One year ago today, Bangladesh was met with tragedy. More than 1,100 people lost their lives and thousands more were injured in the factory collapse at Rana Plaza, which has been called “one of the worst industrial accidents in the international apparel industry.” As a result, many long standing issues in the overseas apparel manufacturing system were highlighted – lengthy records of accidental deaths, low wages, poor working conditions and so on. Sadly, these circumstances are anything but new.
Fashion Revolution Day is a response not only to Rana Plaza, but to the entire apparel industry begging the question, where are my clothes really coming from, and at what cost? The ultimate goal: “raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future for fashion,” and we couldn’t agree more!
We believe in making clothes with integrity start to finish. From the first pattern draft to the last stitch in the garment, all of our pieces are either produced in our downtown Los Angeles studio or within walking distance of it.
Meet Artemio Hernandez, our beloved in-house sample maker. Aside from swimming and soccer, he loves to dance! He has been with us for over three years and if you have worn a Heidi Merrick piece recently, chances are Artemio sewed it. How’s that for knowing where your clothes come from?