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Fashion Revolution Day

We at Rêve En Vert know who made our clothes.

It was is a black page in the history of the fashion industry. On the 24th of April 2013 the Rana Plaza complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed. This building housed a lot of garment factories. The workers worked under unthinkable circumstances and to make matters worse worked in a building that was not built in a safe way. 1,134 people died and over 2,500 people were injured that day.

The collapse caused a wave of terror and realization to move through the fashion industry and beyond. A lot of eyes were opened, but unfortunately not all. Most people don’t necessarily want to close their eyes to the horrible things that happen behind the scenes of the fast fashion industry, but they get blinded by ridiculously low prices advertised throughout every commercial high street.

Luckily there were also people who did see through the cloud of low prices. Right after the Rana Plaza disaster, Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro founded Fashion Revolution as a way to raise awareness for the people behind the clothing we wear. With their campaigns they want to educate people on how they can make their closets more ethical and they ask people to help them push brands to be more transparent. One way of doing this is by having people ask brands #whomademyclothes on social media.

The inhumane way a lot of people in the fast fashion industry are still treated on a daily basis is something we should all care about. This is a humanitarian issue and we are all humans and it therefore concerns us all.

At Rêve En Vert we care a lot about where and how clothes are made. This is one of the reasons we created our own line of basic tees. We felt it was very important for us to know what the process of making clothes looked like to be able to judge other brands on their ethical and sustainability story. In 2014 we launched R.E.V by Rêve En Vert, an organic pima cotton line of basics. The cotton comes from Peru and our tees are produced in an environmentally sound and fair trade certified factory. With the knowledge we collected from creating this line we had a better idea of what was important for the brands we work with. One of these things is transparency when it comes to the production process. So at Rêve En Vert we are very aware who made the clothes of our brands. Here is the Rêve En Vert ‘who made our clothes’ list:

AIAYU – After the designs are finalised in Denmark, the entire production process of the clothes takes place in Bolivia by people who work under good circumstances. The items that are hand knitted have the initials of the hand knitter stitched into them. Only visiting them in person could bring you closer to the person who made your clothes. AIAYU’s philosophy is: give love to your employers and you’ll see that love back in the clothing. SHOP HERE.

Base Range The basic items from this sustainable easy and under wear brand are all made in small family owned factories. The underwear, tees, sweats and leather garments are made in Porto, Portugal. All the woven pieces – made from silk, wool and linen – are produced in a small town called Odemis in Turkey. SHOP HERE.

Christopher RaeburnRaeburn uses a lot of old military products and remakes them into clothes. Each collection is designed and made in either his factory in East London, or in ethically sound factories in Europe.
Clyde – The hats of Clyde are blocked by hand in a small New York state millinery factory. SHOP HERE.

CosiAll of the materials used in the production of each scarf are sourced from sustainable producers, and each piece is handwoven in Nepal and Tibet by locally based artisans, ensuring that the traditional methods of weaving knits in this part of the world are preserved. SHOP HERE.
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Fonnesbech Fonnesbech wants women to have a sustainable wardrobe; filled with pieces that can last a lifetime. The value their heritage, but look strongly at the future. And to guarantee a future, it is important to focus on sustainable and ethical production. Their pieces are made in collaboration with certified suppliers and all produced within Denmark, where they make sure their employees are treated fairly. SHOP HERE.

Hare + HartVegetable dyed leathers that are at the heart of this brand are crafted into products in fair-wage factories all over the world. SHOP HERE.

Isabell de Hillerin Isabell de Hillerin works with local weaving and embroidering manufacturers in Romania and Moldova. These local traditional artisan manufacturers learn the trade from their families, which is a time consuming art. SHOP HERE.

SVILUMade from organic fabrics, the SVILU products are made to withstand the currents of fashion trends. With these sustainable fabrics they create their collections as close to their studio in New York as possible. SHOP HERE.