Dominique Drakeford is on a mission to change the face of sustainability. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Dominique changed coasts to earn her master’s degree from NYU in sustainable entrepreneurship and fashion. She now works in Brooklyn as an environmental educator and writer, with a special focus on empowering communities of color. Through her initiatives Melanin & Sustainable Style, Sustainable Brooklyn, and her own social presence, Dominique is broadening awareness around environmental issues, championing inclusivity, and bringing her own electric energy to the movement.
🌿Eucalyptus lasting board
🌿90% cork, 10% sisal backing midsole
🌿Organic cotton + pineapple upper
🌿100% natural latex lactae hevea outsole
🌿Cotton/linen footstock with kenaf + corn felt insole
🌿100% organic cotton laces
I’ve been sharing my “conscious style” across social platforms for the last 5 years. But now more than ever I am using my style identity to share that sustainable doesn’t look one way and it’s NOT just worn by a select few. Brown skin, afro textured hair and messages of DECOLONIZATION are most certainly welcomed!
Green Spaces In The Concrete Jungle
Top- Pima Organic Cotton by Known Supply
Blazer - Thrifted in Oakland
Slides- Purchased in a market in Bangladesh, India
Scarf Turned Headwrap- Urban Outfitters
Out Here Livin’ My Best Life Before Winter Fully Hits
Thrifted WESC dress
Scarf/Turban - Via Moroccan Souk
Just your average day
Overalls (Silk-like cotton/viscose blended crepe fabric) - Abacaxi
Heat tech turtleneck -
Slides - thrifted from Monk Vintage
Leather Jacket - thrifted in LA
Teal Coat- Thrifted in Paris
Fedora- Urban Outfitters
There’s something so beautiful being in the desert and having your outer skin reflect the beauty of the natural habitat. In this space - earth tones are majestic royal!
Dress via IKKIVI-
Designer: Mati - 'Mati' in Hindi means 'soil'. Soil can be moulded into various shapes. Designer Fatima K. Punjaabi captures this essence into her clothes as a reflection of her personal style.
The brand is all about comfortable silhouettes. The raw organic feel comes from sustainable and handwoven fabrics, shapes that are inspired by nature and colours that are earthy and natural.
Nisolo - a shoe brand that is intentionally designed creating ethically made goods at a fair price. These slides were handmade in a factory owned and operate in Peru.
Thrifted (Out of the Closet LA)
My first time traveling in Morocco was extraordinary. When I was going through the Medina and through all of the souks, in was important for me to be super comfortable!
Ethically produced Midi Dress - Trove
Organic Cotton Peruvian Pima Cotton Pants - Known Supply
Slides - Thrifted
Chrysocolla Necklace - Natalie Frigo
Headwrap - Locally made Moroccan scarf
As much as I love solid earth tone colors, I can not get away from being vibrant and colorful. Learning more and becoming increasingly connected to my ancestral roots, means that colors play a special part in my identity and livelihood. Mixing prints and solid makes me feel alive, sophistical, bold and ready to take on the world!
A basic tee-shirt should NOT be $50, $60 nor $70, and this is the first line that needs to be drawn in making sustainable fashion affordable and accessible. No matter your geography, style sensibility or ethnic background - a basic white (black or grey) tee shirt is more than likely a staple part of any wardrobe.
This is the perfect place to start your sustainable fashion journey when you’re ready and able to take that first step in purchasing something new.
Most people don’t know the basic lifestyle of a tee shirt. The material phase alone includes farming, irrigating, fertilizing, harvesting and ginning. Understanding the time it takes just to make a tee but also the waste that’s created when using conventional cotton will make buying that first sustainable tee extra special.
One brand we love has a mantra of “accessible-luxury”. Truth Alone Clothing is a basic tee brand specializing in Peruvian Organic Pima Cotton, as well as Peruvian Sourcing & Production. They work to keep everything as local as possible, from raw material to finished product, but their our photography, stylists, models, and locations are also Peruvian. “We believe in giving back to a culture that puts so much love into everything they do, and that’s the truth.”
Here are some looks in my Truth Alone tee shirts:
- Peruvian Organic Pima Cotton White tee - Truth Alone
- Thrifted Mustard Overalls
- Indigo Dyed Slides - Studio One Eighty Nine
Outfit by - The Conscious Life Shop
"Our loungewear speaks to the brand mantra because it is especially curated for the modern sexy meditator. Our whole vibe is creating a space for meditators that don’t fit the traditional idea of what it means to meditate. You don’t have to be boring, or draped in Indian garb. You can be your chic sexy self, and have a meditation practice! Our Sacred Loungewear offers pieces that you can meditate and chill in, while feeling comfy and sexy." - Tiffany Shelton, The Conscious Life Shop
I just don't think you can go wrong with an all black swim suite. A backless one piece that hugs your hips is so sexy but also a classic. I'm absolutely in love with my UND one piece! UND Swimwear is a 360° sustainable and ethical brand: all of their swimwear is made with recycled fabrics in Rimini, a small town by the sea in Italy. The label was created respecting the highest quality standards and all of the principles of slow fashion.
I love wearing all black these days! But nothing says, "Hello Spring" like a vintage blazer on top of that black panther ensemble.