When the price of a good bargain has already been paid for.
It might seem a little strange that we are posting something like this, but lately, as we become more and more aware of the stress on prices, margins, and elasticity of demand in the rag trade, we can’t help but wonder, so what about those at the bottom.
It is a sobering thought, but one that has to be contemplated because in our quest for threads, fads and a good bargain, are we hurting others?
We are a tiiiiny retailer, working with independent and niche brands who are like-minded and share the same philosophy of trying to do the best you can - from the quality of the fabric to production of the garments, including fair practices and wages for everyone along the supply chain. We hope that our prices, although no where near as affordable as high street brands, would contribute to a better life and a more dignified job for everyone along the way - the designers who do such great work, the factory workers who cut, sew, press, pack and tag the garments, the fabric mills who dye the fabrics, the cotton pickers…the list goes on.
Thus, as the fish stinks from the head, the good can also trickle down from the top. If luxury and leading mass retailers exert their not unsubstantial influence and try even harder to make a basic commitment to a livable wage and provide a decent work environment, our commitment to a more fashionable, inspired way of life will be infinitely more satisfying in more ways than one.
Here’s SOMETHING ELSE to look forward to at Trove next week!
For those who are not yet familiar with the brand, SOMETHING ELSE is the brain child of Australian-based designer, Natalie Wood.
The collection is a grungy take on a nautical theme that sees the collection weaving fluidly shipwrecked looks that is flow-y, languid, and elegantly disheveled all at the same time..
To complement the strong visuals, SOMETHING ELSE also presented a fashion film helmed by Sydney-based director Lorin Askill, who underscored the film with a humming soundtrack to create a vsion of the beach as a near mystic otherworld - we have also posted the video on our facebook page.
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Get to know Wendy Wong, Creative Director of Beatrice Holloway.
Spotting a gap in affordable designer knitwear, Wendy decided to fill her newest collection with affordable sweet and feminine knits that fit into any girl’s closet with ease. The line’s name was inspired by a fictional great grandmother fond of knitting on her porch – just one of the varying mediums Wong used for inspiration along with kittens and strawberry lemonade. The line has been a hit since its launch in Spring’08, and is now sold in Japan, Canada, the US and now Trove!
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
I like to start my mornings off slow, with something more jazzy, and speed up the pace as the day goes. I definitely need something higher energy for that 3-4pm tired time. That’s when I blast Yelle or Lady Gaga
What are you reading right now?
Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Marakama
Favorite recently viewed movie?Vicky Christina Barcelona
What can’t you live without?
My Kiehl’s tinted lip moisturizer and hand salve
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My impatience! Hurry up!
What freaks you out?
Really fake people
Kraft dinner! It’s disgusting I know!
Sweet or Savoury?
Definitely savoury – I would live on French fries and chips if they were calorie free!
Favourite Past time?
I’m a spa junkie! A day at the spa with my girlfriends, sitting around in a plush bathrobe, getting a great deep tissue massage and spa pedicure – the perfect day!
When are you happiest?
Travelling! My job allows me to travel the world and I’m always finding inspiration everywhere! It’s thrilling to see what people are wearing on the other side of the world, the colors, fabrics, textures, architecture, retail shops etc. I love experiencing new cultures, foods, languages and meeting new people.
Did you go away on vacation? If so where? Highlight from the trip?
After my work part in Hong Kong, I flew to Phuket, Thailand and Bali, Indonesia. Both were so beautiful, tropical and inspiring, I couldn’t stop thinking resort collections!
Fashion mistake you will never live down?
My one and only perm. I was so obsessed with trying to give my stick straight hair some body, that I gave my chin length hair a perm. And not a wavy one, a tight curly one that ended up as a small afro. Paired with my lavender rimmed glasses and shoulder pads (it was the 80’s!), it was truly a low point in my fashion career.