This week marks Fashion Revolution Week, a global campaign for change which was set up following the devastating collapse of the five-storey Rana Plaza. We commend all the work that has gone in highlighting this campaign. So for this month's blog we are talking to amazing Katie Carr, a mum, business woman, entrepreneur and founder of Tommy & Lottie baby clothing. She is also super passionate about ethical and sustainable fashion.
Firstly Katie, thank you so much for taking time to answer our questions, can you introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Katie Carr and I live in St Albans, Hertfordshire with my partner Colin and our two kids Tommy & Lottie who are the inspiration of why I started Tommy & lottie, so much so I named it after them! I wanted something to work around the kids so that I could be there for all their key milestones, school sports days, after school and bedtimes so that I wouldn't miss them for the sake of a job as the early years goes so fast before you know it they have grown up and you can't get those years back. I also wanted to create my own business, my own way, which was to produce quality products whilst considering the environment and to also involve the kids in some of the creative and business decisions including the environmental impact.
So tell us what is Fashion Revolution?
The Fashion Revolution is a annual global campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery in the fashion industry, encouraging consumers to ask fashion labels #whomademyclothes and to show transparency in their supply chains.The Fashion Revolution Week takes place from 23rd April - 28th April to mark the anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.
Five years ago on 24th April, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,138 people and injuring 2,500 making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. The Fashion Revolution was born and over the 5 years it has grown phenomenally.
How important is ethical and sustainability for you and your business?
Very, what is the point of producing lovely, quality products if it's come from an unethical source or is damaging the environment?
What motivates you every morning to get going?
To make a change to the world, even if it is small you need to give back and nature, nature inspires me.
Why is unisex design so important?
To give customers a choice from mass produced products and a change from pastel pinks and blues.
So that it can be handed down to another sibling or child after use, so reused, recycled making it more sustainable so better for the planet.
Where can we find your clothes and where can we find you online?
We are doing two pop ups this weekend, one is Fashion Revolution/Ethical Hour this Saturday at the Museum of Brands in London, it's free but you need a ticket https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ethical-brands-for-fashion-revolution-tickets-44303239181
Also we are at the Sustainable St Albans Week, Know How event this Sunday 29th April, Fleetville Junior School.
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