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Friday, April 22, 2016

What is Re-FASHION?

In the spirit of Earth Day, lets discuss 'Re-Fashion".

Re-Fashion is the act of connecting your fashion style to coexist with your surroundings. Making clothing choices that are not only sustainable but empathetic and aware of the power you hold.What you choose to wear is not a static choice, but a small part in a series of domino effects that change the course of our future.

The Golden 3:
Reduce, Re-use, Recyle

Reduce what you buy. Please do not misunderstand this word for reduce what you have in your closet. Much too often, people get rid of their clothes as soon as they buy them. Creating this careless attitude of buying more, paying less, and creating more human waste. Change your shopping habits and invest in key pieces that are made of good quality. Collect items invisioning a lifetime. They should be able to grow and evolve with you.

Re-use and be inspired. Learn to appreciate the value of quality items that can be re-used. Whether it be swapping clothes with friends, rummaging through your grandma's closet, or shopping at a local thrift or vintage shops. Explore the creativity attached to timeless pieces.

Recycle. Lets get creative. Oh yes, DIY should always be the last step injected before tossing any fashion piece into the trash. Take your lifeless garment and REVIVE it back for a second life.
For example, one of my favorite cashmere sweater had several holes near the bottom. Did I throw it away? Not at all, I cut the parts with a hole, and turned it into a fantastic crop top sweater!

Read about it here:DIY: Old Sweater Make-Over


The Heart of Fashion: Fashion Revolution Week

It is so easy to be swept up by the glamour and allure of fashion, but from my heart to yours, lets take a moment to think about the cause and effect of all our fashion choices. Whether it be reckless shopping habits, or demand for lower prices, what effects do our choices create? 

"Buy less, choose well, make it last." -Vivienne Westwood

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,134 people and injured over 2,500. Considered as the deadliest garment factory accident in history, it was reported that building owners ignored structural warnings and forced workers to return to work. 

  Fashion Revolution Week was born as an awareness on the backstory of fashion.  Fashion can and should be made ethically, but this is directly linked to the behaviors of the consumer. 
The safety, well being, proper pay and health standards of all workers are also accessories we wear. The deaths and negligence caused by the  brands we support, is blood on our sleeves, if we choose to ignore it.

"Clothes aren't going to change the world.The women who wear them will." -Anne Klein

Fashion Revolutions Week is based on the idea of bringing people from all over the world together, to ask one single question. 


Join the Revolution by snapping a photo of a label on one of your clothes and ask the brand #whomademyclothes and post it via instagram, Facebook, or twitter. Show them people do care.  

Be curious. Be responsible and take responsibility for the choices you make. The power starts with YOU asking the right questions.