Consider Reese’s reckoning entry into the era of “slow fashion,” in which transparency is paramount to big business, natural fibers are bae, and we only produce as much as we need. Local, smaller batch production is also prized, which is why Reese has chosen to produce at least a portion of her collection in Flint, Mich., at a factory which aims to empower women reentering the workforce with marketable skills.

“I love being able to go to Flint and work with these women and see the clothes being made,” she told Vogue. “They have so much heart and are really willing to dig in and learn.”

In an appropriate nod to her home state and her sustainable model, the Flint-produced pieces will be sold exclusively through Howard alum Roslyn Karamoko’s Detroit Is the New Black. Reese is reportedly also working with local groups to build up the garment production industry in Michigan and provide internships and workshops to local students.


For those accustomed to seeing the designer’s looks on the runway, never fear: she’ll be returning to New York in September with a Spring 2020 collection—a perfect time to consider our Hope for Flowers. In the meantime, Reese is encouraging more sustainability—and slowing down.

“Everyone can do a little bit, and then you can do a little bit more, and a little more,” she later added. “People are mystified about where to begin, but there are a lot of ways to approach it.”