BayouLife Magazine September 2019

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TIMELESS TEXTILES KORDAL STUDIO As the owner of womenswear collection Kordal Studio, Kordal is working to transform the fashion industry itself—by modeling sustainable and ethical manufacturing processes. Mandy Kordal believes a well-made, well-fitting garment strengthens the wearer’s sense of self. “It’s a way to wear your beliefs, to tell something about yourself without having to say anything,” Kordal explains. Fashion is a “powerful tool,” she says, with wide ranging impacts: boosting confidence, broadcasting identity, and even transforming posture. Kordal’s parents live in northern Louisiana, and when she created the collection, she showcased it for the first time at Rodéo Boutique in Ruston. “The support of the people there has been really cool,” she says. “That’s one of the great parts of owning a business— once you extend an arm and ask for help and support, so many people are really happy to do it.” Kordal Studio specializes in knitwear and woven garments, sourcing sustainable materials for use in timeless pieces. Their stated mission is to “create garments in an ethical manner by paying [their] workers a fair wage, designing garments that are not trend focused, and using natural and organic textiles whenever possible.” A RT I C L E B Y JULIE LANDRY P H O T O G R A P HY KO RDAL S T U DIO

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