I had a deep chat with SDN Designer/Partner Marcus Hicks and he gave us some insight into his fashionsphere. I have to say that I feel like a true eco-gentleman when rockin' SDN.
Eco Hustler: How long have you been a designer?
Marcus Hicks: I've been designing clothes since the early '90's. I was working at Aaardvarks, a vintage clothing store in San Francisco, with a friend , and we would venture into "regular" clothing stores and say to ourselves how crappy everything was. This went on for some time until we bit the bullet and made quality clothes in the fabrics and styles that we personally liked, which was mostly inspired by looks from the past.
Eco Hustler: How did you arrive at Eco-Friendly design?
Marcus: When the friend and I started making clothes we really hated the fabrics that were available to us. We liked old, worn fabrics with character. So, we made all our garments from vintage fabrics. It seemed perfect. the pieces were mostly one-of-a-kind and were totally to our liking. We never even considered the fact that it was good for the environment.
Eco Hustler: What challenges do you face as a Eco-Designer?
Marcus: Some of the challenges that I face as an eco-designer are mostly finding the fabric. When we started and worked with the recycled/vintage fabrics it was fine, but I discovered it was hard to sell one-of-a-kinds to retail outlets. They really want to see everything. Which is nearly impossible. So, since we have grown and can accomodate larger orders with specific fabrics, I find it hard to find what I am looking for to fit my design, rather than having a design to fit the fabric.
Eco Hustler: What satisfaction do you get from being an Eco-Designer?
Matcus: The true satisfaction is always seeing someone enjoy what i've made. When a customer is happy I am happy, because that is what it is truly bout. And I think the consciousness that comes with it is the icing on the cake.
Eco Hustler: What advice would you offer to a non-green person?
Marcus: The only advice i could give is to do what you do with the information you have. If you know you could do the same thing and benefit the world, why not? The resources are out there. It shouldn't be an issue.