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WOULD YOU RATHER COMPROMISE ON YOUR STYLE OR VALUES – OR REFRAIN FROM BUYING ANYTHING AT ALL?

One of my husband’s favourite ’games’ on a night out with friends is the ’would you rather game’. Would you rather drink prune juice or tomato juice? And would you rather swim across the english channel or run a Marathon des Sables? Or would you rather be stuck on a island with Putin or Trump? You get the picture! After a few drinks, this can be quite entertaining. Recently I found myself involuntarily playing this game on my own while shopping fashion online. The thing is, my size has changed and it was time to embrace it and inject some newsness into the wardrobe – in the right size. And while I generally tend to wear VILDNIS, there are a...

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Why is ethical fashion important?

Do you know who made your clothes? With the aim of improving the working conditions for fashion workers across the globe, the Fashion Revolution movement is urging consumers to ask their favourite brands “who made my clothes?”. The placards illustrate the need for transparency in the fashion industry to overcome poor working conditions and unethical practises throughout the supply chain.In response, fashion brands with an ethical stance post pictures of workers holding placards saying “I made your clothes”.The images are largely symbolic. Small brands producing garments in an artisan way may be able to post an image of the person who hand embroidered your dress. However, this one smiling face does not truly represent the reality in which there are...

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Made in Portugal with love

Ever wondered who made your clothes?  Chances are, if you are wearing some of VILDNIS' Tencel or organic cotton pieces, it is made by Josef or one of the eleven local women working for him.  While in Portugal visiting our suppliers last week, we passed by Josef, one of the subcontractors that we indirectly work with. As described in our previous blog, many garment factories outsource some of their production to subcontractors to manage peaks and lows in production better. Oftentimes its at this stage retailers lose the overview of their supply chain.  At VILDNIS, while only one of our three manufacturers outsource the production of our garments, part of our mission is to scrutinise our subcontractors as diligently as we would...

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Sticking to our core values

When I was a teenager I sold out on one of my values, the freedom to make my own choices. I wanted to get a nose piercing and my parents cleverly offered me a pair of the coolest roller-blades if I agreed to wait until my eighteenth birthday. I never got the nose piercing… I did, however, later reflect on how easily I traded away a core value for what was effectively a status symbol amongst my friends. I have later learnt that the most important thing is to stay true to those things you hold most precious, as this is what is going to make you happy in the long run. Even if it means that you will be...

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