I first met Akilah when I bought a pair of jeans from her when she and a few other sustainable fashion stylists hosted a pop-up event in East Nashville. After following her on Instagram for a while and loving the edgy yet feminine looks she created for herself and others, I asked her if she would be interested in letting me shoot a profile on her. The loved the idea as much as I did and we decided to do a two part series; first I would go thrifting with her, and then we would shoot a series of outfits that she would style using the pieces the picked up during our shopping trip. I personally love thrifting as well and loved watched her own style of perusing Goodwill and finding the items she knew life could be breathed into.
After she altered and styled her found articles, we met back up in downtown Nashville a week later to photograph her thrifty looks.