Designer Jackii Ramos wanted to start a fashion line that brought artistry to everyday garments. She wanted to incorporate the sustainable techniques she learned while working with designers in Italy. And she wanted to utilize eco-friendly fabrics like bamboo and hemp.
The result? The funky, eco-friendly collections from Indigo Apparel. Read on to discover to discover what makes this sustainable fashion brand so special.
Why did you choose to create your pieces in a socially and environmentally-conscious manner?
During my last year at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I was lucky enough to travel to Milan, Italy for a study abroad program. Between my professors’ influence and the general lifestyle in Milan, I grew accustomed to eco-friendly practices and learned that they can be pretty easy. Carrying my own bag to the store, shopping each day for just the amount of groceries I need, sourcing recycled materials for school projects — it became engrained in me when I moved back to New York.
Because of this, it’s important to me that I not contribute to the massive material waste associated with the fashion industry. I also want to help people avoid toxic chemicals from the dyes in our clothes.
What did you learn about production practices in Milan?
I truly never really thought about the largely negative role that the fashion industry plays on the environment before traveling, and being exposed to other cultures’ production techniques. There are lots and lots of ways to operate within garment and material production — you don’t have to stick with what the big brands are doing!
I also worked as an intern at Eurojersey, a print design and production facility outside of Milan where they did everything in-house: screen printing, digital printing, and fabric dying. I learned a lot about these techniques and for my thesis/runway show I designed all of my own fabrics.