At fifteen, eco fashion designer Paloma Navarrete borrowed a sewing machine, and began teaching herself to sew.
Through a diverse education at the Chicago Art Institute and afterward at the Experimental Animation Department at Calarts (CIA), Paloma fine turned her craft in both art and clothing design. Afterward, she decided she wanted to use her skill as a designer to pioneer industry standards of social and environmental responsibility in the workplace. “I belong in the eco couture conscious atelier green group,” Paloma said. ” I am driven to do everything possible to minimize our ecological footprint.”
In 2004, Paloma launched HYPERCLASH, a destination resort t-shirt company creating graphics for silk screened tees. But, as Paloma dove deeper into design, she said she felt she needed more. As a result, she moved her company towards a more independent, unique focus – integrating both her love for design, and her passion for the environment. In 2009, HYPERCLASH evolved into a line of unique clothing made exclusively from discarded and unloved material.
Each of Paloma’s pieces is unique, since each one is made from reclaimed materials. Not only that, but she works to minimize her impact on the environment through doing all of her sewing, photography, marketing distribution and design in her studio.
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[Image via HYPERCLASH, used with permission].