Earthy tones and homey vibes are quintessential Magnetism! What is the criteria for choosing pieces for your shop?
I'm admittedly a very picky person haha, and that definitely carries over to my sourcing. For clothing I've always gravitated towards earthy colours and natural fabrics like cotton, linen, wool and silk, and timeless silhouettes with good structure. Home decor books from the 60's and 80's are huge sources of inspo for me, and I love a good geometric glass, imperfect wood, or enamel piece. I tend to stay within the 50's-80's eras with emphasis on unique items that can be incorporated into your daily life. I also love quirky finds that mimic current trends - think mesh, pleating, puff sleeves, wavy lines, checkerboard, etc! I'm very inspired by designers/brands such as Issey Miyake, Lemaire, Bode, Margaret Howell; Artists like Georgia O'Keeffe; 1960's workwear; and Japanese design. My style is constantly evolving and Magnetism is a sweet little reflection and record of that.
What does sustainability mean to you and do you have any tips for people looking to take a more sustainable approach to their everyday life?
For me, personal sustainability is just trying your best! There are a lot of 'eco-friendly' options out there, but I think the most sustainable way to shop is not shopping at all. Second would be secondhand! The production of clothing is extremely labor-intensive both on the people who make your clothes and on the environment. Buying things that have already been made and using them for as long as possible is a great way to practice sustainability. Another way is to be more mindful about your consumption, thinking about who is making these products, their working conditions, their wage, etc. Supporting smaller businesses who take care to ensure their products are made ethically is a great thing to think about!
In the grand scheme of things, the most important way to advocate for sustainability is to vote with your money and your voice! Working to change the way our local and federal governments handle environmental issues is super important. We are all just doing our best!