I'm an animal lover, wine drinker, and murder mystery enthusiast living with my partner, son, and 3 cats in the heart of sunny + snowy Denver, Colorado. I've lived a lot of places but I grew up in the Midwest in Missouri. My dad is a biology professor and I was lucky enough to tag along on many of his field trips as a kid, which is where I first learned to love and appreciate nature (and not be scared of bugs or snakes -- you name it, I've been bitten by it). I toyed with the idea of becoming a biologist in college, but the academic life just isn't for me. I've always been a fashion-loving creative, hands-on person who is happiest solving a problem at my sewing machine, pattern table, or in my sketchbook. I like to think that with Vesta as an environmentally conscious brand, I've finally merged my two passions of design and nature.
My vision for Vesta began in 2009 while I was attending Parsons in NYC. It was the first time I had really thought about the impact of the fashion industry and, after learning about fabrics, the first time I stopped and thought, "As a longtime vegetarian, should I really be using leather, wool, silk, and other animal-derived materials?" Soon I had given up buying clothing and shoes made from animal products, and went on a mission to buy only cruelty-free items that were also ethically-made, high quality, affordable, and fit my minimalist aesthetic. This was not easy back then (it still isn't!) and this constant, frustrating search made me realize there was a big hole in the market, and a vision for a clothing brand that satisfied all of these "pain points" emerged.
Today I'm proud to say Vesta is a brand built on transparency, community, and living in harmony with the earth and all living things. Our #1 priority is and always will be environmental and social responsibility, which should be the rule and not the exception. Vesta was born in the Bay Area of California and now is growing up (!) in Denver. We currently sell direct-to-consumer online only, but I hope to meet you in person someday soon at a craft show, pop up, or other event (sign up for our newsletter to find out when!). I am so excited you're on this journey with me and Vesta Studio, and thanks for supporting this independent ethical brand!