WHO MADE MY CLOTHES?

This is a question I never used to ask.

During Fashion Revolution Week in April, my daughter Jean wrote about the importance of buying ethically made clothing.

Her dress is by Synergy, a company that specializes in organic cotton clothing made by women in Nepal who are paid a living wage.

Synergy dress

Jean is so passionate about this that she showed the documentary THE TRUE COST in Seattle and is opening an eco boutique DRIZZLE AND SHINE in Seattle.

thrifted jacket

Her shoes are by Nicora. They are handmade in Los Angeles from eco-friendly fabrics. Jean is a Nicora brand ambassador. You may contact her for a discount code   toward a pair of their wonderful shoes.

Nicora shoes

It’s been three years since the tragedy of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1130 garment workers. We need to care and it’s time to ask, “Who made our clothes?”

You may have noticed my Site Tagline on the upper righthand corner of my blog–Fashion with Compassion. This means I care about people who make our clothes and also animals who should not suffer for fashion. Fashion is fun, but not at the expense of people, animals and our environment.

Who made your clothes?

Fashion with Compassion

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About carmen

Beauty is only skin deep, but health goes deep to the bones. Money can buy designer clothes, but it can’t buy health. https://fashionableover50.wordpress.com/
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20 Responses to WHO MADE MY CLOTHES?

  1. Such a beautiful post, and touching message. A lot of attention is directed towards plastics, and recycling, but knowing where our clothing comes from and the conditions that the people who made them are in are equally as important. Their lives, and the materials used, matter. A cheap pair of pants have a much higher cost than just what is written on the price tag.

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  2. happinessatmidlife says:

    It was such a heart breaking story and I know in reality that most of the clothes made in the world are probably in poor conditions. I do hope things improve for these factory workers. Your daughter’s dress is very stylish!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you dear Alice! My new post shows some photos of Jean and her opening day at Drizzle & Shine. She is very passionate about making a difference in the world, to make it a better place for all. Vote with our dollars, we have more power than we think. 🙂

      Fashion with compassion!

      ❤ carmen

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  3. Anna Parkes says:

    Carmen, that day when the factory collapsed in Bangladesh, was a terrible tragedy for so many. The shock waves were felt far into the fashion community and your question is as important now as then. Good for you and your daughter to be stepping out and making a stand. We do all need to have reminders of our role as consumers. Well done and thank you x
    Anna
    http://www.annasislandstyle.com

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    • carmen says:

      My dear Anna, it makes me happy and hopeful when I see you and others who do care. Thankfully, tragedies like Bangladesh do not happen every day but the working conditions in many factories are appalling. Just as slavery was abolished, I hope to see the day we will see fair-trade and ethically made clothing all the time. Thrifting is also helpful as I know you love. Together we can make this a more beautiful world for everyone.

      Thank you so much for dropping!! Have a lovely weekend on your Island!

      ❤ carmen

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  4. dan says:

    Yes, fashion should only be fun . Sometimes I wonder if a cruelty free world is possible … but I can’t be too optimistic about that … let’s hope, let’s hope …

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    • carmen says:

      I’m glad you agree dear Dan. It’s up to us, the consumers to vote with our dollars. Once we know what’s going on, we can make the right decision.

      You’re right, a cruelty-free world is unlikely, but much less cruelty is something we can hope for if we all do our part and listen to our heart. ❤

      Thank you so much for caring!

      ❤ carmen

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  5. ivana split says:

    your daughter looks fabulous in this eco friendly dress! I love her boots too. Altogether, such a gorgeous look and she rocks it!

    I do believe that ethical clothing is the next new trend. People are starting to supports suistanable brands more and more. I do my best to support them too, for example I shop at Galeb, a Croatian company that uses organtic cotton and respects the highest eco standards. It makes sense to buy locally, especially at these economically hard times. I always do my best to shop at companies that my friends work in, that is the best way to make sure our friends keep their job!

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you so much dear Ivana for your thoughtful comment! I totally agree, the time is at hand when fast fashion and cheap, disposable clothes will be replaced with sustainable clothes. As we see the horrific conditions of garment workers (as well as cruelty to animals) we will no longer tolerate such treatment.

      Supporting local shops and artisans is wonderful!

      ❤ carmen

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  6. Susan says:

    I will watch that documentary right away! You know I’m so focused on food, but I am also interested learning to be a more thoughtful consumer. Good luck to Jean in her new endeavor!!!

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you very much my dear Susan! I am so happy you will take the time to watch this urgent documentary. It’s a real eye-opener of what’s going on and I do believe more and more people will stop supporting companies that treat their employees without regard for their safety and don’t pay them what they are worth.

      Looking forward to the interview, you know I absolutely love what you are doing to make a healthier and happier life for people with your delicious recipes!

      Thank you with all my heart!

      ❤ carmen

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  7. I don’t pay enough attention.
    I do love cotton, tho!

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    • carmen says:

      My dear Melinda, I hope you will watch the film and let me know what you think. Thank you for reading and I hope we can all do our part to help make the world a better place for everyone. We don’t allow slavery, and the garment industry is not much different in many factories.

      Fashion with compassion,

      ❤ carmen

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  8. utesmile says:

    I usually check when I buy earrings from another country that the people get the right wages, but never thought of the clothes really. It is a good point.

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    • carmen says:

      I’m glad you’re concerned about jewellery, that people get the wages they deserve. Sometimes we just don’t realize what’s going on and once we know we can make compassionate decisions.

      Hope you watch the documentary THE TRUE COST and tell Jean what you think. She paid for the film to be shown in Seattle and I am trying to help spread the word too. Thank you so much dear Ute!

      With compassion,

      ❤ carmen

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  9. josep-maria says:

    Wonderful post, my dear Carmen. Apart from what beautiful she is Jean with her dress, what matters is the text of your post, reasoning on materials and workmanship of our clothes. I empathize with your idea of reponsabilidad and compassion, why the world needs to reflect where globalization leads without rights. I always say that your blog is different, I always say that you are different. My dear Carmen, you’re really special and wonderful.

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you very much my dear Josep-Maria! We share the same compassion, I remember your post three years ago about the tragedy in Bangladesh. You had included a photo of the rubble. It was heartbreaking. Perhaps these disasters do not happen every day, but the working conditions of the garment industry is still deplorable and unacceptable. We must care!

      Your compassionate fashionista!

      ❤ carmen

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