Fashion Revolution is ‘celebrated’ every year in the week surrounding April 24, the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh – aka the 4th largest industrial disaster in history where over 1100 garment workers lost their lives making cheap clothes for the world’s biggest brands.
The industry has changed for the better since, but not nearly enough.
The pace is glacial – there's simply too many vested interests for systemic change to occur as fast as it needs to. Which is why we’re thrilled to be supporting the local chapter for the fourth year running in their mission to force brands to be more transparent via the consumer pressure of #WhoMadeMyClothes.
“We believe in a global fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit.” – Fashion Revolution
ZERO WASTE TOTE WORKSHOPS (2019)
Last year we ran the second series of Zero Waste Tote workshops in our factory based around a simple idea – spend a few hours patchworking our jersey offcuts into a hyper-personal, gorgeously handmade tote bag like this:
They were a huge success, but for one pretty massive drawback – each workshop was limited to only 8 people due to availability of sewing machines.
And though Singer Australia kindly supplied a bunch of overlockers to extend numbers, there’s still only a finite amount of table space within the factory for cutting.
So we did the logical thing and added more sessions – more people could now access the workshops but even still our numbers were restricted because it’s only feasible to run 3 sessions in a day.
Due to COVID-19 we obviously can’t run these workshops in this format this year which has forced us to pivot into something new, and dare we say, better…
MEET THE DIY REMOTE TOTE (2020)
“Necessity is the mother of all invention” – Plato (attributed)
Cancelling everything this year was the easy decision but it just didn’t feel right when our friends at Legacy Summit (among many others) managed to pivot their products in response to COVID-19.
We knew we had to step to the plate and create something better, so we’re thrilled to introduce the sew-at-home DIY Remote Tote:
Sew it yourself any time or tune in to one of our Instagram Live ‘sew alongs’ on Saturday, April 25 and do your bit for Fashion Revolution 2020. The silver lining, of course, is that there’s now no upper limit on how many people can join in the fun!
Tickets include 1x DIY Remote Tote in the colourway of your choice plus shipping within Australia (regular or express).
REMOTE FACTORY TOUR (2020)
Don’t have a sewing machine? Or perhaps just want to know how the sausages are made?
Either way, tune in to our COVID-19 inspired Remote Factory Tour on Wednesday, April 22 at 11 am. Our Co-Founder Eric will walk you through the process of making a Magic Fit® Tee from start to finish so you can see for yourself exactly how things are done in our ethically accredited workshop.
Tickets are via donation with all money raised given to Fashion Revolution to continue their incredible advocacy work around the world.
DEEPENING OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH SINGER AUSTRALIA.
Finally, we’re thrilled to partner again this year with Singer Australia but instead of borrowing machines for the IRL workshops, they’ve instead very kindly offered a $25 discount on any new overlocker purchase for anyone wanting to up their DIY game.