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I did! Last year I went on a sewing spree instead of a shopping spree. Inspired to learn basic construction of clothing and to add my own creations to my wardrobe, I made a dress, a pair of pants, a skirt, and a cape. I have to say that it’s really satisfying to sport something I have made myself. Additionally, I realized how much skill and talent it takes to put together a quality garment. Skills that, sadly, we just don’t learn anymore in this country.

Now I have a new appreciation for those people out there in the world who are making our clothes.

 

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IMG_20170423_112444840Designed in the UK but made in China, Boden offers a charming line of clothing, much of it vintage inspired. Sweet dresses, cardigan sweaters, button-down shirts in whimsical prints, trench coats and more.

Designs are simple and the quality is impressive with extra details such as contrasting lining in a blazer or inside a shirt collar as you see right. Prices are reasonable particularly for this kind of high quality – approximately $125 for dresses, $80 for a summer linen shirt, pants are $130.

Again, I’d like to know who is making these clothes? Are they fairly treated?

Fashion Revolution Week. An opportunity to think and ask questions.

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IMG_20170423_111916977Isaac Mizrahi designs really stylish clothes with a reasonable price tag. Not cheap like H&M and Zara, but say $35 for a cotton t-shirt, $75 for a dress, $50 for pants. His look is part preppy, part hip and all surprisingly well constructed.

His line is made in China, which to me, in the past, meant junk. But I have learned that what comes out of China varies in quality. For Isaac Mizrahi the people doing the sewing are skilled and someone cares about quality control.

I wonder about all that. Are the seamstress paid well? How are the working conditions?

Fashion Revolution Week is an opportunity to think about these things and ask questions.

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A lot of the resources that we use to make our clothing are not accounted for in the cost of producing those clothes. So, it has water that’s used to produce clothing, land that is used to grow the fiber, chemicals that are used to dye … those things all are inputs. As inputs they cost something and they also give outputs. In some cases good outputs – the clothing themselves, jobs. But in other cases bad outputs – harmful chemicals, greenhouse gas. And those things have costs as well. 

Mike Schragger, director Sustainable Fashion Academy

Have you ever considered what goes into your clothes? The natural resources? The labor? The skills?

There’s a trend among some in the fashion industry to take a closer look at our clothing and ask questions. Just like a few years ago when we asked about our food and where it comes from, we want to know:

  • Where are our clothes made?
  • Who made them?
  • What’s in the fabric?
  • What is the TRUE cost of our cheap clothes?

The UK based non-profit organization Fashion Revolution is sponsoring Fashion Revolution Week, April 24-30 to honor the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, in which 1138 workers died and many were injured. Also during this time people around the world are planning events to highlight the true cost of fashion and inspire us to think and question.

One of the many campaigns is #whomademyclothes? Sport a piece of clothing inside out so the label shows. Take a selfie holding a sign that says – Who Made My Clothes? Post on Instagram and Twitter with #whomademyclothes? Make sure to share with the brand you’re wearing.

Join Fashion Revolution! Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

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