Saturday, 25 September 2021

Interview with Fashion Stylist Sam Russell

Hi There..... What do you think? Is it time for some more inside knowledge of the fashion industry? Would you like another fashion stylist interview?

Those should be straightforward answers. What do you think? None of my business. It is time for the fashion industry? Yes. Would you like a fashion stylist interview? Yes. Easy peasy, but there are so many questions left unanswered. Perhaps you would like to know what the meaning of life is, or will we still eat meat in the future? Significant questions, but you will have to look for another type of blog to get those answered. 😜

You won't get any answers for those from me. My lips are sealed. Although nowadays it takes a lot to get my lips sealed. I am not the type who sits quietly and says nothing. I used to be, but that's a very long time ago. 😁

No, no, wait, please don't go. I don't think there is a meaningful answer to those questions, so perhaps you had better stay here. My fashion stylist on the blog today will give you some answers. Besides, the meaning of life is way too profound. Some intel on the fashion industry is much more interesting and fun. 😄

So let me tell you somewhat more about Sam Russell. He's the head of The Wardrobe Department.
He is a Los Angeles-based fashion stylist. His clients range from Paramount Pictures, actor/activist Sophia Bush to Soap Opera legend Jacob W. Young and Hollywood’s newest ingenue, Eve Mauro.

In his spare time, he asks the designers that gift generously to his clients, to also consider gifting clothing to everyday women with unique stories. That’s his other heartbeat, The Giving Closet.

How old are you?

Gasp. That will cost you a drink and a lobster dinner. This is where I tell you to guess my age, then I laugh as you are ten years off.

What kind of work do you do?

I’ve worked on tv shows, editorials, fashion look books, advertising, runway shows, traveled with Stevie Wonder, and lots of personal shopping.

What made you decide to become a Fashion Stylist?

It found me.
A former modeling agent of mine in Texas liked my fashion sense and groomed me to become a fashion stylist. I advanced fast locally, but knew I needed to move to a bigger market to challenge myself professionally. Fast forward to Los Angeles, 18 years later.

Is fashion important to you? Why?

I’ve been on a personal journey to see if fashion can spark joy. I’ve seen the struggles of my mom growing up raising 3 boys after my dad died. How she used fashion and education to advance in her career and became the social envy of women that couldn’t pull themselves together like she did.
I never forgot the power of dressing up.

What are your successes and how did you achieve them?

My first glimmer of success in my eyes was leading Femme Fatales Magazine to win the Maggie Award for Most Improved Publication. The editor even gifted me the certificate.
To get there, I had to sit the team down and explain firmly why we needed to hire better photographers for the photoshoots. I was young with a lot of confidence.
Another win for me is the 19 lives I’ve met through Giving Closet.
In 2011, I started a passion project where I surprise women with unique stories of perseverance with personalized wardrobe upgrades valued at $10,000 per person.

Cancer survivors, abuse survivors, and single moms entering the workforce. I find their stories through third parties, they never see it coming!

It’s titled Giving Closet and soon will morph into Sammy’s Closet. It feels like a success to me. Watching these women move on to nail their next job interview and go through life feeling like their luck has changed is everything!

All of it feels like my calling in life.

Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy clothing?

What’s important to me is to mix established brands with young, broke artisans just starting up. I make space for all of it in my universe.

Describe your personal style of clothing?

Eclectic clothing, bold jewelry, and whimsical patterns. I like color and the more my inner voice has awakened, the more expressive I want to dress.

I’m evolving like the women I meet.

How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look? 

To be honest, A TV anchor in Atlanta named Robin Meade told me about The Real Real. I’m truly able to merge all my favorite designers in one place, on a budget.
My heart swoons for this website.
My signature look lately is quirky t-shirts from Dolce and Gabbana with jewelry from Adina Mills. I also collect jackets. Like, a lot. I plan on donating them to an LGBT youth center after my time's up on this planet.

In what way do you influence other people’s clothing style?

I’m more interested in touching what people love about themselves and fashion and staying in that arena. 
If you can alter your inner voice, you can manifest your dreams. I prefer to make sure my clients are thinking positively before we can even start.

What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?

Behind closed doors, and in private settings, Haute couture is making a major comeback.
Haute couture is truly unforgettable. It’s like, the more the general population suffers, the more expensive and artistic the clothing gets. 

What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?

If it doesn’t bring you joy, destroy it. Remove it from your life. This applies to people, too.
The worst trend is people-pleasing. That translates to conservative clothing.

I also really think we all need a break from camouflage.

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?

Bring color into your life. Having a bad day? Client stressing you out? Is your ex sending mixed messages?

Put on a confident, colorful coat with jewelry that grounds you (crystals, something tied to a positive emotion), before making hard decisions.

Who is your style icon and why?

Costume designer Patricia Field from The Sex and The City series.

Why? I met her a couple of times in NYC—she left a magical, cool impression on me. Plus, her work is a landmine of inspiration.

Is there something else you would like to share with us?

Stroke someone’s ego too much, you strip them of their humanity. I was part of that problem for a long time in Hollywood.

Then, I changed that. Fashion doesn’t have to be all surface and shallow. It’s what you make of it.

Ooh, I love the idea behind The Giving Closet. Thanks for taking the time to fill in my interview questions. If you ever make it to Belgium, you can come and visit me to get that drink.

Check out my other fashion stylist interviews

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Fall in love with Rock Climbing Tees - Dynamite Starfish - Inspired T-shirt Designs

Hi There..... Do you like rock climbing? Are you a fan of Tees? Would you like some tips on unique T-shirt designs for rock climbers?

I used to do a lot of rock climbing when I was just a teeny bit younger. Ok, ok, you caught me on a lie. Perhaps it was a teeny bit longer ago then. 😏

Such a shame that they didn't have those kinds of T-shirt designs back then. We had tees, obviously, but the fabrics were completely different. I may be old, but not ancient. 😁

My mom and dad were in a hiker club when I and both my sisters were still toddlers. They always took us with them on long walks across the countryside. 😍

As we got somewhat older, they sometimes took us walking in the Belgian Ardennes, where there were a lot of forests, hills, rivers, and rocks, too. The mountains in Belgium are not that high, but there are lots of great nature paths. 😊

We also often went to Wales on holiday and visited lots of mountains and waterfalls. I just love waterfalls. Our visit to Swallow falls is something that is etched in my mind. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt. 😜

Ah, ok, you are waiting for my tips on rock climbing inspired T-shirt designs. Dynamite Starfish gifted me this cute Mountain mama T-shirt in return for my honest opinion. 😍

Picture by Seadbeady

What is Dynamite Starfish?

Artist and climber Leslie Kim created dynamite Starfish in 2015. She wanted to create art that highlights the experiences they share as climbers and ultimately brings people together. She believes the lessons learned as rock climbers are important, and transfer over into our everyday lives to help us better care for one another and build community.

Knowing that simply "raising stoke" about climbing isn't enough to keep the passion alive. Before any t-shirt designs were printed, she looked for local organizations that did conservation work in areas she actively climbs in.

Dynamite Starfish donates a percentage of its profits to groups or causes in need. Some of their previous partners include The Navajo and Hopi Families' Covid-19 Relief Fund, The Access Fund, The Friends of Joshua Tree, Friends of the Inyo, Central Wyoming Climbers Association, American Safe Climbing Association, Planned Parenthood, and the American Himalayan Foundation.

Their Mission

They create rock climbing-inspired stickers and T-shirt designs for climbers, misfits, and lovers. 

They seek to create spaces where individuals are free to be themselves. They may not all self-identify as climbers, so they include the misfits: the beautiful spirits who don't fit into any pre-defined box or category. 

If climbing has taught them anything, it's how to be a better friend and partner as they hold each other's lives dearly by ropes. To climb is to love. Dynamite Starfish also believes in approaching life, climbing, and the outdoors with mindfulness for the longevity of our lives and our planet's resources.

They offer designs on t-shirts and tanks, which are carefully chosen for softness, comfort, and the least environmental impact.

Many of their tees are screen-printed by Leslie in Los Angeles, California. They print their made-to-order items using a network of printers that allows them to offer a large variety of T-shirt designs and styles.

A few of their values

Live the life that makes you free.
Respect nature and the outdoors.
Create meaningful experiences.
Find beauty in the everyday life.
Inspire one another.

What's with the name?

Dynamite Starfish is a climbing move! Check out the definition below.

"Tightly gripping handholds, simultaneously flagging out both legs then proceeding to violently kick downwards and inwards in a desperate attempt to produce upwards motion; making the climber resemble an explosive bottom feeder."

What does that mean to them? Regardless of how you may appear to others, keep trying. Continue to be bold and brave and always open to learning.

Picture by Seadbeady

Responsibility & Sustainability

At Dynamite Starfish, they believe in living our best lives indoors and outdoors. Healthy environments are key to this mission. Here are some ways they are working towards creating better environments for ourselves, others, and the planet.
  • Eco-friendly manufacturing
    They only print on tees made in WRAP certified factories. This certification is important to them because they insist on ethical business practices from themselves and their partners.

    • Their main tees supplier uses water-saving dye machines that save 7x as much water as conventional dye machines, and filters and recycles the water they use.
    • They also have solar energy-powered cutting and sewing facilities, virtually zero waste thanks to recycling, and use natural or LED lights.
    • When available, Dynamite Starfish offers 100% organic cotton options for health focuses.

  • Eco-friendly shipping
    They use biodegradable or recyclable bags for mailing most of their products.
    • They do not wrap their tees in plastic wrap like many other e-commerce companies. Your tee will come in minimal packaging with a few informational items from them.

  •  Social Responsibility
    Their brand messaging promotes mindfulness outdoors. Specifically, this means respecting nature and other living things (including humans) with whom you share it with. They also believe that spending time outdoors is a necessary and healing experience for all, and we should not inhibit that for ourselves or others.

  • Outdoor Ethics Education
    At Dynamite Starfish, they do what they can to spread the word about outdoor ethics. Whether that's working with the Access Fund to illustrate their Climbers Pact or printing the 7 Leave No Trace principles on the back of event tees, they want to do their part to keep our outdoor spaces as natural as possible.
Building a better world isn't easy. They know they have their work cut out for them, but they're in it for the long haul.

Mountain mama T-shirt

‣ Women's rock climbing tank top.
‣ Racerback style (show off those back muscles!)
‣ Super soft tri-blend material
‣ Made to order

Picture by Seadbeady

My opinion on the Mountain mama T-shirt

I adore the color of this T-shirt, it's exactly as I expected. The cut in the back and the fit are great, and the T-shirt is very soft and feels good on my skin. It's perfect for a hot summer day because the fabric is very thin. 

What I find a big plus is their packaging. They didn't wrap the T-shirt in plastic. I love shops that are environmentally responsible and take steps to preserve mother nature.

Let me show you some of their other T-shirt designs

You can also find them on Etsy

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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