Respectfully recognizing being located on the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Watuth Coast Salish Peoples.
Hello, my name is Sasha Schaepe, I am the entrepreneur of Re-Wild Kids!
Re-Wild Kids was born as my final thesis during my studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Wilson School of Fashion and Technology in Vancouver B.C.
I built the foundation of Re-Wild Kids on sustainable
approaches to fashion and livelihood, based on research
into the global fashion industry and understanding the
urgency for transparent, fair, clean, and safe, structural
change. I search for ecofriendly fabrics and implement
solution-based designs and services. I focus on reversibility
and adjustable features to increase longevity of the
clothing. I include utilitarian design to inspire and
facilitate the wearers' needs as someone engaged in a
lifestyle of outdoor education and play. I apply original nature/educational-inspired artwork in my designs as a means of balancing a practicality and creativity. I ground my designs in philosophies from movements such as 'rewilding' and 'unschooling' which are aimed at re-connection to our ecosystem and understanding our roles in a biologically diverse community.
Having grown up in rural Chilliwack River Valley, I've always felt deeply connected to nature.
Re-Wild Kids is my way of integrating mindful practices into my work and connecting to people, especially kids, through the love of nature + creative artforms!
'Rewilding' and 'Unschooling' ?
'Unschooling' highlights self-directed, creative, holistic, and environmental-based learning. This educational approach grants children the opportunity to create a life-long relationship with their natural surroundings and develop their unique sense of autonomy and purpose from a very young age.
The 'Rewilding' movement originated as a response to the ‘anthropocene extinction’. The term was coined by a group of grassroot environmental activists in the 80's. The movement began focused on restoring and protecting natural processes and core wilderness areas. Modern takes of this philosophy involve engaging natural restoration practices in ourselves. Rewilding is a way of life and entry point to connecting with our full potential and well-being through direct and respectful contact with our environment.
This movement is a valuable recourse which I personally reference. It provides an educated view of systemic issues imbedded in the fashion industry.
Established in 2013, after the collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh, which is considered to be the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. 'Fashion Revolution' is a global movement focused on restoration in the environment, protection of workers and people, and calling for collective action towards a healthy fashion future.