No way I can ever quit shopping! I am Parisian, it is in my DNA.
My cupboards are full, let alone the ones of the Attilas. I am constantly looking for bargains, sales, how to pay less and get more. Asia is great for that, as most of the branded clothes are made here (Cambodia, Bangladesh,India..). So far, shopping has been my main cardio, and I never thought about asking “who makes my clothes?”
That was before the collapse of the factory of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh (2 years ago today). The tragedy snatched 1,133 workers to their families. More than 2,500 were injured. Hundreds of children became orphaned.
I remember this day when I discovered how my clothes and the ones of my family were made. My little Zara top was not the sparkly funky one it used to be. All of a sudden, it was telling me a story of blood and suffering. I could see those poor children and their family, treated like slaves just for me show off in my new Mango dress. Welcome to the real world of the Fast Fashion.
Since this day, I can’t buy a cloth without wondering who is behind the label. I need to know under what conditions the garments workers do their job. Because this is their story we wear every day.
I am not quitter and I ll keep on shopping. But with a responsible attitude.
I gave up Fast fashion, and became addicted to second hand and customization (to the great pleasure of Ms Attila who loves to add her personal touch to her “already loved” clothes).
My wardrobe new moto is “less is more”: Less clothes but better quality. Real ethical brands are more expensive, but you can trace who made your clothes. When I ask “who made my clothes?”, this is the kind of answers I get:
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