FROM FASHION HOUSE TO FASHION AT HOME
Interview with VicTORIa Stefos
May 7th, 2020
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Our featured article this week is an interview with VicTORIa Stefos. She was the community spotlight in last week's email. Her Etsy shop recently opened to help offset her job change at The Row in NYC. Her store is here: www.etsy.com/shop/thefacTORIbytori
TBB: What are selling at your online store?
VS: Right now just masks (as this is what is in demand). I hope to add more over the summer starting with tote bags, travel bags and the perfect blouse.
I'm already working on the pattern for the perfect blouse.
TBB: How has your history in the fashion world influenced how you are managing your new at home business?
VS: I've learned the importance of R&D. I made several sample masks before getting the pattern just right for mass production. Quality and comfort are most important, and spending extra time achieving that is worth the time and effort.
TBB: What is your household like right now with 3 other guys living with you?
Lots of farts!! Haha :) It's really great getting so much quality time with my kiddos, but there is certainly no off button. It's high energy from the moment they wake up until the moment they crash. My couch is pretty much permanently in "fort phase."
TBB: Why should people shop from you right now?
#1 People need masks in this new world we live in.
#2 People should be turning back to products that are made in the USA, and supporting small businesses which will in effect, boost our country's economy. #3 I make a quality, comfortable, durable product that looks good and feels good.
Special thanks to VicTORIa for chatting with the blog! Please help support this community member by buying a mask, favoriting the shop, or spreading the word.
VicTORIa Stefos got her start in fashion out of necessity. When she found she was cold and had no money, her ingenuity led her to a free bin at a thrift store where she scored a few pairs of jeans. She worked them together into a style she liked and fell in love with sewing. Her search to study further led her to pursue and graduate with a BFA in Fashion Design from the University of North Texas. After graduating with her degree she moved to New York City, where she thrived working with Oscar de la Renta, Nicole Miller, and The Row. Her focus is on the amazing beauty of garment construction...the function, the pattern, the finishing, and the make.
WHAT DOES VEGAN MEAN?
By Rebecca Burnett
May 1st, 2020
For the Animals
Animals are thinking, feeling individuals that have their own personalities, but billions are raised for human use. Unfortunately, in many cases, they're violently abused during their life before being killed. Being vegan is choosing kindness towards all animals, which reduces the demand for animal cruelty.
For the Environment
The resources, including land and water, required to produce the billions of animals raised for food is far more than plant-based equivalents. The greenhouse emissions produced are more than the entire global transportation sector combined. A plant-based diet reduces your carbon footprint by 50% compared to a meat eater. Being vegan for the environment isn't about saving the planet, it's about sustaining our ability to live here.
For Personal Health
There’s extensive research conveying that eating a whole food plant-based diet is the optimal nutrition for human health. PCRM.org and Nutritionfacts.org are great resources for evidence-based information on the best foods for our health. There are far more plant-based foods than species of animals used for food, making the variety of meals almost endless. Being vegan doesn't automatically mean healthy, but it easily can be.
"A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms, it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals." - The Vegan Society
Rebecca Burnett was born and raised in London, England, and attended Royal Holloway University of London where she achieved a Media Arts degree in 2007. She went on to gain experience working in British television production. Rebecca lived in Australia between 2011-2016 where she became the Deputy Director of the Vegan Festival in Adelaide, globally recognised as a leading Vegan Festival. After moving to Maryland, U.S.A, Rebecca directed a short film that was featured in the 2018 Southern Maryland Film Festival. During her time in America 2017 - 2019, Rebecca started and managed the Southern Maryland Vegan meetup group, which helps connect like-minded people with each other to help grow a community that shares information and support with living a more compassionate lifestyle. She currently manages her own Facebook page, Love Life, Live Vegan, and works with the Vegan Festival Adelaide in Australia.