Meet the #Versalette Challenge Judges Panel!

The best part of running a business is the inspiring, like-minded people you meet along the way. Hands. Down.

 

I wanted the inaugural #Versalette Challenge to bring a few of these folks together. So here’s the judges panel, who will be deciding which contestant gets this sweet new prize.

 

By the way, there’s still time to enter! Get in on it here.  

 

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Ida Hargitai is buying only American-made products for one year.

Yep, one entire year. She writes about her experience at Made & Worn, where she’s also compiled a huge list of Made-in-the-USA companies. Why’s she doing it?

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“The truth is that while I love to buy beautiful clothes and bling-y jewels, I always feel a pang of privileged American guilt when I glance at the tag that says “made in China” or “manufactured in Bangladesh.” I have a highly functioning imagination, so I constantly wonder what conditions in the factory where those clothes were made were like. Did the people who made my $40 t-shirt have to work in a factory with cramped space, no ac or heat, for hours on end without any breaks? Did they have to use dangerous chemicals? Were they forced to enter a building with cracks in the wall?
“Have I ever bought clothes made by these people? “

I was really stoked to connect with Ida, because she presents both sides of the global issues around clothing manufacturing. Catch up with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

 

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ariel azoffAriel Azoff is a writer, maker, and sustainable fashion enthusiast.

I met Ariel in NYC in the midst of the {r}evolution apparel Kickstarter campaign, at a sustainable fashion event. It was completely random, and since then, we’ve kept in  touch with Ariel and the cool things she’s been up to (co-founded Modavanti, writing for sustainable fashion outlets, running the Heartsleeves sustainable fashion blog.)

She’s currently in NYC, and you can follow her newest adventures in sustainable fashion here.

 

 

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stephSteph Utley is the maker behind Native Clutter, our partner for the Versalette Challenge.

She creates super-beautiful jewelry in Denver, CO, and I get the pleasure of seeing her in person now and again. She also writes about all-things-craft / style / DIY  at her blog, Makes the Things. She knits, sews, and makes all kinds of things — and encourages others to do the same.

You can make things, too, and hang out with her on Pinterest, Facebook, and check out her jewelry at Native Clutter.

 

The judges will be going over photo entries on August 5th, and the winner will be announced on August 6th. There’s still time to send us your 7 Versalette Challenge photos at hello@seamly.co (or post them to Instsagram with #Versalette). We’d love to have you!

Say hi to our lovely, purpose-driven panel when you get the chance. I’m stoked to be building community with women like this.

 

XOXO

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Kristin Glenn

Hi! I'm Kristin, the founder / designer at Seamly.co. A few years ago, I became obsessed with sustainable fashion, co-founding {r}evolution apparel and Kickstarting "the Versalette" -- without knowing how to sew industrially or draft a pattern. Now, I'm going back to the basics, and learning how this big fashion machine works...

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