Here’s what I commit to, and am already doing:
Individually source each piece of fabric.
Independently verify its provenance, production process, dyeing, weaving and spinning.
Independently verify each vendor we work with.
Use global traditions around clothing as inspiration for our designs, for pieces that reflect our diverse world.
Promote rural artisan production wherever possible.
Prioritise supporting artisans and handicrafts in the developing world.
Support small-scale agricultural practices, including dyeing, weaving and spinning.
Produce all garments myself, ensuring full control over labour rights in our production cycle.
Fight the destructive cycle of fast fashion by donating private funds to garment workers’ unions in the developing world, particularly in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
Campaign actively for worker’s rights, and ethical working and trading practices in fashion.
Promote fair trade by working with producers who dictate their own prices.
Invest private funds in Kiva, supporting entrepreneurs in the developing world.
As we grow, Syra Brownlock plans to move production of all our clothing to private tailors in India, who will control all aspects of production.
Contribute my skills to research reports around slow and ethical fashion.
Collaborate with other designers, patterners, and sewists in the slow fashion space.
Work with other bloggers and makers to build the movement.
Share detailed information about each piece of fabric, and all my materials, with you on the blog.
Share information about the provenance, production and person behind each item in your clothing, through handwritten cards for each customer.
Champion craftsmanship and revive the art of creating, through providing bespoke services for each customer.
I’m constantly looking for innovations and creative ideas. If you have any recommendations of how I can improve Syra Brownlock’s ethical and/or sustainable policy and practices, don’t hesitate to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org