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Slow Fashion

The trend these days seems to be more stuff, more quickly, and more often. We’ve adopted an accelerated pace of life that robs us of enjoying moments and savoring experiences.  Instead, we think that everything in life should be easily accessible, affordable, and disposable. In the midst of a culture craving quick, here at fashionABLE, we are working on slowing things down.

Slow Fashion is a term that was coined in 2007 by Kate Fletcher, founder of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion.  The movement has gained momentum in the last few years with organizations and businesses dedicated to creating sustainable commerce with an economically-friendly supply chain to assure quality over quantity.  

While the fast fashion cycle is moving at an uncontrollable pace, here are three reasons we’re taking it slow:

1. Sustainability. We believe that the solutions to ending poverty lie in creating economic opportunity and that lasting change happens when we move beyond charity and focus on providing jobs that promote dignity.  We know that takes time (and patience!) but we are committed to creating sustainable business, both locally and globally. (( read more ))

2. Supply Chain. ABLE creates jobs for the entire supply chain, not only for the women who weave our scarves or craft our leather goods and jewelry.  Your purchase of ABLE products means you’re investing in a developing economy, from sourcing to shipments. We also require all manufacturers and suppliers we work with to employ with fair wages and fair hiring practices. (( read more ))

3. Story. Every ABLE product has a story behind it. Our woven and leather goods in our GLOBAL collection are each named after a heroic woman we work with.  Our jewelry products, hand-made in the US, are a part of the Miriam Collection. Miriam was a heroic woman from biblical times who led women transitioning out of hardship into celebration.

The women who so carefully and lovingly weave and craft our items are now ABLE to do something because of your purchase… from feeling confident, to sending their kids to school, to having dreams for their future. (( read more ))

We pride ourselves in the fact that every scarf and blanket is beautifully hand-woven, and each leather good has been artistically hand-crafted. The production process is detailed and thorough, creating quality, timeless products.

Who makes your stuff matters. How it’s made matters.  Your decision to intentionally purchase products that are thoughtfully designed and produced has the ability to change an entire industry.  We can be a part of the solution to create ethical, sustainable business, together, one SLOW step at a time.  Will you join us?