Pictured above, the Arnsdorf production team in the Arnsdorf Atelier in Collingwood in Melbourne. Photographed by Zoe Moon Arnott
Fashion Revolution Week is now. This is an annual event that reminds us of the devastating incident which happened in Bangladesh 8 years ago when the Rana Plaza building collapsed. The building housed a number of garment factories which employed around 5000 people who were manufacturing clothing for many of the biggest global fashion brands.
More than 1,130 people died in the collapse and around 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. The victims were mostly young women.
Arnsdorf founder, Jade Sarita Arnott was moved by this event to make change in the industry. It is inconceivable for everything to keep going as it was.
There needs to be respect for people and respect for our earth.
In the aftermath of that devastating event, the seeds were planted to re-launch her brand with a new passion and a new vision. She established the Arnsdorf Atelier in Collingwood with a foundation based on transparency, ethical manufacturing and sustainability. Our garments are designed, cut, sewn and finished here. We have accreditation from Ethical Clothing Australia and we are also certified as a B Corporation. As part of Fashion Revolution Week, people are encouraged to ask #whomademyclothes and brands to show #Imadeyourclothes. At Arnsdorf who made your clothes is embedded into everything we do and everyday you will find the information under each product of the names of everyone involved in its production process.
It is a small team but a passionate one. We are taking the longer and slower path but the right one to be a part of a better industry that values human rights and considers our fashion footprint from beginning to end. Thank you for coming on this journey with us.
Ethical Clothing Australia - Talking about a fashion revolution
The ECA have organised some special live events via their instagram this week to start more conversations on supporting the fashion revolution. For more details, visit @ethicalclothingaustralia.