April 20, 2018
How can we shift the consumer-driven, fast fashion garment industry towards more humane practices? How can we "clothe the naked" without exploiting the vulnerable? This panel, as part of DePaul's first Fashion Revolution* event and CWCIT's Corporal Works of Mercy lecture series, featured three individuals who are doing just that:
NASREEN SHEIKH—Former child laborer in Nepal's garment sector, she's now an anti-sweatshop activist and founder/executive director of Local Women's Handicrafts, a fair trade and handicraft collective in Kathmandu, Nepal.
DONNIE HODGE—CEO/president of Alta Gracia, a collegiate apparel company in the Dominican Republic, he provides local workers a way out of poverty through good working conditions and a living wage.
FR. ANDREW O'CONNOR—Priest & artist/designer, he founded Social Fabric™, a sustainable company that works directly with Mayan cotton producers a weavers in Guatemala to produce the clothing line, Goods of Conscience.
*Fashion Revolution occurs every year in remembrance of the 2013 Rana factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,138 people due to gross negligence of safe working conditions.