Fashion Revolution started as a response to create a fairer, safer and cleaner fashion industry after the The Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed 5 years ago which killed 1138 people and injured many more in 2013. Consumers were encourages to ask brands #whomademyclothes to demands a greater transparency in the fashion industry and production cycle. In the 5 years since Fashion Revolution started a huge number of brands have been more open about where their clothes are made with continued encouragement for other brands to do the same.
From the outset we have maintained transparency about where we source our materials and who makes our print collections and ensure everyone who helps us produce our products are treated fairly in addition to always having a consideration of our impact on communities and the environment. Recently we moved our manufacturing to overseas in India with makers who adhere to the Ethical Trading Initiative which ensures the following –
- Employment is freely chosen.
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected.
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic.
- Child labour shall not be used.
- Living wages are paid.
- Working hours are not excessive.
- No discrimination is practiced.
- Regular employment is provided.
- No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed.
The main reason we moved our production was we listened to feed back from you, our customers. The feedback you gave us helped us improve the finish on our products including zip closure, having the opportunity to source a wider range of fabrics, finishes and fastenings and being able to improve on our prices to ensure we can be sustainable and deal with the higher quantities of orders has led to this move. We will still be working with the various makers we have made relationships with in the UK in particular on smaller, limited edition pieces or project, with the added benefits of being able to allow for more development with wider options of processes we have moved our manufacturing to India. Their skills, range of materials and connections to sourcing a greater range of materials and techniques is opening up new possibilities for our designs at the studio and expand on product ranges.
Leading by example and sharing who makes your clothes and being transparent about who makes our print collections, we hope it will inspire others to do the same & contribute towards a fairer, cleaner and safer fashion industry. As consumers we hope it will make everyone take into consideration those who makes our clothes & call on our customers to ask other brands to do the same.