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Kestrel Jenkins, is a fashionista and master storyteller whose hit podcast, Conscious Chatter, started breaking down the doors to conversations where ‘what we wear matters.’ Since 2016, her show has highlighted the impact that the clothes we wear have on us, and the world we live in.
In our latest episode of OPP, Kestrel shared her journey of how she fell in love with fashion: “I grew up in Wisconsin in the middle of nowhere but even though we lived off of a country road I was obsessed with dressing. My mom remembers that every time someone would come by to visit I would change my outfit five times while they were at the house”. Jenkins has certainly come a long way from her Wisconsin roots to emerge as one of the leading voices in fashion sustainability.
In recent years, the word sustainability has started to catch on in the fashion world because now more than ever, consumers are taking a closer look at what they eat and the chemicals they put into/onto their bodies. They are also shifting their purchasing decisions to reflect their values around the environment and the wellbeing of workers.
In our OPP exclusive interview Jenkins explains why during the COVID-19 global pandemic, garment workers are being hit the hardest. “They are the most vulnerable; they always have been in the supply chain and right now they are being hit the worst. The way that it works in the fashion industry is that brands rarely own their manufacturing facilities. It’s often a third party situation which allows them to blur the lines more easily and not be held as accountable.”
With the seemingly insurmountable issues facing the fashion industry and its impact on our world, Kestrel and Conscious Chatter will continue to evoke change one guest, one conversation, and one episode at time.
– Corey Cambridge, Editor in Chief of OPP News