1. Ensure quality production & materials.
2. Give value to the product.
3. Contemplate the connection with the environment.
I will never use leather from anywhere but the United States & from US Tanneries: Meaning, I know where the animal came from and what tannery the hide was produced in. Other Countries producing leather do not have laws that control and monitor the treatment of animals, workers, and the environment. Just buying leather in a shop in America does not mean it is an American hide that was made following the safety and wage laws. More than likely it was made in China or India where there are little to none restrictions. America has very strict laws on how the hides are produced, safety inspections, & protection laws for clean water and waste standards. My other materials are also sourced from American companies that I have checked out to have strict enforcements on safety, fair wages, & environmental standards.
Slow Fashion Values
1. Seeing the big picture: Recognize the impact of our collective choices & how they affect the environment and people.
2. Slowing down consumption: Providing the healthy rhythm with what the earth can provide.
3. Diversity: Keeping traditional methods of garment & textile making and dyeing techniques alive gives vibrancy and meaning to what we wear and how it was made.
4. Respecting People: Helping to secure the fair treatment of workers.
5. Acknowledging human needs: Offering fashion with emotional significance.
6. Resourcefulness: Using local materials and resources when possible and try to support the development of local businesses and skills.
7. Maintaining quality and beauty: Encouraging classic designs over passing trends & sourcing high quality materials, offering beautiful, timeless pieces.
8. Profitability: Prices are often higher because they incorporate sustainable resources and fair wages.
9. Practicing Consciousness: Decisions based on personal passions, an awareness of the connection to others and the environment, and the willingness to act responsibly.