I am a vintage curator and fair trade and sustainability advocate based in Brooklyn, New York. I love imagining the journey our preloved pieces have taken and what they can teach us about building a better future. I explore various aspects of sustainability and secondhand through my shop, Subject Matter.

Interdisciplinary artist based in nyc. Advocate of Superorganismic Living🐜🦟Kimono enthusiast 👘Slowfashion global ambassador💚♻️www.aricoco.com

Hi I’m a vintage curator and sustainable fashion designer!

Luz Barbosa, Founder of Stella Lucchi began designing jewelry in 2011. She started out styling models’ jewelry during photo shoots and her passion for developing her own pieces grew from there. She began upcycling vintage and pieces of broken fast fashion jewelry and weaving them in with raw surplus materials. Keeping unwanted jewelry out of landfills is her goal. Luz loves to work with metal, leather, crystals, stones, and pearls mainly but loves to incorporate other materials. Her work ranges from simple and delicate to complex and edgy. Luz also worked as a bridal stylist and this broadened her vision to develop bridal headpieces and jewelry. Her bridal work is on-demand and made to fit each bride’s unique style. After sourcing vintage jewelry for upcycling and for her personal collection for many years, Luz has decided to resell some of her curated vintage jewelry. Luz also sells secondhand clothing for clients on commission. Luz loves thrifting and clothing swaps, she believes in finding beauty in what’s already out there in this world and upcyling what doesn’t work for you. She is passionate about Sustainable Fashion and it encompasses her personal and professional life.

Nonprofit Management student at Columbia University

Business entrepreneur interested in sustainable fashion.

Fourth year International Trade and Marketing student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Summer 2022 Intern at the NYC Fair Trade Coalition.

NYC Fair Trade Advocate

Lea Freni is an apparel designer & 3D designer with a BS in Fiber Science and Apparel Design from Cornell University. As a Fair Trade Advocate, Lea enjoys connecting with other NYC FTC members to discuss and promote ethical supply chains and explore creative approaches to sustainable design.

Lea also serves as the NYC FTC graphic designer.

A decade ago, I co-founded the energy efficiency consultancy Ciel Power LLC. As its Managing Member, I work closely with local environmental groups, elected officials, and environmental science and sustainability leaders to develop and promote community partnerships designed to increase energy efficiency awareness. I’m proud to say that Ciel Power LLC was awarded ENERGY STAR’s Century Club Award in 2016, as well as 2019 and 2020 Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Contractor of the Year recognition. This national honor is reserved for the top one percent of energy efficiency consultancies.

I’ve learned a tremendous amount while working in sustainability over the years, and I’m eager to pass those learnings along to others. In addition to having been featured in the New York Times, Realtor Magazine, Mashable, and on Yahoo News, as well as on ABC World News Tonight, I frequently participate in public speaking engagements and panel discussions. I’m so grateful for all of these opportunities, which allow me to advocate for environmental consciousness while supporting others in their sustainability efforts.

Additionally, I’ve reached people across the globe with my book, #HOME: 101 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Comfort & Energy Efficiency. This comprehensive guide provides tips and tools readers can use to start their own fulfilling journeys to energy efficiency.

As a firm believer in the importance of community engagement, I’m actively involved with several nonprofits. I recently stepped down from my past position as President of the Board of Directors of CivicStory, an organization that advances solutions-based news about citizens transforming communities to devote more time to this project. CivicStory is the lead partner and fiduciary of the New Jersey Sustainability Reporting Hub project, which draws attention to the role robust multimedia reporting can play in restoring our ecosystems.

I’m also an active member of the New York City Fair Trade Coalition, a grassroots organization that promotes fair trade businesses and retailers in New York City and educates consumers on the importance of fair trade.

You can find me on Twitter and Instagram.

Last but by no means least, I’m a husband and father. These roles underscore the importance of the work we’re doing, and galvanize my commitment to making the planet a better place for my family, future generations, and for all of the earth’s inhabitants.