On a fall morning in October, photographer Jayne Lies met up with Jamie Ortega, the founder of Sumzine and newly appointed Creative Project manager at Depop. In a world of fast-fashion and insta-fads, Jamie's zine addresses the need for mindful consumerism, in other words, 'it's cool to care about your clothes'.
Tell me about Sumzine. How did it come about? Did you always have this project brewing in your mind?
Jamie: Sumzine is a slow-fashion zine that I make with my friends. The short version is that I had been working in fashion for almost a decade. While working a job with lots of free time, I had an idea for an anti-blog. It just didn't really fit into that landscape and was shelved. The idea resurfaced two months later as a zine when I met some inspiring folks that wanted to make cool shit.
Where do you get most of your work done?
I work from home when I’m not in meetings, assisting, or on set. When I get cabin fever in Greenpoint, I grab a coffee from La Colombe by Supreme and go work in the Mulberry Street Library.
Who are your main style icons, or those who continue to be the biggest influences?
I never really had strong female leads to take cues from, but I think most come from odd-looking actresses like Shelley Duvall and Christina Ricci and post punk girl groups like Kleenex and Delta 5. Those are the women who raised me.
Five things you can't live without right now?
My overalls, a chunky Esprit sweater, Mrs. Meyer’s soy candles, my bike, and Prefab Sprout
When you're not busy working on Sumzine, what are you doing?
I work as a stylist and fashion assistant as well. In a couple weeks, I will be joining the Depop US team (depop.com), managing their US creative projects.
Favorite music video right now?
Dude, that Arca video.