A. | How do you define yourself? 

Currently I define myself as a fully self-expressed individual. I am completely myself. I have gotten to the point where I am doing what I love, am seeing whom I love and who could ask for anything more than that? 

A. | What is your work routine? What does your job entail? 

My job is anything related to image. It doesn’t have a daily routine, it is always project and client-based but if there were daily routine it would be reaching out to individuals that I am working with. There is a good healthy dose of creativity, searching, and researching. Finally there would be a lot of follow-up. 

A. | What was the road that lead you to today?

We started our first company when I was 19 and we called it “Tiffinsluke,” a combination of our last names and we did really cool runway shows; we took runway shows to a certain level— we wanted to make it innovative and said let’s add dance with our friends at BNB…shows that are entertainment based now often have dancers but we were early in that and Seattle was a different place then—fashion was really prevalent here. 

We did corporate events and creative events from rooftop fashion shows to garages to Hotel Sorrento. 

What led to this was that I wanted to do something fashion and arts-based for the Homeless Challenge because that was my background. The first event was called “Stop and Go” in a garage that is now the Melting Pot downtown. The question I asked myself was how can I combine my work and play? The whole point was to use arts and fashion to send a message.

It was very new in this city at the time and we didn’t know what we were doing we just decided to have fun. We did two of those events called stop and go, and then we took a 10 year break (in the meantime I still did lots of other events) Then 10 years later people said we want you to do this again and that’s where the elements came in.  How we started the event was from the top of the water and made our way down into the depths. Then we followed up with fire, earth. We then wanted to create a non-profit out of this concept to use art and style to make change and that is where we started the Sustainable Style Foundation, which we successfully ran for 11 years as an online magazine, a blog and an organization doing events all over the country—I got to fly around the world speaking to fashion. 

It is an incredible process to morph and decide you can make an impact by just banding together.

As an artist you always have to do other jobs. 

When you produce events you kind of know how it all rolls so you know how to be an artist within any huge production.        

Itwas something I knew I was going to be involved with as a child.

A. | What do you do outside our your work routine? 

I love movies and going to any museums. Movies are a really great outlet for me and I am studying at the same time. 

A. | What are you most proud of in your career?

I am most proud of my volunteer work Sustainable Style Fashion. I am second-most proud of work that I do with my personal clients because I have helped people really redefine themselves.

A. | What is fashion? How does fashion play a role in your life? 

Clothing and fashion play a paramount role in my life obviously, not only for what I do for a living but I have fun! I believe it can help define you as a person, it can help impact your mood or create a mood. I really love it. It is an important form of expression. 

I don’t design fashion, I design style. 

A. | What are the biggest challenges you have overcome (personally and professionally)?

I have really put work first, which can impact your personal life profoundly. I have fantastic relationships and people in and out of my life that because of my work and because I travel all over and because my work requires many hours of my day, it’s finding that right tribe who understands your lifestyle. 

Another challenge is being accepted at home. I never felt quite fully self-expressed when I was at home and never quite fully got that opportunity to feel that I was supported in my art. People say that you always have to go away and come back home before you are supported. 

A. | Where do you feel at home? 

I feel more at home in New York than anywhere else in the world.

A. | Whats your vision for the future of your work? 

Looking for what’s next after what’s next after Sustainable Style Foundation, I am building something where I can use what I know and understand about the world and about my craft. It’s going to similar but a whole new package. This particular project will be a for-profit project. As far as my own costume work, I’d love to be working on more film and TV projects. 

A. | How does oppression and privilege influence people’s success in the fashion industry? 

We all know because of documentaries like the true cost about what it takes for a garment to be built and the impact it has on the world. It is the worst industry in the world as far as human rights and environmental concern go and the reason why is because people continue to feel that getting things at a better price so that they can have more allows them to feel like they have more and feel like they are people of privilege. It is something we need to heighten the awareness of and something we need to continue to try and advocate for going back to the way of less is more. 

A. | How do you define success?

Success is to continue to be fully self-expressed and being able to give back to the world.

A. | What is “eco-fashion?”

It is a word that I have grown to not be fond of because it is just thrown around. The word I like to use instead is “Inspired-Design.” Eco-Fashion is a good word but it’s limiting, it’s not enough of a descriptor of what it should be.

A. | What was your biggest failure and what did you learn from it? 

We had a huge benefit event where the power failed and we had to move forward and try to solve the scenario. Make sure that all of your expenses are covered before you add on things on top of ticket sales. 

A. | What do you think are the most important traits in your industry?

Patience, foresight, and creativity.

A. | What would you recommend to yourself 10 years ago?

Keep your eye on the prize but don't sweat the small stuff.



ORIGIN | Pittsburgh, Seattle