In the spirit of Fashion Revolution Week, I decided to make a post about the importance of asking where our clothes come from. With MIA at the forefront of this year’s campaign in an advert for H&M, the company urged consumers to consider where their clothing came from. The hashtag #whomademyclothes became viral shortly after.
I will admit, I am bad for mindlessly consuming. Most of us are guilty of buying things without asking where they come from. Fashion has a lot to answer for, with regards to the treatment of workers in clothing factories to the treatment of animals in the fur and leather industry. The poor pay and hard labour is left hidden behind the glitz and glamour of the fashion world, and unquestioned by the consumer picking the product off a hanger instore.
Of course, there will always be a demand for goods procured by the least moral of means. It is much easier to ignore the consequences of your purchase when it’s better for your wallet. It’s an unfortunate reality that good products, manufactured fairly, cost more. It’s also unfortunate that the climate of the industry is in the hands of the public, when the government should be keeping manufacturers in check.
People will always need (and want) cheap clothing, so long as decent manufacturers and Eco-friendly goods are expensive. People will always want the classic leather jacket. And, just last year, the fur stole made a comeback, to Peta’s dismay. Hopefully with this viral campaign, the fashion industry and consumers alike will begin to change for the better. One can only hope the future of fashion will be fair, affordable and environmentally conscious.
But until then, there’s vintage clothing.
Vintage clothing is a way for consumers to procure these goods without perpetuating the current trade. You can get your authentic leather jacket, the high rise Levi’s, the button-up shirt and save your money too. It’s a great way to recycle and become more environmentally friendly.
There’s added appeal, too, in the very nature of vintage clothing. Vintage pieces are considered unique and timeless. The added mystery of how the piece ended up on the shelves adds some allure too.
The Vintage Kilo sale is a great way to get a hold of some timeless vintage. Hosted by Glass Onion Vintage Ltd, the kilo sale travels up and down the country to provide fashion-savvy individuals with unique vintage pieces for £15 a kilo.
Hosted just off Lothian Road, Edinburgh, the venue was a brisk 10 minute walk from the omnicentre. The fair hosted an array of goods set to the backdrop of 90s pop and hip-hop.
Shockingly, not in a buying mood, I ended up sharing the famous purple bag with my sister – filling it with striped palazzo trousers, a bomber jacket (which is very much IN at the moment, if you’ve stepped foot inside a Zara recently) and a floral blouse I imagine will look fab tied to the waist.
If I have any advice about these fairs it’s to go early. It’s worth the extra admission fee, as goods fly off the rails fairly quickly.
Be open minded. Be prepared to cut out shoulder pads, add iron-on patches, adjust hems and have fun.
You can follow the Vintage Kilo Sale on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VintageKiloSale/) for future events.