Who Made Your Clothes?


It's been twoyears since the tragic--yet entirely unsurprising--building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Here in the Vancouver shop, I recall having many conversations with customers in the days and weeks following about concern for the victims, survivors, and their families, but also deeper discussions about fast fashion, the nature of globalised supply chains, and how we all share in the responsibility for the ramifications. Taking the issue further and actually advocating for change, yesterday marked the first annual Fashion Revolution Day, a global awareness campaign that asks us all to focus on the people who actually make the clothes we wear: "At the moment of purchase, most of us are unaware of the processes and impacts involved in the creation of a garment. We need to reconnect through a positive narrative, to understand that we arent just purchasing a garment or accessory, but a whole chain of value and relationships." The Fashion Revolution envisions a world where our industy is equally invested in the people who make our clothes, the environment, fostering creativity, and making a profit. Sort of the triple bottom line, but with more silk and box pleats! In honour of the inaugural Fashion Revolution Day, Trish instagrammed all the lovely ladies of the Smoking Lily Studio, and we thought we'd share them here today: Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 1.06.26 PMThis is Liz, our super awesome head silk screener, cutter of fabric, and artist extraordinaire. Most recently, Liz has been working on the Collab prints in partnership under her own imprint, Lizard Breath. Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 1.54.51 PMThis is Suzanne, a pattern drafting, leather working, seamstress master. We couldn't have been happier when Suzanne joined the team, oh, about two years ago. Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 2.09.00 PMHarmony is not only a one of our dedicated sewers, but she keeps everyone on time at the studio. Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 2.35.44 PMYuen has been a key member of the studio for over 15 years; if you've got some vintage Lily in your closet, there's a good chance that Yuen sewed it! Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 2.42.06 PMMeet Steph, a longtime seamstress and pattern drafting wizard at the studio. Steph is also the maker of the ever-popular winter smittens. Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 2.46.27 PMLast but not least, Rachael is a multi-talented studio wonder. Cutting, printing, and organizing, Rachael may be best known to you as the the gal who takes careall of your mail order and wholesale needs. So there you have it, the entire Smoking Lily Studio staff (minus our fearless leader, Ms. Trish). They love making the clothes you love! Cheers, Erin  

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