Remake Is Taking On Fast Fashion by Meeting the Women Who Make It
The fashion industry remains rife with exploitation—low wages, unsafe conditions, and unrest. Yet the industry also has the power to be a force for good. It employs 75+ million people, mostly 18 to 34 year-old women. These jobs could be the best first step out of poverty. Fundamental to these problems is the invisibility of makers throughout the industry’s vast and complex supply chains. Millions of women toil unseen and unrecognized, without a voice in the system.
Enter Remake. Labeled as the Peace Corps of fashion, Remake is a non-profit that believes that fashion can be a force for good. With firsthand documentary footage and stories, Remake makes the invisible women who power the fashion industry visible. In addition, the company shares facts the fashion industry doesn’t want you to know and provides a solution on how to break up with fast fashion through curated edits, featuring products from their Remake-approved brands list that respects women and the planet. Since Remake’s beginning, they have urged people to think about those who make our clothes with their #WearYourValues campaign.
To support its mission, Remake takes influencers and future designers into garment maker communities around the world to meet the women who make our clothes face-to-face. It’s through these interactions we are able to get a firsthand look into her life, hopes, and dreams as well as gain a better understanding about the ethics of manufacturing and production. From Sri Lanka to Cambodia and India, Remake journeys hope to build empathy across the fashion supply chain, inspiring millennials, and designers to use their power to change the system for good.
This April, join Remake’s Founder, Ayesha Barenblat, as she shares Made In Mexico, Remake’s newest film short featuring fashion activist Amanda Hearst and students from California College of the Arts, Parsons School of Design, and Duke University. Follow along as they meet Olivia, Veronica, and Reina, the fierce women makers behind our Made In Mexico fast fashion labels.
We are eagerly anticipating the April premiere of Remake's Made in Mexico journey, and to hearing the voices of women who are standing up to fast fashion brands.” - Scott Leonard, INDIGENOUS Co-Founder and CEO
Watch Remake's Made in Mexico trailer:
How can I make my wardrobe more ethical?
You can make a difference (without even traveling), by asking brands "who made my clothes" and wearing your values every day. Choose sustainable fashion that's kind to the women who make it—empowering them to be financially independent so that they can improve their lives, and uplift their communities.
Look for brands that say "100% organic cotton clothing" - and beware of brands that say "organic" without giving the percentage. Greenwashing is rampant, and adding a tiny percentage of organic cotton in order to claim something as "organic" is all too common these days.
Buy fair trade clothing knowing that the people who made your clothes were not only paid fairly, but that were provided with a safe, healthy working environment, free of discrimination.
Tell us how you wear your values on Instagram. Tag us - @indigenousdesigns - and use the hashtag #wearyourvalues. Or leave a comment below!