Friday, April 24, 2015

Who made my clothes? #fashrev


Two years ago today, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Today is Fashion Revolution Day and you can show your support by taking a selfie showing the label of your clothing and sharing it on social media with the hashtag #whomademyclothes.

Ethical fashion is something that I have been thinking about more and more over the past year. The other week when Tara and I were browsing in Topshop, we came across a simple black lacy t-shirt that reminded us of our favourite Amber Whitecliffe Maketu Tee. To our surprise, the Topshop top was priced at $120, which is only $5 more than the AW tee. For those of you who are not familiar with Amber, she is an incredible designer who makes all her clothing here in New Zealand. It baffled me that a huge global business who mass-produces products could price their garment the same as a small local NZ made brand. To be honest, this put me right off Topshop and I haven't bought anything from them since.

This past year, i've been researching clothing brands that are fair trade and ethically made. I've slowly began to build a collection of bookmarked websites as well as a word document on my computer linking to articles and reports on ethical fashion. This weeks Viva Magazine is dedicated to ethical style and NZ made clothing. It was in that issue I discovered the Fashion Revolution organisation. The magazine has some INCREDIBLE interviews, so definitely check it out online if you can.

Now, it would be hypocritical for me to say that I am never going to buy something from a chainstore again because lets be honest, I probably will. You will still see me sporting Cotton On, The Warehouse and etcetera on the blog, but I want to start being more careful with what I consume. I am a big fashion lover, but that does not mean I should ignore what is going on in the industry around me.

If this is something you would like to hear more about on the blog, let us know! Tara and I would be excited to share some posts and videos on our process of finding and purchasing quality and ethically made clothing.






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6 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you guys, this stuff is so important! My friend linked me to this ethical fashion report recently and it turns out Cotton On isn't so bad (not the best, but not the worst!). I'm definitely trying to focus on buying more ethically made clothes :) http://www.baptistworldaid.org.au/assets/Be-Fair-Section/FashionReport.pdf

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  2. I agree too and I would love to know what you've found out about where to buy more ethical products. It's great that more people are now aware of the issues because of the recent media coverage on this. I would love to buy more ethical and NZ made products but the cheapskate in me loves bargains. I'm surprised Kmart didn't do so badly because I'm obsessed with their products. I also like Valleygirl, TEMT and Mirrou but I wasn't surprised of their fashion report score. My favourite is going opshopping/thrifting and I don't feel much guilt doing that because it is a much more sustainable and cheaper way of shopping. :)
    - Angela from A Style Collector

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  3. I liked your post a lot, cause it makes us think... yes, it was a tragedy what happened in Bangladesh and unfortunately, it will go on being this way. In China, slavery, Bangladesh, Vietnam, India... I must say I bought some pieces of clothes or accessories in shops like Topshop, Zara, Primark, H & M. Not many, but some, like you said - it's hypocritical to say we will never buy from highstreet anymore. But it's really sad that some brands exploit people. They could sell clothes without the exploitation, I think... really, a very good post that makes us think, as I said before!
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  5. The timing of your post is incredible...aha, in my ethics class, our group was assigned the garment industry and it has truly been challenging my consumer habits when it comes to clothes. Do more of these type of posts, please! I think it's a good topic to cover and make more people aware of these issues.

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  6. The timing of your post is incredible...aha, in my ethics class, our group was assigned the garment industry and it has truly been challenging my consumer habits when it comes to clothes. Do more of these type of posts, please! I think it's a good topic to cover and make more people aware of these issues.

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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