This jacket has been created to amplify the important voices in our society that are speaking up about equality in the human experience.
It is made by me, in Toronto, using limited deadstock fabric for the jacket, and vintage/production scraps for the artwork.
Deadstock, in our opinion is only somewhat sustainable, is only a short-term solution, and should not be utilizes by large companies that have the power/money to create earth-friendly factories, and safe, non-toxic environments for their workers.
Deadstock can be a sustainable option for small brands because they are using up the fabric that large companies made a mistake with, or disposed of, without caring about where it would end up.
Deadstock is fabric that hasn't sold, sometimes due to flaws in the fabric, the colour didn't match, or the buyer no longer had use for it. Some people think its a sustainable option, but, do your own research. We actually have not found a sustainable solution in fashion yet.
Raise your fists in protest.
Your hand artwork is unique to your jacket. Since the hands are made from scrap fabrics, there will never be another one like it. Although they look very homemade, I love that they feel personal, and I think it creates more of a conversation around what it stands for. A human made your jacket, with love and by hand, to recognize you as a human and your voice in the human experience.
The cover-up: supposed machine-made world- created by hands, human hands.
The more mechanic something looks, the less I relate it back to the humans who actually created it. One of the failures of Tesla has been the, higher than normal, machine to human ratio. Machines are not at the point of acting on their own accord, especially not in fashion. There are so, so many people who process, sew, iron, and package your clothes.
In a world of evermore mechanic synchronization, our clothing has become fairly universal. I love this because if clothing is a bit more universal, than class systems become foggy. It can also be a lovely feeling to fit in with the crowd, wear what's popular, and feel confident in my style. But I'm at a crossroads. I want clothing to express my individuality, and fit to my specific body type.
As a product developer and fashion designer for companies that mass-produce their clothing, I have had the experience of producing clothing with fairly high standards. This often means that the integrity of the garment is high (no pills, no pulls, no stains, stretches where needed, seams flattened where needed, zippers move with ease, buttons stay fastened, buttonholes are perfectly fitted, etc.). It also can mean that the fabric quality is high after testing its longevity and functionality.
Garment integrity can also depend on the machines you use. If there is a mechanical process that can simplify the sewing of an edge, or the flattening of a corner, than it will be utilized throughout many garments. Our procedures are changed to match technical efficiencies, rather than hand-sewn traditions. I love this idea. I am obsessed with efficiency and progress. But