Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Do more with less

Revolution Apparel’s philosophy is simple: “Our lives are defined not by what we own, but who we love, what we do, and how we impact the world.” They certainly have a good point.

As Americans, we consume way too much stuff. We buy and buy and buy. In fact, the average person consumes twice as much as he or she did 50 years ago. In the last three decades alone, one third of the planet’s natural resources have been gobbled up. As Americans, we make up 5 percent of the world’s population, yet we devour more than 30 percent of the world’s natural resources. Seems a little selfish, huh? As we buy more and more goods, stuffing our house to the brim with these things, we in fact are not getting any happier. Americans as a whole might be missing out on the bigger picture.

This is where Shannon Whitehead and Kristin Glenn come in. Whitehead and Glenn are backpacking travelers, tea lovers, closet philosophers and bike riders, but more importantly, they are looking for a better way to fulfill our needs. After traveling for two years, both were around the age of 25 when they hit a quarter life crisis. What were they going to do with they rest of their life?

Whitehead and Glenn, neither with a degree in fashion, joined heads to create Revolution Apparel, an apparel company that is committed to providing consciously sustainable clothing.

Whitehead tries to explain how the whole idea began. “Kristin called me; she said I want to do something different . . . let’s do it together.”

Together they have traveled all over looking for an answer to creating a sustainable clothing line. The entire line is made up of 10 different pieces that can be worn 100 different ways, including a maxi dress that converts to long dress, short dress, and skirt, as well as a pair of shorts, a pair of pants, a cardigan, a camisole, a tunic, leggings, and vest.

Imagine taking 10 individual pieces and replacing an entire wardrobe, without losing the ability to look fantastic. Each piece is environmentally friendly, and made without any harmful chemicals. The entire product line is made entirely from fair traded goods, from the cotton, to each individual button. The Versalette, their first creation, is made from 100 percent recycled cotton, and can be worn over 15 ways, including as a handbag and dress.

“When we first started coming up with this idea, we knew we didn’t want to sell something unethically. And it had to be green,” Glenn said.

These environmental entrepreneurs hope to change the way people look at their clothing; in fact, Glenn says, “It is our number one goal.”

Whitehead and Glenn are excellent examples of how you can accomplish anything with a little bit of passion and heart.

As for creating a men’s line, Whitehead and Glenn say it is not out of the realm of possibilities, but they have their hands full with the current 10-piece clothing line.

The Versalette will be available online in March at

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