Co-founder of luxury clothing label (re)vision society, Stacey Cotter Manière discusses conscious consumption and how we can all play an integral role in designing a hopeful future.
The Rising Interview
Where are you right now?
In my studio in London Fields working on the design for our next project.
Where do you go when you need inspiration?
I find inspiration wherever I am, my mind is always racing with new ideas, I have to make dedicated time to slow it down to rest.
Idleness. A gift or curse?
A gift. The art of nurturing it is a skill in itself and the path to truly grasping its benefits requires considered effort.
To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?
The intention for it to be a new, decentralised form of money was a great concept. The fact it is no longer democratic, transparent or an open community is disappointing.
Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?
If you mean Direct Democracy in regards to Democratic Liberalism then its a question we ask ourselves regularly in the studio. I think the onset of organisations such as 38 Degrees are helping to reshape the political landscape allowing informed citizens to have a say and join together to create change. Ive seen first hand the positive impact that this has had in the local community and at large but also how quickly that power can be used to drive personal intentions. I would like to confidently say Direct Democracy as a choice. However, I think that understanding the land between it and Liberal Democracy as we watch it unfold may naturally unveil the "right" choice. Bringing 19th century democracy up-to-date with the 21st century is something that needs to happen for sure, it seems out of sync that you can make a payment for buying a house on a mobile banking app yet you need to physically go to a polling station to cast a vote.
Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?
I put forth Carpe Diem and you shall nosce te ipsum. By seizing the day, making mistakes, exploring life instead of sitting back and watching it go by then you shall learn to know yourself.
Last app opened?
Goal Map. A new app started by a friend of ours where you can record things you want to do in life whether big goals or daily habits.
Last book read?
Womankind magazine from cover to cover.
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River because it reminds me of watching my parents feet dancing away whilst sitting under the table making a tipi as a child.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
"Are you on the path". Words of wisdom bestowed by my father which meant, are you inline with your intuition, does it feel right, are you walking your journey. Its guided me ever since.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?
That's a hard one. I think I will leave that answer for someone whom Ive bestowed advice to, only they know whether it was good or not. Everyone's path is different in life but I do love sharing what I've learnt because if it can help others in any possible way that makes me happy.
If you could be anywhere, where would it be?
Right here now writing the answers to these questions.
If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
“I’ve learnt that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” -Maya Angelou. This is one of my favourite quotes. I try to live by this daily, its important to me how I make people feel.
In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?
Artificial Intelligence. Its coming for better or for worse and I have hope and faith in humanity that it will be used for good.