This week is Fashion Revolution Week where the world remembers the 2013 Rana Plaza tragedy where 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the garment factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

It’s a time for people from all over the world to come together to use the power of fashion to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes and accessories.

Here at Braintree creating our Thoughtful Clothing alone isn’t enough. We whole-heartedly value doing the right thing and want to feel good about everyone and everything we touch.

Fashion Revolution Week 2016

Fiona, who makes our knitwear  |  Mr & Mrs Rui, where we make our outerwear  |  Rachel visiting the bamboo plantations.

We take every step we can to make sure that kindness and respect is shown to the people and partners we work with. It’s important to us that we continue to work with some of the first factories we did when we founded Braintree over twenty years ago. We’ve grown our businesses and skills together and will continue to do so.

Naturally, we’ve also added to our partnerships along the way – though when we do, we always have the long term in mind.

Forming these continued partnerships mean our growth and vision are shared, and that together we create more jobs, protect wages, and develop skills as well as businesses. It’s important to us that our relationships are completely open and two-way. We enlist a Code of Conduct and other policies to help us do this.

Fashion Revolution Week 2016

(Clockwise) Rachel visiting our woven factories  |  Rachel visiting the hemp fields in China  |  Sunny and Mr Joung, our woven factory owner  |  Bella, who makes our knitwear.

We work hard to maintain open channels of communication between our London head office and operations in China, with regular visits and conference calls to the factories where our fabrics and garments are produced. We’re also very aware of how design can affect the making of a garment and ensure that we are not putting our factories under undue pressure with short lead times.

As a supporter of ‘slow’ rather than ‘fast’ fashion we are dedicated to producing original, yet timeless pieces rather than chasing each fleeting trend. We believe in prolonging the life of both your clothes and their existence.

We passionately believe in Fashion Revolution’s statement ‘…that fashion can be made in a safe, clean and beautiful way. Where creativity, quality, environment and people are valued equally’.

To find out more about Fashion Revolution Week 2016 and how you can get involved visit fashionrevolution.org.

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John