This year marks the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which is considered the deadliest garment factory accident in history.
Fashion Revolution Day took place in 2014 and 2015 on 24 April to mark the tragedy. As that date falls on a Sunday this year, it was decided to have Fashion Revolution Week. This will run from the 18th to 24th April 2016.
It's an opportunity for us to honour workers that have died in all industrial tragedies in the garment industry, from the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York in 1911 to the similar Tazreen Fire in Bangladesh in 2012, and raise awareness of those who are still suffering in the fashion supply chain today.
BE PART OF FASHION REVOLUTION FOR A WHOLE WEEK!Outsider was launched in 2009 with the mission statement "Ethical fashion should just look like fashion". This was because we wanted to ensure that all our garments were produced by garment workers in safe working conditions, being paid a living wage for their work and appreciated for the work they do.
We produce our styles in three small factories, which we have visited many times over the years. They are located in:
For European sourced fabric and our New Zealand merino wool we mostly work with a family run factory in Macedonia. During our last production run we were able to get some photos of the garment workers producing our styles. We wanted to share with you a few of the people that made our clothes.
Firstly this is Vase, he is a highly skilled tailor that has worked at the factory for over 10 years. Here he is about to cut out one of our new samples.
This is Gabriela, a seamstress that has been at the factory for over 7 years. Working on our organic wool jackets.
And here is Irena, she is a senior seamstress and has worked at the factory for over 7 years. In this photo she is busy making our organic wool culottes.
The challenge really lies in our now often global supply chains. Many companies produce in countries with poor working conditions, often with poor human rights records.
This year, as previously, Fashion Revolution calls on consumers to ask fashion brands #whomademyclothes. And Outsider as a brand will respond with transparency and over the coming weeks will share with you more stories about the garments we make.
Join us next week as a collective of sustainable designers, who all know #WhoMadeOurClothes, come together to create a consciously curated Fashion Revolution Pop Up shop.
Outsider. Sustainable and ethical fashion since 2009.