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.

Please read and appreciate these “bigger questions” and how they are asked. All respect to Gab and Megan.   

Neil Denari


“Good design,” what is it? You know it when they see it, you get a feeling from it. It’s that Ah! moment, it’s the Ah that tells you that this object you’re looking at is somehow more meaningful than most. This is going to last.

It’s the classic, little Chanel suit, on Coco Chanel, on Jackie Kennedy, or on Kendal Jenner. 

It doesn’t matter in which era you first saw it, it was great at any time. 

Two elements of design that need to exist for me, are simplicity and lines. Even when something, like the building above, by architect Neil Denari, has some element of “decoration,” the overall effect of that object has to look simple. And often times that “simplicity” incorporates or even hides what’s underneath.

Here’s how this building has been described and “explained.”

“The metallic, curving building on 23rd Street was opportunistically named HL23. Designed by Los Angeles architect Neil Denari, it’s a rare structure in that it gets wider -– by as much as 40 percent –- as it rises above its much smaller street-level footprint. This design, a result of New York’s strict zoning laws, allows it to lean over its namesake, the High Line.” Huffington Post

Elsa Peretti


Vogue Spain


Looking at these two other examples of gorgeous design, the Elsa Peretti bracelet and this swimsuit, whose designer I unfortunately don’t know, can you deny that it’s the simplicity and lines that make these so good? 


“Finally I saw that worrying had
come to nothing.
And I gave it up. And took my
old body
and went out into the 
and sang.”

Mary Oliver


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