Why We’re Celebrating Our Fair-Certified Designers This Fash Rev Week

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 3 weeks ago | Features

Image: via Russh magazine.

Fashion Revolution Week was established to commemorate the Rana Plaza Factory Collapse which occurred in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013 and in which over 1,100 people were killed.

Since then, the fashion industry has come some way with regards to human rights, especially with regards to customers who are demanding improved working conditions for the people who make their clothes.

Unfortunately, most clothing is still produced by exploited garment workers. Visit the Clean Clothes Campaign Instagram, for example, and you will find countless news updates detailing garment worker exploitation, with the COVID-19 crisis only exacerbating these. 80% of the global garment workforce are women, the majority of these women are women of colour, and many of them will face unlivable wages, poor and unsafe working conditions, sexual harassment and assault, and gender discrimination.

One of the only ways to guarantee our clothes are made by garment workers who are being treated fairly is by buying clothes from labels that have trusted independent labour certifications. For a label to gain this kind of certification an independent body must audit the Cut-Make-Trim portion of the label’s production process to ensure garment workers are being treated legally. There are many independent auditing certifications but the few we trust are Fairtrade, WFTO, SA-800, and Ethical Clothing Australia.

Today we celebrate and support the labels we are proud to stock who have fair certifications, because when we support fair-certified labels we increase the demand for them, ultimately helping to improve the lives of the people who make our clothes.

“People are important, that’s really it for us. And we are all connected, simply through being human. Something we often say in the office is that we want to build an international community where consumers are connected with the manufacturers of their goods. We aren’t into hierarchy so we want to make an effort to value everyone’s work in what we do.”
- Lizzie Turner, founder and designer, Mane Project

“Personally I cannot operate in an industry that operates at the expense of the rights and lives of others. Fashion and clothing has the ability to be transformative and empowering but this cannot happen if it has been produced by disempowering the most vulnerable people in the supply chain.”
- Jade Sarita Arnott, founder and designer, Arnsdorf

“It’s simple – we want everyone who makes our clothes to be treated fairly.”
- Gosia Piatek, founder, Kowtow

Shop new arrivals from our fair-certified labels:

Arnsdorf:



Denimsmith:



EKN:



Kings of Indigo:



Kowtow:



Liminal:



Mane Project:



Nudie Jeans:



Outland Denim:



Patagonia:



Pinky & Kamal:



SÜK Workwear:



Veja:







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