San Francisco – January 23, 2018- AYESHA BARENBLAT, Founder of Remake and DANIEL LEE, Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation led over 150 people in a lively conversation on who makes our clothes, why she matters and how we can vote with our dollars to lift a generation of women out of poverty.
Did you know 100 pairs of human hands touch our clothes before we see them in stores or online? And of the 75 million people who make our clothes, 80% are women ages 18-24, the same demographic as the millennial women who consume Teen Vogue. Today, we buy 4x more and somehow pay less for our clothes than we did 10 years ago. For our clothes to cost less than our favorite coffee drink means the fashion industry has to cut corners.
It’s more important than ever to acknowledge the women who make our clothes. In fact, one of our core missions at Remake is to bring her story to the surface, so that consumers are introduced to the human hands that make our clothes. We make it a point to introduce her not as just a human being, but as her reality of being a powerful, and strong woman. She’s a boss lady like many of us, who dreams of living her best life while striving to care for her family. By bringing women on both ends of the supply chain together, we begin to spread the understanding that advocating for a more responsible supply chain is directly connected to empowering women.
So how can we help?
- Break up with fast fashion. We simply cannot keep buying clothes at the rate we are consuming and toss them. Projections by 2050 have us up against difficult questions such as are we going to have enough drinkable water, or use it to grow cotton? We have to go back to timeless style rather than trends, which is what fashion used to be.
- Buy better. It’s not about throwing everything out but the next time you donate/ clear out your closet, it’s filling that closet with fewer better things. In addition, we must do our best to support brands that publically commit to maker well-being. Remake makes finding these stylish brands easy with our SHOP section.
In addition to the talk, we shared our award-winning short called Made In Cambodia. In the film, follow three graduating Parson students to Cambodia where they get a first-hand look at the fashion production process and meet the makers who bring their designs to life.