We had the good fortune of connecting with Madelyn Hadel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Madelyn, what do you attribute your success to?
Rebellelion’s commitment to ethically made & sustainable fashion is absolutely essential to the success of the brand. I have limited access to supplies when I only shop from companies that align with Rebellelion’s ethos, but it’s exciting that so many of the brands I get my supplies from are pioneers in eco-friendly production. There are many situations in which I could make larger profit margins if I didn’t purchase ethically & sustainably. There are many processes of recycling materials that can be so tedious and time consuming. Some may have the perspective that it is simply more expensive & more labor intensive to run an ethical brand, and therefore it isn’t worth the effort. My perspective is that the environment and the people are absolutely worth the effort & investment, I’m not afraid of hard work.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Rebellelion has always been known for one-of-a-kind upcycled denim pieces and that will always be the core of what I do. However, that can be very limiting in size accessibility and style diversity when I can only make one piece at a time. This Spring I’m launching a line of biker shorts & leggings that are printed locally and made from eco-friendly Repreve fabric that is made from recycled plastic bottles! They will be available in a diverse size range from XS-8X and will allow customers to customize their own pair by choosing which fabric patterns they want to mix & match.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love a day out when you can easily get from one location to the next just by walking! I would start in the SoBo neighborhood at the Colorado History Museum, they have so many beautiful & interactive exhibits! Next, we would walk across the street to Zep’s Epiq Sandwiches for lunch. My favorite is the “Wanderlust” with fried chicken, maple bacon & apple jalapeno slaw paired with a Boylan’s Cream Soda. Next we’d cross over to the Art Hotel & check-out all of the cool artwork on our way up to the rooftop Fire lounge! It has a gorgeous view of the city & outdoor fire pit. I’d recommend the Jackson Polluck martini, a little sweet & a little savory! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Robyn Premo is a teacher & a mother who wanted to inspire creativity in play beyond plastic toys & flashing lights. She created a shop called Holly & Honey (https://www.etsy.com/shop/HollyandHoneyShop) that specializes in hand painted wooden peg dolls. She releases new collections monthly but also takes custom orders to create something truly one of a kind!

Website: www.rebellelion.com
Instagram: @rebellelionco
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rebellelionco
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HollyandHoneyShop
Email: hi@rebellelion.com

Image Credits
Katie Langley @ktlangleyphotography www.ktlangleyphotography.com

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