Fashion Revolution has showcased Australian Made producers again this year, with Australian clothing and accessory manufacturers taking consumers behind the scenes of their supply chains to have a peek at the people and processes involved in sustainable Australian manufacturing.
Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, said this year’s “revolution”, which closed yesterday, used social media to spread the important message about supporting locally made, ethical fashion, encouraging consumers to turn their clothes inside out and ask the question “who made my clothes?”
According to him, the initiative provided a “valuable platform” for Australian producers who upheld some of the highest manufacturing standards in the world, supporting local jobs and local industry in the process.
“The Australian Made Campaign is proud to support Fashion Revolution Week and this country’s exceptional makers and manufacturers,” Mr Harrison said.
Merino Country, a manufacturer of Australian Made merino products, has been working with Australian farmers and fabric processors for 23 years. Company founder Kerrie Richards said all garment production is done in-house in a factory in Brisbane.
She said initiatives like Fashion Revolution Week presented consumers with a great opportunity to see the people and processes behind their favourite brands.
“We made a conscious decision to manufacture in Australia as it enables us to have better control over the quality of our product and respond quickly to our customers’ needs. Many of our customers actively look for the Australian Made logo, so they can have confidence in the quality of their clothes and know that the people making them are being paid correctly and have good working conditions,” Ms Richards added.
“Between 80 and 100 people contribute in different ways throughout the supply chain to produce just one of our wool t-shirts. We are proud to support Australian jobs and industry, and contribute to our community and economy.”