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Wear Your Values

Wear Your Values

Image Courtesy of @TheSlowFactory

We attended a Fashion Week event, "Wear Your Values" which sought to inspire conscious consumerism by supporting artisan craftsmanship, ethical manufacturing and human freedom.   

The event was put on at NeueHouse in New York City by the Oslo Freedom Forumre/make and DLX Marketing.  

We will link you to the brands that we met at the event after explaining why Oslo + re/make  explain why fashion and human rights go hand in hand.

If you are reading this, you are probably already aware that fashion is the second largest economy in the world.  It is also the second largest contributor to pollution in the world after the oil industry.  Over the past 20 years, manufacturers have produced cheap, disposable fashion at alarmingly quick rates.  Once consumers saw how inexpensive they could buy clothes, they came to expect low prices and things quickly spun out of control. Demand for cheap fashion that could be disposable led to human rights violations across the globe.  When consumers buy fast fashion, they are unknowingly contributing to a system that harbors millions of (mostly women) in poverty and oppression, without knowing it. 

Wear Your Values created an interactive event to show conscious consumers where the system is failing. We were able to see the life cycle of a garment, from sourcing raw materials to manufacturing, to branding to end of life. We met fashion labels and organizations who promote freedom, conscious consumption, transparency, women's rights and social justice. We met others who were interested in these topics at the event too.  Connecting with other consumers who are interesting in changing the way we shop, buy and manufacture is critical to actually make a change.   

And here were the participants:

Thread International - Creating Sustainable Textiles from recycled plastic in locations in the 

Azru - Afghan women artisan rugs

Indego Africa - Making African artisans into entrepreneurs

Parson's School of Design - Teaching designers, artists, + scholars to design responsibly

Slow Factory - Apparel, made in the US, that sees themselves as a tech lab promoting human rights

There is No Limit Foundation - Textiles Creation by West African Women

Fashion For Freedom - A socially responsible, ethical and transparent supply-chain from Vietnam

Nest - Design collective promoting artisan craftsmanship

Dear Leader - Eyewear for activists

Ana Katarina - Sustainable and ethically made in the USA jewelry

To The Market - Survivor-Made gift marketplace 

Voz - Craft that empowers indigenous women

Raw Spirit - Luxury fragrances supporting marginalized communities

Gustavo Moscoso - Ecuadorean menswear designer

BMF Media* - Looking for a Design Company? 

The Endless Co - Looking to tell a story? Be hip and use virtual reality!

Janhkoy - Fashion from re-purposed materials

Design & Flow - Design collective promoting positive social impact

There is no reason a manufacturer, designer or business of any sort shouldn't be participating in making an effort to be more sustainable.  There are heaps of tools out there for businesses.  

6 comments

Nov 28, 2017

NOOO, Dear Leader is NOT for reallll!!

Kiku
Oct 16, 2017

wish there was more made in US brands

Katy
Oct 09, 2017

cool event and list

Eco
Oct 09, 2017

Is
Dear Leader
for real?

viv
Sep 28, 2017

I tried to look up Janhkoy but I couldn’t find them anywhere. Does anyone have their website?

Vivienne
Sep 27, 2017

I want to go to Parsons!!!!!!!

Kiku

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