The Revolutionaries: Cora Hilts
Welcome to our Fashion Revolution Week interview series, The Revolutionaries. We wanted to shine the spotlight on a group of women in our extended sustainable fashion community who inspire us to not only change our own habits, but to contribute to greater change. We spoke to them while we are in isolation to catch up about their lives, their thoughts on sustainable fashion amidst this crisis, and where fashion needs to go next. Today, meet Cora Hilts the CEO and co-founder of Rêve en Vert, the pioneering multi-brand retail platform for sustainable fashion and homeware. Cora is a long-term champion of making luxury more sustainable, transparent, and ethical and uses her platform to not only change the online retail space for the better, but to also have conversations to change our ways of consuming for the better too. Keep scrolling to read our conversation.
Where are you writing this?
At my flat in London.
What quote/ mantra is getting you through this?
Take this time to create the world you want to see on the other side of this, and make sure those changes are sustainable in the sense that you can really stick to them.
What has made you laugh this week?
My cat, Sidney, who is really using quarantine to become rambunctious.
What won’t you ever take for granted again post quarantine?
Clean air in London.
Which small businesses are you loving and would like to give a shout to?
One of the restaurants that inspires me the most, Spring from Skye Gyngell, has turned their organic and biodynamic farm Fern Verrow into a delivery service with amazing vegetables and flowers, and also they are using some of their local suppliers to sell items like bread, fresh pasta, and oils to come straight to consumers. I have loved shopping there as it’s so personal and beautiful. I also am loving Low Intervention for the occasional (and necessary) organic and natural wine delivery!
What sustainable message would you like to share this Fashion Revolution week?
That we must stop buying fast fashion—I truly don’t think this is a system that can ever be sustainable for the planet or for humankind. Even the most conscious fast fashion only accounts for a very small percent of overall production, and the quantities needed to be sold to be profitable will never work in a just way for people or the planet. We just have to say no to it.
What issue in the industry has this crisis highlighted that you want to help solve?
The need for all of us—individuals and businesses—to cut down on our carbon footprints. I have never seen so many stories about fresh air, pollution levels dropping and the natural world being able to thrive again as I have during this and I just feel so strongly that this is the world we need to stick to on the other side of this horrible pandemic. I have been thinking so much about less flying, less cars, less shipping, etc. to help with keeping the world clean and thriving and would encourage everyone to do the same.
Whose actions have inspired you during this time?
The amount of people volunteering to help the NHS reminded me that humanity and empathy and courage are still very much alive, and everyone coming out on Thursday nights to clap for our caseworkers. I think if we could ever take this amount of enthusiasm and passion to helping protect the environment we would be in a phenomenal place.
What is your hope for the future of fashion?
To be slower, more considered and more respectful.