sustainable style spotlight: kat rixon

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mood: Japanese oversized street style, Scandinavian interior design, the Georgian terraced houses of Brighton

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Kat Rixon is a German-born freelance motion designer with an infectiously cheery disposition and a unique sense of style, which she proudly wears even whilst eight months pregnant. I paid her a visit at her home in Shoreditch to speak about her eco-friendly fashion and lifestyle.

Melo: Where do you get your style inspiration from?

Kat: My inspiration over the years has been influenced by Japanese and Korean [street style], Studio Nicholson, and Cos. I like clean lines and quite boxy shapes with flowy silhouettes. I’m also moving towards more natural fibres like linen, denim and wool, and away from polyester. That, and I also love shirts. And trousers. Shirt dresses, short shirts, short shirt dresses…I think I’ve discovered that the collar really works for me with my short hair.

Melo: Which piece in your wardrobe makes you the happiest when you wear it?

Kat: Even though it maybe doesn’t seem that special, it’s probably that blue Sideline jacket. I really love it because it’s in my favourite colour, which goes well with my eyes. It’s in that boxy, Japanese-y cut which I love and is locally made. It’s probably one of my most expensive items of clothing, I won’t lie, but maybe that helps [make it feel more special]…I just feel like I can put it on over anything and it just kind of gives it that extra oomph.

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Melo: Tell me a bit about your sustainability practises when it comes to clothing.

Kat: For starters, I’ve always been a fan of more natural materials like cotton, wool, merino wool, even viscose…[they’re not made from plastic] and natural fibres are just better for your body. I’ve also always been quite keen on making things last really long. So even if I did buy something from H&M, which was probably quite affordable at the time, I would literally have those pieces for ten years. I care for my clothes, so they actually never really die! If I do eventually get tired of something, I will always donate it to a charity shop rather than throw it away. I think I’ve also grown up with that sort of mentality—my German background is very much about sustainability. Rather than buy something new, you fix it.

Then, a year ago, I had a clear turn in my life where I decided to make a more conscious decision to also look at the ethics of each brand on the high street, and also the waste that we create in our society. So that’s not just with clothes, but with all the plastic all the wrapping that we use in our daily lives. Every new item [of clothing] I buy just creates more waste, so I am a big fan of a charity shop score. Especially in London, there are so many great charity shops! I like them because [the clothes there] rotate within society, rather than landing on a landfill.

I’m not quite ready to go 100% second hand, but when I do buy something new, I’m trying to choose a more sustainable and ethical route, which would be locally made, which I know can be a little bit pricey. I’m not just talking about locally designed. Locally manufactured. I’m just trying to have a clear conscience about who actually makes my clothes and where it’s been sourced from. I do still have some of these H&M pieces that I bought six or seven years ago, but I’d rather rotate multiple shoes instead of killing one pair today.

Melo: How has your style evolved since you’ve become pregnant?

Kat: [Laughs!] I think I’ve struggled with that the most. I think I was much more conscious of what to wear and combine when I wasn’t pregnant. Now that I am pregnant, that’s kind of gone out of the window a little bit, which I think is because you just want to be comfortable and warm…and especially in this later stage, I’ve resorted to my leggings with a nice cosy jumper. But this [photoshoot] today has also been quite helpful for me to see that just because you have a big round belly doesn’t mean you can’t wear any of your clothes anymore.

 

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Look 1: collared shirt from a charity shop in Stockholm, turtleneck from Uniqlo, Topshop pregnancy jeans, sparkly socks from & Other Stories, vegan trainers by Veja (but found in a London charity shop)

Look 2: Sideline jacket made in Brighton from Turkish fabric, jumper and shoes from & Other Stories, trousers from Zara

 

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