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REVolution 4: Fair

REVolution 4: Fair

Our fourth REVolution for 2017

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. We all know that fashion manufacturing operates to a large extent in developing countries, but it’s less sure to say that everyone is aware of the severe ramifications of this when you glimpse a bit further into the issue. For instance, the International Labour Organisation estimates that 170 million young people are currently engaged in child labour, with a large percentage of these individuals working for the garment industry.

Vyayama
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Child labour is a particular issue for fashion because so much of the supply chain asks for low-skilled labour and some tasks are even better suited to children than adults. In cotton picking, employers prefer to hire children for their small fingers as they don’t do any harm to the bulb. Children are also seen as more obedient workers who slip under the radar, making them easy to manage.

Women are a whole other issue. Today, more than 70% of garment workers in China are women, in Bangladesh the share is 85%, and in Cambodia as high as 90%. These woman make up a huge part of fashion, but they are treated horribly. Circumstances hard to fathom when living in London seems difficult enough, you read statistics showing these women are working up to 140 overtime hours per week for roughly £45 per month. Furthermore, they are susceptible to safety neglects, incidents of physical abuse and no sort of health coverage.

With all this in mind, we at REV only work with designers who have certified fair-trade factories, and can guarantee their worker’s rights. We do not believe any garment can be worn well when another human being has had to suffer in it’s making.

Pamela Love Jewellery
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"We at REV only work with designers who have certified fair-trade factories, and can guarantee their worker’s rights."

We have been able to find incredibly committed designers in the human rights space. In their efforts to find the right partners for fabric and production, our new eco activewear designer Vyayama searched throughout both the US and Europe. They sought partners whose teams are protected by unions and strict health and safety standards. Their search brought them to Portugal and a manufacturing team that shares their clear vision .

 

AIAYU set about with one simple goal: We want to demonstrate that a 100% responsible business practice is the only way to do business. They have made phenomenal strides in their mission-they work with local artisans in Bolivia, India and Nepal to empower local economies and preserve traditional ways of weaving and creating.

 

Our jewellery designers, Pamela Love and Melissa Joy Manning, are both incredibly committed to hand-made crafting and empowerment through manufacturing. ”When I started my own business it was incredibly important to me to create a space for other artists to earn a living,” says Melissa. “To this day, all of our jewellery is made in-house by team of artists who earn living wages and a competitive benefit and retirement package. We spend most of our lives at work-and I believe that work should be a culture that embraces and supports every member.” We are proud to support designers who in turn support those making our garments and accessories.