Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Ethical and locally produced manufacturing

Yes! Yes! Yes! This article blew my mind and I wanted to share it with you: the consumer, the designer, the manufacturer. It affects us all. The textile and manufacturing industry has been crushed for so long with overseas manufacturing being competitive... but is it really anymore?

Us small independent designers are trying to produce work locally, ethically, creating jobs in our own neighbourhood and hopefully create sustainability for the future. Yes, it's competitive out there and you don't get positive responses when enquiring about small runs of manufacturing. I personally would like to keep the sewing of my bags to the Blue Mountains/outer Western Sydney if I can ever get to that stage... (sigh).

Here is an excerpt from Sydney Morning Herald's fabulous Small Business Section...

Design of the times
Andrew Linden
August 25, 2008 - 0:55PM

Emerging independent fashion designers in Australia are being caught in a ''terrible cycle'' where they cannot find local manufacturers willing to take on orders because they are too small, says the industry.

Jo Kellock, executive director of the Textile and Fashion Industries Australia (TFIA) warns that unless the Australian garment industry changes the way it does business, talented young designers will be forced from the industry.

The situation has led to an unprecedented coalition of Melbourne business, union, education and community organisations involved in the highly competitive textile clothing and footwear industry in a bid to support the young designers.

The plan is to develop a production hub where small independent designers can work co-ooperatively to develop larger volume runs, or be linked up directly with garment outworkers who can make their clothes... read the rest of the article here.


Hayley Lau said...

Thanks for posting that! It's great that changes are starting. I think the 'ethical fashion movement' can only grow from here.

V'nessa said...

Hear!Hear! Its nice to see some support for the little guys.