A new line in clothing
FASHION designer Angie Parker and engineer Rebecca Dracup are proving stylish corporate clothes do not have to cost a commitment to fair trade.
The pair launched Floreat- based online store Rana Clothing shortly after meeting for the first time in May.
“The whole point is to provide flattering clothes to women that support human rights and fair wages at the same time,” Ms Parker said.
“Together with our signature Rana line, we’re creating the ASOS of ethical fashion.”
The Mosman Park resident said the idea was born from Ms Dracup’s frustration that she could not find any ethically sound corporate wear.
“She approached a few big brands and they just brushed her off, no one was open about their production lines,” she said.
“We had coffee one day and realised we were the perfect match.
“Bec does not have a fashion background, so I help her with the issues that crop up with that side of things. And for me, I really need someone who is going to give me some structure.”
Ms Parker, who won a prize at the Fairly Fashion- able? Design Challenge Runway show at MANY 6160 in Fremantle recently, travelled to Sri Lanka in October to make industry connections.
“We know some fash- ion designers there who are using the factory waste fabrics and garments from the waste that would otherwise get burned or put in landfill,” she said.
“These designers collect them and recreate mini collections through that waste, so we’re stocking their clothes and giving them an international niche market.”
Angie Parker and a friend have launched Rana Clothing, an ethical label named in memory of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 that killed more than 1100 textile workers.