Each month, The New Fashion Initiative invites a leading voice in the sustainable and ethical fashion revolution to answer 17 questions about themselves, both personal and professional. It’s our green and socially conscious spin on Vanity Fair‘s beloved Proust Questionnaire. This month, our interviewee is Kamie Kennedy, Chief Revenue Officer of Pact, an online organic cotton clothing company. Kamie joined Pact in 2018 as their first female executive. In addition to selling organic clothing, Pact is also a supporter of the Whole Planet initiative, local Trash the Runway programs for young designers, and, most recently, of the Good Stuff pop-up shop.
1. What is your favorite article of clothing?
An Adidas v-neck I bought at a garage sale in the early 90s. It is so thin now that I am afraid to wash it; my biggest fear is that I’ll open up the washer one day and it will be gone.
2. What is the most wonderful thing about the fashion industry right now?
The success of small, niche brands in putting pressure on big, iconic brands to clean up their act. The shift in power dynamic is something I haven’t seen in my career in any industry.
3. What do you think is the most shocking thing about fashion today?
How quickly fast fashion became so second-nature amongst consumers.
4. What’s your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
5. What is your favorite indulgence?
Chocolate Pots de Creme.
6. What makes you happiest?
At work: “Aha moments” when you have a huge breakthrough after struggling over an issue for a long time. At home: Finishing The New York Times Sunday Crossword without cheating
7. What environmental or social problem are we overlooking?
Pre-consumer waste in the textile/apparel industry
8. Are you more introverted or extroverted?
I’m a textbook extrovert who is married to an introvert and raising two introverted kids.
9. What do you do first in the morning?
Coffee. I have a coffeemaker in my bathroom, so I can make a cup on my “commute to the shower.”
10. What was the happiest moment of this past year?
A week-long sailing trip in Belize without Internet access.
11. Best professional moment of your life thus far?
A simple Facebook post from an old colleague recognizing me on International Women’s Day recently.
12. What outfit have you worn recently that made you feel amazing?
I stole a hospital gown at my last doctor’s appointment and made it into a pretty cool shirt. It toes the line of being “interesting but not strange,” which is where I like to live when it comes to my wardrobe.
13. Favorite movie?
14. How do you recharge?
15. What three words describe you best?
Driven, self-aware, and punny (intended).
16. What makes you laugh the hardest?
Pretty much anything that comes out of my young kids’ mouths.
17. Favorite book?
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends by Amy Silverstein.
Read previous TNFI Questionnaires:
Parsons fashion and race researcher Kim Jenkins
Designer and Women’s March organizer Tabitha St. Bernard
Sustainable couture designer Ronald van der Kemp
ReDress Hong Kong founder Christina Dean
Digital solutions expert at Avery Dennison Akari Shono