Who Makes our Clothes?
Who makes our clothes? Why does it matter?
Fashion Revolution week was founded as a not for profit, global movement in 2013, to honor the nearly 1200 victims of the garment factory collapse in 2013, at Rana Plaza. Started to highlight the need for transparency in the Fashion industry, you have every right to know who is making your clothing.
The journey for a Pyne & Smith dress begins in Europe, in a flax field. The flax plants are harvested and prepared for weaving by going through a laborious, time consuming process of drying, threshing and retting. When the finished material is ready to be spun into yarn, it resembles bunches of long, blond hair. Hence the term “flaxen” for light haired folk.
The flax material is then spun into thread and dyed to the colors that we specify in our custom fabric designs and woven into the finished 100% linen that we use for our dresses.
The fabric in then flown to our cutter in Southern California, where the dresses are cut and bundled ready for sewing (we gather the waste from these cuttings & send them to be recycled into car & airplane seat coverings.) We make our dresses sustainably - in small batches, so that we don’t over produce.
The cut pieces are then sewn and finished by a sewing production unit in Los Angeles. We spent two years looking for the most experienced and ethical production facilities to make sure our dresses were being made by people that pay and treat their employees a fair, living wage in a safe and friendly working environment. While there are many garment manufacturing places around the world that offer MUCH cheaper pricing, very few have the quality and compassion that we demand for our dresses. Top quality sewing, attention to detail, and most importantly, the employees are happy and well compensated!
We pick up our dresses once they are finished, inspect every single one, then it’s bagged and shipped, right to you.
How can you make a change with your purchases? Buy less, repair what you’ve already bought, and then buy better - you’ll save money in the long term and feel mighty good about it!
•Look for natural fiber materials, linen, wool, cotton - they are less harmful to our planet and they will keep you so much more comfortable than synthetic fabrics (natural fibers are breathable, synthetics are usually not.)
•Look for makers or brands who offer insight into their materials and process, it’s called transparency and if they aren’t offering insight into who/what/how they make their products, you probably don’t want to put that on your body. If you don’t see transparency, contact that brand! Ask them questions!
•I’ve been learning to do this in all areas of my life, the food I eat, the products I use in the shower, the make up I put on. I’m learning the big corporations do not care about the things that I care about, but the smaller makers and brands that do care are the way to go for a better planet and my families health.
I love working with Morgan from The Garment Life because her voice is authentic and caring. Morgan believes that by highlighting responsible fashion brands and makers, we can change the face of fashion. Morgan works to partner with ethical Fashion brands, and sometimes offers a discount to ease the higher cost that shopping with ethical, sustianable fashion brands can bring.