When planning the photoshoot for our Spring 18 collection, we knew we wanted to feature a group of women of all different backgrounds that could wear the clothing in their own unique and beautiful way. Our friend Tabitha St. Bernard, a designer, activist and mother was one of the first women we thought of when organizing the photoshoot. We originally met through the sustainable fashion community and I was instantly struck by her ability to remain calm, present and graceful even in our stressful industry. A kind and beautiful soul through and through. She is the designer of her own zero waste clothing brand designed and produced in the USA called Tabii Just, the Youth Initiative Organizer for the Women's March, and the mother to a beautiful little boy named Ari.
Photography by Corey Jermaine
With Mother's Day approaching, I kept thinking about a piece Tabitha had written about why she was marching on Washington for the Women's March. It really struck me how powerful motherhood can be, and the strength, love, and selflessness that comes with becoming a parent is such a powerful and beautiful thing. Here is a small excerpt of her reason for marching:
"I am marching for my son and husband. My husband is Jewish American. I am Trinidadian American. Together, our family represents so much of what I love about this country. We represent love, acceptance, diversity, peace and hard work. When my son was born I had a sort of awakening about what race in America would mean for our offspring. Adam and I were just two kids in love. We didn't think too much about how race relations in this country would affect our kids. When my son was born, though, I felt a burning need to protect him and give him the best. The best of myself. The best of this country. The best of this world."
We are so excited to feature Tabitha in a special Mother's Day version of our Lived In Series! We took some time to catch up with Tabi at her Brooklyn apartment and to see how she wears pieces from our spring collection in her day to day. During our visit we also got a peek into her life as mother to her incredibly smart, funny and adorable three-year-old son Ari. He's a amazing kid who likes playing the drums, listening to "We Will Rock You" by Queen, and running really fast in his lightning jacket outside!
When Tabitha isn't busy being the coolest mom ever she works out of her home office designing for Tabii Just and Livari and heading up the Women's March Youth Initiative. To learn more about her work, life and thoughts on design read our Q&A below!
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