Mr Zhou Feng | Mrs Suihua
This week is Fashion Revolution Week 2017; the fourth anniversary of the devastating Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in 2013, where 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The tragedy brought to light the horrible truth of fast fashion and the true cost of our clothes. Fashion Revolution aim to provide greater transparency, safer work places, fair pay and to address the rising environmental consequences of the extreme levels of garment production. This week, we all have the chance to demonstrate our support.
Rachel, with Mr Zhong Jian, Mrs Suihua, Mr Zhou Feng and Mrs Cheng Zhirong
Here at Thought, creating sustainable clothing isn’t enough. We care about every part of the journey of our clothing, from the fabrics we use, to how we design, make and deliver our garments. And we consider it important to ensure that the up-most kindness and respect is shown to the people and partners we work with. In fact, we’ve been working alongside the same four partners for around ten years now, and since then we’ve grown our businesses and skills together. We work hard to maintain these relationships and the two-way communication between our London HQ and our partners in China, ensuring that we visit them two to three times a year. Rachel has just returned from her latest trip, after spending two weeks with our pattern cutters, sample machinists and makers.
Fiona who makes our knitwear | Rachel with Mrs Suihua
As proud supporters of slow fashion, our clothes are made to last, to be loved, and to be worn time and time again. With this in mind we tend to steer clear of short-lived trends and instead, create timeless, contemporary pieces that our customers will love, with the greater aim of minimising our environmental footprint. To read more, go to our Thoughtful Way
Fashion Revolution stated ‘that fashion can be made in a safe, clean and beautiful way. Where creativity, quality, environment and people are valued equally’ – and we completely agree. So, in support of Fashion Revolution Week 2017, we urge you to use your voice, show your label and approach brands to ask #whomademyclothes?
To find out more about Fashion Revolution Week 2017 and how you can get involved visit fashionrevolution.org