Meet the women who make our clothes

Meet the women who make our clothes

Our clothes are made in a shelter in Delhi which trains and hires women in need, or as we prefer to call them, The Queens.

Every woman has a different story here. She might be a woman who struggles to feed her family or send her children to school, she might have been a child bride or she might have been divorced by her husband because she had a baby girl instead of a baby boy. By allocating jobs where they are needed, these clothes actually change somebody’s life for the better.

 

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One of the things that was really important to me when creating The Power Collection was that the making of these clothes change somebody's life for the better and create opportunities where they are needed. As I searched, one day I came across a Google Ad sharing a story about a shelter in India that hires and trains women in need. Providing them with fair pay, giving them opportunities to earn raises and promotions, creating a safe space for them to spend time and grow. Named WORK + SHELTER @workshelter, it was a partner I was looking for. The way I think about it now, is that they were looking for me and I was looking for them. Founded by @activist.entrepreneur, WORK + SHELTER is a place where women come to learn and call each other friends, where they gather around twice a day to share a cup of chai. Every woman has a different story here. She might be a woman who struggles to feed her family or send her children to school, she might have been a child bride or she might have been divorced by her husband because she had a baby girl instead of a baby boy. – Transparency is crucial in the fashion industry as human rights abuses are systemic throughout the industry. @labourbehindthelabel reports that "poverty wages, long hours, forced overtime, unsafe working conditions, sexual, physical and verbal abuse, repression of trade union rights and short term contracts are all commonplace in the clothing industry, in which 80% of garment workers are women". There is a lot that needs to be done differently. I believe that fashion can be a force for change. We just need a new, transparent and responsible way of bringing it to life. This is a snippet of the photoshoot from the day I was visiting the shelter. In the upcoming days you will get to know some of the women who wanted to share their stories. It was important to me that you get to know them and feel connected to them through their stories and the fabric that brings us all together. Music: Too Early 1 via @hellothematic.

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