FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK 2019
The anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh falls on the 24th April. This tragically killed 1,133 and injured over 2,500 people and while the disaster was caused by myriad factors, one of the main issues was the insatiable global demand for "fast fashion" at any cost.
This sparked the beginning of Fashion Revolution which has now turned into a global movement. It's premise is simple. By asking consumers, designers, brands, and all those who care to ask a simple question “Who Made My Clothes?” they envisage a change in perspective of the fashion industry. During Fashion Revolution Week, held this year from the 22nd - 28th April, people challenge fashion brands to demonstrate commitment to transparency across the length of the value chain, from farmers to factory workers, brands to buyers and consumers. It's a simple idea and one that deserves our attention. You can follow Fashion Revolution here and learn about the ways you can help to ensure that all people and products in the fashion industry are treated with respect.
Another easy way to personally redress this systemic imbalance in the fashion industry is to think of your money as power. You have the power to support exploitative systems by purchasing "cheap fast fashion" or you can chose to use the power of that money to support small local industries, ethical and sustainable brands and the second hand clothing market - one that by its very nature has "reduce, reuse, recycle" as its central underpinning.
This is something that we at The Metropolitan Club are very passionate about. There's nothing we love more than turning up to a new town and discovering all of the vintage and second hand delights it has to offer. The My Vintage Town series of guides that we publish were borne from a love of digging through vintage and second hand treasure and providing an alternative sustainable shopping experience to fast fashion and mass produced goods.
The guides showcase the best vintage boutiques, op shops and second hand stores in a town near or far from you.
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