A hearty hat tip to Nell Ziroli for this listening suggestion: 99% Invisible, a podcast “about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.”
The Blue Jeans episode covers the history of blue jeans in under 30 minutes, with fascinating facts about why Levi’s jeans became iconic (it wasn’t the denim, or the indigo), and how jeans are made and processed today. Yes, processed.
It’s very fitting (pun!) listening, since it’s Slow Fashion October.
I get overwhelmed when I think about what sustainability means for the fashion industry, for makers, and for my closet. My simplistic takeaway is that I am on the right track if I keep following the advice of my great-aunts Carrie and Elsie: buy one good thing instead of a bunch of flimsy things. Reduce/re-use/recycle. Enjoy the hell out of what you have. Take care of it, pass it along when it’s time. I remember how much they loved to shop and dress, and I also remember that their closets were small and that you could see everything that was in them, lined up on padded hangers and wafting Germaine Monteil’s Royal Secret. You never heard them say, “Omigod, I have to haul 8 trash bags of stuff out of here.”
For more about Slow Fashion October, keep a close eye on the most excellent Fringe Association blog. I’m grateful for Karen Templer’s lasting commitment to this topic, for asking questions instead of having all the answers, and for introducing me to The Tiny Closet.