9 Reasons to Shop Local

In honour of Fashion Revolution Week, which ended last Sunday, we’ve committed to spending a little more time learning about who we’re wearing, what they stand for and how they produce their clothes.

What is Fashion Revolution?
Simply put, it’s a movement around the world that helps people stop and think a little bit more about where their clothes are coming from, and exactly what methods they’ve used in the production of the clothing. Ignorance is bliss, they say, but the idea of Fashion Revolution is to keep learning. So here are some fast facts for you.

“Approximately 75 million people work to make our clothes. 80% of them are women between the ages of 18 and 35.”

“However, the majority of the people who makes clothes for the global market live in poverty, unable to afford life’s basic necessities. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe and dirty conditions, with very little pay.”

At a time like this, where fast fashion relies on child labour and below-minimum-wage employees, it’s more important than ever to support the retailers who are embracing ethical practices. And not surprisingly, the local industry is it.

Stylist Safia Ali shares her 9 reasons why you should be shopping locally – and trust me, T&T’s got some good ones!

 

1) SUPPORTS THE LOCAL ECONOMY:

The first and most obvious reason to shop local is to support the local economy. Many of us have resorted to shopping online or while overseas, but when we do this we put money in the pockets of much larger corporations when we should be putting it into the pockets of our talented fellow Trinbagonians. 

2) PRACTICALITY:

Most local designers take into consideration the climate and lifestyle of the typical Caribbean individual when designing.

Pieces tend to be made of light, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen, that allow the wearer to feel comfortable no matter how hot or humid it is.

3) CUSTOM PIECES, CUSTOM FIT:

In my opinion, one of the biggest complaints that we have when shopping overseas or online is the fit of the garments.

But think about it, who understands the shape and body of the Caribbean woman better than a Caribbean designer? No more trying to squeeze into pants that can’t get past your thighs. No more “putting on my pants” dance.

Shop local and embrace the opportunity to go to your designer’s studio in person, and have them measure and fit you to your garment of choice.

4) MAKES SHOPPING EASIER:

Shopping locally can be an extremely personal experience. With many designers’ pieces on show in their own studios, you have the opportunity to meet and form meaningful relationships with the people who are creating your clothes and accessories.

Getting to know your designer makes shopping so much easier. It allows them to recommend pieces to complement your aesthetic, personality, and likes and dislikes.

That way instead of simply being presented with a room full of options, they can help steer you in the right direction.

5) HELPS TO SOLIDIFY A BRAND’S AESTHETIC:

While most designers have an idea of who they would like their ideal customer to be (who they are designing for), it can be very helpful and beneficial for the designer to get to know the customers that are actually buying their pieces.

The more a designer gets to understand their clientele base, the more consistent their designs become over time, as they begin to modify their designs to suit their actual clients. This allows the brand to develop and helps to streamline the designer’s creative vision. 

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