Hand-made is usually a reference we reserve for bespoke, market stall artisanal pieces.
However, this week is Fashion Revolution week, the world’s biggest fashion activism movement which reminds us all, that the clothes we wear are hand-made by workers who are often getting paid less a day than the cost of your morning coffee and under conditions you or I would not last a few hours in.
Fashion Revolution was a reaction to the collapse of Rana Plaza factory in 2013 and has pushed businesses to demand safer and fairer working conditions for the people making our clothes.
At First Base, we are stoked to echo the sentiment of Fashion Revolution by building transparency into our supply chain so that we can ensure things are done right.
Our garments are designed in Bondi Beach and work shopped in Paddington, NSW.
Our fabrications are sourced and milled in China and Italy and our garments are manufactured in China.
We are proud to say that our supply chain from design to manufacture is ethical and that we work closely with each moving part of our production to ensure the continuation of the standards we have put in place.
What does this even mean?
This means that all of our factories are independently audited by a third party to ensure that they Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) and Business Social Compliance (BSCI) compliant.
The WRAP and BSCI accreditations champion key essential working standards including (but not limited to) prohibition of child labour, discrimination and harassment, fair working hours and compensation and critical occupational health and safety standards.
If you’re interested in reading up more about the WRAP and BSCI certifications go here
We believe in the importance of basic human rights and are passionate about supporting the communities that we work with.
Alongside these compliances, we personally visit our factories bi-annually to meet, greet and thank the people who make our clothes and ensure that the standards we have put in place are being upheld and built upon.
Want to find our more about Fashion Revolution and how they are helping to shape and change the face of fashion?
Ask your favourite brands #whomademyclothes to help keep the conversation of transparency going and help effect positive change.