My dream as a designer would be that ALL fashion brands are becoming transparent about their supply chain and production.
We all remember the collaps of the Rana Plaza in 2013. We were shocked. It was an eye opener to many of us. How is it possible that the clothes we are wearing are made under these kind of circumstances? And how about the Xinjiang Provence. Many of our cotton fabrics are from the oppressed region.
Also some would say the fashion industry is the modern day slavery. The rich countries used to bring the slaves to their country to work. But these days these same countries depend on many workers crafting our clothes under horrible conditions. Modern day slavery is not so much about working for free. It is much more about their lives being completely controlled.
How can we improve?
Transparency in the fashion industry is about being as honest as possible about the processes and about the garments you produce and sell. This goes for all the layers in the supply chain, from the materials used to make the clothes, the conditions in which the workers who make them operate, and the impact that the production process has on the environment.
Luckily the demand for transparency in the fashion industry has gone up in the last years. Consumers are becoming more aware of the negative impact of fast fashion on people and planet.
Fairly produced fashion garments means everyone in the supply chain will be paid fair wages. This also means a more premium price tag for our clothing. These are the true costs of clothing that are produced ethically and sustainably.
Transparency in the fashion industry is a huge step forward. Providing information is giving the consumer the power to make conscious choices.
So let's start by shopping better.