion, they want to create an online community where consumers can learn about sustainability and be connected to brands that are committed to social and environmental responsibility. Founded by sisters Melissa and Carolina Cantor, we love Ethica for the selection of rad brands making clothes we swear you will love and wear forever. We caught up with Carolina to find out how Ethica set out to change the way people shop and got the scoop on her best earth-friendly living tips.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO START AN ETHICAL FASHION STORE? We wanted to approach ethical fashion in a way that was exciting, thoughtful and transparent. People were skeptical about the idea of a multi-brand boutique that focused exclusively on ethical and sustainable fashion, but we knew that a strong selection of brands would speak for itself. More than that, we wanted to communicate why these products are special and why these designers are changemakers–that’s why storytelling is present throughout the shopping process. It wasn’t that long ago that people had to visit individual brands’ sites to learn about them, and we wanted to create a space where people could discover emerging designers who are transforming the industry, connect to their stories and follow their journeys. There’s a research component that’s inherent within ethical fashion, so the commerce and content belong together in a very cohesive way.