I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about slow fashion. I’m a week late to the party so I am playing catch up. As many of you may know, there is a movement happening called Slow Fashion October and it is happening right now and it is a really big and important conversation. As well, it is a quite overwhelming conversation too.
My name is Carla, I’m 29 years old and live in Parry Sound, Ontario on Georgian Bay. I am married with one 13 month old son and a small bichon dog named Tosh (yes like madtosh). I work full-time at a design firm and my husband works full-time as a technologist at our local hospital and we run Georgian Bay Fibre Co in the evenings and weekends. I come from a marketing and design background (though my education is in Art History and Literature) and my husband Jim comes from a background in New Media. Thoughtfully designed and created items are very important to us.
But – reality check. I can’t paint a perfect picture of bespoke clothing and furniture to you. Like most of you we are a young family. We have to carefully examine where every dollar heads each month and sometimes, our ideals and our reality don’t quite match up. And I hate it. I hate that as I write this a few articles of my clothing were purchased at the grocery store with fabric content and ethics unknown.
I think that this is a reality for most people that are engaged with this movement. The internet and social media lead us to only show the good side of ourselves and not the frank reality. But even with some failings, an awareness, an interest and a conversation about slow fashion will make a huge difference. In my family, I will spend a bit longer thinking about the clothing that is brought into the house (where did it come from) and the clothing that leaves the house (where is it going). But these things take time.
I’ll be back in a day or two with my thoughts on long worn items.