If you’ve read our previous blog post on slowing down the fashion world, then this next post will be right up your street.
#whomademyclothes is the hashtag used by Fashion Revolution, a group of people from around the world who make, market and wear clothes. It is a global movement whose mission is “to unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way”.
Fashion Revolution Week is on now (23-29 April 2018). It falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people in 2013 and injured many more.
They want people to take a stand against disposable fashion. They say “the more we love our clothes, the more we care for them, the longer they last”.
This got me to thinking about the highland wear industry and how our suppliers operate. We are extremely fortunate. Virtually all of our suppliers are based in the UK, and many have been trading nearly as long as we have. This ensures that we know the makers are paid a fair wage and work in good conditions. We have visited many of our supplier’s premises so know that this is the case.
By using long established British suppliers we can be sure that the products are produced to a high standard and traditional skills are kept alive.
Here are a few of our long established suppliers and makers, who put their heart and soul into making.
The Loake name is synonymous with exceptional quality. Loake began trading as a family business in 1880 and is still family owned today. Each pair of shoes takes 8 weeks to make which shows the care and attention that goes into producing this quality item.
W.E. Scott & Sons Sporrans
Our main supplier of sporrans is Mr Scott. Based in Edinburgh since 1937, they are now in their fourth generation. Scott’s get their seal and bovine skins as a by-product from the food chain, meaning that no animals are killed specifically to make sporrans.
Lochcarron of Scotland
Lochcarron are weavers based in the Scottish borders. Dating back to 1892, Lochcarron champions traditional tartan fabric manufacturing, whilst continuing to be innovative. Their latest collaboration was with the high street store, Topshop. Tradition doesn’t have to mean old fashioned!
Slow fashion is here to stay! #whomademyclothes