Ooo London Fashion Week starts today but whatever you do… Don’t Mention The Garment Workers!

12 Sep Ooo London Fashion Week starts today but whatever you do… Don’t Mention The Garment Workers!

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I have to admit that I stilllove reading Vogue cover to cover once a month on a day off. It’s a little treat & distraction to help me rest & look at beautiful images of clothes, shoes & bags (ooo bags…). Anyway, today is the first day of London Fashion Week.  In many ways #LFW is a lovely reminder to all of us, wherever we are in the world, of how creative humans can be in creating stunning clothes, spectacular events and fantastical images. However, don’t you find it uncomfortable that the people who make clothes never receive a mention despite working long hours, with the majority (so sad to say) on poverty wages in unsafe conditions? I know I do. 

 

Left up on a mannequin in the shop window of Paper Dress Boutique, Curtain Road, Shoreditch London. Photo by Robin Prime

Left up on a mannequin in the shop window of Paper Dress Boutique, Curtain Road, Shoreditch London. Photo by Robin Prime

The British Council conveniently don’t mention the garment workers, so this morning our friends at War on Want cheekily decided to give them a helping hand by dropping a banner outside of the main event saying:

“DON’T MENTION THE GARMENT WORKERS”

Look for the actual image on Twitter and elsewhere online now. Pretty provocative hey? What would you think if you spotted it walking through London as a fashion industry person? 

Mini Fashion Protest Banner hung inside the epicentre of LFW last year in Somerset House. Sadly the fact is still true. Photo by Robin Prime

Mini Fashion Protest Banner hung inside the epicentre of LFW last year in Somerset House. Sadly the fact is still true. Photo by Robin Prime

We love fashion but hate sweatshops, which is why we want London Fashion Week to celebrate style and creativity but also to discuss how the industry can stop exploitation. Us craftivists can help get the message out there too in 2 ways.

  1. A quick way is by sharing the image of the giant banner  (find it online now) and of yourself like the below image on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumbler etc, to ensure garment workers aren’t forgotten but get the respect and dignity they deserve.
  2. A craftivist way you can show solidarity with garment workers is to make one of our bespoke Mini Fashion Protest Banners  and hang it on a shopping high street or mall never you wherever you are in the world. You can also share this on social media and we can retweet it etc too.

 

Help spread the word by taking a photo of yourself holding a homemade sign saying #dontmentionthegarmentworkers & share it social media with the hashtag

Help spread the word by taking a photo of yourself holding a homemade sign saying #dontmentionthegarmentworkers & share it social media with the hashtag

 

Our bespoke Mini Fashion Banner kit fits easily into bags to take out and craft with a cuppa

Our bespoke Mini Fashion Banner kit fits easily into bags to take out and craft with a cuppa

Your kit includes everything you need in a resealable bag including a vinyl sticker to keep

Your kit includes everything you need in a resealable bag including a vinyl sticker to keep

 

Thank you (in advance) for your help – we will be joining @waronwant tweeting & instagramming #dontmentionthegarmentworkers today and sharing the message that London Fashion Week should love fashion but hate sweatshops- come join us online and help get the message out…

Just “Don’t mention the garment workers!” 😉

 

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