A new line in cloth­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

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.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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.

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