First step in making any collection is designing the pieces, I choose classic styles that will last for years and dozens of wears. I pick colors that are available from natural dyes, & select between the weaves that have been developed by my skilled artisan partners. The next step was meeting with Casa Flor Ixcaco… Continue reading Our Process, on Designing and Developing the Second Collection.
Exciting news, the second Unity Outfitters' collection will debut on August 19, 2016 at the Redress Raleigh Eco-fashion show! The application process had me a bit nervous, but my submission was accepted and I will be one of six designers presenting this year. Closer to the show date I will share more specifics about logistics.… Continue reading Fall/Winter 2016 Collection to debut at Redress Raleigh Fashion Show on August 19, 2016!
Thank you again to everyone who funded a perk during the Indiegogo (crowdfunding) campaign. Though the amount raised didn’t reach the goal set to start up my business, the funds raised have been extremely helpful and go a long way towards building the brand and an e-commerce website that will be up soon. This blog… Continue reading Launching Unity Outfitters, an update and future plans.
In honor of World Fair Trade Day 2015 I have compiled a short and sweet explanation of what fair trade is. What is Fair Trade? Fair Trade Business focuses on People, Planet, & Prosperity. People = accounts for people on the individual level, the family level, the village level, the regional level, and worldwide. Fair… Continue reading What is Fair Trade?
3 Categories Human Rights Violations Destruction of Local Industries, Economies, & Environments Appropriation & Misappropriation of land and culture Human Rights Violations Pressure on textile and apparel factories is too high to keep up with Western brands and retailers demands for fast and low cost fashion. However, worker’s rights start before textile and apparel factories’… Continue reading Social Hazards Caused by Overconsumption of Textile and Apparel Products.
Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility are not the same thing, but they are related. Sustainability encompasses three different aspects which include: people, the planet, and prosperity. The final component, prosperity, places an increased emphasis on authentic and inclusive social responsibility. The first two parts of sustainability are pretty easily understood and clear: 1. People -… Continue reading What is Socially Responsible Sustainability? (What is SRS?)
The annual consumption of fiber worldwide has been steadily increasing since record keeping began, and in 2008 it was measured at 10.4 kg (23 pounds) per-person (according to the World Apparel Fibre Consumption Survey.) In 2012 the average U.S. consumer spent $1,700 per year on apparel, buying an average of almost 70 items each. Not… Continue reading The Big Environmental Hazards Caused by Overconsumption in the F.T.A.R. Supply Chain
Supply Chain Risk is a complex subject encompassing the perspectives and influence of many different types of organizations worldwide, it is relevant within every industry engaged in trade on domestic and international levels. Every year multiple research studies are conducted analyzing different types of supply chain risk by industry professionals and government agencies, the findings… Continue reading Supply Chain Risk, Perceived Versus Real.
Why slow fashion? To put it simply: sustainability matters A majority of the global community is demanding that the systemic exploitation of natural resources and labor, which benefits a minority at the expense of the majority, come to an end. The fashion industry, and in particular the fast fashion industry, with its planned obsolescence driving… Continue reading Why Slow Fashion?
To forbear fashion means to be patient with the process of design and development, temperate in manufacturing and making, and to approach fashion in a way that empowers individuals and communities, while showing respect for the societies and cultures it touches About this blog I began this blog in 2014 as a way to share… Continue reading What does it mean to Forbear Fashion?