Our Founder is conscious brand Ajaie Alaie's muse of the month! Priscilla sat down with Daniella Samper, the designer and creative director of the Brooklyn-based brand, to chat about consciousness, motherhood (introducing her daughter Olympia!) and entrepreneurship. This interview and short film is part of Ajaie Alaie's #chakradressing project showcasing conscious women using daily activities, such as cooking, reading, dancing, lip singing, singing, painting, to undress their mind from anything and everything and stay grounded. Priscilla shares her steps into creating a work-life balance while walking us through her energy flow, meditative state, and energy cleanse.
Though I grew up without a biological mother, there was never a shortage of supportive women around me. They were aunties, cousins, grandmothers, and overall caregivers who were exceptionally strong. They had entrepreneurial spirits, ran their own businesses, set high standards and provided for their families and communities. That same foundation has impacted my relationships with the women I consider my closest friends and the women that I look up to. I’ve noticed that while they may come from different backgrounds and cultures, the women in my life all share an ability to see beyond themselves and work for positive change.
Cassi Namoda is the epitome of the modern creative woman. Independent, intuitive, an avid traveler and learner, she’s a woman of the world and an artist. Born in Maputo, Mozambique, the artist grew up “all around Africa” and went on to live in more countries than I can list here. After several years in New York (where we met while she was working in fashion and as a curator) and West Africa, the multi-talented nomad has settled in Los Angeles where she's dedicated to her art. Cassi’s paintings explore life through the eyes of everyday women and men in Africa.
As a multicultural woman in my mid 30s, I’m always curious to see how love is celebrated across cultures. I've seen Valentine’s Day celebrated in similar ways in the various places I’ve lived or visited. In Europe, North America, Latin America, West Africa or the Carribeans, it usually involves a lot of pink or red, going out on a romantic date and exchanging material gifts with a love interest (and if all goes well, showing off that uber-sexy-yet-uncomfortable-as-hell lingerie and ending the night between satin sheets). That can be beautiful and cheers to all the couples slated for a memorable evening! (Rose emoji) But from a more conscious perspective, there are a few problems with the way we celebrate love, come February 14.
Our closets tend to be filled with mass-produced, fast fashion items that we reach for on any occasion. Having moved away from the 4-seasons-a-year fashion cycle to churn out up to 20 collections a year, high street brands such as relentlessly feed our appetite for newness. And the temptation is arguably hard to resist. But these clothes often come at a much higher cost than what you’ll see on the price tag.