We Made Your Clothes
In honour of the Rana Plaza disaster of 2013, the ethical fashion community raises awareness and accountability during Fashion Revolution Week. Consumers call out brands big and small, asking "Who made my clothes?" in hopes of instilling the importance of worker wellbeing in supply chain decision makers. As this week marks the anniversary of the building collapse, I thought it fitting to share the small team behind my jackets.
All sewing is done by yours truly. I will have been behind a machine for 25 years come June, and the passion I have for the craft is unmatched. For me, sewing is like meditation; I get into a groove, my fingers become buttery and the fabric and thread move with ease. It will be very hard to give up production when the numbers grow beyond my capacity. Cutting is generally completed by me as well, but for the olive jacket I had the help of a kind-hearted and talented practicum student, Morgan Hildebrandt. Patterns are created by Martina PirschCarello, who was introduced to me by her former student, Spencer Badu. She hails from Montreal and has a confidence and courage with fit that's inspiring to witness. Pattern digitizing and grading are sent to Laela Blanchet and her team at Dampkring Designs in Vancouver. And finally, all jackets are tested for comfort, style, and function on our beautiful fit model, Lauren Barrie from The Nobles Management.
So there you have it; all the jackets are handmade in Calgary and Vancouver, and my contractors set their own rates and working hours. When you buy a jacket, you know that it is made by a handful of women who truly love what they are doing. I like to believe that that love is infused into every piece :).
Photos: Ken Heinbecker