Last week was Fashion Revolution week and so I thought I would share some thoughts on handmade clothing, and why I think it's so important. When I was 18 years old, I made the decision to make or buy only second hand clothing for a whole year in order to save some money and have a reason to practice my sewing skills. This year I'm doing it again, however instead of doing it to save money, I'm doing it to be more sustainably and ethically conscience of the clothes I choose to wear.
Fashion Revolution week encourages people to ask the question, 'who made my clothes?', something, that up until a few years ago, I had never even thought about asking. But it is important to know who made your clothes, if not personally then at the very least know what the working conditions were like where the clothing was made. Within the handmade clothing industry it is very clear who made your clothes, whether they were sustainably made, and where the money you purchase the clothes with is going. All of these things are important to know. It is actually pretty frightening that we live in a time where we have so many different clothing stores and with different styles at our finger tips, but without having a clue about where the clothing has actaully come from.
As passionate as I am about handmade clothing, my husband Matt doesn't quite share the same passion as me yet and still often shops at Kmart and similar places. The other day he was looking for some t-shirts at Kmart and picked up some priced at $4. It really concerns me that if a company can sell a t-shirt for $4 after having it made, then shipped to Australia and still make a profit from it, there is something seriously wrong. Needless to say I easily convinced Matt not to purchase it, but I still found it very unsettling, and this is why it is so important to have transparency in the fashion industry, and to ask the question 'who made my clothes'.
So why buy handmade? To be able to wear your clothing with pride, knowing where it was made and who made it, as well as knowing that handmade clothing has a level of quality that mass-produced clothing just doesn't have, therefore making it sustainable as well as ethical. It's exciting to see how many handmade clothing options are about, and even to see some of the big clothing companies starting to be more ethically conscious as to where they source their clothes. I'm excited to be apart of the handmade fashion movement and I hope you will join me! x