We know fair trade when we shop for food from chocolate to coffee fair trade is now more often to see in the shelves. Sharing profit and NOT to squeeze each cent out of farmers is the thought behind it. So is there a fair trade movement in the fashion industry, where high fashion requires a large part of manual work?
My research shows that there is quiet a movement that has people involved that find a solution to apply skills of local women and men, to wrap fashion conscious women, men, boys and girls in beautiful clothing.
It is an ethical dilemma for many fashion designers: how do they know that their designs are being made under fair labor conditions, when they outsource the production and not subcontracted to other factories that may not meet these standards? To find a solution demands personal engagement and an idealistic stand point.
Organizations are active that are dedicated to improve the lives of these local people, providing jobs, training, health care and accommodation and here with the base of existence.
They take on biggest challenges to train people to understand and deal with the concept of delivery deadlines and international quality standards.
Designing gorgeous designer kids clothes, and complete children seasonal collections, found a market from Australia to the Europe and U.S. The classical look, wonderful colors and immaculate tailoring of exclusive women clothes and stylish men shirts is available for those that do not want to participate in exploiting the tailors in 3rd World Countries but consciously decide that their work entitles them to earn a family’s living and make sure that those people can live from their hands work.
The original reasons for the fair trade fashion is to provide more jobs and ensuring that skills and artisanry does not get lost, which is often locally practiced as a specific style of stitch-work and embroideries. In most cases these will be replaced with solely machine fabricated clothing if fair trade fashion would not exist and finally get lost.
Selling online and present in stores in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia, the fair trade high fashion is for everybody with a conscious and open mind. Wearing exclusive clothing, based on limited edition fabric and knowing that you have contributed to sustain those that made it, will contribute to your feel good factor and you and your kids will look stunning!