I officially launched Rose & Rye Collective while being on furlough during March of 2020. I had started Rose & Rye as a passion project by sourcing tees, bleaching them, and popping up at my local flea markets. I had about 6 years of experience at the flea markets and I thrived in that environment. Being able to connect with customers while curating the perfect look was a high for me.
Fast forward to a few months later and my last job went from furloughing me to being eliminated due to the pandemic. I knew that I had to pivot my business plan and expand on my passion to pay the bills and as much as I loved to repurpose tees I had so much more to share.
Every single piece has a story, and I want to help bring those stories back to life. I happily cater to and have experience dressing and styling women, men and even the littles. I source all things Western, Boho, and more. Whether it’s a piece that looks like your mom may have left it at Studio 54 or your grandpa forgot it at the local cowboy bar, you’ll find it in my shop.
To give you a little of my back story, I have been working in the fashion industry for nearly a decade. I have experience in design, product development, sourcing as well as wholesale distribution. You name it, I’ve likely had my hand in the cookie jar.
After years of experience in the industry, I’ve seen firsthand how mind blowingly wasteful the fashion industry can be. Starting with the sheer amount of waste, the treatment of employees and the working conditions at overseas factorie;, the list unfortunately goes on.
The term ‘sustainable’ has popped up all over recently, and while we tend to think ‘organic cotton’ is sustainable, sustainability in the clothing industry is more than a buzz-word on a tag. There’s a lot to be considered when thinking about sustainability; one example is the amount of water used and wasted to create that organic cotton.
What does sustainable fashion mean to me? It means buying second hand. It’s seeking out brands that have safe and ethical standards of practice. It’s buying locally. It’s buying the sweater your heart desires at your local mom and pop shop rather than your everyday big box retailer. It’s upcycling pieces that might feel ‘basic’ and giving them new life with a designer’s touch. It’s about finding those vintage “Made in the USA” labels.