We were recently graced with the opportunity to catch up with ultra fashionista, champion of the underdog, and long time VOZ ambassador, Hillary France.
Hillary is one of the most innovative fashion entrepreneurs we know. Passionate to help emerging designers gain a competitive edge, Hillary pioneered Brand Assembly, a NY-based startup that provides back end infrastructure and guidance needed to grow successful brands. VOZ was honored to be featured at this month’s Brand Assembly trade show, a component of Hilary's foundation which gives 60 carefully curated brands the opportunity to showcase their talent.
It was such a pleasure chatting with filmmaker, model and writer Adele Jacques. We had a very interesting chat with Adele as we strolled towards to scenic Brooklyn Bridge Park location dubbed for her Voz Woman shoot. She let us in on some of her most pertinent inspirations for her upcoming film which encapsulates a woman’s relationship with nature. The coming of age, seventies inspired film takes on Hollywood references with a twist from a woman’s point of view.
At VOZ, we exist to oppose this paradigm, and join with our ethical fashion peers to make clothes in a humane manner. It is our mission to make things slowly and by hand, paying ethical wages to our production partners, paying design royalties to artisans for their creative contributions, providing technical education programs, and using production methods that support healthy lifestyles for our makers.
We had the opportunity to chat with and style Kabira Stokes, founder of Isidore Electronics Recycling, on her recent trip to New York City. With spring finally here, we dressed her in a loose knit ivory tank knit in Peru paired with ivory culotte pants with handwoven panels on the sides (necklace by Soko.) Kabira is a truly inspiring in her mission to create employment and a successful sustainable business. Her resilience and ability to inspire change has allowed her to build an innovative and impactful company, despite setbacks and obstacles she faced along the way.