Friends of Má + Lin - Meeting Rachel Marlow
Today we talk to Rachel Marlow(@fashionable_later), a mum of two adult children and a retired primary school teacher. At 61 she has more time to herself and Instagramming is something she does for fun and creativity.
Tell me a bit about your sustainable fashion and lifestyle journey. How did it start? And what has been your biggest challenge so far?
I’m not a fan of fast fashion although I do love fashion trends and how they change. I try to buy from sustainable brands or choose ‘conscious’ ranges from high street brands. I don’t have a massive budget so choices are made carefully and need to fit in with my existing wardrobe. Quality over quantity.
As a conscious shopper, can you please describe your typical consumer journey for a fashion piece?
I have favourite brands that I trust and return to. Sometimes I will be introduced to a new brand. I love that there is an upsurge in ethical and sustainable brands.
"I love promoting sustainable brands. I also believe that style has no age. Wear it and be you!"
What does Slow Fashion mean to you?
Wear what you have and enhance with new pieces but choose carefully and look after what you have. My clothes last for ages. I really take care of them.
At Má + Lin, we’re big fans of linen! What do you like the most about the fabric?
It’s breathable and cool. I like the weight of quality linen and how well it drapes. I don’t care about a few creases. It’s all part of the look.
What’s your favourite place to go? Any secret gems?
I love Italy. We’re returning for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The people, food, culture. Love it all.
What’s something that’s recently inspired you? It can be anything or anyone – a book, movie, or piece of art, for example.
If you had to pick, what would be your top 3 sustainable brands?
Last (but not least): What’s your favourite piece of Má + Lin and why?
Blouse Roxane - I just love the big puffy sleeves and button detail at the back.
Follow Rachel on Instagram @fashionable_later