EP 1 — Sustainable Clothing and an Immersive University Education with Mandy Kordal of Kordal Studio
Mandy Kordal, founder and owner of Kordal Studio talks about sustainable clothing, alternative education, doing business in the modern NYC fashion industry and what success is. Kordal Studio’s mission is to create garments in an ethical manner by paying workers a fair wage, designing garments that are not trend focused, and using natural and organic textiles whenever possible. Mandy makes some garments in her Brooklyn, NYC studio and collaborates with weavers in South America.
Mandy & I met when she was visiting California for the Varda Artist’s Residency. Being accustomed to living in new places, I asked if she needed anything, or just wanted to meet up for company! She chose to go hiking in Marin with me. I got us SO lost. And there was a rattlesnake. But she still did this interview with me. Mandy is a all-around super human being. I hope you enjoy our conversation!
In this episode we talk about...
Not your average college education
Mindset shift towards sustainability
“Abercrombie was a pretty big learning lesson because that’s when I learned I didn’t like working for a corporate company, or really a very large company. It was really helpful as an internship.” - Mandy Kordal
Hand knitting vs machine knitting
“When I moved to NYC and started working full time, [the sustainability or un-sustainability of fashion] started to click to me because I’d see the full cycle of a garment. In my internships, you wouldn’t necessarily here how you know, the fabric didn’t turn out right, so we’re scrapping all of it, so I became a lot more aware of sustainability when I began working full-time.”
“When you’re making a good product, if you put in the hours, it will likely end up working out.” - Sarah Danu
Mandy's first hire, timing how that's working out
Starting your business off with a kickstarter
Visit Mandy's studio at 893 Bergen Street during open studio hours
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