KOW­TOW

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The Bangladesh Rana Plaza dis­as­ter in 2013 sent shock­waves through the fash­ion in­dus­try when more than 1,100 gar­ment fac­tory work­ers per­ished af­ter the build­ing col­lapsed and the poor work­ing con­di­tions of peo­ple sup­ply­ing some of fash­ion’s big­gest brands were ex­posed. For Kow­tow de­signer Gosia Pi­atek, the dis­as­ter marked a shift in the sus­tain­able fash­ion move­ment as the head­lines made their way around the world.

Kow­tow has long been ahead of the sus­tain­abil­ity curve, how­ever, hav­ing traced its cloth­ing “from seed to gar­ment” for more than 10 years to en­sure the best en­vi­ron­men­tal and eth­i­cal de­ci­sions are made. The la­bel val­i­dates this claim with a num­ber of en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity cer­tifi­cates, in­clud­ing Fair­trade.

Ac­cord­ing to the Euro­pean Union, a quar­ter of the chem­i­cals pro­duced in the world are used in tex­tiles. Kow­tow seeks to min­imise its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment by us­ing Global Or­ganic Tex­tiles Stan­dard-ap­proved wa­ter-based ink for its prints and dyes and works with sus­tain­abil­ity ac­cred­ited sup­pli­ers for every­thing down to its trims. Al­though Pi­atek ad­mits choices are lim­ited when vet­ting sus­tain­able sup­pli­ers, her com­mit­ment to ask­ing the hard ques­tions has earned the brand a keen fol­low­ing.

Gosia Pi­atek, de­signer at Kow­tow.

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