Fashion Is Freedom is a blog about sweatshop labour, the negative impacts of ‘fast’ fashion as well as the growing efforts towards more ethical fashion.
While we love fashion, we’re also increasingly aware of the injustices of sweatshops and sweatshop workers churning out masses of clothes for less than living wage. There is huge disparity here – the often poorly and unjust conditions under which these clothes are made… and their final destination: luxurious malls and glamorous window displays.
At first, we thought the solution was simple: Boycott retailers and brands that are guilty of unethical practices and only buy clothes that are ethically made.
But the truth is, being an ethical consumer is simply not that easy.
We hope that through Fashion Is Freedom, we can understand better how sweatshops work and along the way, discover retailers, brands and designers who are committed to ethical practices.
We’d also like to note that we are constantly learning and constantly being exposed to new data and information. If you spot any inaccuracies, do not hesitate to reach out. We will be happy to relook our posts and make corrections where necessary.
Finally, our driving motivation for this blog is to expand the definition of fashion, to go beyond the latest trends and create a tapestry of style stories – the uniforms we wear, those old t-shirts we don’t want to throw out, the torn sneakers we hope to get fixed one day. We just love the idea of a storied sense of style, a style that speaks of us as individuals and as a community. Most of all, we really believe that style should not come at the expense of someone else’s welfare.
It’s difficult to articulate elegantly so we’re going to borrow the words of Coco Chanel:
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”.
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