FashionUnited's most interesting interviews in 2018

FashionUnited’s most interesting interviews in 2018

In 2018 FashionUnited has had the pleasure to interview several
interesting figures in the fashion industry. Inspiring entrepreneurs,
insightful experts and disruptive starters have shared their views with
FashionUnited throughout the year and, as the year draws to an end, we’ve
gathered some of our favorites.

“My factory is a bit different than other factories in Bangladesh.
People asked me ‘why are you taking so much time to build a factory? You
could build five factories with that amount of money.’ I said it is because
I want to make it safe. Then people asked me what is the definition of a
safe factory, as they did not know. Unfortunately in 2013, Rana Plaza
happened and then people began to understand what building a safe factory
really means.”

“Kids are more and more removed from the materials and practices that
make up our known world. The act of sewing is an essential skill that is
being lost to the average person. Knowing how to make a simple stitch is an
empowering act”.

“The idea of ‘plus size’ as a separate category, and as ‘niche’ has got
to go! Some 67 percent of American women are over size 14, and the average
size of women in the US is 16-18. That is not a niche – that is a vast
majority”

“I didn’t have a business plan as such, or a set goal. Even family and
friends would say to me that I’m crazy. But I always believed it was going
to work. But I know it’s indeed crazy to have gone from nothing to a 40
million-pound turnover, that is amazing, and in that respect it has
exceeded my expectations”.

“Our goal was to create a new kind of destination, a modern market that
combines carefully curated collections with a new Nordic vegetarian café.
We looked at what experiences we as customers were missing, where we get
inspired and feel good, where we easily find what we are looking for and
where we can understand the quality of the products”

“We’ve been so concerned about what we put in our bodies through the food
we eat, that we’ve neglected to think about what we put on our bodies by
way of skincare and clothing that literally sits on our skin 24 hours a
day”.

“The one thing I wish someone would have told me is, get an internship,
stay there as long as you can and really grow with the company and don’t
leave until you find a job elsewhere or until they hire you. And be
patient. So many kids leaving school are so eager, after three months they
are worried they should have gotten a job already. It really shouldn’t work
that way”.

“Vegan leather is a marketing stunt. It claims to be ethical and
inexpensive, when in fact it is fast fashion’s latest attempt to load the
market with more polyurethane and polyester, putting an unnecessary strain
on the atmosphere during its production and generating plastic waste than
ends up in the ocean. How can you ban plastic straws and promote plastic
faux leather?”

“Creating vegan products the right way, using sustainable materials and
paying a living wage to people who cut and sew them, is expensive, it
drives up costs. Many vegans’ number one concern is about animal welfare
and they feel they cannot afford to pay more to insure fair working wages
or sustainable materials”.

“When you have an e-commerce shop you can get easily lost in the digital
world. It’s vital to step into the real world and see what people are
wearing and listen to what they’re saying”.

“The more of a light that we shine on how things are made, the more people
question the process and the larger companies will be pressured to improve
their own processes”.

“The creativity of designers is often diluted when they work for fashion
houses which are predominantly dominated by the bottom line. But things
don’t have to be this way. In fact, studies show that when a brand cares
about its values, and the main focus isn’t about money, it ends up making
more profit”.

Photo: courtesy of Universal Standard

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