January is a different kind of month for us. We call it our sabbath month, as we take it a little slower, making space to recharge after the full holiday season and think creatively about the days to come.
As we are heading into the holiday season and I know many of us are writing our lists, I figured I would share a few brands, local shops, and companies that I have come to know and love (and, no, I wasn't paid to say so).
By choosing to buy from brands who put people first, which means providing for the whole human, you are decreasing the risk that someone was trafficked to make it available to you or that someone would be trafficked because of the desperate place they are in. For many today, fair trading means freedom.
I was raised in a family where finding the best deal is an art. We’ve thrifted, yard-saled, deep-discount shopped, and consignment shopped since I can remember. Whenever I get complemented on an item, the first thing I tell them is where I got it from and how much I saved. Since working for Made, I’ve come to have a deeper appreciation for who’s on the other side of my purchase.
Since many of you are not from around here and cannot join us for our seasonal swaps, we thought we would share a few tips to support you in hosting your own Swap (if you choose to)— just a few things we have learned along the way...
I had no idea that there were things I was doing, brands I was supporting, ways I had become comfortable consuming back home, in Williamsburg, Virginia, that contributed to a system of injustice — one where a woman would work 80 hours a week and still not be able to afford raising her children.
We have to begin here. Fast fashion is somewhat of a buzz-word lately. Whether you’ve seen it used by a retailer as something to celebrate or by those of us who are passionate about the negative effects, I think it is important to begin with understanding what we are talking about when we say “fast fashion.”
And, here we are at the start of Fashion Revolution Week, a week each year where we join with people around the globe in raising awareness and advocating for those whose voice is not heard over the loud gong of profit.
We want to support people in this conversation that is so needed in our country at this time. A conversation that values those we may never have the privilege of meeting, but are influencing none the less.