Maggie Pa is a social media expert, sustainable fashion enthusiast, and walking encyclopedia. As a volunteer for Beyond the Label she has helped to share the news about healthier fashion options and exciting textile innovations. Maggie graduated from UCLA in 2017 with a degree in social science and has been finding ways to marry that with fashion ever since. She has been a great supporter of Swap Society from the beginning and we’re so happy to have her out there, rockin’ swapped styles.
We’ve talked about mending, we’ve discussed our IMPERFECT category, and we’ve continued to mention harmful textile waste, now it’s time to get creative! If you have an item with some holes, unsightly stains, and that just doesn’t fit right anymore, you can still save it. “Waste isn’t waste until we waste it,” Will.i.am has said. We wholeheartedly agree! We’re bringing you 7 bloggers who are experts at turning “trash” into treasure.
For this edition of “Swappers We Love” we’re featuring eco stylist and sustainable fashion blogger Sonia Kessler. We have to warn you that we’re a little biased because Sonia is a close collaborator of ours, but we think you’ll see that she lives up to the hype! Sonia is a French girl living in Los Angeles. Her style reflects her eclectic story and is showcased greatly on her Instagram @nativestyling. After gathering attention for her personal style, Sonia dove headfirst into helping others find their true selves through clothes through her business Native Styling. From sustainable shopping tours to personal shopping with ethical production in mind, Sonia does it all in a completely accessible way. Enjoy learning more about her story below!
It’s officially fall! Here in Los Angeles, we don’t have the same clearly defined seasons or wardrobe changes, yet we all still crave one. We’re ready to take any excuse to pull on a new comfy sweater, even if it’s just sitting in that air conditioned coffee shop Downtown. On the site we have “jumpers” for all occasions and all variations of this crisp season. If you’re like us and prepping for fall in a warmer climate then we have some less-heavy pieces to get you into the spirit. On the other hand, if you live in an area with actual seasons and are looking to cozy up as it cools down, we’ve got you covered as well! And, as always, for those adventurous types who want to shake things up, we have fun pieces to really make a statement these next few months. Fall doesn’t just mean pumpkin spice everything, it means looking great and feeling good!
While we’ve already discussed why we swap, and how it has impacted lives, we want to reiterate one of the most important reasons for swapping: community. In our technology obsessed culture, current political climate, and hectic lives, community can be hard to come by. However, swapping creates a space (whether in person or not) for individuals to connect and appreciate the differences between us.