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rachel b velebny is a writer based in Barcelona, Spain.

her journalism is focused on the business of fashion, sustainability, and european startups. and her copywriting experience is in fashion branding and communications.

rachel is originally from the U.S. and has lived in Europe since 2009: first in Prague, then Manchester (where she got her MA in fashion journalism), Amsterdam, and currently Barcelona.

hot mushrooms is rachel’s substack for more personal and experimental writing.

she also writes poetry and creative non-fiction. her non-writing hobbies include underlining passages in books, curating an almost exclusively second-hand wardrobe, and practicing pilates and yoga.