Dangerfield, and their sister brand Princess Highway, have been two of my favourite clothing brands for a number of years. When I first saw their cute, vintage-inspired styles made in the most gorgeous fabrics, I knew that they were my kind of clothing brands, that is until now.
Dangerfield is owned by a parent company called Factory X, and recently Factory X was given the worst possible grade in the Baptist World Aid ethical fashion report. The reason Factory X received such a terrible grade was due to: not knowing their suppliers, not paying their suppliers a living wage, not managing supplier relationships, and not empowering their workers (as stated in the Baptist World Aid ethical fashion report). With the prices of Dangerfield clothing being quite high (a simple dress often costing over $100) I naively thought that reflected a good, ethical brand, and instead associated the cheaper clothing brands as fast-fashion. However, many of the cheaper brands received a much better grade in the ethical fashion report - which begs the question, where is all the money going? Unfortunately, if the money isn't going to fair payment and conditions to the suppliers and workers, then it is going straight to Factory X's pocket, which is something I do not want to support.
I still love the clothing Dangerfield produces (as you have probably seen here) and I will always pick up their pretty clothing from charity shops if I see them, because in that case 100% of the money goes to the charity shop and not to Factory X, but this is the only way I will be buying Dangerfield from now on (until there are some drastic changes). This is obviously something I feel very passionately about, as an ethical, sustainable and handmade clothing brand creator, but I highly encourage you to also think about where your money is going and whether the clothing brand is ethical before making a purchase.
It's been so great to see highly respected bloggers also take a stand against Dangerfield, and ask their followers the question 'who made my clothes.' That's exactly what this post is here to do as well. I'm not judging anyone who still chooses to shop at Dangerfield and Princess Highway (1. Like I mentioned above, I still adore them, and they were the only brands I shopped with for years until just the start of the year, and 2. I will still wear every single Dangerfield item I own ). I just wanted to raise some awareness about the present ethical situation that is associated with the brand. So there you have it. That's why I no longer choose to shop at Dangerfield. I would love to hear about what you think about this in the comments, have I missed out some important facts? Do you know something good about Dangerfield's ethical standing (please I really hope I have missed something!), let me know! x