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Meghan

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Detroit, MI, United States / Arts

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Meghan's story

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to New York City at the ripe age of 18 to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. Moving to NYC was a huge culture shock, but studying at FIT was such a pivotal life experience. I learned how to hustle and honed my skills in networking, multitasking, and juggling multiple internships, working as an RA plus having a retail job while going to school full time. While at FIT, two classmates and I created the rooftop natural dye garden project. This was such a big accomplishment and was validated by our success at the international Clinton Global Initiative University conference. After graduating, I started my career in textile sourcing for a fast fashion company. This was a great learning experience, but ultimate the company's values did not align with my own in terms of ethical and sustainable production. While I was there, I became an Excel spreadsheet wizard and set up a textile recycling program which helped divert fabrics from the landfill and into denim insulation. I decided to move to Detroit in 2015 to try my hand as an entrepreneur - I was drawn in by the creative buzz of the city and lower cost of living. Since moving to Detroit, I have learned so much about what it means to create a sustainable business. It is so inspiring to be able to live in a city that supports so many small businesses (particularly so many owned by women) and to have that built in community of people who want to see you thrive and grow. I am so grateful to my community in Detroit and I hope to be able to grow Rosemarine Textiles to be able to employ locals and provide more workshops and education in sustainability.