Things are ripe for disruption. People (that’s us!) are beginning to recall that clothes are meant to last for years, if not decades. That what we’re layering over our skin is meant to be healthy for us, and the people who made it, and the planet. We’re remembering that what we’re purchasing is meant to be worth wearing. What a revolutionary idea!
It’s been too long that we’ve shopped mindlessly, ravaging through fashion destinations cheap and expensive alike, lusting after the latest deal like a junkie looking for their next fix. It’s like binging on MSG-laden, trans-fat-drenched fast food and thinking we’re nourishing our body.
And it’s all connected. The movement toward better health is inherently linked to a greater awareness of why and where we acquire clothes, beauty, and home decor. The sea change of style will alter mainstream thinking for good. And once we learn to discern and appreciate the craftsmanship, hi(story), and origins of what we’re buying we can’t help but make more conscious choices. As a sweet side effect we’ll look hotter than ever because quality is luminous.
I’m excited to introduce you to David Dietz, founder of Modavanti. As a good tag line should, his gets to the heart of the matter & spirit: “Life, Consciously Styled.” I invite you to take a look at the site to find inspiration for smarter, cleaner, kinder, more beautiful options for all your fashion, beauty, and home design desires. Looking for vegan treats? No problem. All about organic? You got it. Feeling fair-trade? Dive in. Whatever intelligent lens you want to see through, there’s a filter for that. And aside from the well-curated offerings, I love that David donates 2% of every sale to his two impact partners: Nest and Charity: Water.
Be the change you wish to see and watch your impact transform both your world and the universe at large. Yes, that’s how powerful your choices are. More on the future of fashion and its true cost below the interview. Hope you enjoy our Gratitude Speaks.
1) How do you define gratitude, and what are you grateful for?
To me gratitude is a personal recognition of our good fortune, be it health, love, material wealth etc. I am grateful to have had the ability to start and build Modavanti, and hopefully impact the fashion industry. In choosing to start a company, I understood the importance of giving back which is why we not only focus on sustainable fashion and using fashion as a means for doing good, but also why we donate 2% of each sale. As entrepreneurs we not only have an obligation to make the most of the opportunities we've been given but we should also strive to use our opportunities and platforms to help others as well.
2) What is art to you?
Art is both a form of personal expression and a story. We think of art as what can be sculpted or put on a canvas, but art can be poetry, music, dance, architecture fashion and so much more. Art is as much about how you see life as it is a specific medium. There is an art to the rhythm of life. We're lucky to work with many talented designers who create art through their incredible designs and who tell the story of how/where and by whom their clothing is made. We know much more work goes into each piece and believe that fashion, like paintings, should be cherished and appreciated.
3) When did you experience significant personal growth and how did it impact your perspective on life?
Starting a company is one of the most rewarding but also challenging times for personal growth. In a small company you can't rely on another department or a big team. You have to figure out everything and all of your weaknesses are laid bare. You can't hide your faults. At the same time, you are forced to take on and conquer new challenges allowing you to acquire more skills and knowledge at a faster rate then you ever could at a bigger company.Ultimately it makes you realize the power of one individual and what each of us can do to impact change if we really set our mind to it.
4) What other gems of joy & wisdom would you like to share with us?
Be the best at whatever you do and you will be happy and successful. We too often conform to what society wants us to be. Law and medicine are noble pursuits but too often we settle for these fields and others because they are safe and 'successful.' But in truth, those that relentlessly pursue their passions, those that ignore standard conventions, are the ones that are remembered and truly successful. So do what you love and be the best at it. If you come up short, you've still lived a fulfilled life.