21 Questions With Author & Vogue Sustainability Editor Clare Press

Kira Simpson

Fashion journalist, Vogue Australia’s first Sustainability Editor, author of two (soon to be three) books, podcaster, speaker, and environmental advocate. Clare Press is everywhere these days, sharing her wisdom and passion for sustainable fashion. I’m still not convinced she sleeps.

Chances are you’ve listened to the Wardrobe Crisis podcast, read one of Clare’s books or her work in Vogue, and you’ll already know about her passion for sustainable fashion, eco-activism, and despair over single-use plastics. So I wanted to share a few things you might not know about this fabulous fashion maven.

1. What do you splurge on?


2. Last great book you read?

Rise & Resist? Ha ha. Okay, seriously, I just re-read Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road, and it’s glorious.

3. What phrase or word are you known for saying?

Oh, I don’t know. You tell me!

4. Favourite/most worn item in your wardrobe?

I have a much-loved MacGraw dress that makes me feel confident that I wear constantly on Instagram.

5. What are you terrified of?

Hmm, I try not to do terrified. Maybe illness? I’m prone to Googling imaginary ailments.

6. Makeup product/look you wear most

Red lipstick.

7. Your classic uniform?

High-necked shirts with ruffles, big sleeves (or both) worn with a well-cut pair of trousers or vintage jeans and statement boots. Or folk dresses with sneakers. Also, I never met a giant earring I didn’t get along with.

8. Bad habit you can’t shake?

Sleeping in.

9. What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?

A writer.

10. Biggest pet peeve?

Single-use plastic.

11. Morning or night person?

I used to be a night person. Suspect I am now a lunchtime person.

12. Three people, who influence you?

Orsola de Castro, Ellen MacArthur, Chimamanda Adiche.

13. Go-to pick me up song?

Bob Dylan Ballad of a Thin Man

14. Favourite memory?

Getting married.

15. What’s your fashion philosophy?

A garment can’t be beautiful if someone, or something, has suffered to make it.

16. Secret weird food you love?

Crisp sandwiches.

17. Must have fashion item?


18. Currently obsessed with?


19. What would you like more of?

Climate action. And kindness.

20. Favourite way to unwind?

Read a novel in my deck chair in my garden with my cat on my knee.

21. Life motto?

Do more, be more, try harder, bring people with you.

If you haven’t already got yourself a copy, you can find Clare’s latest book “Rise & Resist. How to Change the World” here.

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is an environmentalist and sustainability expert. She started The Green Hub as a blog in 2015, which has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest education sites dedicated to helping people live a more sustainable lifestyle.