Hi Mira! Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background.
My name is Mira and I'm the designer/owner of Sweet Skins. I live in Eugene, Oregon with my three kids (and one on the way!). As a little girl, I traveled throughout Southeast Asia with my hippie parents and five siblings, settling in Thailand for the majority of my childhood. This was the perfect experience for me to discover a love of Asian art and the tribal design that adds a global influence to my pieces. I returned to the states at the age of 13. Later, as a young artist, I became a mother myself. I eventually made the move to Eugene to raise my young family, and it was here that I first became hip to the green movement and things began falling into place.
How did you become interested in designing sustainable clothing?
I've been sewing since I was a little girl, and started selling my clothing at the local farmers market eight years ago years ago. I'd always been drawn to natural fibers, but I didn't think about sustainability until I discovered how amazing hemp is.
We share very similar ethics in the way we produce our clothing lines. I've touched on sustainable design and production a little here in the past, but can you tell our readers a little more about it, and what Sweet Skins does to produce a conscious, eco-friendly line?
We use ecologically sound fibers and fabrics in our designs, like eco-fleece, hemp, organic cottons and wool, for their low impact processing and superior texture and quality. Dyes are low impact and everything from fabric scraps to paper products are recycled or reused. We also practice conscious manufacturing. Our clothing is designed and constructed locally, in a converted garage studio sew shop by a handful of diverse women living in Eugene.
Where do you see yourself and/or your business in 5 years?
I hope to have my website be a 'go to' place for hip eco clothing, shoes and accessories over the next 5 years. And to continue to be committed to maintaining strong roots to the community, the health of the planet and to help pave the road for a new more conscious business model.
I love and 100% agree with your business ethic. Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers about it?
I believe that running a business is a huge responsibility and also a huge opportunity to do good things. I want to be a role model for future companies and for young people from diverse backgrounds.
One of our most popular series on Bubby and Bean is 'Friday is For Favorites.' Tell us your favorite of each of the following: color, movie, food, and band.
My favorite color is dark plum. Movie is Slum Dog Millionaire. Sushi is my favorite food, and my favorite band is Bjork.
shop! You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. For those of you in Oregon, Mira also owns an eco boutique in Eugene, located at 782 Blair Boulevard. And you can also enter for a chance to win one of her beautiful eco-fleece wrap hoodies in our current giveaway. Thanks again Mira!
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