Every item born has a creator.
This is a concept that I was completely oblivious to a couple years ago. I don't know what I thought happened - clothing fairies who magically turned cotton and wool into blue jeans and sweaters seems as likely a guess as any for how I imagined our clothes came into being. I never even considered that an actual person had to make each and every item I saw on the endless racks in my favorite stores.
I certainly didn't think that those people might not have it so great at their jobs.
It wasn't until I investigated the meaning of "fair trade" that I began to learn about common problems in the fashion industry. In many textile factories where the biggest brands source their products, workers are not paid a livable wage, given health benefits, or provided with safe working conditions. Not to mention the disregard for the environment.
But not all companies allow those things to happen in the factories they source from. The company that buys from the factory has the leverage to impose requirements on the minimum accepted wage, health programs, safety codes, and fabric sources. They can create patterns that minimize waste. They can create sustainable solutions for the damages done to the environment during the production process.
And when we support the companies that have and enforce these policies, we support a future of reduced suffering, environmental longevity, and quality products.
Today is the last day of October (please enjoy All Hallow's Eve and be safe!), and my final installment of Slow Fashion October. This week's theme sits right at the heart of what I care most about in regards to ethical fashion - being aware of the origins of our clothes and choosing them accordingly.
That's why I chose to feature this truly stunning Everlane Trench Coat. Everlane's "Radical Transparency" is revolutionary, and their products are built to last. This is not a sponsored post, I'm just a serious fan of this company. Each factory is listed on their website so you can find out exactly where your items were made. Their products are absolute quality and their styles are timeless, extending their shelf-life considerably. These are the types of companies which I am proud to support and invest in.
Knowledge is power. The more we know about where the things in our lives come from, the more action we can take to create positive change.
Thanks so much to Karen from Fringe Association for originating Slow Fashion October. I encourage you to check out her content, as well as the gobs of other posts and opinions on social media and the Slow Fashion October website's comment section. Also, if you're interested in learning more about ethical fashion, here are some helpful links: