Dechel Mckillian is a celebrity stylist originally from LA whose clients include Drake, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, and Lionel Richie. After traveling the world with music artists like the Black Eyed Peas and Lil Wayne, Dechel saw firsthand the negative impact fashion has on our people and planet. Dechel brings over a decade of fashion industry experience to GALERIE.LA and has worked with the world’s biggest retailers including GOOP, Clare V, Steven Alan and TopShop. Realizing the gap between sustainable fashion and her experiences in lifestyle and entertainment, she launched GALERIE.LA to present a tightly curated selection of brands with a shared philosophy. Dechel founded GALERIE.LA to bring socially conscious fashion to the masses. Dechel is passionate about linking cutting-edge movements in urban culture, entertainment and music with the possibilities of sustainable design and fashion.
Leslie Campbell is the founder and CEO of Sustain LA. Her zero waste journey began in the stretch of open forest behind her parents’ home, where carefree hours spent as a child gave her a deep appreciation for the natural world. Flash forward through Leslie's nearly twenty years of experience in the food and beverage industry, where as a restaurant manager she witnessed first hand the disconnect between sustainable business practices and the disposable reality of the present. After orchestrating numerous sustainable improvements at a notable Silver Lake restaurant, Leslie founded Sustain LA in 2009 as a means to put into action zero waste solutions for businesses, events, and individuals in the greater L.A. area. Leslie has been involved in studying and practicing sustainability and zero waste for over ten years. In 2010, she became a Certified Sustainable Recycling and Resource Management Professional with the California Resource Recovery Association, and from 2010-2014, she was a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Green Associate. She is a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Working Group and she is currently pursuing a Food Studies Certificate at UCLA, focusing on food insecurity, surplus food rescue and transparency in food labeling, with the goal to reduce food insecurity and food waste and increase ongoing sustainable solutions for businesses and local communities in Los Angeles. Leslie and her husband have called Los Angeles their home for twenty years. Together with their daughter (a mini but fierce zero waste warrior and their true inspiration for a sustainable future!), and their cat, they enjoy a zero waste lifestyle, public transportation, and of course plenty of time in the great outdoors, where her zero waste dream was born.