Fashion Is Freedom. That's our motto and that's why, here, you will find a site dedicated to learning about sweatshops, analysing the problems of fast fashion, supporting ethical designers, championing for workers' rights, fighting modern-day slavery and adopting conscientious consumer habits.
Being stylish shouldn't come at the expense of someone else's well-being. The disparity between the clothes we wear and how they're made is deeply troubling. But the tide is slowly changing and the discourse on ethics and responsibility will hopefully be reflected in new legislation, better protections for workers and renewed design and manufacturing practices.
Fashion Is Freedom is divided into five different series, each focusing on a specific theme. We are constantly learning and discovering new data and information. If you spot any inaccuracies, don't hesitate to reach out. We will be happy to re-look our posts and make corrections where necessary.
At Fashion Is Freedom, we celebrate the freedom of person, the freedom to be who we are, the freedom to eschew trends, the freedom to tell our own stories – the uniforms we wear, those old t-shirts we don’t want to throw out, mum's old sari, our latest sewing projects, an unexpected thrift-store find. We just love the idea of a storied sense of style, a style that speaks of us as individuals and as a community. Most of all, we really believe that style should not come at the expense of someone else’s welfare.
It’s difficult to articulate elegantly so we’re going to borrow the words of Coco Chanel:
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”.
The Sweatshop Debate – The aim of this series is to understand the political, economic and social conditions that create sweatshops.
Spotlight – Profiles of ethical brands and designers.
Alternative Fashion – In this series, we look beyond conventional commerce. Whether it’s clothing rentals, thrift stores or fashion swaps, we list as many modes of alternative fashion as we can find.
Trending – Keep an eye on the latest developments in the world of fashion – documentaries, collaborations, investigations and more.
Talk Back – How responsible are your favourite brands? We reach out to high-street retailers about their manufacturing processes. If they reply, we post their responses here.