The Best Way to Invest in Your Community and Yourself

 
 

THOUGHTS FROM THE STUDIO

The Best Way to Invest in Your Community and Yourself

 
 
 We had an incredible time participating in the International Rescue Committee charity auction this summer!

We had an incredible time participating in the International Rescue Committee charity auction this summer!

 
 

Sweat shops can occur anywhere in the absence of consumer vigilance. Throughout the past twenty years, there have been multiple tragic and preventable industrial accidents in Bangladesh’s garment districts alone, most notably the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, killing more than 1,000 people. Fast fashion has resulted in thousands of deaths and slowly awakened consumers around the world to the conditions created by demand for cheap clothes. After the Rana Plaza tragedy, consumers righteously demanded US-made clothing, believing that conditions here were regulated and safer. However, there are still shops in the US that keep working conditions unsafe and don’t pay minimum wages.

Our company is a response to the bad behavior of the fast fashion industry and a commitment to a better way of dressing people.

As we were starting our company in late 2017, we quickly realized how much the sewing skill had faded into the past. We rely almost entirely on fast fashion. Sewing is truly a dying skill, as more and more US schools remove it entirely from the curriculum. I could go on and on about how hand-making clothing results in clothing that actually lasts, fits better, and ultimately costs less than buying “affordable” clothing in typical retail shops, but I’ll save that for another time. In our search for skillful work, we found that some people immigrating into the country had the skills we were looking for. We reached out to our local chapter of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for help with recruiting skilled clothiers. We helped fund a benefit auction and at that event learned that in the previous months there had been no new immigrants to Charlottesville. For us, this reaffirms our commitment to the IRC. Without this important organization and other champions for immigration, our communities lose skilled talent.

 
 
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The Charlottesville Dress Company will continue to pay fair wages to skilled workers, wherever they bring their skills from. We make it easy to be a conscious consumer: you know you’re getting the best clothing in the best quality while making a measurable difference in our community.

 
 
Susan Stimart