We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Rewell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Im from a small town in the south is Brazil. I lived there for the first 17 years of my life, then shortly before turning 18 I moved to California, and started a life here. In the past 8 years so much has changed in my life. As well as I’ve changed In endless ways. My younger self dwelled in lots of insecurities, lots of uncertainties, lots of overwhelm. That impacted who I am today, impacted the way I see myself. But it also fueled a need to tackle my life by its tail and make it my own. I came here for college, ended up dropping out and creating the life that I see for myself. My past hardships have made me highly adjustable, they made me understanding, and they shaped the strong woman I am today.
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.
Im motivated by making a difference. You can tell by what I chose to do with my life. I’m the Co-Owner of King Coast Clothing. The brand is just Jay & I saving as many textiles from going into our landfills as possible. Second hand fashion is the only way the fashion industry can move forward without the insane amount of harm that it causes in current times. We repurpose anything that was otherwise lifeless, and donate anything that still has potential to local shelters and organizations. Although we don’t have much room for storage we have saved so much already and am constantly looking forward to what we’re doing next.
I also run a skateboarding Non profit, where me along 3 other skateboarders put together bi-weekly meet ups so women, non-binary, trans & queer individuals can get together and mingle, connect and at times meet their best buds. It’s the most rewarding experience of my life. We are constantly looking for ways to give back to our community, doing beach clean ups, donating to other locals orgs, offering a safe space for queer & queer youth. Our meet ups are the source of much joy in my life, the environment is everything I needed when I was a younger person feeling like I didn’t belong anywhere. Never truly relating to anyone. It’s extremely personal to me that I continually nurture a safe space in myself for others. One of my life missions for sure.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Okay so I live in a van, and they’d have to be highly adaptable. But the for the perfect day in San Diego we’d start the day with some vegan breaky sandwiches made by yours truly parked by Sunset Cliffs or San Elijo. We could both take it easy in the AM and head into the water for a dip (let’s hope it’s July omg the water is so cold here), lay out for a while like good Brazilians would. We could make some salad for lunch and cruise around the streets of Leucadia or Coronado. We could have dinner at some dank vegan spot (there are literally a gazillion favorites), and check out some local shops around town. Life always feels like a vacation when you’re in San Diego so having fun is always a guarantee.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If I had to give recognition to someone I’d have to give recognition to every single person that has crossed paths with me. Everyone that has shared input, anyone that has supported me with words, currency, energetically. Every and any one that I’ve met in my journey has contributed to where I’m at right now. Positively, and negatively. There are special people in my life that celebrate me for who I am, whom I hold so close to my heart. My spouse, my mother, my brothers, my extended family, close friends. They all play an important role in my story.
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