Street Style: Preserve + Protect

By Kestrel Jenkins

Jess is the face behind Stela 9, a sustainable clothing and accessories brand located in Antigua, Guatemala. Inspired by a need to preserve vanishing trades, Stela 9 fills a void in the market for journey-influenced accessories and apparel. 

All of Stela 9’s goods are handmade locally, providing jobs for Guatemalan craftsmen who would otherwise be at risk to losing their jobs to manufacturing technologies.
Jacket (by Stela 9, OOAK denim jacket)
Top (by Reformation, made in LA, USA)
Shorts (vintage Levis)
Bag (by Stela 9, Quixote bucket bag)
Necklace (vintage squash blossom)
Dog (Grunes is an ex-street dog, who was adopted from a local shelter)

photos by Tim Shephard



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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