for conversation

i don’t entirely know what this space is, except to say that it is a space about fashion of the slow sort. over the last six months to a year i’ve been thinking and reading a lot about the impact of fast fashion on the earth, and on the people who are behind the clothes and shoes we wear.

i wrote a little bit about it on my personal blog, and got more feedback than usual, so i thought it’d be time to extend the conversation and have a dedicated space for the topic.

recently i’ve found it increasingly tough to push back against the pressure of so much cute, cheap clothing. i’ve even given in and bought a thing or two, which i really hate because many of the companies that make the clothes are not on solid ground ethically-speaking.

figuring out who is telling the truth when it comes to caring about people, and who is really trying to find and correct problems with their supply chain vs. turning a blind eye is tough. no company with any PR sense is going to say that they don’t really care about the people working to produce their garments. they’ll spin it to sound as good as possible. or they just won’t talk about it because many people don’t seek out the information or read about it.

and i won’t even go into what i’ve been learning about the beauty industry in the last few weeks…it’s gross. and scary.

i definitely do not claim to be an expert on any of this, just someone who cares more and more about the clothes i put on my back, and the products i put on my body.

as i do more research, i’ll post here, and let you know what i’ve found. at the end of the day this space is simply to encourage conversation about fashion and beauty and what’s behind it.

it’s also to appreciate the increasing options for ethically made products that are good for everyone involved in their production.

so if you have a question – ask. i can’t say i’ll know the answer, but i’ll look into it and/or share resources that i know about.

if you know of a company who’s doing things right – tell! i’d love to know about them.

i may post outfits, or pieces, or products, or inspirational quotes or photos just because. i may pose a question to you about what you know. i’d love to help you find something you’re looking for, and haven’t been able to find. i don’t know that i’ll find it, but i’d love to try.

right now it’s harder than it should be to decipher what’s good for you and good for others out there in the marketplace. this space is here to help all of us navigate and parse out the good from the crap.

xo

kate

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