Sara Robertsson: “What takes longer to create, often lasts longer too”
We’ve asked some of our favorite people to answer 10 questions about things that are close to our hearts, like sustainable fashion, food and beauty. This time, we picked the brain of jewelry designer Sara Robertsson.
What’s your relationship to fashion like, and has it changed over the years?
– Yes it has. I wanted to be a fashion designer already as a kid, although there were quite a few detours on the way before I actually became one. As a kid I loved trends and the constant changes in fashion, but today fast fashion bores me. Fashion to me is not about shopping; it is about style and styling, self-expression and communication—about good design. And good design takes time.
Do you have any favorite eco-friendly, ethical or sustainable fashion brands?
– Unfortunately no. I would love to know more sustainable brands, and for more brands that I already like to work sustainably.
In what ways are you trying to make greener choices in your everyday life?
– I try too buy less and choose well, make vintage my first choice, get organic and/or locally produced food, recycle and compost, and most of all—cherish what I already have.
What was your latest “aha moment” when it comes to sustainability?
– My latest really big one dates a few years back to when I got my allotment and started to grow things for myself. To see the whole process and learn about the soil and composting, giving back to earth what you take from it, really made my respect for nature and the food we eat so much bigger.
What relationship do you have to vintage fashion and furniture?
– Vintage is almost always my first choice for both furniture and fashion, I think it is much more fun to find unique things with lasting quality and aesthetics.
What’s your food-philosophy?
– I use organic and/or locally grown produce and eat what’s in season, which makes me enjoy it even more. I also love natural wines, and I am very lucky to have the most amazing boyfriend who not only works with these wonderful wines, but also finds the best produce. He is the best cook I know!
What are your biggest worries when it comes to the environment?
– Overconsumption. And people in power that act short sighted and choose immediate profit over the environment, trying to spread false messages to people saying that things are not that bad.
How do you take care of the contents of your wardrobe—any great DIY tips?
– I try to air my clothes outside so I don’t need to wash them so often. I take time removing stains and mend whatever I can. And I have invested in a steamer, both to refresh my clothes without having to wash them too much, but also to make them look great after washing.
Do you have a favorite natural or organic beauty product?
– Almond oil. But I’ve also come to love the Danish Karmameju skin care products.
What’s your recipe for a healthy, happy life?
– To find the balance between trusting my intuition and acting on it, but also to have the patience to let things take time. You don’t have to have it all at once or reach all your goals at once. What takes longer to create or achieve, often lasts longer too.
The jewelry above comes from Sara Robertsson’s new collection “Soil”, inspired by the natural cycles in nature.
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