Fundamentally, the idea is that we should make good things here. Because of what she’s done, standards are high. So every season, doing a show is a totally horrible experience. It’s like rock climbing. I’ve spoken to rock climbers. They say every time they climb the same peak, there’s always a different way up. It’s like that for me.
Thanks! I’m really honored that you took the time to read through what I wrote. This is a really interesting topic and I need to research this, maybe I’ll try to compile some sort of list eventually? But just to answer partially now, I feel like the best way to go is just to purchase things from thrift stores. You aren’t directly supporting corporations, often portions of the money go to charity, everything is generally inexpensive, and it’s recycling! I haven’t purchased new clothing in about a year (well except for underwear and socks), and I have found amazing pieces at thrift stores. Besides being able to afford the clothing I can have a larger turnover in what I wear. You can sometimes find really surprising things, I rarely leave a thrift store disappointed. Plus you most likely won’t ever see someone wearing the same clothing.
I suppose any smaller company or anything handmade would be fine, supporting smaller businesses is a really good way to go. Also make your own clothing! It is extremely rewarding to create something you will love and you learn a skill. I knit, and I am at the level where I can knit sweaters in a relatively short amount of time (I finished my last one in a month). This summer I plan on sewing again and hope to post some of the things I make.
And if you want a specific designer piece, buying it second hand on ebay or from a local consignment shop at least bypasses purchasing directly from a corporation and you’ll get a lower price! I understand wanting to have pieces from certain designers but buying into the current season is generally pointless as so much of ends up being a short-lived and overplayed trend.