Hannah Anisa is a Bay Area based style blogger and recent clothing designer, who puts an emphasis on ethical fashion in both her content and her everyday life. We recently had the chance to catch up with Hannah to talk fashion favorites and how we can all be more sustainable with our closets.
What inspired you to start blogging?
It was something that came up quite naturally. I always knew I wanted to be in the fashion industry, but never knew what I wanted to do. Sewing and drawing aren’t my forte, so designing didn’t feel right, and marketing was too analytical for me. I needed something in between, and was always on the hunt for it.
Then, when I was in middle school, a family member showed me my first style blogger and immediately I was drawn in. It felt like the perfect fit. As I grew up and went through high school, it was always something that was in my mind. It wasn’t until after I graduated, though, that I decided to finally act upon it. And thus, The Road to Hannah was born.
Describe your style in 3 words.
minimal, edgy, girly
Tell us about your clothing line you just started.
Like blogging, it kind of came about naturally! I had been toying with the idea of starting a clothing line for a while, but with a few key (non-negotiable) elements: it had to be ethical, made with eco-friendly fabrics, be produced in the USA, and be affordable for people my age. But, of course, it’s extremely expensive to start something like this entirely on your own, especially for a college student. Oddly enough, about a month later, I got an email from a woman who is an ethical clothing manufacturer in Arizona, who wanted to help me start a clothing line. They use eco-friendly cottons and inks in their production, and they were totally open to my ideal price point. Plus, everything is made-to-order, so there’s no extra waste involved in the production process (three cheers for sustainability!) It checked off every single box on my “requirements” list, which just goes to show that if something is meant to be, the universe will deliver it to you!
We’re still in the baby stages as we just launched our first collection of tees, but I’m hoping to have a new collection out every two months. We’ll see. But i’m super excited to be pursuing this “passion project”.
Which KAYU bag best represents your style?
The Star Clutch is my favorite. I’m obsessed with anything star print, and I love the more neutral color palette. I tend to stick to wearing neutrals, so I could totally see this bag fitting in well with my wardrobe.
Where are your favorite places to shop?
Since I decided to move into more of the sustainable fashion route, my favorites have changed. I unapologetically still love places like Zara, Urban Outfitters, and ASOS, and that won’t change, but I try to do the bulk of my shopping at ethical and sustainable retailers, my favorites being Reformation, Everlane, and Madewell.
What do you think is an easy way that everyone can be more conscious about shopping sustainably?
Get educated! It takes no more than ten minutes of your time to read all about the pollution that comes along with the fashion industry. Research the effects of fashion on the environment, look up sustainable retailers, and do what you can to make small steps towards sustainability, be it buying less or even just buying from ethical, fair-trade clothing companies. I’ve even made it easy and compiled a list of my personal favorite resources and retailers on my blog.
What are your words to live by?
Be kind. It’s not that hard to be a genuinely nice human being, yet so many people struggle with it. Smile at strangers when you walk down the street, give snacks to homeless people, pick up one piece of trash and throw it away. Try to do one little act of kindness a day, whether it’s for yourself or someone else, and I swear it’ll change your life, and the lives of those around you.
What is your current style obsession?
Loafer mules! I recently bought a black pair and I seriously wear them every single day. They’re the perfect shoe! I might need to cop a white pair soon, too.