I have become disillusioned by what ‘fashion’ has become today. Compounded by being here in the USA, where greed and mass consumption burns like wild fire. The love of fashion for me was dressing up in pretty dresses and twirling around like a little girl. I read recently that the fashion industry is one of the greatest polluters. Children are working in dungeon like factories to produce buy one get 3 free suits. This is not what I signed up for 15 years ago, when I wanted to give back to the world through ‘fashion’.
I wanted to create products with meaning by using traditional methods of making that empower communities. I rack my brain trying to find a balance to make products that bring the imagine to life in the most ‘ethical’ way possible. The consumer doesn’t like to know that children are being neglected and living wage ignored. They have been conditioned to buy ‘cheap’. Without realizing it but through their purchases they are making a choice. Sometimes we ignore common sense to calm our conscious. Just do basic maths. Think about the selling price minus the markup. Is there enough in that space between the material, making and shipping cost to include a fair wage?
Despite the realistic gloom, I will continue to forge forward believing in a better world. I am commited to ensuring that I am a part of the solution. I admire professions like nursing (my sister is a nurse) that the aim is to help people get better. But when you are working to create positive change using innovative methods it takes a bit of digging, review and modification. Answers may not always be obvious but for sure they exist.