The world fashion stage is embracing ethical fashion, and St. Louis is part of the movement. From Milan and New York fashion weeks to the Oscars, more fashion designers are transforming their designs and supply chains to reflect a commitment to ethical labor practices and sustainable materials. St. Louis has its own opportunity to become a leader in the national ethical and sustainable fashion movement at the Fashion Revolution Fashion Show on April 24th during the St. Louis Earth Day Festival.

Offering local sustainable products and services, the Saint Louis Earth Day Celebration will delight with music, art, and organic cuisine. The Earth Day Celebration has made a new addition to the entertainment line up this year: the Made for Freedom-sponsored “Fashion Revolution Fashion Show.”

20150924_180656_resizedOn April 24, 2013, 1,133 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. Fashion Revolution says enough is enough. In over 60 countries around the world, tens of thousands of people participated in the first Fashion Revolution Day on April 24, 2014. In support of the international effort, Made for Freedom celebrated that day by sponsoring its first Fashion Revolution Celebration Ethical Shopping Event. In April 2015, Made for Freedom sponsored its second Fashion Revolution Celebration along with an Ethical Fashion Show at TechArtista.

April 24th, the day St. Louisans will celebrate Earth Day in Forest Park, is also the annual celebration of Fashion Revolution. On this day, people in more than 80 countries will urge the fashion industry to transform its manufacturing and sourcing practices by asking, “Who made my clothes?” This year will mark Made for Freedom’s third annual Fashion Revolution Event.

orange creabeliMade for Freedom is a social enterprise whose products are made by survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk. By receiving a living wage to create Made for Freedom’s products, women are empowered to provide for themselves, enrich their communities, and impact future generations.  “St. Louis has a rich history in the fashion industry. Today we boast our own Fashion Week, Style Week, Fashion Incubator, and Fashion Fund supported by numerous style/fashion magazines, emerging designers, and fashion bloggers. These pieces are coming together to make St. Louis a fashion center again,” said Dawn Manske, Made for Freedom’s CEO. “Ethical manufacturing and sustainable practices need to be part of moving forward.” With Made for Freedom products, our buyers will always be able to answer the question ‘who made my clothes?’ with confidence.”

large and small professional purse in dark tweedThe Fashion Revolution Fashion Show will be held on the Community Stage, under the canopy of the Muny entrance, from 5:00-5:30 PM. Just in time for Spring, rejuvenate an existing wardrobe with pieces that uplift the customer, the planet, and the people who create products that you can feel good about using and wearing.

The brands pushing “fast fashion” trends of today use low quality fabric and pay low wages. This practice creates sweat shops and drives people into poverty making them vulnerable to exploitation. When consumers put their dollars behind their convictions, companies are motivated to provide dignified jobs that allow marginalized people to lift themselves out of poverty. Eighty percent of garment workers are women; thus, shopping ethically empowers women globally and breaks the cycle of extreme poverty by paying a fair wage. V

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Made for Freedom is a St. Louis-based social enterprise that exists to free and empower women from sex slavery, and to work to end human trafficking. Founded in 2011, Made for Freedom was an Arch Grants recipient. Through paying a living wage for handmade jewelry, clothing, and fashion accessories, Made for Freedom does more than give back 20% by providing dignified employment.

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