Meet Julio. He makes your clothes.
This week is Fashion Revolution Week. Fashion Revolution was started after the tragedy at Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 24, 2013 when 1,134 individuals lost their lives and thousands more were wounded in a massive collapse.
Since “fast fashion” is often sub-contracted out through several layers, many companies manufacturing at Rana Plaza didn’t even know it until their clothes were found in the rubble.
Fashion Revolution was started to ask the important question “who made my clothes?” and in many ways amplified the ethical fashion movement to what it is today.
Last week I was fortunate enough to tour the Groceries Apparel factory in Los Angeles, where I met Julio. He makes some of the clothes you see in the shop! I am so grateful to have a company where I don’t even need my passport to go visit the individuals who make the clothes we sell. Connecting to the process of cutting and sewing clothes has really given me a deeper understanding and appreciation for the craft. Never before did I think about the individuals at sewing machines who made each individual garment I wear.
I encourage you this Fashion Revolution Week to take a picture with your clothing tag and ask that brand “who made my clothes?,” and be inspired by others on Instagram with #FashRev and #whomademyclothes.
Some more photos from my time at the Groceries Apparel Factory.
Using the patterns to cut fabric.
Sewing machines– there are three types for different seams.
Tons of patterns for different styles.
Lots of orders ready to ship out!