Behind the Name
I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.
~ President John F. Kennedy
So you want to know why S. A L T. ?
The sea has always been home to me.
No matter where I have lived, from San Diego to London, Paris to St. Paul, whenever I find myself near the sea I am at peace.
I find something calming about the ocean, the humbling experience behind the vastness and the depth.
Diving under waves with tears in my eyes or radiating happiness, no matter the mood, the ocean is a place I come back to, to search within my heart and soul for harmony.
As cliche as the saying goes, the waves of the ocean represent the waves of life.
Emerging from the sea I am always left with a taste of salt in my mouth.
But S. A L T. is more than the mineral NaCl. Sewn Alternatively is about the entirety of the fashion, garment and textile industry in connection to the ocean. When our garbage, waste, sewage, plastics, fabrics or whatever you want to call it, ends up in our oceans, we are not only harming the earth, but ourselves, and our way of life. To paraphrase JFK, 'we are connected to the ocean because we are composed of the same percentage of salt'. We need to take care of the sea in order to take care of ourselves.
S. A L T. hopes to promote alternatively-sewn clothing through its spotlight on fashion-related companies that finds alternatives to the current fast-fashion exploitation of natural fibers, laborers, and the earth's waters and minerals.
Part of our intention is to find garments, produce garments, and cherish the garments that are sewn alternatively in response to fast-fashions.
S. A L T. is for everyone and anyone who aims to return to a native way of life.
- Sarah Safar, editor-in-chief of Sewn A L Ternatively.