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About a week after our first Zoom consultation, it was time for round two. I hop on Zoom and Dittmer walks me through myPenguin Kisses Fix Everything Christmas Shirt Also,I will get this “curated digital boutique.” The PDF includes an extensive list of about 12 sustainable brands, all tailored to my personal taste and needs. Dittmer includes a description of each brand, as well as styling advice: she curated mood boards using photos of my own wardrobe pieces, and then mixed them in with pieces from each sustainable brand, to inspire outfit ideas. Dittmer introduces me to basics brands such as Atelier Phi, a Swedish brand. “They’re less than 2 years old, and they make garments out of recycled cashmere and merino wool,” she says. She also envisions me wearing pieces from South Africa’s Maxhosa and Nigeria’s Orange Culture, two menswear brands focused on small supply chains and eco-friendly textiles. “Orange Culture is androgynous and streetwear driven,” she says. She even found me a heeled boot brand—my go-to shoe—called Kiing Daviids. All their boots are custom and made-to-order. Having a rich selection of eco-conscious brands to go off, I then log off Zoom and begin browsing for basics. There turns out to be a surprisingly large amount of options.