If you’re reading this, it likely means that you are either curious about slow fashion or know what it is. Perhaps you like the idea of slow fashion and want to learn more.
“Spring into slow fashion” is the title of this blog for a few reasons. One is that it is spring, of course. As we work our way through spring, we often think of things like “spring cleaning” and all the organizational tasks that go with it.
Spring also represents a change of weather, transitioning to warmer temperatures (eventually – winter-ish weather is holding on for dear life in the Pacific Northwest right now) and the wardrobe change accompanying that.
We love to talk about sustainability related to fashion because that is at the heart of what we do at Carry Courage. Which is why slow fashion is a big topic for us.
For background, slow fashion is defined as the alternative to fast fashion. It promotes a slower, more sustainable approach, including buying quality garments with a longer lifespan as opposed to cheap, throwaway garments that are only worn for a short period of time before they are discarded.
Why slow fashion?
The intention behind slow fashion, I believe, is part of a greater whole as a way of living. The idea is to slow down from a fast-paced, consumer-driven lifestyle that is marked by frequent purchases made out of convenience that are often discarded and thus fill up landfills, creating massive waste. What I just described is the essence of what fast fashion supplies.
Slow fashion, alternatively, involves intentionality. It means making choices for our garments and accessories that are made from sustainable materials, and produced by laborers making a fair wage. Slow fashion pushes back on the modern obsession of buying more and “stuff” in general. It often embraces a more minimalist, eco-friendly vibe.
As one who is deeply concerned about the waste generated from fast fashion, and its impact on the planet, I have come to embrace the slow fashion mindset.
I’ve chosen to build my company on the idea that beautiful purses and handbags don’t have to be replaced every few years.
To create my products, I’ve invested in materials that are kind to the earth, such as cork fabric, vegan leather, and linen.
Back to “spring into slow fashion”
I love a good play on words (and seasons). We are in the midst of spring, and it is time to start fresh as we anticipate the flowers, fresh air and warm days.
As you’re considering your spring cleaning, and what outfits and accessories you’ll need for the change of seasons, I invite you to consider the concept of slow fashion if you haven’t.
It’s not my goal to get you to see things my way. It took me a while to get to where I am on this topic. I simply like to encourage people to consider different ideas when it comes to consumption habits and the planet.
I’m also never opposed to you heading over to my shop and seeing what creations I have available. :)
It has been quite the journey building a business creating sustainably-sourced handbags and purses. I’m proud of what I’ve built, and grateful to be able to pursue my dreams in a way that complements my ideals.
In closing, two questions for you.
What are you looking forward to this spring? What is a ritual or habit you have to mark the transition of seasons? I would be glad to hear your thoughts and plans in a comment!
Thanks for reading this post. Have a wonderful rest of the spring!