A New Chapter for Global Garbs
When I started Global Garbs almost two years ago I wanted to create a fashion blog focused around fashion trends around the world. Initially, I had a lot of momentum and interest on the topic but slowly but surely I realized my desire to discover the latest trends happening around the world wasn’t all that inspiring to me anymore.
In fact, the idea of promoting styles that were created by brands that I didn’t necessarily support or even like became extremely difficult to highlight certain bloggers.
About a year into blogging, I started adding another umbrella category to the mix, which was more focused on fashion blogging itself, and supporting/promoting fashion bloggers around the world and also highlighting diversity. This proved to be a bit a better focus not only for me personally but with our audience.
However, as time went by, I’ve come to the realization that as much as I love the next big trend and fashion blogging scene, I cannot in good conscience support these big brands who have started to pretty much dominate the fashion blogging scene. (You may know who they are).
As a consumer who loves discovering emerging designers and also supporting smaller independent businesses, I decided that this would be the new focus for Global Garbs.
In addition, I’ve co-founded another arm to the business which is more fashion consulting oriented on the wholesale side for brands and independent designers called The Sales Concept. What I discovered through this process is that I truly enjoy supporting and promoting emerging designers.
In addition to wanting to support these emerging designers, it was also clear that the majority of them have a much better understanding of their supply chain and ensuring that the manufacturing process is much closer to home or more importantly being made in a sustainable and ethical way.
This is why I’ve chosen to support emerging designers who are creating collections with an ethical and sustainable focus. After working in this industry for over a decade, it’s clear that the smaller brands; who have smaller minimums and a better grasp of what’s going on in their day to day business have more of a conscious and intentional process of how they are creating their collection.
Larger brands do not have as much control over these types of things, which I feel is something the industry is truly lacking in terms of transparency. Sure there are big companies like Everlane who are breaking the mold, but we as consumers really need to be more aware of how our clothing is made from the majority of brands rather than just a handful.
On a similar note, the idea of conscious consumerism and also minimalism is something I’m also looking to have a conversation about and bring to our reader’s mind.
We will also be featuring various creatives who are also promoting diversity or change around the fashion industry in general.
During our first interview with Laura Choi of Par en Par, you’ll learn why she chose to create a sustainable resort collection with six pieces as opposed to a full blown collection. This is something I see happening more and more in the industry. Starting with a smaller collection that is extremely intentional and thought out in which each piece can stand on it’s own is an amazing way to create something yet have meaning and value to modern day consumers.
When it all boils down to it, the whole “less is more” standard is really quite true.
The idea that we as consumers can love fashion and not feel bad about our purchases in knowing that something is ethically made by an artisan or someone who is paid a fair wage, but knowing that it’s actually benefiting their life and community is something that I feel strongly about and it really is the future of fashion.
It baffles me that the cost of clothing is actually going down.
While prices rise for all other consumer goods, fashion prices are actually decreasing. It just makes you wonder how this can possibly be, and who is actually taking the hit. Do you think it’s the high-level executives at these companies or the factories in Bangladesh and it’s workers? Hmmm.. I wonder. 🙄
The way I see it is that while I can enjoy finding a “great deal” from time to time at these larger retailers, I want to be more mindful of my purchases while also supporting independent designers. I want to create a wardrobe that is functional, versatile, and meaningful.
Call it the after effects of watching documentaries such as The True Cost, and learning more through Fashion Revolution, or even the indie documentary Minimalism… but the main ideas are all ideas that I find to be extremely valuable as a consumer and also toward living a better, happier and more fulfilling life.
I know I may sound a little bit hippy or off-the-gridish, but I truly think it’s about small change and being a bit more mindful when it comes to consumption or even conspicuous consumption for that matter.
So I hope that you’ll join me on this new journey and adventure in learning more about sustainability, discovering amazing designers, and promoting creatives and change-makers making a difference in the world of fashion.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your continuous support. ❤️
All my best,