"On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history.
That’s when Fashion Revolution was born.
There were five garment factories in Rana Plaza all manufacturing clothing for big global brands. The victims were mostly young women."
In the last few decades, our consumption has risen to astronomical amounts (and of course so has our waste) and it's causing major social and ecological problems! Fast fashion is pushing out weekly collections leaving us in constant "need" for something that we don't yet have in our already over crowded closets.
If you've heard of Fashion Revolution Week, perhaps it's helped push you to shop differently, to ask new types of questions when buying, and think of the people who made your item. That's the hope behind the conversation of #WhoMadeMyClothes!
If this is your first time hearing about Fashion Revolution and what it is, our hope is that this blog post can give you some resources on where to start in search for more knowledge about what is happening to the people and planet behind the very garments that hang on our bodies!
Here are some of our favourite resources that compile a lot of information to help as a starting guide:
The site for a Revolution taking place all over the world, is a hub of information about why it was started and how you can get involved!
Don't forget to print off the "Who made my clothes?" graphic and help grow the movement by posting your photo online and asking your favourite brands #WhoMadeMyClothes?
A fellow local Edmonton based company we love!
"New Classics Studios is not your average e-commerce store. Above all else, New Classics Studios is an ideology that merges classic and timeless design with quality construction, transparency, social responsibility, and environmental awareness."
Check out this amazing compilation of information on the importance of shopping ethical and some wonderful information about various fabrics and their impact on the planet.
Click here to learn more!
3- Does your city have a Revolution?
Check it out on the www.fashionrevolution.org site or with a quick Google search or on Social Media and learn how you can get involved in your local area!
DUVAL is based out of Edmonton, so if you're local, the amazing fellow business owner, Claire Theaker-Brown of www.unbelts.ca, is the organizer of the Edmonton chapter, and the creator of the belt every girl needs in her closet (I promise, it's a real game changer!).
4- THE TRUE COST - DOCUMENTARY
Watch it for free on Netflix or buy it directly from the site HERE! A moving compilation of what is happening behind our clothing and why it's important we have these conversations, ask more questions and demand more transparency from the brands we love!
We hope this Fashion Revolution Week we're able to stir up new conversations and that more people join us in asking #WhoMadeMyClothes?
If you've got questions for us, shoot us an email at info[at]duvalcanada.com, we'd love to hear from you!