I originally started English Lass in LA as space to share my experience exploring a new country. Over time, it’s evolved to include my explorations trying to live a more sustainable life.
I grew up in a small town in England – my grandfather was a tailor, my father a chef. I was brought up to value hard work, local business, and high quality. I took after my grandfather and headed to the London College of Fashion to study handcraft tailoring. For centuries, the UK was renowned for its textiles and menswear and I wanted to preserve the tradition. After a year of study, I decided to trade school for the real world and I took a job in one of the UK’s last shirt factories and eventually moved into a management role within the company. It was during this time that I lost my way.
I took a job heading a school uniform division at TESCO, the UK’s largest corporation (akin to Wal-Mart in the US). It was an incredible career opportunity for a tailor without a university degree. I was proud of my business’ growth and the direction of my career but realised that I had strayed from the ethic of local, high-quality, sustainable commerce. Instead, we were making clothing in dangerous working conditions in Asia, polluting the earth and putting mom-and-pop uniform stores in England out of business.
After relocating to LA, I took the transatlantic move as an opportunity to reground myself in what I care about. On English Lass in LA, you can now find my ever-evolving guide to living more sustainably whilst exploring a new country.
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