Kasha Cabato: "[This] book I'm reading is inspiring me to pursue my goals without feeling like I need to be perfect."

Preface: The average American tosses out 81 pounds of clothing each year; We now buy five times more clothes than we did in the 1980's; and a fast fashion piece of clothing lasts just five weeks in a woman's wardrobe before it's tossed out. Currently, our mainstream fashion industry, with a tunnel-vision for the bottom line, encourages ever-insatiable materialism at the cost of our social welfare, environmental well-being, and public health.

But it doesn't have to be this way. In honor of Second-Hand September, KW highlights change-makers glamorizing slow, re-loved, and vintage fashion as statements of appreciation for the heartfelt stories told by cherished clothes.


Get inspired


  • Bomber Jacket from Goodwill
  • Vintage Levi's from Silverlake Flea Market



Peak inside

What are you working on in terms of holistic health this month?

"I have a trip planned abroad in September (Australia and Bali), so I'll be challenged to continue avoiding single-use plastic while traveling. The eco habits that I will be keeping include carrying a reusable water bottle, avoiding take-away food or drinks (great excuse to sit and enjoy your surroundings anyway), keeping a reusable shopping bag with me, and showing restraint when shopping in general. "

What's a purposeful product you're excited to have?

"I love my mesh cotton bag. I keep it folded up in my daily work tote so that I always have a bag with me for trips to the farmers market or grocery store. "

What inspires you most right now?

"The book I'm reading right now, Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown, is inspiring me to pursue my goals without feeling like I need to be perfect or everything needs to be 'just right' first."

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