about esabitchin 2k16
As we’re now heading into planning for our next big event (esabitchin 2.0 coming to a space near you!!!!!) it seems important to take a step back to reminisce about our first foray into the realm of embracing the fun and the crazy in the name of sustainable innovation in our local community. Real talk — esabitchin was kind of crazy. Over 200 people showed up to celebrate and out of those 200 or so people the most common question asked of the ladies of esa was: how did this happen? I wanted to take the time to celebrate the night, the people who came, the people who helped put it together, and tell the story of the night’s creation itself — all to answer that one question: how did this happen?
Well, in short: we wanted to do something, so we did. With help, lots of help, from wine and coffee — and you.
We just did it (Nike would be so proud) but that’s really the reality of how esabitchin unfolded into the night that it was. A night that held a line outside the door from start to finish, where live music held down the main floor and live painting held down the back garden; a night we’re still catching up on sleep from preparing for and one that has cemented our belief that yes it is possible to mix fun and sustainability in one event. (if you missed it — no worries, we’re practically bursting at the seams with new event ideas for the future!!!)
The idea for the event came through a series of blurry coffee induced conversations either in preparation for/during the month-long hell of finals at our university. We knew we wanted to create something with community engagement and we knew we wanted to celebrate the designers we had come to adore through the past few years of delving into the world of sustainable fashion here in New York City.
I want to say that the night came together like magic because looking back it kind of seems as if it had, but that magic took a shit ton of effort. While we at esa try and have fun doing everything that we do, it’s a fairly difficult task to enjoy constantly sending out emails into a seemingly bottomless void, or love the small rejections that build up over months, or positively adore the nights of crippling doubt full of wtf am I doing???!?!?! that all five of us buried down with glowing esa optimism, coffee and hugging.
There were those moments, sure, but they fade so far into the background as the incredible moments that occurred positively dwarf all the rest. Gathering forgotten cardboard boxes and painting them while bellowing out boyyyyy you’re gonnnaaa carrryyy that weight, carrryyyy thatttt weight, carrryyyy that weighttt a lonnnggg timeee and racing to see who could finish painting everything first. Having a campout upstate to “test the wine” for esabitchin (you’re welcome all). Hummus-Fueled set planning for designer aesthetics. Sleepovers with spooky stories and cuddly dogs which led to a few too many morning coffees while paintingpaintingpainting and planning and laughing.
While every single piece of the night holds a chunk of each of us, there are many many people who contributed to this night where, without them, the night would not have happened at all. Ryan, the owner of Downtown Art, generously gave her time, her understanding, and her space to us for the weekend. Our Volunteers were the backbone of the entire night. Whether it was staying up all night with us stringing scraps together, to bringing the fire by modeling for ZWD, Study NY, and Lindy Fox, ooorrr filling the night with music — the entire night would not have held the magic that it did without the people who came together and gave their time to make sure everyone had a fucking blast.
And that’s really what this night was about and why we wanted to write about the process of getting it together. There were bouts of serious self doubt full of maybe we don’t know what the fuck is going to happen September 17th — and not to get Inspirational Oprah on you — but just getting past those moments and finding people who held out their hands to us was the most incredible part of this event. This is what esa is about. You can do shit in this world, shit that you believe in that maybe you feel like no one else does except for those special few you’ve gathered around you, and then all of a sudden once you start acting on that belief you find those people ready and so fucking willing to support you. You can make something of the ideas you have in your head — it’s hard and awkward but so so fun and hot damn do you learn a thing or two!! Those emails we sent out into what might have seemed like an abyss? People responded with a hell yes let’s do this together! Those anxious walks in the park spent promoting esabitchin to people who have never heard of us before? Their responses were sign me the fuck up.
Oprah mode is still on — but I think this is important to note — because before I found my cauliflower kids in esa I would have never attempted anything like this. I wanted to be a part of the fashion world that I didn’t think existed. I had heard from what seemed like everyone in the know that nobody cared about sustainability in fashion, it was too tricky to think about ethics when it came to production, and it’s too fucking boring of a subject to have any consumer or designer care.
Through esabitchin we found out that all of that was bullshit.
That narrative is so fucking old, so lazy, and we’re so over it. We’re literally not buying it anymore; we know now that we can make a new narrative ourselves. People are so ready to learn, so ready to discuss, so ready to lend a helping hand and their time — and to all of those people that we were lucky enough to have participate with us and support us through this one event we cannot thank you enough. You are our family, our wolfpack if you will. We hope to keep you with us as we continue dancing and drinking our way to evolving sustainable apparel.
A special thanks to the wonderful esabitchin’ wolfpack:
Models: Palmira Mantos, Isiah Folds, Angela Fu, Tessa Carson, Krystal Ladner, Sean Corbitt, Julianna Casale, Crystal Cheng, Katie Machia, Devin Domino, Jackie L, Allison Clausius, Hilola
Lighting: Naftali Wayne
Photographers/Videographers: Anthony, Andrew Alvarez, Josh Kale
Our backbone: Ryan Gilliam, Michael Hickey, and Dakota Scott of Downtown Art which generously gave us their space and their support for all the nights beforeduringafter this event; Our wonderful Head Bartender Casey; Our incredible rag weavers and of course -- our families who supported us through our stress induced mania.
Code Orange: Meghan + Peyton
Artists: William Storms, HFG live painters
- Malcolm Espinosa + Tifannie Csortos
- Harmehar Kohli and Ravtej Kohli
AND All the lovely friends who came, and all the new friends who arrived and danced with us all night -- Thank you.
p.s. - if you were missed it’s only because I’m a terrible person. Thank you too!
p.p.s - check out our event updates! as well as the videos/photos from our last event to see what all the hullabaloo was about!
written by: mary seeburger