Sofia Hultquist: “It’s been easier to become ‘greener’ as I live in California”
We’ve asked some of our favorite people to answer 10 questions about things that are close to our hearts. This time, we picked the brain of composer, performer and advocate for sustainable fashion Sofia Hultquist a.k.a. Drum & Lace.
What’s your relationship to fashion?
– Fashion for me has always been an extension of my personality, and a way to reflect what I’m feeling. I’ve always loved hunting for vintage and unique pieces as well as finding garments that looks and feels great when you wear them. When I was a teenager, I definitely saw fashion as more of a ‘wear and toss’ (fast fashion) situation, but over the years I’ve learned to look for quality rather than quantity.
Do you have any favorite eco-friendly, ethical or sustainable fashion brands?
– Most of the clothes I wear are either vintage or as sustainable of a brand as I can get. Some of my favorite brands right now are Selva Negra, Botanica Workshop, Kaarem, Ohlin/D, Are Studio, Echo + Air and Girlfriend Collective. Shout-out to Galerie.LA and The Acey for being great sustainable online stores, too.
In what ways are you trying to make greener choices in your everyday life?
– Fashion-wise I do it by always shopping vintage/second hand and investing in sustainable fashion pieces and brands; also by trying to buy less and adopting to EcoAge’s ‘30 wears’ standard. In life in general it’s been easier to become ‘greener’ as I live in California (quite progressive for being the US). So we recycle everything and I’ve started doing things like hand washing and air drying my clothes, and consuming less animal products.
What was your latest “aha moment” when it comes to sustainability?
– Realizing that just because something says it’s ‘made in America’ (or ‘made in Italy’ and so on) doesn’t mean it’s sustainably made.
What relationship do you have to vintage fashion and furniture?
– A loving and ongoing one! I try to incorporate both as much as I can and love finding one-of-a-kind pieces.
What’s your food-philosophy?
– As they say: ‘everything in moderation’. But in all honesty, I try to eat vegetarian and organic as much as I can, which is very easy here in Los Angeles.
What are your biggest worries when it comes to the environment?
– Nearly impossible to only choose one, but I’d say rising temperatures and how that’s going to effect sea levels; the devastating effect deforestation has on eco-systems; and polar bear extinction (my soft spot).
How do you take care of the contents of your wardrobe?
– With great care. Most of my wardrobe consists of natural fabrics, which makes it easy for me to hand wash and care for it. For pants and jeans I definitely do the ‘put it in your freezer trick’ every so often!
Do you have a favorite natural or organic beauty product?
– I love lipsticks by Kosas Cosmetics, nail polish by Habit Cosmetics and anything by Noto Botanicals.
What’s your recipe for a healthy, happy life?
– Be appreciative and patient, respect others and love yourself.
Check out Sofia’s musical projects here!
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