My name is Camille Mori, I’m an ethical fashion writer living in Brooklyn. I moved from Hawai’i to NYC in January 2015 to dive into the world of sustainable fashion and learn more about the industry. Since then, I’ve worked at an ethical fashion startup, completed a Sustainable Design certificate at the Fashion Institute of Technology and experienced the world of fast fashion production. Starting in the fall of 2017, I’m pursuing an MPA with a focus on international human rights policy at NYU with the goal of applying it to the garment industry.
I started this blog to bring attention to human rights issues in the fashion supply chain, to go deeper than styling suggestions and best-of lists. What are the issues garment workers face and how can we solve them? How can we be more mindful consumers and live consciously?
Here’s a little more about how I became who I am today. I was born and raised in Tokyo and moved to Hawai’i at the age of 13. I went to Union College in upstate New York, where I studied Chinese language and culture. In college, I went to China every chance I got, twice through the school and twice on my own. I was lucky that Union gave me the opportunity to do an independent study abroad my senior year. It allowed me to conduct research for my thesis, following the path of the Japanese Buddhist monk that brought Tantra to Japan in the early 8th century.
I returned to Hawai’i for my first graduate degree at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2010, continuing my research on Japanese Buddhist Tantra. I spent three years contemplating ideas of compassion, and notions of enlightenment in relation to historic visualization techniques and intricate mandalas. I’m grateful that this chapter brought me back to Japan for a year abroad and get reacquainted with my first home. Ultimately, however, I came out of the experience realizing that I didn’t want to play the politics of the academic world, and I needed to express myself more freely than academic writing would allow.
After graduating, I settled on sustainable fashion after searching for something that made me happy and that could also positively impact others. You can read more about the early years of my conscious fashion journey in this blog post. I may not have realized it at the time, but my academic experiences have equipped me with the empathy and cultural knowledge to make a meaningful impact in the global fashion supply chain and I’m excited to see where it takes me.