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?
The best place to start is in the store. Address your question to the staff where you shop. That, in my experience, is a very enlightening place to start. I think you’ll be surprised to learn how often the sales staff don’t know where the clothes they’re selling are made.
Just that simple little question can do so much to pave the way for more discussion.
More often than not, when I’ve asked that question, the reply is “that’s a good question, I don’t know.” Then you and the salesperson can both dig for a label to see what it says.
Trust me, pretty soon you’ll be discussing the attributes of different kinds of fibers and what they’re made of. And then it’s just a logical step to talking about sustainability. Before long you’ll be talking robots and supply chains.
Best book to read, to start understanding why I call fast fashion a problem? Elizabeth Cline’s, “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.”
Ah, this shoe, the molten, milk chocolate shoe. Need? Not me. I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes good design. What makes a shoe, a building, even something as seemingly simple as a ring, aesthetically pleasing and just plain correct?
This shoe just isn’t correct. To me it really does look like molten chocolate and as much as I like chocolate, it’s not a good look for a shoe. The style is fine, just make it in a cherry red suede please. Do you agree? Do you have an example of “design gone wrong?”
Nevertheless, if you happen to like the shoe, it’s here, at Need Supply.
I’ve written about my ambivalent feelings towards and questions about modest fashion before. Nevertheless, more power to the designers coming up with looks like those above. But my questions aside, these looks from Layeur are good, and correct.