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November 28, 2019
This Black Friday through Cyber Monday, November 29th - December 2nd, Artisans & Adventurers has set out to do something a little different. As a brand that prioritises ethics and the quality of our products, we have decided to donate 5% of in-store and online sales in support of Fashion Revolution, a charity dedicated to tackling our society’s hyper-discount culture.
After the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, where 1,138 factory workers were killed and an additional 2,500 were injured, the need for drastic change became apparent, and Fashion Revolution was born. Fashion Revolution is an organisation comprised of everyday people who are passionate about industry transparency and saving our planet. With a vision of creating a fashion industry that ”values people, the environment, creativity, and profit in equal measure,” they hope to foster a sense of unity within the field and transform fashion’s global impact. Last year in the UK alone, approximately £1.49 billion was spent over Black Friday weekend. This proves that Fashion Revolution and its supporters have a large hurdle to overcome.
This hyper-discount culture is fuelled by the supply and demand of cheap, mindlessly produced products that sell because of their affordable prices. With constant discounts piled on top of already low prices, companies are able to attract customers and clear their stockpiles, motivating the cycle to continue. This type of fast fashion is endangering the environment in a way many consumers are not aware of.
In order to produce such clothing, considerable amounts of land, water, chemicals, and energy must be used. This process ends up polluting precious water sources and producing mass amounts of waste. Lower-quality clothing is also typically made by underpaid workers in unsafe and inadequate working conditions. With evident harm against both the workers and the planet, it’s difficult to justify such an industry.
Artisans & Adventurers urges you to think about the impact of your purchases this festive season. Every small decision counts towards a much larger, global moment towards a sustainable future - because after all, it’s about more than just clothes. By donating, you are helping to run Fashion Revolution’s campaign for change. We hope to see you this Black Friday weekend as we work to support a cause that encompasses what we as a brand are all about.
To learn more about Fashion Revolution, please click here.
Update: Thanks to all of our wonderful customers, who decided to shop small instead of indulging in Black Friday 'deals' we managed to raise £250!
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March 28, 2020
March 25, 2020
We know there’s a lot going on at the moment and everyone feels a little lost in all the uncertainty. With the situation and guidance changing every day, we - as a small business - have a lot to think about, including how we can continue to provide our services for our customers and our artisans.
As a sustainable business, we try our best to be as transparent as possible, especially concerning our supply chain. We know all of our artisans personally and have spent a long time forging friendships and working relationships together. Many of our small scale producers rely on our trade as their main source of income, shopping small has a direct impact on these communities. The same can be said for all small businesses, buying their products or using their services has a direct impact on the owners, their families and the groups of people that they work with.
March 22, 2020
It's Mother's Day 2020 and here I sit in our beautiful and closed shop in the Old town of Margate. The sky is blue, the sun is shining – everything looks normal. I'm in sorting out a few bits and bobs.
We are living through an impossible time. I really don’t know if I am coming or going. I haven’t stopped thinking about this for weeks now.
I have a son who lives on the other side of the world and today I wanted to write about being a mother in this time of uncertainty and instability. We were so excited a few weeks ago. Amy and myself were off on a development and sourcing trip to India in April. Plans were being made and the agenda was set. Part of the plan was to celebrate my son’s birthday on 16th April with him and his girlfriend. He has been living in Dubai for 4 years and is now taking some time off in Australia.