Who Made My Clothes?
by Sica Schmitz | Posted on April 24 2016
Today is Fashion Revolution Day, marking 3 years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,130 people and injuring 2,500 more while making cheap clothing for popular brands. It's a day to ask brands and stores, "Who made my clothes?", bringing people together to use the power of fashion to change the story for garment workers around the world.
At Bead & Reel, we believe this is 1,130 too many people to die for fashion, and we want you to know who made our clothes, today and every day.
MADE IN USA
In the 1980’s, the US produced 70% of its own clothing. Now, we produce less than 3%. This massive decline in production means not only a loss in jobs and money in our own economy, but also a loss in teaching the skills needed to produce the things we wear. We're very proud of seeking out and supporting local designers and manufacturers, and about half the brands we carry are Made in USA for this very reason.
Some of our Made in USA Brands:
We often hear this term misused and there seems to a lot of confusion about what exactly Fair Trade fashion is. So here is what it means: a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It has specific, defined guidelines and parameters including equitable pay that helps producers thrive, the empowerment of women as income producers, safe working conditions, and no child labor. A few certifications to look for are Fairtrade America, Fair Trade USA, and Fair Trade Federation. We are proud members of Fair Trade LA and you can join us at our 2nd Annual Fair Trade Fashion Show this summer to learn more.
Some of our Fair Trade Brands:
In our modern world, many family and cultural traditions are dying out in countries around the world. By supporting artisan-made goods, we are keeping the skills and histories of handmade fashion alive.
Some of our Artisan Brands:
MADE IN CHINA
This is seen as a dirty phrase, and, often rightly so. However, while there are many practices and laws within animal rights, human rights, and environmental rights that we do not support in Chinese manufacturing, we also do not see the world in absolutes. In a country of over 1 billion people - which manufactures 97% of American's clothing and 98% of American's shoes - we know that there are passionate people who strive to do the right thing, and we do support that. We have chosen to work with brands that have chosen to work with credible 3rd party certified, ethical factories. Every step in the right direction is okay by us.
Some of our Made in China Brands:
If you ever have a question about who made our clothes, please email us at email@example.com
Thank you for joining our Fashion Revolution.