Who made my clothes? It’s a fashion revolution!

Fashion Revolution week, who made my clothes, sustainable fashion

April 22nd, 2018 is Earth Day! So it is fitting that I post about Fashion Revolution week. What is Fashion Revolution Week you ask?

Fashion Revolution week, who made my clothes, sustainable fashion

Fashion Revolution is now a global movement of people like you.

It’s a time to reflect, brought to you by the Fashion Revolution organization that is trying to get everyone to become a conscious consumer. Have you ever wondered who made your clothes? How much they’re paid, and what their lives are like?

Our clothes have gone on a long journey before they hit store shelves, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, sewers and others. Approximately 75 million people work to make our clothes. 80% of them are women between the ages of 18 and 35.

However, the majority of the people who makes clothes for the global market live in poverty, unable to afford life’s basic necessities. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe and dirty conditions, with very little pay.

This needs to change.

At the moment, most of the world lives in a capitalist economy. This means companies must increase sales growth and make profits in order to succeed — but crucially, not at the expense of peoples’ working conditions, health, livelihoods, dignity and creativity and not at the expense of our natural environment.

Whether you are someone who buys and wears fashion (that’s pretty much everyone) or you work in the industry along the supply chain somewhere or if you’re a policymaker who can have an impact on legal requirements, you are accountable for the impact fashion has on people’s lives and on nature.

I too, just like the folks running this organization, felt a wave of shock in 2013 after the Rana Plaza building collapse where over 1,000 people died making clothes for pennies. I decided then and there that as a person with a blog and platform, I could no longer turn a blind eye to an industry that IS literally killing people. Here are the changes I personally made –

1. I would use this blog as a bigger platform to bring awareness to the sustainability of fashion and in conjunction, support brands that were paying employees fair wages, conscious about the environment, and proponents of slow fashion. In particular, the Made in USA clothing movement.

2. I did not shop at all for several months. And when I finally did again, I decided that I would almost exclusively buy second hand. And if I had to buy new clothing, it would be Made in the USA. And in 3 years, I have been about 95% successful in achieving this goal.

3. I rid my wardrobe of the highest offenders. No more Forever 21, Zara, H&M, etc. I kept very few things, but most of it was donated to a thrift store. I am no longer supporting these brands nor their trendy consumerism.

I think the biggest thing this Fashion Revolution is attempting to do, is to highlight that real people are the ones sewing all these clothes. Not robots or machines. Humans are working really long hours, in blighted conditions, for very little pay all over the world. It doesn’t mean you have to make the changes I make. But ask more questions, ask who is making your clothes, and ask where your clothes come from. Click HERE for a guide to getting involved.

Fashion Revolution week, who made my clothes, sustainable fashion

Spotlight on: Seea swimwear + Shopbop Sale

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

Ever since visiting Tulum in December, I have had beach on my brain. But since then too, I’m realizing I’ve been wearing the same suits over and over. And they just kind of don’t fit my style anymore. I was browsing Shopbop recently and came across this new (to me) brand Seea and I’ve totally fallen in love with almost everything. And then fell in love even more after hearing their brand philosophy and that they’re made in the USA!

A distinctive brand, Seea is dedicated to the pioneering women who first braved the waves, and to every woman who has ever searched for a suit that is feminine, comfortable, and fun. An elegant mix of retro-modern shapes and contemporary colors and prints, Seea strikes the perfect balance between surf function and style.

Committed to domestic production and sustainable design, Seea suits are a locally crafted, 100% Californian product, right down to the famous breaks they are named after. Even small details, like the hangtags, are vintage made and multi-use, printed by letterpress, and complete with a hair band for your next surf session.

A brand I can definitely get behind! The older I get, the more body conscious I get too? (yes, that question mark is supposed to be there because body positivity is a roller coaster for me.) Some days I feel confident enough to wear a bikini, other days I want to wear a one piece. What matters to me more is a great fit and great quality.

*images courtesy of Seea website
Seea Swimwear

Seea Swimwear

Seea Swimwear

Seea Swimwear

Seea Swimwear

Pieces like these and others are part of the awesome Shopbop sale going on right now through April 14th with the code EVENT18

Shopbop

Spotlight on: Sea NYC + Shopbop Sale

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

I’ve been able to add 2 Sea NYC pieces to my wardrobe (one of which you can see here) and they’re both so delicate and beautiful. It’s exactly how I describe the brand! I have been a fan of the brand for some years now, and I love being able to share it with you all here. I wish I could link all of their collection photos, the fall colors are so rich!

“In 2007, lifelong friends Monica Paolini and Sean Monahan launched Sea from their loft-turned-studio-turned-showroom on Canal Street in NYC. Their thoughtful and vibrant collections emphasize easy-to-wear polished pieces with unique feminine touches and playful twists.”

Sea NYC resort 2018, Made in the USA

Sea NYC resort 2018, Made in the USA

Sea NYC resort 2018, Made in the USA

Sea NYC resort 2018, Made in the USA

Sea NYC resort 2018, Made in the USA

Sea NYC resort 2018, Made in the USA

Sea NYC also happens to be one of the brands available at Shopbop, which is having a big sale until Friday! Click HERE to head on over and look around. Shopbop is one of the few retailers I continue to support because of their endeavors to support brands that are Made in the USA and DO NOT hide where imported items are manufactured in.

Shopbop sale

Made in USA Monday

Welcome to Made in USA Mondays – where I’ll be exploring trends that caught my eye in small doses, but supporting sustainability and Made in USA!

So I hate apologizing for absences, but I gotta explain that I’ve been living without Internet at home for almost a month. It’s been a really interesting experience! I’m sort of connected again, so you won’t see me gone this long again (I hope!)

I have spent part of my Summer traveling between San Francisco and Los Angeles, so my wardrobe is constantly having to cooperate for cool/cold SF and crazy hot LA. Light denim has been my saving grace this year! So these faded blue hues are really calling my name right now.