It’s Fashion Revolution Week, and we’re once again answering, Who Made My Clothes? Dallas Daws Designs was founded as the solution to the ever-growing problem of fast fashion. An alternative to clothing made only to last a season, or a micro-season in many cases. With as many as 52 “seasons” in a fashion calendar these days, along with the idea that consumers should be able to get the best deal on the cheapest clothing, manufacturing companies around the world have adopted unsafe and unfair working conditions to meet the demand of clothing companies and consumers.
1,138 people were killed when the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed on April 24, 2013, one day after cracks formed in the building. After unheeded warnings, the factory owner forced workers to return to work, threatening to take away their pay. Shortly after, the building collapsed. Sadly, this isn’t the only mass casualty to occur in a garment factory. The Race to the Bottom has taken over the apparel industry as we currently know it. When you can find a t-shirt at stores for $5, jeans for $19.99, etc., you can assume that the person making the clothing earned less than $1 for that item, and oftentimes, they were working in less-than-ideal conditions.
The price for materials has not mysteriously dropped in the past 20, 30, or 40 years. In fact, in most cases, it’s risen due to inflation. Why, then, should we expect to pay less for clothing today than our parents did before us?
Which brings us back to why we started. Focusing on longevity, rather than trendiness, our clothing is designed to keep. Using natural fibers and quality fabrics may not produce cheap clothing, but every time you purchase from a company who makes their own goods, you support a small business and reduce the need for fast fashion and overconsumption little by little.
As of now, Dallas Daws Designs is just me, Dallas. I source all fabrics, design all products, and sew each item of clothing to order—for you. Eventually, it would be great to see this company grow, adding wonderful and talented seamstresses to help make each item of clothing—still to order, still for you. You’ll always know who made your clothes.