[LOCAL TALENT] ANDREA CROUSE: SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES FROM SEED TO FINISH
BY KAREN PHILLIPS
Andrea Crouse has always viewed fashion as a means of self-expression. Because she’s tall, nothing ever fits her right, so she’s been altering clothes since she can remember. Andrea had a couple of major setbacks in her youth: Her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and she cut her foot in a river which ended up getting infected and causing major health complications. Both of these incidents were caused by environmental factors. Since then, Andrea has made it her mission to become part of the solution. She spent a lot of time traveling and studying the world, and her trips to India and Amsterdam were the two most influential. She decided to start her own green clothing line incorporating the “eloquent simplicity” of Amsterdam with the “organized chaos” of India, and founded Gaia Conceptions, in which versatile garments are locally grown and hand made from seed to finish. Andrea’s vision for all her products is that they come from somewhere beautiful, they don’t harm the earth, and the people involved with their creation get paid for the work they do. She has spent all of her adult life finding new and innovative ways to live green and practice sustainability. She only uses organic cotton and natural dyes in her clothing line, and has future visions for creating organic leather products and recycled dog beds. Located in Greensboro, Andrea says she’s excited to be in a place that’s in the middle of change. Visit her websites at gaiaconceptions.com and etsy.com/shop/gaiaconceptions.