Fair Trade Fashion Made From Seed To Garment

I want to introduce you to one of my favourite fashion labels, which is ethical and sustainably-minded through and through.

Kowtow use 100% certified fair trade organic cotton, and they look after the entire production cycle from growing the cotton plants to sewing the final garment. (You can watch a video of this process at the bottom of this post).

Aside from their high ethics, I love that Kowtow's garments just feel and drape beautifully. They're a dream to wear.

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Kowtow's collections emphasise classical, elegant and timeless pieces, which embody the slow fashion movement. (Goodbye silly short-term fad trends).

By using fair trade procedures, farmers and garment workers are ensured a fair and sustainable livelihood. This also provides for the funding of community development projects like business and agricultural training, drilling holes for clean drinking water, and building schools and clinics.

Using organic cotton protects the earth, as well as its inhabitants.
(The World Health Organisation estimates that 20,000 people a year die in developing countries from pesticide poisoning, and a further 3 million people suffer chronic health problems”.)

That's why it's so important to source organically grown products where possible!

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For a long time, many of our consumer habits have appeared to have no consequence. It is now quite apparent that there is an imbalance in standards of living throughout the world which is fuelled by the Wests’ continuing short changing and exploitation of labour markets in the so called third world.

We don’t believe anyone who is truly aware of what is going on in the world would want to turn their backs and support a slave trade economy.
— Kowtow
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Outfit details: Kowtow Momentum Dress (navy colour now sold out, white or gridlines available here).
Platform vegan heels from Vegan Style, currently on sale for 50% off.


 

Kowtow: From Seed To Garment

Kowtow headed to India to document their entire cotton chain from seed to garment. The outcome is a short documentary filmed and edited by Boofa. Music titled ‘I’ve Seen It’ by Ryan Prebble.