Do you ever wonder who makes your shoes? Even though I like to make my own clothing, sometimes I forget that there are many people, each with a name and a story all their own, behind everything else I use, own, and consume.
There’s just something so beautiful about watching something come to life in front of your eyes. That’s the reason I fell in love with sewing– the thrill of watching rolls of fabric and spools of thread become unique garments. But I know that for most of the people around the world in the garment and related industries, making things isn’t fun or rewarding– it’s grueling, tedious, and dangerous. I don’t want my lifestyle to compound the suffering of others, and so I’m making a concerted effort not only to make my own clothes, but also to support companies that provide their employees with a living wage and a safe work environment.
Jill posted a link earlier this week that asks the question, “Would you be more likely to buy clothing with an ethically-made label?” I think that if enough of us demand changes in the garment industry and others like it, change will happen. It might take time, but it’s time worth taking.
(For more about Loly in the Sky, you can check out their shop or their blog. I’m not on their payroll or anything, but I think the shoes are really cute and I love that they’re handmade. Also… there’s a puggy model.)