We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Sweet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
The number one book, or string of books, that changed my life is the 48 Laws of Power. This book opened my eyes up to the world of leadership, psychology, and political human dynamics. It really lays out how people behave, consciously or subconsciously, and different ways to combat those behaviors that are happening around you. The author, Robert Greene, has several other books in his collection that I absolutely adore, that include The Art of Seduction and The Art of Mastery. I highly recommend his books if you are hoping to learn how to move better in your own body and in the community. Before reading The 48 Laws of Power, I’ll relay this message that was given to me: Use this book for good and self-defense. Never to harm or manipulate others. This book absolutely changed the way I handled myself early on in my career and is a book I refer to often. I began to see dynamics that were happening around me, be able to decode them in the moment, act in a way that would deflect other people’s manipulations, and also benefit my goals and initiatives. 100/10 would recommend!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The Revamp is where fashion meets sustainability while bringing the local community together through all-inclusive events and eco-education. Our goal is to disrupt the Denton creative community by introducing a new culture that pairs sustainability with fashion, art, and music. We plan to achieve this by creating inclusive experiences that provide eco-friendly opportunities for locals to connect through creative expression. Our biggest impact would be our clothing swaps and community initiatives. I couldn’t be more proud of how many people that we connected to community service through fashion and thrifting. Not only were we able to guide our audience into the lifestyle of second-hand shopping, but we were also able to guide them to focus on regular community service. The quarterly clothing swaps that we host help us provide local shelters, such as Denton County Friends of the Family, and save the earth by community sharing. In our most recent event, we were able to donate 641lbs of clothing to DCFOF, community share with over 200 community members, and spread awareness of local creatives, artists, businesses, and more. This was NOT what we set out to do when we started this collective, but it has become what we are known for and I couldn’t be more proud of the impact we’ve been making. We’ve been around for over 2 years and we’re growing and expanding through this covid experience. Was it easy? No.. Was it worth it? Absolutely! We are faced with challenges at every turn, but each challenge made us more agile and taught us about what our audience wants and needs. The pandemic has really flipped our operations around and have us scratching ur head about what to do next, but we keep trying new and creative ways to engage our community. During the quarantine, we upped our blogs to twice a week to keep our readers engaged, implemented educational and resource blogs to help the local community find access to much-needed resources, hosted challenges and competitions to keep our audience engaged and the business community active, and have been testing out new technology left and right. If we’ve learned anything from this year, it’s that there are endless ways to get the answer. The only wrong answer is to let the challenges defeat you. I want the world to know that fast fashion has a rival and it’s the eco-friendly community. The ReVamp will forever right to ensure people have access to affordable clothing and community activism.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Denton is such a special place and I truly love spending time here. There are endless places to go and enjoy your time here. We at The ReVamp love it so much, we actually wrote a blog about this already! Check it out here: https://therevamp.co/blog/f/support-denton-businesses-a-list?blogcategory=Our+Community
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to dedicate my shoutout to The ReVamp team and Denton as a whole. When I moved to Denton three short years ago, I was welcomed into the community with open arms. When we started The ReVamp, a platform for creative and eco-conscious activism, we were fully supported through and through. Team leaders that helped develop the collective into what it includes: Mariah Sierra, my partner, and our digital director helped me build this platform from scratch and has supported us through her tremendous efforts and passion to grow the brand into what it can be! To our blog writers, Amelia and Erin, who have developed the blog into a brand of its own through expressing their creativity through words have truly changed our thoughts on what The ReVamp was capable of. To our photographers and creative collaborators, Tori Lorraine and Danika Dobson, along with MJ Porter, have given our brand the look of something out of a magazine and I am forever grateful. To our community liaison and my right hand, Sarah Jo, who has kept us on the pulse of everything in Denton, she has blossomed into a powerhouse and we are so grateful. To all of our brand ambassadors, volunteers, and supporters, we truly would not be here without the love, support, creativity, and life you breathe into our programs. Without you, The ReVamp would not be possible. I can’t thank each of you enough for all of your hard work!
Group Image on the Truck: Photography by Flesh and Flora Group Image with the Sign: Photography by Flesh and Flora Group Image outside: Photography by Simmy Baby Photos Note: I tried to add more photos but it wouldn’t upload. Please let me know if I can email more.