What was the catalyst which inspired you to create a fashion label?
Simple and selfish – I wanted cute clothes that I felt proud about wearing and buying, and none of my options were even remotely in my price range.
What does a typical day look like for you? How do you juggle school with starting a business?
Well I try for balance, 50% school, 50% work, but it never ends up like that. There will be weeks where I don’t have time for the business at all… SACS and tests just pile up. And then there’ll be days when I have 20 million things to do for my business, and I never even open a textbook. So I think the word “juggle” is a bit optimistic, I think it’s a bit more of a haphazard tug of war!
When will you launch Antivice?
The most truthful answer is in the near future, but not early to mid November (I have years 12 exams!). I am hoping that I’ll launch sometime in October, but that is a very optimistic outlook.
Who are some of your favourite ethical fashion designers?
There are so many to choose from. I think, if speaking globally, then its Modernation (they have a tracksuit/crop top two piece that’s to die for), The Reformation, Won Hundred (I have been eyeing off their pastel sweaters for months) and Elle Evans.
While I love these brands, like many other ethical brands I have to leave them for my birthday list, because they are too expensive for me to afford. I understand why this is – it’s a lot more costly to be kind in the fashion industry, but I think this may be at the expense of inviting young people to participate and engage with the ethical side of fashion.
What’s your fashion style and do you have something you wear to death?
I definitely know that I prefer blacks and blues and block colours rather than prints, but other than that I have no idea what my style is. I think my wardrobe contains pieces from fashion trends all the way from the 1920’s to now. I think I choose items more so a combo of price and does it look nice, than whether it slots into an overall style. As a result, I have both 1950’s poofy dresses, excessively ripped jeans and turtlenecks in my cupboards.
If there is one thing that I have been wearing constantly since I got it, is a jacket that my godmother lent to me a few months back. It is a vintage reversible bomber jacket and perhaps the one true love of my life. It is so warm, practical and cute, which is a rare combo in winter fashion.