Eth­i­cal Fash­ion

Southasia - - 9 -

It is heart-warm­ing to see young in­di­vid­u­als em­bark on cre­ative and unique ven­tures with a strong com­mit­ment to help the im­pov­er­ished in re­spon­si­ble ways. Your story on Fash­ion Com­Pas­sion and the need for eth­i­cal fash­ion and busi­ness models was in­trigu­ing. Few in­ter­na­tional plat­forms are able to suc­cess­fully pro­mote the work done by women in vil­lages, in de­vel­op­ing parts of the world. It is bril­liant that an ini­tia­tive such as this al­lows women from con­flict zones like Afghanistan, Pales­tine and Pak­istan a way to earn a liv­ing and gain ex­po­sure. It is how­ever un­clear, how much th­ese women earn and if they re­ceive their fair due. More than of­ten, big­ger plat­forms leave enor­mous profit mar­gins, largely ben­e­fit­ting from sales while those who direly need the re­sources, re­main im­pov­er­ished and mis­treated. That does not nec­es­sar­ily seem to be the case with this par­tic­u­lar ven­ture. By al­low­ing women from the de­vel­op­ing world to con­trib­ute to high fash­ion, doors of op­por­tu­ni­ties are not only open­ing up but are also in­spir­ing other as­pir­ing fash­ion de­sign­ers to delve into eth­i­cal busi­ness models and re­vamp the fash­ion in­dus­try with some good will.

Mary­lou Adams

Lon­don, UK

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