Emily and Kaye wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios in Local Portraits. Emily and Kaye wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios in Local Portraits. Emily and Kaye wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios in Local Portraits. Emily and Kaye wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios in Local Portraits. Emily and Kaye wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios in Local Portraits. Emily and Kaye wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios in Local Portraits. Emily and Kaye wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios in Local Portraits. Emily and Kaye wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios in Local Portraits. Emily and Kaye wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios in Local Portraits.

Meet Emily Kim (left) and Katherine Abril (right). Two university students and friends who know exactly who they are and what they want from the world. After first catching our attention on Instagram, we were curious to meet the two and learn what exactly inspired their defined styles!

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New Classics: Tell us a bit about yourselves!
Emily Kim: Music junkie. Baker. Feminist. Lesli Knope enthusiast. Friend.
Katherine Abril: Aspirint art hoe, gif collector, feminist, and procrastinator.

NC: Occupation?
EK: Student/SMS Stragetist at MCM.
KA: Student and sales associate.

NC: Age?
EK: 20 (But I think I'm secretly 300 years old).
KA: 21

NC: Instagram handle?
EK: @emily.una
KA: @fountler

NC: Style icons?
EK: Alexa Chung, Lorde, or my Mom - she's pretty cool.
KA: Alexa Chung, Rihanna, Lisa Bonet, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

NC: Where do you draw inspiration from?
EK: Anywhere and everywhere - travel, art, photography, people. I was looking at Mr. Bean's blazer the other day, thinking I could rock that.
KA: I spend a lot of time online, you know, procrastinating and a lot of that time online is spent on either Tumblr or ManRepeller. I love seeing people loving themselves and their bodies, to me the inspiration comes from someone looking like they feel comfortable, this can usually range fromsomeone like Sanam (@trustmedaddy)-featured in BBHMM-who openly loves her own body and culture, to the people I see on the #arthoe tag to the customers I help.

NC: Favourite places to eat in Edmonton?
EK: Next Act or anywhere with pizza.
KA: Anywhere with pizza really.

NC: Guilty pleasure?
EK: No such thing, like what you like - that's enough
KA: I try not to feel guilty about anything I like, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone, it should be fine. But right now, I have papers and midterms and I'm watching a lot of things that I don't need to be, like Travel Man or The IT Crowd, so I guess that's a guilty pleasure.

NC: Pet peeve?
EK: People who don't recycle. Or, use their car signals.
KA: Manspreading. I take public transit and I see it ALL THE TIME. Your sense of entitlement to this public space isn't gonna stop me from sitting in that open seat.

NC: Quality or quantity?
EK: Quality. Living in excess is exhausting.
KA: Quality.

NC: Sweet or sour?
EK: Sweet.
KA: Sour.

NC: If you could only eat one Halloween candy or chocolate bar for the rest of your life, what would it be?
EK: Hershey's Cookies and Cream
KA: I don't think these count but I love Chimes ginger chews. They have become my lifeblood.

NC: Favourite place(s) to shop in Edmonton?
EK: Blackbyrd
KA: Gravity Pope, Oak + Fort and Kit and Ace.

NC: What does "sustainable fashion" mean to you?
EK: I think it's really easy to live in excess, since everything is so readily available. With social media and websites like Amazon, we can buy something with a click of a button without ever leaving our house (or wearing pants). 
I find myself buying clothes and products I don't need, just because it's cheap and right in front of me, or Taylor Swift uses it. Sustainable fashion is taking a step back and thinking of the logistics: Looking at the bigger picture.
KA: The first thing that comes to mind is ethical and environmentally responsible. Sustainable fashion or slow fashion cares not only about the sale of the item but it's life cycle. To me, it's thoughtful of the impact this object will have in design, production, mediation and consumption. It really thinks about who and what is being affected by the production of this object, its concerned with how the producers/makers of the object are treated, what impact the object's production will have on the environment, and what will happen after the object's use.

NC: How do you plan to #WearTheChange?
EK: Little things go a long way - recycling, biking, donating clothes - even spreading awareness makes a difference
KA: I plan on being thoughtful of what I buy and also spreading the knowledge!

 

KAYE AND EMILY'S PICKS

SHAINA MOTE
Wool Gion Pant
Sustainable and ethical base range bamboo triangle mississippi bra from New Classics Studios (Canada). Worldwide shipping available.
BASE RANGE
Mississippi Bra
BASE RANGE
Martine Jumpsuit
Sustainable organic cotton fair trade striped Kowtow T-shirt from New Classics Studios. We Ship worldwide from Canada.
KOWTOW
Striped Tee
SHAINA MOTE
Kei Skirt
Sustainable base range knit gerda camel tee New Classics Studios. We Ship worldwide from Canada.
BASE RANGE
Gerda Tee
KOWTOW
Volute Dress
Sustainable kaarem black blue wind chime raised collar top from New Classics Studios. We Ship worldwide from Canada.
KAAREM
Raised Collar Top
KAAREM
Seaweed Culottes
Sustainable recycled deadstock lace Toit Volant dress from New Classics Studios. We Ship worldwide from Canada.
TOIT VOLANT
Hello Again Dress