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

Because my sister wore it

Hi folks!

This month has just been…ugh! I don’t get into politics with others much, if ever, but the elections really had me on edge and just feeling overall saddened by the actions of many people. I had no mind to concentrate on any sort of blogging. This was just the cherry on the top of layers of crazy stuff that has happened to me this year. So I will continue to, and urge you too, to find find comfort with friends and family to spread love.

I was able to visit my family briefly, and between my sisters and my mom, we’ve been able to mutually swap all kinds of things in our wardrobes. It’s quite wonderful. So you sometimes see me referring to things here as “borrowed” from my sister. This dress though…we can just say she left it in the care of my mom for some mending and I helped myself to it! It’s just so beautifully structured!

Item From Made in… BUY
Jason Wu dress borrowed from sister USA HERE
Freda Salvador Shopbop.com Spain similar

Thrift Eye, Jason Wu dress, style blogger

Thrift Eye, Jason Wu dress, style blogger

Caveat emptor – Buzzfeed investigates “Made in China”

Have any of you been following these Buzzfeed stories about angry buyers who received their merchandise from Chinese wholesale retailers? It’s quite fascinating. It is the ultimate buyer beware moment we dread while shopping online. I think it’s best to say that if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Always try to do your research on the retailer before buying anything online.

I wasn’t going to write about this topic – except the week the original Buzzfeed article came out, I was emailed by one of the retailers asking me to run ads for them. They must have missed the whole thing about me being very pro-Made in the USA. I just didn’t respond to them – but I know that other bloggers run ads for these companies and often take free clothes from them.

The original article is about how Facebook heavily advertises and misleads users towards these sketchy online retailers.

Buzzfeed investigates
picture from Facebook group

The people then began to use Facebook itself as a tool to warn other potential buyers – creating forums where people could share their woes and warnings. They were also using the ability to contact Facebook heads via Facebook itself, to shame them for accepting ad money from these retailers. Facebook had no choice but to respond – it looks as if action still hasn’t been taken though.

I found it even more interesting that Buzzfeed followed up for us all by ordering a spread of merchandise from the accused sellers and creating a whole other post about it. Most of the items were not as described, just as the people on Facebook had shown. Items tend to not be of the fabric described and sizing was off.

Lauren Zaser / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

A few of the things were wearable, but not of great quality and just not what the original picture presented. There was no original item, the retailers are stealing pictures from blogs and Instagram to sell items they do not carry in the first place. I haven’t heard much from the story recently – but I’m definitely following these types of stories as they progress.

Passing along the info – Shopbop sale!

As noted, Shopbop is one of my site sponsors, but I thought I’d let you all also know that they’re having a pretty big sale right now! They are my go-to online retailer for buying new Made in USA things! You only have until the 15th, but just enter INTHEFAM25 at the end and get 25% off your whole order!

Shopbop sale

These are just a few of my favorite Made in USA brands sold on Shopbop!

Three Dots
J Brand jeans
Edith A. Miller
Enza Costa

So I celebrate any business that goes above and beyond to stock so many Made in USA brands! The sale is just a bonus :)