To live a simple yet inspiring and colorful life connected to the rhythms of nature, all while fostering joy through community, the ocean, the arts, and a deeper connection to know myself.
1) What is your mission statement?
Sustainability is a mindset and a practical technique for living a harmonious life that doesn’t compromise the needs for future generations. Sustainability is a good first step, but I believe it’s not good enough. To truly live in a way that honors and respects ourselves, the earth, and the next 7 generations, we must embrace the concept of regeneration. We shouldn’t settle to just sustain the earth, but actually be active in regenerating it.
2) What does sustainability mean to you?
My ideal day consists of a baptism in the ocean (ideally with surfboard) to engender flow and challenge my limits; a yoga practice to connect to spirit, body, and breath; a homegrown meal from the garden made with love; quality time with my favorite humans; and some form of artistic expression, whether with a camera, paintbrush, clay, movement, or pen.
3) What does your ideal day look like?
The first time in my life I understood and lived in a way that truly embraced the slow was in a small fisherman/surf village In Morocco. During this year, I learned to re-program my brain to function in a way that synced with pace of nature, which is inherently steady, neutral and sustained. Embracing the slow means to be more mindful, to act more consciously, to breathe deeper, and to do less, more efficiently. When you live slowly, you are more sensitive and woke to recognize and appreciate the beauty of the world. Life becomes more precious.
4) What does embrace the slow mean to you?
Fashion is one of the most detrimental industries - not only ecologically but also to the many exploited, underpaid, and overworked men and women in the factories. There is such a profound opportunity for apparel to be a catalyst to preserve ancient artisanal traditions, as well as regenerate the precious resources of land and water when materials are grown regeneratively. Seeing the documentaries China Blue and True Cost caused me to reframe how I value and purchase clothes. Instead of going for cheap and seasonal apparel, I decided to invest in higher quality, ethical pieces that I can enjoy for a long time. Upfront, I pay more, but overall, I buy a lot less. If we can value each item that adorn our bodies, hold it as sacred, and honor the labor and fiber that went into producing it, then we are contributing to the invaluable cycle of reciprocity. My favorite Mar y Lana piece is the grey open front poncho!
5) Why does slow fashion matter and what is your favorite Mar Y Lana piece?