Street Style: Kindness in Vogue

By Kestrel Jenkins

Nina Farran of FashionKind

Passion and fashion have been core elements in Nina's life since she can remember. Passion for friends and family, passion for learning and growing, passion for giving and helping :: a passion for living life fully and helping others to do the same.

At the same time, her passion for fashion is undeniable. From the beginning, she was making style waves, taking a stance to wear dresses to kindergarten. In high school and college, she was consistently sporting statement outfits. From the get-go, fashion has been a core drive for Nina.

Her growing involvement with humanitarian fashion brands at university helped to craft a significant link for her :: the evolving world of fashion and the growing world of human need.

Fashionkind is the manifestation of this awareness, and her realization that there is a proactive way for fashion to support humanitarian needs in our world. Nina carefully curates each individual Fashionkind brand, paying close attention to the quality of their positive impact, as well as the artistic statement and individuality of their designs and execution. In addition, Fashionkind is committed to donating 10% of their annual net profits to combat the global human and environmental issues addressed by Fashionkind brands.

As Nina says :: "We care about the world; we care about those that are disadvantaged, discriminated against, or oppressed. So let’s support and aid those in need and our environment while also embracing fashion, taste and individual artistic endeavor. Let's change the way we think about fashion."

Studded Jacket (by The Sway NYC, made fairly of upcycled leather by women in a green factory in Pakistan)

The Facts: according to Human Rights Watch, women and girls in Pakistan suffer from severe violence, including: rape, acid attacks, domestic abuse and “honor killings.” They are discouraged from participating in the workplace, and those that do report numerous cases of sexual harassment.

The Power of Fashion: by purchasing this jacket, you are supporting the equal employment of women in Pakistan; all pieces are handmade by women at a green factory, where they are paid salaries equal to men’s and are encouraged to work. In addition, you are preventing excess leather at the factory from ending up in landfills, as all leather used is upcycled leather that was left on the cutting room floor.

Leopard Jacket (by Pelechecoco, made of vintage leathers and fabrics)

The Facts: After agriculture, the fashion industry is the second largest user of our world's water (yes, really!).

The Power Fashion: each of these pieces is made from 3-5 vintage leathers and fabrics. Recycling fabrics not only eliminates water use that is necessary when creating new fabrics, but it also prevents old fabrics from ending up in landfills.  And that's not all, fabrics used in these pieces are sourced from tribes in and around the Himalayas; these tribes are experiencing unusually high mortality rates and increased poverty due to government resettlements.  In addition, many are not given the right to an education in their own language.

Hat (by Prymal, made fairly by artisans in Ecuador using vegetable dyes)

The Facts: According to the World Bank, roughly 25.6% of people in Ecuador live below the poverty line — that is greater than 1/4th of the entire country.

The Power of Fashion: by purchasing this hat, you are not only providing fair-wage work for artisans in Ecuador, but you are also supporting sustainable production practices; all dyes used are made from vegetable matter such as berries, seeds, bark and leaves, and resource efficiency is carefully monitored to ensure the use of water, materials and electricity is kept at a minimum.

Top (reused)
Pants (reused)


Kestrel JenkinsAbout The Author

Kestrel is a globetrotter with small-town Wisconsin spirit. She has lived in Chile, London, Madrid & New York, soaking up and absorbing every moment of fashion and difference along the way. She has worked with People Tree, Global Action Through Fashion, The GreenShows, FashionMeGreen, Fashioning Change, Ecouterre, Inhabitat & EcoSalon. She loves words & garments, and reorganizing them both. For Kestrel, fashion is her favorite way to share stories. Her most recent endeavor, AWEAR, is a style-driven project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who makes them.




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