The Designer Behind Earth Bitch®
They nick named me Earth Bitch in college. I was a fashion student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. As a teen I was passionate about art, fashion and beauty. Everyday of high school was a fashion show for me. With wild hair and makeup I took hours making outfits; matching my outfit down to my coat and underwear. I must have owned a hundred pair of shoes. Then, slowly, my priorities shifted from one extreme to another. I began to see a darker side of fashion, the industry and the world.
I also had a passion for nature, a natural wild spirit and I wasn’t afraid to work hard or get dirty. I met and feel in love with this amazing guy and he brought out this other side of me, he took me out into the woods, we hiked, camped and canoed together.
I began to research the effects the fashion industry was having on water quality in other countries. I learned that even cotton was one of the most polluting crops in the world due to it’s demand for pesticides. Then I found a sales position at a hemp store, Hemp Instead, in Hell’s Kitchen. I started an internship with an eco fashion designer in NY that was making hemp clothing. I stopped wearing makeup, became more conscious of my purchasing power and began to imagine launching my own natural fiber clothing company.
Building a Future Together
After falling in love with the mountains of Vermont my partner and I bought 92 acres and an off grid camp. We fled Long Island for the greatest adventure of our lives. We have since built our own home and businesses. This is where I run my natural fiber clothing company. Surrounded by a lifelong collection of colorful vintage fabrics, lace, beads, buttons and trim I work by hand melding my love of nature into my passion for fashion and art. I have always seen art and fashion as a form of expression.
Sewing my Passions Together
Today I make wearable art jackets dedicated to endangered species. I also make hemp wedding dresses and suits. Clients travel to me from all over the U.S. for a garment they will love forever.
I have been making custom natural fiber clothing and hemp wedding gowns since 1999. I began making and selling my wearable art Earth Bitch® Jackets, in 2005, dedicated to endangered species of butterflies, trees, elephants and frogs. My art, my eye, my passion for needlework and hobby as a naturalist all continue to evolve.
My love of nature is shared by my clients and is incorporated into each garment with embroidered birds and butterflies, hand painted trout or appliquéd mushrooms. I continue to use recycled fabrics and sustainably sourced materials as my canvas; working primarily with natural fabrics like organic cotton, silk, linen and hemp blends to make eco couture.