Welcome to Slow-tober! Not familiar with this concept? In more familiar terms, it’s known as Slow Fashion October.
Slow Fashion seems like an oxymoron. Fashion by its very nature is always one step ahead of game. It is the harbinger of what’s happening in the world. It is the pulse of the street world.
Pulse and harbinger are doing a slow dance right now. Slow fashion is the voice of those saying, “Enough already!”
Yes, we have enough. We have more than enough. And this “enough”, comes on the backs of laborers without fair wages and healthy work conditions, it comes at the cost of our environment. It comes at the pace of turnover we have named, fast fashion.
I buy into this concept as easily as anyone. Do I enjoy the ease of, click-click and I now am the proud owner of a new pair of trousers? Yes, I do. I don’t have much free time to sew or to repurpose what I own. But here is the crazy-making part of the story: the piece of clothing I just purchased will be replaced by a new style and a fresh line in two to four weeks. This comes with new incentives to purchase a fresh item. Even some of the manufacturers I trust have fallen into this trap. A huge downside is that the clothing is made with lower quality and integrity in order to keep prices low and the fast train chain chugging along.
And thus, the slow fashion movement is born.
Let me breathe. Let me feel the quality of the cloth. Let me problem solve the pattern and layout. Let me dream and vison the beauty of combined textiles and creative design. Let me enjoy the snip of the shears as it pierces the cloth. Let me hum along with the whine of the sewing machine. Let me focus with tender patience on each hand stich that secures the hem, the embellishments, the closures of my unique creation.
I will hold on to this piece of clothing created in this manner for many long years. I will not discard it easily because it embodies a story, my story. It may cost me more to stitch this garment than it would to buy it a retailer like Kohls, Penney’s, or even Ann Taylor. But none of these places can offer me the beauty, creativity, and quality I will put into creating this one garment.
And that, my friends, it what Slow-tober is all about.
BTW–I am currently working on a wool trench coat. Slowly. More to come in my next post.
Now, go take a deep breath…