AK ASPIRATIONAL WOMEN SERIES No 1 FEATURING- SARINA HO
For our first feature of Aspirational women series we thought it only right to interview someone whose aesthetics we adore & whose lifestyle aligns with our own on considered living ethos.
Meet Sarina Ho - A slow fashion story teller, studying design & pattern cutting living in LA. We found out more about what inspires Sarina both in style and what it means to live slow.
Sarina featured wearing our OBI-TIE Blazer in Banana silk
- How did you get into slow fashion storytelling and starting your blog?
I started my fashion/lifestyle blog about 5 years ago and during that time I discovered slow fashion. I took a break to rethink the purpose of my blog and came to realize that I enjoyed learning about small ethical brands. Through storytelling, I was able to share about the brand’s purpose and mission while giving meaning to their products.
- How do your purchases align with your values and lifestyle intention?
I’ve come to the point where I only buy clothes from brands if I know their story and positive impact on the fashion industry. I want to support their mission through my purchases. I know ethical fashion can get expensive, which is why I also enjoy thrifting. It is the most sustainable option since the garments are already made and would otherwise go into landfills. I am able to give the clothing a new life and home.
‘‘IT TAKES TIME TO TRANSITION INTO A SLOWER LIFESTYLE AND I AM STILL WORKING ON IT DAY BY DAY. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO HAVE GRACE FOR YOURSELF WHEN YOU SLIDE BACK TO OLD HABITS, BUT DON’T GIVE UP STRIVING FOR THE CHANGE YOU WANT. ‘‘
IMAGES FROM SARINA’S SLOW STORY TELLING ON INSTAGRAM
- Your blog posts and thoughts are always very mindful and reflecting on your approach towards a slow, considered lifestyle – have you always taken this approach?
I’ve actually lived quite the opposite lifestyle prior to watching the documentary, “The True Cost.” Having seen it, I started reflecting on my purchases and the pace of my life. Over time, I was able to adapt to no longer visiting fast fashion businesses and instead, saving to buy pieces that would last in my closet. It takes time to transition into a slower lifestyle and I am still working on it day by day. The most important thing is to have grace for yourself when you slide back to old habits, but don’t give up on striving for the change you want.
- What does sustainability mean to you?
There are so many definitions of sustainability and it can encompass various things for different people. To me, something that is sustainable is made to last - the design is timeless and the garment is constructed well. It is also made in natural fabrication and can be decomposed. Just as a garment can be sustainably made, the business creating it should be able to sustain the lives of artisans they work with.