Fashion Revolution Week wraps up today. Hearteningly, the week seems to be inspiring more press and attention each year as we collectively question clothing 'consumption' patterns, and ask how our clothing has been made and, indeed, by whom?
We recently relocated our production from Auckland, New Zealand, down to Christchurch. Any piece purchased from us this NZ winter began life in the skilled hands of our Christchurch-based manufacturers, following, of course, fabric weaving and dying in either Japan or Taiwan (depending on the cloth).
We've really enjoyed forming a strong relationship with the team based in Christchurch's central city. Trips down to talk production are eagerly anticipated - the very literal coming together of everything Okewa exists to do. The breadth of skills under this one roof is inspiring, from digital pre-cutting processes to the particular hand craft of the team of machinists.
As the awareness drive of Fashion Revolution Week wraps up for another year, we welcome the asking of important questions. We believe that a consciousness of the many pairs of skilled human hands behind the making of clothing, and a genuine care for their welfare, is the only place to start when grappling with the enormity of challenges in our industry.
Here's to our makers.