There are many things that can be confusing in today’s society, such as ordering a double-double at In N’ Out with a chocolate shake and a Diet Coke (at that point just skip the diet). Or people that have $5,000 rims on a car that costs $1,000. Well here is another one, vegan suede. This is not a test of your sanity, but rather a testament to the big heart of accessory designer Erin Fader. If you are fashionable, environmentally and socially conscious, supporting this designer is like adding rainbow colored sprinkles to your ice cream sundae – you’re glad you did it.
Erin Fader is the designer of Trashy Chic, an environmentally and socially conscious jewelry line that focuses on creating unique handcrafted jewelry that combines her passion for history and her respect for the environment, with her love for fashion.
Trashy Chic can be found at several boutiques in San Diego including Swirl Boutique in Encinitas and San Clemente; HOME, in Encinitas and North Park; and It’s a Luv Thing in Encinitas to name a few. The third Sunday of every month you can find Trashy Chic at the Leucadia Farmer’s Market. It is always available online at www.trashychic.etsy.com.
Trashy Chic believes in reaching a wide range of audiences and so prices reflect that depending on the material, labor, and exclusivity of each piece. Pieces start at $15 and go can up from there.
What is the one word that describes your collection?
What inspires you?
Nature, Music, Fashion, History, Art. Love…
Describe the person you are designing for.
A free spirit who sees beauty around them and wants to have fun with their accessories without causing harm to anything or anyone. People who love fashion and care about the environment, the human race, and appreciates history and tradition.
What is your earliest memory of designing?
My mom had these amazing vintage paper dolls from when she was a child. I can remember feeling so honored getting to play with them when I was really little and knowing it was something of my moms that was very fragile and special.
What is next for you?
I am currently working on a new line that is made completely out of recycled metals and fair-trade gemstones. I have been working on this for some time now, but with the expensive mark-up of fair-trade gemstones and the rising costs of metals doing so has been difficult. I hope to make enough money through Trashy Chic in order to complete a few pieces for Holiday this year. I am also currently working with a few galleries to sell my art pieces and am working toward expanding my Trashy Chic line to more boutiques across the country.
Of everything you have designed, what is your favorite piece of all time?
When I was a junior in high school I took a costume design class and our assignment was to create a doll. I created a mermaid that took me months to finish. I individually sewed on hundreds of sequins and made a bikini top out of real seashells and crystals. I learned a lot about patience and design from creating that doll.
The room holding your current inventory is on fire and you can only save one piece what would it be?
I have a necklace I created that took 2 years for me to complete and it is my favorite piece. It is a bib style necklace with tons of vintage pieces and gemstones that I love. The colors are gold, turquoise, purple, black, and crystal. It is definitely the piece I would save!
What do you want people to know most about you?
I am trying to make a difference with my art and jewelry. I am most fascinated by the history and traditions that jewelry represents and I want to encourage that today and in the future. I also want to bring awareness to what goes on behind the scenes of the jewelry and accessories that people are wearing and raise their consciousness so that they can make better decisions and support people and companies who are working towards a better future as well.
If you only get to wear one accessory for the rest of your life what would it be?
Big chunky vintage cocktail rings!
What was the last thing that thoroughly impressed you?
Beer – I work at an Ale House and am learning all about the history and different styles of beer and am really fascinated by it right now.
If you could not be an accessory designer, what is the second occupation you would choose?
National Geographic Photographer
Favorite ice cream topping?
New York style pizza (thin crust) or Chicago style pizza (deep dish)?
Chicago Deep Dish
Favorite thing about San Diego?
Designer: Erin Fader
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