Sarah Chan wearing sustainable and fair trade clothing from New Classics Studios Sarah Chan wearing sustainable and fair trade clothing from New Classics Studios Sarah Chan wearing sustainable and fair trade clothing from New Classics Studios Sarah Chan wearing sustainable and fair trade clothing from New Classics Studios Sarah Chan wearing sustainable and fair trade clothing from New Classics Studios Sarah Chan wearing sustainable and fair trade clothing from New Classics Studios

A few days ago, we welcomed Edmonton's First Lady, Sarah Chan, into our studio to shoot the first feature in our newest bi-monthly blog series, Local Portraits. Throughout the following months, we will be showcasing Edmontonians from many different backgrounds in New Classics garments, in hopes of sparking a city-wide, and eventually nation-wide, conversation surrounding the issues of sustainability and ethical malpractices within today's mainstream fashion industry. With fast fashion quickly suffocating the fashion industry, it is easy to forget that our shopping habits and choices do have an effect on both the environment and garment workers within the supply chain. So, at New Classics Studios, we're asking you to join the slow fashion movement and help us slow down the rate at which we consume disposable fashion. Start shopping local, sustainable, or secondhand. Start investing in quality and timeless garments. Start thinking quality over quantity.  Help us #WearTheChange.

So, to kick things off, we interviewed all around superlady Sarah Chan to get her thoughts on superpowers, some of the perks being the Mayor's wife, and staying green in her every day life.

NC: How old are you?
SC: 34

NC: Occupation?
SC: Teacher, Musician, and #YEG First Lady

NC: Tell us a bit about yourself!
SC: I have a lot of energy. People are usually surprised when they meet me, because I'm so loud!

NC: A random fact or two about you?
SC: I constantly think about the end of times, like how I'd survive during a global catostrophe.

NC: What is one of the best things about being Edmonton's First Lady?
SC: I get to meet the most interesting variety of people, so many different community builders!

NC: You are a superhero. What's your superpower?
SC: Make things combust

NC: Favourite place in Edmonton?
SC: Anywhere I can get to on my bike

NC: What little things or habits do you incorporate into your life to improve the environment or maintain a sustainable lifestyle?
SC: I am fastidious about recycling, generally try not to waste things, and always think about the best way to get somewhere. If I can walk, bike or take the train - I will.

NC: What does sustainable fashion mean to you?
SC: It means having quality pieces that last, as opposed to amassing huge amounts of redundant clothes that just take up space.

NC: Lastly, why is sustainability (not just within the fashion industry) important to you?
SC: We need to be conscious about how we treat our environment. It's something we take for granted and our kids and grandkids are going to pay the price :(


SARAH'S PICKS

Kaarem Black Pleated Midi Skirt from New Classics Studios. We Ship worldwide from Canada.
KAAREM
Midi Skirt
Kaarem Wind Chime Raised Collar Top from New Classics Studios. We Ship worldwide from Canada.
KAAREM
Raised Collar Top
Kordal Knitwear Jumpsuit from New Classics Studios. We Ship worldwide from Canada.
KORDAL
Knit Jumpsuit