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MODAVANTI’S DAVID DIETZ

 Title: Founder

Twitter: @modavanti Instagram: @modavanti

What’s your secret dream job?

Either being Anthony Bourdain Jr. or being a famous DJ. I love what I’m doing now though, so Bourdain can rest easy for now.

Everyone has got a hidden talent, what is yours?

I sadly don’t have one. I know a little about a lot of things, which I guess means I am useful at dinner parties. I have never had one incredible talent that everyone oohs or aahs over when they see it. I’ve always wished I could break dance though…

MODAVANTI

What inspired you to start a site dedicated to sustainable and eco-fashion?

We wanted to start a company with a strong social good and mission. Fashion is so much a part of who we are and what we believe in and yet people don’t know how to find clothing that fits their values without compromising style. We want to change that by being the destination for the socially conscious fashionista.

How do you see Modavanti bringing eco-fashion into the everyday lifestyle and not just into a person’s wardrobe?

I think it’s the other way around. More and more people are already living a sustainable lifestyle in so many ways. We’ve seen an organic food revolution, we’re in the midsts of a hybrid/electric car revolution but fashion is the last frontier. I think people are looking for sustainable fashion. After what happened in Bangladesh and as more information comes out about the environmental impact, I think we realize the opportunity that we have to make a positive difference through what we wear.

Where do you see the eco-fashion industry developing, for example, do you see the cities of Paris/Milan/London/New York joining in on the awareness? 

The sustainable fashion movement was born in Europe with London in particular being the global hub. Vancouver and Stockholm have whole fashion shows dedicated to sustainable fashion and it’s becoming a part of New York fashion week as well. With so many socially conscious and talented designers in New York, it’s only a matter of time before New York cements itself as the sustainable fashion hub in North America.

Byron Top by Heidi Merrick
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PEOPLE

Which famous person (alive or dead) do you turn to for inspiration?

I really hate it when people say it’s “not possible” or “it can’t be done” so I admire people that prove those doubters wrong. I look up to risk takers, adventurers, and those who find a way to just keep grinding and pursuing what they love. Be it in entrepreneurship,sports,politics, or life, I draw inspiration from the improbable underdogs.

If you could fly anywhere, where would you go this weekend and who would you bring with you?

Beirut.There isn’t a cooler,sexier, more invigorating city in the summer than Beirut. It’s right on the Mediterranean and has great beaches, incredible nightlife, and an intoxicating energy that makes it so unique. I would probably ask Bill Clinton to come with, but I doubt he’d accept. I bet he’s really fun to travel with though.

PLACES – NEW YORK

At what restaurant did you last eat your favorite meal?

Two Amy’s Pizza in D.C. or Sequoia on the banks of the Nile in Cairo are my two favorite restaurants. I haven’t found my favorite spot in NYC yet though, so I am hoping for suggestions.

I really can’t wait for Sweet Garden to open in New York though. It’s going to be game changing.

Where is your favorite place to unwind and have an early evening cocktail?

On a boat. There’s nothing better than Sangria while out on the water. We also have a really cool rooftop in my building overlooking the city, which is also a great place to relax.

What’s your favorite thing to do that you can only do in New York?

Washington is home and while New York is certainly special. Nowhere else can you go for a run and use the Capitol building as a distance marker in one direction, and turn around and use the Washington monument in the other. It makes for an inspiring run.

Aaron Top by Heidi Merrick

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THINGS

What’s the one item in your closet you could never live without?

Socks. I really like socks.

What do you ALWAYS have to bring with you when you travel?

A sense of adventure. Super cheesy, I know. Besides my computer though I dont always travel with one thing. But everywhere I do go, I always seek out the local food and local experiences and always try and get off the beaten path and explore.

What has been your favorite event or gig you have participated in 2013 so far and why?

When we launched Modavanti and did our first sale. While that isn’t necessarily a public event or gig, it definitely stands out. Doing the first sale was pretty memorable, we jumped up and down a lot.

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