It’s been three full months of interviews and there’s still so many amazing women to learn from!
Natalia is a remarkable woman working on various projects, including a brand with her mother and her own gorgeous website and blog that I had the honor of being featured on just last week! She has beautiful style, and engages with our community in such a genuine way. Read on for some inspiration on this lovely Thursday!
Tell me a little about yourself? Who are you, where are you from / living, etc?
“Hi, my name is Natalia Gomez and I am Mexican. I was born in Mexico with my family and have had a lot of changes in my life. I’ve lived in Florida during my childhood, different cities in Mexico after that, and currently since I got married, I moved to Michigan, USA while my family moved to Peru. I consider myself a very down to earth girl, I had a very “perfect childhood” and I would say in general privileged life, but when I was a teenager and got into missions and building houses in rural places in Mexico, I felt I had to do so much more than just pursue what everyone else pursues.
I find happiness in helping others, and my goal has always been to have my own non-profit someday! Hope I get there one day! In the meantime, I volunteer a lot at diverse non-profits and continue learning and learning so much about life, people and marketing.”
How did you first get into ethical / sustainable fashion?
“My mom is a fashion designer, and as a hobby we started selling our handmade vests in Mexican pop up markets, you can read more about our story here. But it was my mom that always sort of infiltrated in me that sense of fashion and style. Our brand is called Marmag because my mom’s name is Mar-cela and one of my last names is Mag-anda so Marmag was born! I started my blog as a source to drive traffic to our website but it has turned into so much more, I’ve slowly started to develop an online community of ethical fashion readers, partnering with ethical brands and sharing my thoughts of the fashion industry and style tips with a conscious mindset. I believe that if you start a project it can always have so many branches to develop, because that is what I’ve been doing and at the same time I get to give coaching on digital marketing.“
What’s something you really want other people to know about ethical / sustainable fashion?
“That sustainable fashion will always be a controversial topic, and you don’t have to stress about going completely zero waste and organic from one day to another. You can start living a more sustainable lifestyle little by little, by switching to ethical brands if your budget allows, or by shopping secondhand or shopping with a capsule wardrobe mindset. Read this post on how to start an ethical wardrobe on a budget. But the most important thing is that the ethical fashion industry is one of the top polluting industries in the world, so the reality is that we have to stop creating waste in this world, and we have to stop buying clothes that we don’t need. I believe it is also much more a mindset problem, society in general acts on their psychological rewards of physical things. If everyone learned to be happy with what they have and focus more on their family, traveling, moments and experiences over material things we would have half of the problem solved! Maybe this post on how to start a minimalist lifestyle can inspire you a little more.”
Who are your inspirations (ethical fashion or otherwise)?
“I currently came across Sica Shmitz who is an amazing women founder of Bead & Reel and Impact Fashion Show. She started an affiliate network of ethical brands around 5 years ago and from there she founded the Impact Fashion Show that takes place in Los Angeles. I have the honor to be working with here as her content creator for the Impact Fashion blog and we’re always looking for ethical bloggers to guest post. You can apply here.
But besides that I love her cause and her mission to truly educate the American audience about other options of fashion that are cruelty free, fair trade and vegan. I think the world needs more Sica Shmitz to slowly brainwash everyone’s mind to become more conscious consumers.
I also love to follow Petraalexandra who in my opinion is a very down to earth Canadian girl that truly shares her life and replies to humble small followers like me! I believe that she is a legit and 100% honest ethical fashion blogger that has an amazing audience on Instagram so for me she is sort of my Instagram role model.”
Do you have any ethical brands you’d recommend or tips for how to find great thrifted pieces?
“Yes, I have an ethical brand list at my blog that you can check out. But many of them there are my guide for future shopping wish-list. Some other brands I have in my closet and love to wear are:
- Veja sneakers
- Everlane Jeans
- Girlfriend Collective leggings
- Ethical Bags from the Mindful Market Company
- Several thrifted items
What is one of your current favorite items of clothing you own?
“My current favorites are my Veja sneakers. I am in love with them because they are my favorite color rose gold. (If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see I wear rose gold all the time in my shoes) I also love them because:
- Veja is a sustainable brand
- I was looking for a pair of sneakers and saved up for these because I love their style and comfort
- They are made of rubber from the amazonian forest in Brazil and have organic cotton on the inside and the leather is low chrome
- Veja buys their raw materials at premium prices to encourage a fair trade cycle with the local producers in Brazil
What are you reading, listening to and/or watching right now?
“I am in the middle of watching the Netflix series Planet Earth, and have found very sad facts about how many animals suffer the consequences of global warming ☹ Watching that gives me more power to grow my blog every day.”
Where can we find you?
I’m so excited to see where Natalia goes and grows in our ethical fashion community—she’s lovely and I know you’ll enjoy her content and her heart!