When Argo, Lexington's neighborhood eco-friendly boutique on Maxwell Street, opened, it provided a venue for clothing that is "environmentally and socially sustainable,"as well as a place to showcase local art. Soreyda Benedit Begley's work, as featured in Argo's June Limelight Series, is the thread that ties both of these concepts together. A self-employed Lexington clothing designer, Soreyda's mission lays in educating the public about fair trade standards and the benefits of buying locally, all the while creating clothes that are beautiful, comfortable, functional and affordable.
Soreyda's pursuit as a designer is deeply rooted in her childhood. Originally from Honduras, where the fashion industry isn't nearly as prominent as it is in the U.S., Soreyda remembers making buttons from plastic bottles as a little girl.
"I used to use whatever was available to do clothing, or to dress up my little doll,"she says. "I just had one my whole childhood, just one single doll, but she had a lot of clothing for sure.
Her knowledge and passion about fair trade and sustainability came from her experience during those years as well. As a middle and high school student