How does the world of fashion look after the Pandemic?
It is clear that the world is going to change.
No one had seen the size of the Pandemic approach. And no one expected this to have such an impact on the whole world, as it turns out now.
We are working hard to limit the deaths and economic damage, but we are also looking into the distant future. How will we continue later?
Are we all going to travel en masse again? Do we board the plane three times a year to visit sunny faraway 'bach paradises' and especially to take a lot of selfies? Or will these journeys, as before, only be possible for the rich and the famous?
Do people take bicycles and trains more often, or will we soon be stuck in traffic again and will we accept air pollution and the negative effect of this on our lungs?
Are we mainly going to invest in alternative energy sources or is this not a priority?
Are we going to continue with the mass production of goods (clothing!), as cheaply as possible, with the expressed suppression of third world countries?
How do we continue with the gap between rich and poor that is widening?
Or do we take our responsibility on a global and local scale (and personally!) By dealing better with the environment, with sustainability and with the division between rich and poor?
All difficult and VERY difficult questions, but I think that especially the people from the sewing world have a long and broad opinion about this. Making clothes and stuff yourself makes you more aware of the raw materials, the time it takes to make something, and the value it has personally but also economically.
We wish you a lot of strength in the coming times and hope that everyone will find their (new!) way.
Keep sewing and make mouth masks for each other. Help people learn to sew, help repair clothes. Stop waste ...
Living more consciously, appreciating smaller things and, above all, not only thinking about your own gain.
Maybe Covid taught us this. Perhaps we will soon all be more NEXT to each other to tackle the problems of the near future: climate change, migration flows and the gap between rich and poor.
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