bigger questions—walk sew good

Bigger Questions

This is Gab Murphy, of Walk Sew Good. She is one of the women that the authors Brera and Nesi paid “tribute” to in their book, “Everything Is Broken Up and Dances: The Crushing of the Middle Class.”

Gab Murphy and Megan O’Malley walked the talk, literally, they walked 3500km through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. They collected stories about brands, retailers, and people who are making local, sustainable fashion. Gab and Megan did a big thing and they asked bigger questions.

Not all of us can do what they did, they went beyond the “one little question” I talked about in yesterday’s post.


There’s a lot of talk about transparency, transparency in business and transparency in government are two big ones. I happen to believe that transparency is everything and that, contrary to what those who work in an opaque world would have you think, being transparent is seldom “dangerous.” 

Below is the text of the Instagram post, that accompanied the picture above. I’m showing it here, in its entirety, because it’s a fantastic example of the way to ask some bigger questions about what you wear and who made your clothes.

In the end, it really is all about transparency. 

Like the kid who’s trying to hide the mess they made, if those in the fashion supply chain are trying to hide something, you know it’s bad.

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who made my clothes—fashion revolution

Style Magazine

Fashion Revolution

We have our Fashion Weeks, but this week is a special week for those of us who love and love to hate the craziness of the fashion industry. To read what I’ve said before go here

Who made my clothes? If you’re interested in the slow fashion movement, you really only need to know one phrase to begin delving into a pretty complex problem. 

“Who made my clothes?” that’s it.

From those four words, other questions begin to fall into place: Where? Under what circumstances? With what kinds of materials? Is this sustainable?

But, to whom do you address this question?

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diversity in fashion

Diversity in Fashion

After taking two trains, trekking through a neighborhood that would have scared a wimpy woman, and waiting for an hour and a half, I was sitting at the Brooklyn Fashion Week fashion show. Here are some observations I made about that event. 

Diversity is happening.

In case you haven’t noticed, (where have you been?) it’s official, fashion has finally come to include people once marginalized, it now more closely mirrors the society we live in. Whether or not you like the results, it’s a good thing for all of us. 

Fashion shows really do never start on time.

Well some do, the ones at fashion week maybe, where the venue is scheduled with designer following designer and there’s no margin for delays. But otherwise, bring water, or a flask, and be prepared to people watch. 

Women of color know how to walk with pride.

I know I’m making a generalization, but it’s my observation that women of color know how to walk with pride. Seeing woman after woman, come walking down the runway, this show was a powerful reminder of that. I seldom see white women walk with the kind of grounded, self-assurance that women of color can pull off. 

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celebrating Des Linden


To battle horrific conditions and make history:  conquer

This year Des Linden was the winner of the Boston Marathon, the first female, American winner in 33 years!

Since I posted a picture of last year’s female winner of the New York Marathon, Shalane Flanagan, I’m making marathon winner posts a thing.

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