Pro-choice, political, environmentally-friendly fashion that’s actually really cute? Sound impossible? Check out AuH20 designs by my dear friend Kate Goldwater. Every piece she creates is made from recycled clothing — stuff people outgrew, didn’t want anymore, or were going to throw out — and every piece is unique. Kate supports pro-choice activism (she’s president of Voices for Choice at NYU) and Bryan Kennedy, a Wisconsin politician who is running for a position in the U.S. House of Representatives. About her designs, Kate writes:
Just like the American Indians used every part of the buffalo, I use every inch of the material to produce little waste. From long sleeve work shirts I use the collar, cuffs and button-down front to dress up an old t-shirt (see above.) Then, with the remaining fabric, I make a short, flowy work-shirt skirts, adding a tie through the belt loops.
As for the political motivations, I also make clothing for a cause. I support advertising one’s political beliefs through any means, blogging, art, clothing, etc. I’ve commited myself to two main campaigns for this line: pro-choice activism and the election of Professor Bryan Kennedy in my hometown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In an age of sweat-shop labor and mass-production, it’s difficult to find socially responsible clothing. AuH2O Designs are not only individual, home-made garments, but you know where the material is coming from (closets and thrift stores) and where the money is going (Bryan Kennedy and well, me.)
And even better, her clothes are hot. Yeah, she’s my friend, but that’s not the only reason I’m whoring for her — her stuff is genuinely great. It’s very urban, slightly bohemian, and generally East Village-y — think Scarlett Johansen, Chloe Sevigny and the Olsen twins. (Side story: One of the Olsens actually spotted Kate at NYU, complimented her home-made shirt, and asked where she could get one).
Her political wear is really cool as well. I have her “Voices for Choice” tank top, and two “This Is What Pro-Choice Looks Like” shirts (and yes, that is me with Kate modeling the pro-choice tank on her site). And Kate is just a cool human being:
Kate is a self-identified feminist, the cliche kind: unshaven, radical and granola. She’s active in NYU’s pro-choice club, previously interned for NARAL Pro-Choice NY, and escorts for Planned Parenthood. She uses a sea sponge, the reusable, organic, environmental and economical form of a tampon, and paints with her menstrual blood. She depicts topics including: reproductive rights and access to abortion/contraception, violence against women, sexual discrimination, female genital cutting, and recently, dangerous nominees to the Supreme Court.
Other than sewing and painting, her interests include soccer, tennis and web design. In her spare time, she enjoys watching episode upon episode of 7th Heaven.
Yeah, that’s right: Not only does this woman design hot pro-choice and environmentally-friendly clothing, but she’s active in the pro-choice movement, she’s an awesome athelete, and she’s an amazing artist who paints with her period blood (her picture of the pope is my personal favorite).
So check her shit out. I love this girl, I love her stuff, and I think a lot of you will too.