The Minis: Aubrey Krekeler - Cincinnati
Hi Aubrey! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a Cincinnati native who recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program in design. I am currently working and freelancing in Cincinnati while I decide what I want to do with my life and where I want to do it. In the meantime, I am working on my blog, Better in Black, to see where I can take it.
When did you begin blogging? Has your focus changed since you began?
I began blogging 2 years ago while in school studying fashion design. I wanted to have an outlet to help me explore fashion from a different perspective. I also like to keep myself very busy. I created my blog to *wishfully* influence, educate, support, and inspire other women and creatives. My focus has become more apparent the more I work on my blog. I want to create a space to share designers’ work, and possibly my work in the future, while educating viewers on the simple stuff. I think my perspective, being a designer myself, adds a different spin to the blog, sharing more about how garments are made and why one should care.
What makes ethical, responsible fashion important to you? Where did your passion begin?
Ethical and responsible fashion makes me feel connected to my clothing. Being a consumer, it makes me feel like I have a choice and an opportunity to make a difference. Being educated about where your clothing or any goods come from seems like a no-brainer to me, but a lot of people genuinely don’t know anything about the fashion industry. However, this industry is something everyone is a part of - we all put on clothing every day. So it only makes sense to make the best choices one can, especially when it comes to clothing, which we all use to express ourselves. Designers who make their garments sustainably have a much more intriguing work ethic, each piece is special.
My passion began in school, seeing piles of scrap fabric, paper getting thrown into the trash rather than recycled, spending hours patterning on yards and yards of paper and witnessing people creating for what seemed like no reason. When I was temporarily living in LA, I realized there is an entire sustainable community out there that is approachable and attainable. I find sustainable fashion intriguing; it’s a market that is growing rapidly. There are so many artists I have discovered who create beautiful pieces and I enjoy sharing these creative visions and work with the world. Every piece I purchase means a lot to me - I remember where I bought it and what was happening in my life at the time. As someone who needs to be strategic with how I spend my money, I’m sure to make each clothing purchase meaningful. Taking the time to pick the correct pieces makes me feel like myself, and more so, reminds me of whom I want to be.
What are some of your favorite brands/shops that we should know of?
I have to mention Continuum Bazaar. I am a bit biased because I work there, but the owner has created a lovely curated space all encompassing ethically and sustainably made goods. In addition, popular websites I find myself constantly visiting for new items would be Need Supply and Lisa Says Gah. My jewelry go-to is Young Frank - they have an excellent assortment every season. My dream shoes are always anything LOQ makes, although I haven’t been able to save up for those yet. For home goods I have been in love with Cold Picnic’s rugs for years because they are to die for. Lastly, Rachel Saunders’ ceramics are a new-found obsession of mine.
What are your favorite places in Cincinnati?
My boyfriend and I are constantly at Washington Dog Park with our dog, Gio, and then make our way to Queen City Radio’s beer garden for a drink. Longfellows is also a great bar to meet friends and grab a drink. If you’re looking for a spot to get coffee and get some work done, Collective Espresso’s Northside location is the place.