Colette Smith is an Editor for Arts & Pop Culture at the Tufts Daily. She is a junior studying Quantitative Economics and minoring in Finance. She can be reached at [email protected]

Dressember combats human trafficking through fashion, individual advocacy and fundraising

Content warning: This article discusses human trafficking. The Dressember Foundation advocates for everyone to wear a dress or tie for the 30 days of December to fight for an end to human trafficking. Even though this might sound strange, the organization says it has raised over $13 million toward the cause since 2013. Clearly, they […]

Brands who deserve your dollars: SVNR

Christina Tung created the brand SVNR to sell ethically-made pieces of jewelry that each have their own unique stories. Before founding SVNR in 2018 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Tung worked at her PR showroom, House Of. Tung is described as having an “eclectic, globally-influenced style,” which carries through to each handmade jewelry piece and their wide […]

Brand who deserve your dollars: Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective is an athletic and loungewear brand that uses recycled materials like polyester, fishing nets and used water bottles to create its pieces. The company was founded by a husband and wife duo, Ellie and Quang Dinh. They noticed that it was difficult to find activewear that was created in an environmentally sustainable way […]

Brands who deserve your dollars: Asportuguesas

This week’s column is dedicated to my love for those shoes that are ugly enough that they are cool. Think Birkenstocks, dad sneakers and now, the new addition to the list: Asportuguesas shoes. Asportuguesas started their shoe design process with the explicit intention to create sustainable footwear. They achieve this by using sustainable materials and […]

Brands who deserve your dollars: Elvis & Kresse

HEADLINES: ​​Brands who deserve your dollars: Elvis & Kresse   Elvis & Kresse creatively reworks materials destined for the landfill to create luxury lifestyle accessories and home goods. The brand is guided by their three pillars: rescue, transform and donate.  The “rescue” pillar encompasses the first step in the production process. The process of upcycling […]

Brands who deserve your dollars: Nynne

This week’s brand, Nynne, is more upscale and expensive than the brands highlighted thus far, but the company’s approach to sustainability is unique since it outlines eight clear focus groups. This tactic makes the sustainability objective clearer for the company itself, but it also helps the brand be more transparent with consumers, because they will […]

Brands who deserve our dollars: Naclo Apparel and Aliya Wanek

As temperatures start to drop and the leaves begin to turn, it is time to break out your fall wardrobe and, perhaps, look for some new additions for your closet. If this is the case, here are some fashionable fall options from Black-owned clothing brands. The apparel industry is largely directed by us consumers, so […]

Brands who deserve your dollars: Unspun

Denim jeans are an item that most people have in their closet, but they are also one of the worst offenders in the apparel industry when it comes to polluting the environment. To grow just enough cotton to make one pair of jeans, 1,800 gallons of water are required. Furthermore, the additional dyeing process and […]

New York Fashion Week is back and better than ever

New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022 kicked off on Sept. 7 after three seasons of virtual shows due to the pandemic. Despite the barrier of required proof of vaccination, the show was a welcomed return to normalcy.  With LaQuan Smith displaying his collection at the Empire State Building and Monse at the Pier 62 skatepark, […]

SMFA looks back on a year of anti-racism activism

“Anti-Racism: A Year of Creative Activism at Tufts” highlighted initiatives that have sprung up across the university over the past year. It was sponsored by the Daynard Microgrant for Collaborations in Racial Justice at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and brought together individuals from all corners of the Tufts community. The event, […]