Every piece of clothing has a story.⠀
That's what made me fall in love with vintage clothing many years ago — I used to always wonder about the lives my vintage clothing lived before they ended up in my closet. (Who was wearing them? What stories did these pieces hold?) The more I learned about the garment industry, however, the more I realized that non-vintage clothing has just as much of a story as vintage does — just one that's not often told.⠀
Basically every piece of clothing on earth goes through dozens of hands — from growing fibers to spinning them to weaving and dyeing the fabric to sewing a garment — before it ends up in your closet. Notice I said hands — while both huge factories and little makers alike have lots of machines to speed things up, garment production is overwhelmingly still a hands-on, handmade operation — even the most mass-produced clothes are still being made largely by hand. The fashion industry is one of the biggest and most interconnected industries in the world, yet most of us have no idea who made our clothes, how they were made, and under what conditions they are made.⠀
This week is @fash_rev
week, a global movement started three years ago to shed light on the nefarious and opaque conditions most of the world's garment workers are subjected to. We're not expecting to make the world a better place overnight, but we can, as consumers, continue to push for transparency and vote for the future we want with our dollars. (A good rule of thumb is that if a piece of clothing doesn't cost a lot, that illusion of a deal is likely a result of unsafe/unfair labor conditions where it was made.) ⠀
As a brand, I feel obligated to provide as much transparency as I can about how our clothes are made. My name is Emily, and #imadeyourclothes.
Right now it's just me in my tiny studio designing and sewing all things Margu. Our fabrics all come from different places, each with a unique story, but the majority of them are natural & organic materials grown and woven in India. I'm always happy to offer as much information as I can about how our clothes our made and what goes into them, so don't ever hesitate to ask!