May 29, 2019
This episode is for the guys. When it comes to fashion and
style, what's your perspective? Do you have a personal style, or do
you go through the motions each morning. Additionally, what do you
think of ethical fashion? Do you think it only applies to women, or
does it resonate with you. Let's be honest, in the ethical fashion
realm, the voices are primarily female. On today's episode, we'll
hear from one of the men on the frontlines in the ethical fashion
industry. Garik Himebaugh is the Chief Stylist and founder at
Eco-Stylist. He joins us to help you
revamp your style while shopping with a purpose.
Things You Don't Want To Miss:
3:09 - The Garik 101
- Eco-Stylist is a marketplace for ethically and sustainably-made
men's clothes. Garik shares how his journey into this space began
with his first foray into men's fashion.
- Garik's girlfriend suggested he wasn't well-dressed, and he
began to see that fashion enabled him to represent his best
- His dream was to be an entrepreneur. Specifically, he wanted to
be a social entrepreneur. Garik moved to Iowa three years ago, and
he planned to open a business at the same time. During this time, a
summer in Boston sparked his passion for ethical fashion.
8:20 - A Background In Conflict
- Garik studied Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George
Mason University. His major started on a whim, but soon it turned
into an eagerness to turn his degree into a career. However, Garik
explains the difficulty of finding a competitive job in D.C.
- Garik took a job in finance, but he never forgot his dream to
pursue peace studies and social justice.
- In business school, Garik read the stories of companies like
TOMS Shoes and Warby Parker. He decided he wanted to
leverage his degree to first start a business and later pursue
13:26 - Why Not Start Today?
- So many people desire to make change, yet they're hindered by
the phrase, "When I get to X place in life, I'll be able to do Y."
They feel they need to take care of themselves before they can
begin to make a difference for others. In reality, it might be
possible for you to jump in and start doing what you want to do
- You can do anything with purpose. Garik explains how his work
as a stylist gives him a platform to advocate for those in
18:36 - A Misconception Of Generosity
- There's this misconception that wealthy people are the most
generous. Not to take away from the work of the wealthy, but the
middle class is exceptionally generous. Everyday people give their
time, money, and talents to fight for change.
22:20 - Speaking The Language Of Men
- Not to generalize, but most men aren't that into fashion. Garik
shares his journey into fashion and he developed his own personal
- So many voices in the men's fashion space are part of what
Garik refers to as "bro culture." Garik wanted to find his own
voice in the space. He wanted to be genuine.
29:38 - Little Changes Lead To Large
- Diversity is important in the ethical fashion space. However,
Garik explains not all views are necessarily healthy. Sometimes,
voices in the ethical space can be hostile, but we need to be
united as we advocate for change.
- It's difficult to go all-in in the ethical space. It's
important to recognize what steps you can take to become more
socially conscious without beating yourself up over what you can't
- There's nothing wrong with shopping, but it's important to be
conscious as you shop. Don't be an impulse buyer. Consider what
you're supporting with your purchases.
- Lots of little changes by lots of people can be hugely
impactful. The issues can feel overwhelming, and change doesn't
happen overnight. Advocate for small changes.
34:50 - Bridging The Gap For Men
- Garik explains his process for getting guys into fashion. For
most men, the jump into fashion isn't a natural one. Eco-Stylist
has an online shop, and they also have a styling service that helps
you to find a wardrobe to match your personality.
- Eco-Stylist can even suggest specific ethically-sourced items
and help you know where to find them.
Getting To Know Our Guest:
- 40:17 - Garik shares with us how he'd survive in an elevator,
his favorite tv shows as a child, and a challenge for us to try
A Memorable Moment:
"Lots of little changes by lots of people can be hugely
impactful." - Garik Himebaugh
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