Emily and I face skepticism of our shared DNA all the time, but not just because of our very different looks. She is a successful no-nonsense PR professional and owner of a fashion truck business living the American dream in New Jersey with her husband and her new Audi. Most people are convinced I’m a nomad, but I’ve spent the majority of my adult life in Denver, Colorado. I’ve also made a few less-than-conventional life choices like quitting my job a year and a half ago to move to Guatemala to start a business.
Neither of us are adopted. We’re not half sisters or step. She’s short, bleach blonde with olive skin, and loves diamonds. I’m of average height with freckly pink skin and have been told once or twice that my style is “crunchy” (I prefer “boho-chic”). My sister and I are opposites in almost every way you could think of except for one: we’re both badass girl bosses.
Emily races her fast fashion truck all over the Big Apple. She styles built-for-one-night looks for busy Manhattan women and never leaves home without a perfectly coordinated designer bag by her side. Our two fashion worlds rarely collide…. until this past thanksgiving. She told me she wanted to learn more about what I do and she wanted to come to Guatemala with me to do it. I, of course, agreed. I also told her to leave her designer bags at home and that this would be a wet and dirty ride.
Today we're leaving for Guatemala. Emily has never given much thought to the people that make her clothes, only what the clothes look like. She shops through racks of “made in ___?” at apparel wholesalers in the fashion district of Manhattan for her fashion truck business. I can’t wait to see this experience through her eyes. Similar eyes I had 8 years ago when I flew to Uganda and met a group of seamstresses that would change my life forever. I wonder how Em will feel after this trip. Will she change how she shops for the clothes on her truck? Will she start selling fair trade? Will she curate her own wardrobe differently? I can’t wait to find out... stay tuned.