Sol Inspirations
Eco Fashion made for everyone

Our Focus

Fashion

We believe in creativity and ingenuity through fashion, providing an outlet for anyone looking to get involved.

Advocacy

We believe in a better future for fashion. Encouraging creativity and forward thinking in designers, consumers and enthusiasts.

Education

Working closely with some of the best programs in the Twin Cities, we provide resources and learning opportunities.

Community

Building a network of like-minded individuals, passionate about making change personally, locally and globally.

What's Happening?

Sol Inspirations

Who We Are

Founded from a one night fashion show, Sol Inspirations has grown to be the Twin Cities go-to resource center for eco-fashion and ethical style. Advocating for socially responsible clothing, styling and beauty, we work to educate curious consumers and designers on how these products can make our world a healthier, more sustainable and positive place to live.


  • We know that changes are necessary for improving our environment

  • We think it is time for ethical responsibility in the fashion industry

  • We believe that art and beauty are not diminished by responsible-choices but encourage a world of inspiration without limits

Through fashion events and shows, we promote brands and designs that use organic and locally made textiles, sustainable manufacturing practices, fair trade or fairly traded, responsible labor practices, the recycling and upcycling of textiles into new clothing, and commissioning demi-couture clothing over disposable fashion. Sol encourages shoppers to break out of their old fashion habits by bringing the latest in eco-fashion and design to the Twin Cities.

Our Mission

Sol Inspirations is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates for responsible clothing, styling and beauty products and educates consumers about how these products make our world a healthier and better place to live.

What We Do

Sol is dedicated to walk the talk in all we do. We approach all of our fashion events and runway shows with the highest standards in sustainability and ethics. Constantly growing, we work for total integrity by implementing zero-waste practices in all of our events from start to finish– as well as encouraging and emphasizing green practices for all involved, including models, designers, beauticians, stylists and attendees. Striving to keep up on the inside industry, we work side by side with experts in the field, to bring about the best tools in education, workshops, and events in eco-fashion to the Twin Cities.

Board

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Alex Detrick

President
Alex Detrick is the President and founder of Sol Inspirations. He originally produced an eco fashion runway show called Sol Inspirations as a fundraiser for Haiti. Due to the passionate local interest in the production, he continued the program after the event as a non-profit organization.
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Nikki Rae

Vice President
Nikki Rae is a Minnesota native with a love for travel, culture and fashion. While living abroad, she was able to take part in the production of hand made goods from the local indigenous people and became inspired to make a difference in the wasteful nature of a consumer driven world.
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Khamphian Vang

Director and Treasurer
Khamphian Vang comes from a tradition of community service. An innovator and compassionate leader, her goal is to inspire action and cultivate a better world through social entrepreneurship and ethical design.
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Ashleyn Przedwiecki

Director, Social Media and Outreach
As small town Midwestern girl, Ashleyn Przedwiecki has been building, imagining, and creating with fabric since the days of her barn yard studio. While studying in England she was able to dig deeper into garment construction and the social impact clothing has on women’s roles throughout history.
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Julie Hill

Director and Spokesperson
Julie B. Hill is a St. Paul Native, Professional Speaker & Realtor, Green. She started her Eco-Career many years ago as an educator within the Aveda Network. Today, she is a co-owner of a training company that educates people on living an “Inspired Life.”
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Michelle Hamburger

Director, Marketing
Born and raised in Minnesota, Michelle Hamburger is an independent sales and marketing representative, partner for interior design consultation company CA Design, and freelance writer for the Twin Cities’ healthy living magazine, Natural Awakenings.
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Anupama Pasricha, Ph.D.

Advisory Board
Anupama Pasricha, Ph.D. is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, and Design at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN. Her specialties are sustainability, qualitative research and assessment.
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Katherine Price

Advisory Board
Katherine is a dedicated eco fashion warrior and has been with the organization since 2011. Outside of Sol Inspirations, Katherine works at the Foundry and during her free time, she enjoys blogging, doing yoga and loves going to sporting events.
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Erika Backberg

Advisory Board
Erika has obsessively immersed herself into the sustainable art, education, social and environmental justice world, and is a high fashion eco jewelry designer. Professionally certified in Sustainable Resource Management, Erika has over 15 years experience developing triple bottom line/holistic structures and systems for businesses.
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Renalie Bailey

Advisory Board
Renalie is the Apparel Technologies instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Renalie is passionate about sustainable fashion and has been a faithful Sol Inspirations volunteer since our first meeting in June, 2010.

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