veryone, meet your newest ethical fashion related obsession: Walk Sew Good. Made up of two smart and sassy women, Megan and Gab, team Walk Sew Good is currently walking across southeast Asia to gather positive stories about how your ethically-made clothes are produced and the affect that ethical business practices have on the people who make your clothes.
We often make blanket statements like "If we all changed our consumption habits, we could change the fashion industry!". But are we really asking everyone to change their consumption habits? And is that fair? For me, the answer is "no". At this point in my life, the vast majority of my friends, and the people I spend the most of my time with are not well-to-do and it seems ridiculous to encourage them to buy a $22.00 pair of organic and fair trade underwear when they are just trying to get by and cover rent and food for the month.
The longer I'm here in the beautiful Philippines, the more personally connected to the cause of "fashion revolution" I become. In just a few short months, I've befriended women in the garment industry, met local, small ethical fashion businesses and listened to their struggles to survive and "make it" without compromising on fair wages, and have even gotten the inside scoop on the big fast fashion manufacturing factories here.
Safia Minney has long been on my list of ethical fashion heroes. You might know her best as the visionary behind pioneering ethical brand People Tree, which has been producing beautiful garments and advocating for workers rights for 20 years- or you might have been introduced to Safia through The True Cost Documentary.
I've just recently learned of Safia's latest project, a book and campaign titled "Slave To Fashion" that aims to expose slavery and exploitation in the fashion industry.
I'm really honored to share this great post today by my new friend Alma AlFarisi, founder of Kawula Muda. Truly ethical style involves asking more questions about a than just "was the person making this paid fair wages?"