In 2016 I left my corporate fashion job to reclaim my life.
My job gave me pleasure and pain, and enabled me to buy my first home in west London. I vowed to renovate it with as many old and reclaimed things as possible, and as I educated myself about responsible sourcing it resulted in a total life change.
One bedroom, one bathroom, one garden, one kitchen… now my walk-in wardrobe, and one woman taking her first steps into sustainability (and salvage yards).
One foot in fashion, one foot in salvage, often up to my knees in reclaimed building materials, but refusing to part with my knee-high boots, whilst dancing in mud with reclaimed radiators from the roaring 20s.
I know Sex in the City has been relegated to box-set territory, but sometimes I refer to my flat as sustainability in the city, because like Carrie Bradshaw, I keep sweaters where my stove would have been! Fashion at an unsustainable pace, ticking-off trends rather than expressing personal taste left me cold compared with these storied pieces of individuality, so I left my job to connect my career and conscience.
Dressing my home with ethical and sustainable materials gave me daily inspiration to dress myself differently, so here I am, woman reclaimed.
Reclaimed Woman is my attempt to find fashion and home fashions that don’t compromise ethics. A space to retrieve yourself, be real, inspired and conscious, because the examined life is worth living.
Sara Morel, woman reclaimed.
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