It’s Fashion Revolution Week, so let’s talk about clothes.
We all wear clothes. We all buy clothes. But where does our clothing come from and who makes it?
Fashion Revolution Week calls for greater transparency in the fashion supply chain; it is no coincidence that the week falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh which killed 1138 people and injured even more. The fashion industry is renowned for the mistreatment, exploitation and denial of rights to workers and to those in the supply chain we don’t see when we’re buying clothing online or in store.
This week, brands and producers are being encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to transparency in the supply chain by telling their customers who made their clothes. YouK makes this easy for you. YouK contains extensive information on UK brands and products, including detailed information about where clothes are designed, made and where input materials are sourced from.
Here are 9 brands on YouK that we love because they make it their business to let you know who makes your clothes.
Meet GLOW. They are pioneering a new, conscious type of athleisure. GLOW is a Social Enterprise integrating high-vis accessories into everyday wardrobes. Their knitwear is handcrafted in London by skilled women from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each accessory empowers women and changes lives. Buy a piece, spread the word, tell a friend, start the change.
Trakke specialises in waxed canvas backpacks, messenger bags and accessories for travel and adventure.
The verdant landscape, the history, the culture and the wildlife of the Scottish Highlands inspire Trakke’s team. Each product is designed and handmade by their team of artisans, based in-house in Glasgow, and is built to last a lifetime.
Carrier Company Clothing
Carrier Company is a British workwear and outdoor clothing label, designed and made in Norfolk. The inspiration for the brand was to recreate traditional products inspired by the hardworking outdoor clothing and accoutrements that Carrier Company’s founder grew up with.
Tina, Carrier Company’s founder, is inspired by tradition, the environment and the requirements of those who live and work there, leads the design and curating process as well as sourcing materials. Barbar cuts patterns in the Church Farmhouse and other local enterprises handmake the products within ten miles of Carrier Company’s home in Wighton.
Stidston is a swim and bodywear brand, handmade in England. Sustainability is key as recycled lycra and velvet are Stidston’s staple fabrics and their styles work as either swimwear or statement casualwear.
In an era when people are looking for handmade and sustainable products, quality over quantity, bespoke over mass production, Stidston aims to stand at the front with other fashion brands leading a fashion revolution.
Corrymoor Mohair Socks
Corrymoor Mohair Socks are made using wool from the Corrymoor flock of organic angora goats and merino sheep in East Devon. Manufactured and knitted in the UK, the socks come in adult and children’s sizes and are comfortable and durable.
Hiut Denim Co. Jeans
Hiut design and make jeans from their factory in Cardigan, Wales. They focus on producing the best jeans they can, not the most jeans they can. Hiut place empasis on strong attention to detail and organic and selvedge denim set Hiut jeans above the rest.
Cardigan was a manufacturing hub for jeans for 30 years, making 35,000 pairs a week and employing 400 people. Hiut brought manufacturing back to the town and used the skills and knowledge that remained.
E&W Bridal Couture
E&W Couture is for the free-spirited looking to rock something a little alternative on their big day. Their bridal and bridesmaid dresses are unusual, figure flattering and above all comfortable. All products are all designed and made in Cardiff, Wales.
Alison Moore Jewellery
Alison Moore’s approach to jewellery design is organic and refreshingly non-conformist. All of the gemstones used in the designs are ethically sourced and the jewellery is handmade at Alison Moore’s studio on the beautiful Scottish island of Orkney. Her distinctive collections draw inspiration from many sources; childhood memories, walks on the beach, moods, emotions and the textures, forms and colours of nature.
The focus at Pajotten is on creating quiet, contemporary clothing and simple garments in natural fibres. Importantly the garments are a reflection of what we enjoy wearing and feel confident in. All of their pieces are made to order individually in their Kent studio and their fabrics, trimmings and buttons are either sourced from UK mills and companies or bought as ‘deadbolt’ from designer studios.
Manufacturers hold the responsibility to manufacture their goods ethically and sustainably. However, as consumers, we must also take the time to educate ourselves about what we are buying. Knowledge is power and the greater the demand for a transparent supply chain, the more brands will increase their own transparency.
Use YouK to search for your favourite brands and to discover more clothing made in the UK!