Slow Fashion - an Interview
by NATALIE LUCKEN
Grass Roots supports and stocks ethically made fashion. We fiercely believe in human welfare. The Travelling Kimono is one of our Australian owned labels that embodies and practices our ethos of Conscious fashion. This month we spotlight The Travelling Kimono and showcase slow fashion in action. Here's an excerpt from the interview
GRB : Tell us a little about Travelling Kimonos manufacturing process and what about that process is important to your label?
TTK : Our aim was to produce aesthetic, one of a kind handmade garments made and designed with love. We really focus on ethically sourcing our fabrics and make sure we look after the lovely ladies who hand cut and sew our designs. When we first started this adventure we wanted to make a difference – it didn’t matter how big or small, but it was important that we could at least allow for our business to help support other lives. The world is no longer ignorant to the big brands exploiting children, animals and the environment through the production of their products. We wanted to turn the leaf within the fashion community and allow for our brand to benefit rather than harmfully impact others through ethically designed and made garments. These decisions have allowed us to feel proud from the creation of our products and allows us to share our design process with joy.
Men and Hien, two sisters over in Vietnam are the heart and soul of our manufacturing process. The designs we create as a team are provided to these ladies, where they take their time to create the beautiful hand made garments we deliver today. These ladies have become apart of The Travelling Kimono family and without them we would not be where we are today. Men and Hien have engaged with other members of the Vietnamese community, and our creative network has began to grow, allowing for our business to have a greater positive impact in their community, in that we are able to provide more families with work and income.
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