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COOL GIRL: MOIRA SULLIVAN

Cool Girl

COOL GIRL: MOIRA SULLIVAN

Caitlin Rance

Besides answering these questions, what are you up to at the moment?

Currently, I’m putting off packing. My mom and I decided to make it a tradition to go away somewhere tropical for Christmas after doing it last year. Other than that, I’m queuing up posts of some amazing ethical brands I’ve been loving lately!

You have an amazingly curated vintage brand, Sunday Laundry. What inspired you to start it, and what do you think motivates you to stay consistent with it?

About 2 years ago I created a blog to showcase my style and give outfit inspiration. I quickly realized there wasn’t much depth to what I was doing, and wanted the blog to also educate readers. First, I started researching fast fashion. Being a fast fashion lover myself, it was eye opening and almost shameful. In fact, the first article I wrote was titled “The Truth on Fast Fashion: By a Fast Fashion Lover”. The response was incredible, but to continue what I was doing would have been pure ignorance knowing what I knew. Still, the blog progressed, but I was showcasing more thrifted and vintage pieces. The whole point of the blog was to let those who were interested shop my look. This was obviously growing more difficult with wearing one of a kind pieces. I started working at a vintage store and learned about specific eras of clothing, materials, sizing, and how to care for the garments. Finally after a year and a half of curating my own collection, I was finally ready to release it to the world. With Sunday Laundry, I really want to put an emphasis on how important shopping secondhand is. Buying vintage/secondhand eliminates emissions and pollution created in the production and distribution of new items. The people who make todays clothing often work in inhumane conditions and are paid extremely poor wages. As long as fashion media puts importance on “needing” new items all of the time, our planet will never be a sustainable place to live. When learning all of this information, I could not just sit back and not try for a solution. By putting my own finds out there, I’m hoping to show how easy it is to shop ethically, even if you don’t like sifting through secondhand/vintage yourself. There are so many options out there, they just simply need a voice!

What types of (vintage) pieces are you typically attracted to?

Sometimes I surprise myself when looking for pieces. I’m always attracted to denim, jumpsuits, and coats - but sometimes I’ll be pulled toward patterns and materials that I never thought I would even give a second glance. It’s always about my first instinct.

Would you say your style is similar or different to Sunday Laundry?

While I do shop with other peoples tastes in mind, everything I showcase is my style for the most part. It’s really hard for me to put the Sunday Laundry stamp on something that I’m not completely head over heels for. I get so excited being able to give pieces new life, and for someone to love them again. For example, someone bought a beautiful white jumpsuit from the 70s for their bachelorette brunch. She’ll remember that day and what she was wearing forever, and I’m so glad I found a piece that had once been abandoned that now holds tremendous meaning.

Choosing to shop vintage over fast fashion is obviously a great ethical decision, but sometimes hard to do so. Do you have a particular stance on it?

I agree that it is difficult, but there are so many ways to be more conscious with the clothing we purchase. Shopping local and shopping small business is important. You know where the product was produced and where your money is going and supporting. It’s hard as a fashion lover to not want to stay on trend, this is where reselling apps like Poshmark, Ebay, and Depop come in. You can find barely worn/never worn new items for cheaper and simultaneously help the environment. Lastly, doing a quick search of a brands ethics is super easy. Awareness is key.

this or that.jpg

Morning or Night? Morning

Call or Text? Text

The States or Abroad? I would say both, but I’ve only been abroad once! I’ll still go with both.

Black + White or Color? Color

Hot or Cold? In-between

Matte or Glossy? Both

Salty or Sweet? Salty

Book or Film? Film

Coffee or Tea? Neither

Eyes or Lips? LIPS

To Love or Be Loved? Both please

Who are you currently listening to music wise?

It’s cold, so naturally all I’m listening to are sad songs. A lot of Lewis Watson, Bleachers, Banks, and SZA.

When do you feel most you?

I feel the most me when I’m traveling, around art/music/fashion, or sitting around my kitchen table with my friends.

What would you say are the 5 items everyone should have in their closet?

Faux leather jacket, denim jacket, quality white t-shirt, vintage Levis, white sneakers.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I’ve received didn’t come from anyone in particular, but from life just simply happening. My cousin died when we were 20, and it completely changed the way I thought. Our time here is so limited, and being unapologetically yourself, loving people, and doing things that make you happy are the only things that matter.

Who would you say is an icon in your eyes?

I don’t really hold humans up on a pedestal these days, because, well, they’re humans. But the first person that came to mind when reading this question was Dr. Jane Goodall. She is a scientist, an animal rights activist, UN messenger of peace, and overall humanitarian and environmentalist. To me, she is an icon because she is incredibly selfless.

 “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved."

2017 had a lot of ups and downs. What was your ‘up’ for 2017?

Personally, I’ve grown so much. There were points where I retracted immensely, and recognizing that is part of the growth. No matter how many times I feel like I’m going backwards, I still accept it as part of my journey. I step more into my own every single day, and truly loving who I am is the greatest “up” of all. On a more specific and lighter note (lol), seeing LANY grow as a band has been so much fun and a definite highlight of my year.

What’s one song you know all the words to and could belt out within a moment’s notice?

 Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Stanton.

In your eyes, what would a perfect day look like?

A perfect day would be going to a  vegan restaurant, some thrifting, an art museum, more vegan food, then ending everything off at a concert.

How do you feel about the term, Cool Girl?

Well, in this context of Jeans & A Tee, I consider it a really awesome thing. SO many talented, hard working, and inspiring people have been apart of this feature and I am honored. Seeing the term “Cool Girl” reminds me of “IT Girls” and how those same people come out to say that having that title makes them feel like they do not have any depth or substance. Jeans & A Tee is definitely turning that around, making it an inclusive term for strong individuals doing impactful work.

jeans & a tee

A fusion of confidence and comfort. Everyone defines comfort in their own ways. Being comfortable to some means hoodies and sneakers, and to others biker jackets and boots. Whatever makes you feel confident is key.



Interview by Caitlin Rance

Photos by Moira Sullivan