Support Local Fashion While You Still Can

by: Rosie Dalton | 4 weeks ago | Features

Image: behind the scenes at Arnsdorf's local factory. 

As an Australian company, we believe in supporting the underdogs in fashion. And local fashion brands have become the underdogs, in an age where local production is steadily in decline. Supporting local is important for both creativity and the economy, which is why it is now or never to put our money where our mouths are and shop local.

As the Australian Financial Review points out, local manufacturing ultimately contributes to our gross domestic product and exports – and many local businesses are now struggling. "A lot of family-owned businesses are having to shut down because there's just not enough demand for their services," explains local designer Jillian Boustred. "So it's really important to support Australian-made labels in order to keep the industry alive.”

Beyond this, supporting local fashion also means taking control of our wardrobes in the sense that these brands often have greater control over (and visibility of) their supply chains. "We are working to provide greater transparency and traceability throughout the industry," explains Arnsdorf designer Jade Sarita Arnott. "By providing a breakdown of costings for each of our products, as well as the name of each individual working on the garment and source of the materials used, we build trust with our clients and serve to greater educate the wider community about what it actually costs to manufacture locally and ethically."

This level of trust is integral to understanding the impact our wardrobes have on the world. Meanwhile, supporting local fashion also means retaining local creativity and jobs. “Our commitment to manufacturing in Australia allows us to respond immediately to current trends, customer needs and keep jobs in Australia," Nobody Denim explains.

Making clothes locally can mean tighter margins and smaller production runs for designers, but for consumers, it also means higher quality and more original designs. The reason so many brands are now turning to overseas manufacturing is because it is much cheaper. But keeping manufacturing alive onshore means understanding where your clothes came from and how they were made.

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