Most of the time, we do things unthinkingly - eat breakfast, get dressed, hop in the car and drive to work… you know the drill. Well, this week’s woman of Ace is working on changing that get dressed component, and wants women to own clothes they love, to enjoy getting dressed, and to feel good when they walk out the door. Find out why ethics have always been a key piece of the puzzle for Morgan Hamel.
Ace: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )
Morgan: I own The Garment - a company changing the face of fashion by connecting women and responsible brands. We provide solutions to the three main frustrations women experience when it comes to ethical fashion: they don't know how to find stylish, quality items (we find them), they're worried that if they do order items online, they won't fit (we shoot the garments on real models and provide measurements so that women can choose the right size), and they're afraid of the cost (we partner with Makers to deliver a special discount.)
Ace: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )
Morgan: When my daughter was a baby, I would spend hours at the mall, browsing for clothes, buying poor quality on-trend items I didn't really like or need. And then, thankfully, I realized there was another way. I learned about the idea of a Capsule Wardrobe through Caroline Rector of www.unfancy.com and set out to create my own capsule wardrobe. Slowly, I replaced my fast fashion items with good quality, responsibly made items. This work is important to me because having had the experience of what it feels like to live a full and vibrant life owning fewer better things, I want to help other women experience that too.
Ace: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?
Morgan: I have always been interested in ethics. When I was young, my dad quit his banking job and started his own firm because he thought hidden fees were unfair. This had a profound impact on me, and in university, my undergrad was in Applied Ethics. When I was little, I wouldn't have known that this type of job - owner of an ethical fashion business - existed, but to be doing what I'm doing now - marrying my passion for ethics with fashion - feels like a dream come true.
Ace: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?
Morgan: Enthusiastic, warm and curious.
Ace: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Morgan: My mom, because she's warm and caring, and spends her time on what matters most.
Ace: What does the term “Boss Babe” mean to you?
Morgan: I'm going to be honest, I actually don't love the term. While I love the idea behind it, which, I think, is about empowering female entrepreneurs, I think that including babe in the title somehow makes it feel as if it's also linked to appearance. Which, while I'm all about women feeling great about themselves and their appearance, for some reason makes me feel strange. So, in that spirit, I think powerful female entrepreneurship is about saying what you think, and engaging in conversation, even if you're a bit scared.
Ace: How do you empower other women?
Morgan: At The Garment, we work hard to create a safe space where all voices are heard. We support the clothing Makers we work with to move towards inclusive sizing, and to creating a better world.
Ace: What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another woman?
Morgan: "Trust yourself". From Julia Indichova, when I was struggling with fertility. I did, and now I'm a mother of two.
Ace: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
Morgan: That there's no such thing as failure if I believe everything happens perfectly. That if I'm better off viewing those things I don't like as guideposts to the amazing place I'm headed, rather to see them as failures on the way.
Ace: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?
Morgan: It might sound silly, but I go to spin class. I do my best thinking there.
Ace: What legacy do you hope to be remembered for?
Morgan: I want to create a better world for my two girls. A world where they can look at fashion magazines, or Instagram, or whatever girls will look at 10 years from now, and see women of all shapes and sizes, in clothing made in fabrics that don't harm the earth, by people who are compensated well. A world where they don't feel like they need to buy that clothing to be enough.
Ace: Where can we find out more about you so we can continue to support you?
Morgan: You can head to my website here, or follow along on Instagram (link below).
Stay connected with Morgan: @thegarmentlife