April 24th is now recognized as Fashion Revolution Day, an international campaign to recognize these conditions and ask consumers and brands to more closely consider where and by whom their clothes are made.
Two years ago, the largest catastrophe in the garment industry killed over 1200 workers in the collapse of a multi-story factory called Rana Plaza, outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The increasing awareness of the terrible working conditions in these garment factories was partially want spurred us on to learn more about the conditions and processes in a place like Bangladesh.
This year, New Market Goods was thrilled to co-host a popup event in the East Bay alongside a few other slow fashion brands, Tonlé and The Tripty Project. We not only got to highlight the beautiful craftsmanship of our goods made in Bangladesh and Cambodia, but also share varying perspectives and approaches to responsible clothing production.
This was basically our first market event, and it felt great to see everyone's work on display (rather than strewn about our dining room!). Great practice for this summer's upcoming craft fair lineup.
A huge shout out has to go to the 25th Street Collective for providing the beautiful setting for our event. 25th Street is a collective of slow fashion artists based in Oakland, working on initiatives like Fibershed and hosting open studios during First Fridays. Definitely swing by their beautiful space sometime if you’re in the area!
Thanks to everyone who made it out! Looking forward to see what the next year of #fashrev holds for all our slow fashion sister brands.