In support of Fashion Revolution Week 23rd - 29th April 2018 we wanted to share with you the amazing team that makes Hakea possible. Irin (far left) is our main go-to-girl managing the project and always helping nut out solutions and ideas, Yunus and his brother Sugeng sew all of your garments and incredible Icha oversees production management. Based in Bali, Indonesia these four friends came together after gaining experience working at a number of the same factories producing well known Australian brands. Having a young, small-scale team isn't without challenges but through these challenges we've learnt a lot more than we ever would have with a large scale production team. Our small team allows us to produce smaller runs, learning what our customers truly want, and in turn creating less waste. We're so grateful to have found these guys!
We also wanted to share some beautiful words that resinated with us this morning by Holly Bodeker-Smith...
Happy Fashion Revolution Week
5 years since 1,138 Bangladeshi garment workers lost their lives in the Rana Plaza collapse – this week calls on each of us to think about where our clothes come from, and where they go.
I took this [image above] almost a year ago, on my first buying trip (pilgrimage more like) to the US. What fascinated me most was how many punters are hustling, trying to make a dollar off a used rag.
Since WWII our attitudes towards our clothing have shifted from “Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do or Do Without”, to the average Australian sending 27kg of clothing to landfill each year.
It’s a statistic I struggle to find a personal solution for – often toiling over what to do with the damaged-beyond-repair clothes that I can’t send to the bin or the op shop. Seeing this more unglamorous side of the fashion industry – the warehouses brimming with everything from vintage Valentino to soiled track pants; the market stalls full of near-obsolete army wear, and much more – has stuck with me.
The big question is how to reintroduce the practices we followed before the onslaught of faster fashion, faster lives. It’s happening bit by bit, every time we ask #whomademyclothes , support small-scale or local designers, buy something once-loved. It starts with the questions we ask and the clothes on our backs. My old US navy suit goes off to this guy – just trying to make a dollar and Make It Do, even if it is 80 years old. - Holly Bodeker-Smith