FIELDTESTED | Gabriella Hosford

When we first began, we knew that we wanted to celebrate people and provenance. That meant having products that were not only bold and filled with stories, but they also had to be unisex, and inclusive to fit multiple sizes. Two years into the journey, we realized that our dreams were bigger than our business and it was not operationally possible for us to continue to offer a multitude of sizes in all of the styles. Now that we’ve grown, we’re doing what we wanted to years ago – committing to a range that celebrates multiple sizes in our community. It took us a while to get here, but we added some of our signature prints and styles to our Petite and Size 3 range. To celebrate these new sizes, it seemed befitting to ask our #mattertribe to join the photoshoot and be a part of this feat. 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A Hungarian born citizen of the world, a lucky mum of 2 beautiful daughters, a loving but competitive wife of Wolverine – and just someone who doesn’t ever want to fully grow up or take life too seriously. Oh and I am not great at tolerating cliches either.

Share a story that inspires you.

A car ahead was moving like a turtle and not giving me way despite my continuous honking! I was on brink of losing my temper when I noticed the small sticker on the car’s rear – “Physically challenged; Please be patient.” And that changed everything… I immediately went calm and slowed down. In fact I got a little protective of the car & the driver! I reached work a few minutes late, but it was ok. And then it struck me. Would I have been patient if there was no sticker? Why do we need stickers to be patient with people? Will we be more patient and kind with others if people had labels pasted on their foreheads? Labels like — “Lost my job”, “Fighting cancer”, “Going through a bad divorce”, “Suffering Emotional abuse”, “Lost a loved one”, “Feeling worthless”, “Financially broken”…. and more like these. Everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about. The least we can do is be patient and kind. Let us respect the invisible labels.

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What is the relationship you have with your clothes?

Love and hate 🙂 I find all clothes need to be worn at the right time with the right accessories with the right companion at the right occasion in the right climate etc…Unfortunately due to the probability of this difficult alignment I love some garments one day and hate the exact same piece at another day.

What does the way you dress say about who you are?

I think it actually says way more than most people think. Not in a negative or positive way but more in terms of a personality perspective. I love “street style” and that clearly manifests my straight back & “easy-ish”- going personality.

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What item of clothing makes you feel most like yourself?

My pants/trousers/jeans. I will FOREVER love and live my pants, they can be comfy elegant and a bit stylish too at the same time.

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What does sustainability mean to you?

To me, sustainability means living so that what we consume does not vastly exceed what we contribute. It is to take care of our planet so that our planet can continue to take care of us.

#ChangeBeyondTextiles is…

MATTER. Why? 🙂

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What is one thing you stand for and believe in, and why?

Honesty. This is my all time most important trait. It is the backbone of trust and trust is the backbone of every human relationship. It is guilt-free & it will never come back to bite ya.

How would you like to be remembered?

I would like the people closest to me (friends and family) to remember me as a kind & fun loving individual who made their days just a bit more interesting; just a bit funnier, just a bit more competitive and definitely CRAZIER.

We are proud to have Gabi as a Fieldtester, a group of inspiring individuals that test MATTER products in their everyday journeys of passion, to help us improve durability and design. Gabi is 172cm and usually wears US 8, for MATTER items she’s a size 1 for the pants, but size 2 for the All Day Jumpsuit. She is wearing our Easy Dhoti + Falcon Dusk and Sideswept Dhoti + Mobi Nomad Blue in Size 1. 


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