In ten days I’m going back to school. Well, I’m taking an online course. I signed up for Fashion Revolution’s Who Made My Clothes course, and I’m looking for a study group. The class is completely free. (Yes, you read that last part correctly.) According to the class listing, the three-week long course will walk you through investigating your own wardrobe. The brand promises to teach everything from understanding the supply chain to knowing what to look for when buying. Ready for the best part? It’s targeted for everyone. Literally everyone and anyone that wants to know a little more about sustainable fashion.
As you probably already know, I am a slow fashion junkie. I strive to put purpose and thought into every single thing I do. My journey has steered my to the path of sustainable fashion. I want to wear clothes that matter and understand what goes into creating it. A big part of that, for me, is to learn how to communicate my thoughts with you. It’s easy to say, “I want to know who makes my clothes.” It’s harder to communicate why. I’m hoping to gain that from the class.
Apparently, I’m going to learn that, too. The class is three weeks long and only takes four hours a week of work. That’s completely worth it, in my eyes. The Who Made My Clothes course course will teach about the fashion industry and how to do your part outside of it. At the end of the course, people will know about the fashion supply chain, how to investigate their own clothing, and how to write empathetically about the fashion industry.
Needless to say, I’m pretty darn excited.
The Who Made My Clothe course starts on June 25. You can sign up on the Future Lean website. It’s an online course website that offers the class for free to anyone that signs up. You can also choose to pay $50 to get a certificate. I’ve chosen the free option, as of right now.
I’ve already touched on the idea of knowing who made my clothes. It was the theme of Fashion Revolution Week and I absolutely loved the message. It opened my eyes to new brands — like Known Supply, who made the shirt I’m wearing in these images. The week-long event also opened my eyes to opening deeper questions that just, “where does my money go?” While that is a great place to start, it’s even more important to know who made my clothes and know that they were protected and paid fairly.
“This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in fashion, trade, ethics and activism, including those involved in the fashion revolution movement,” the Who Made My Clothes course description reads.
Translation: it is made for you and me. You won’t have to worry about passing or failing. There also won’t be quizzes or report cards. The Who Made Your Clothes course is a way to become more aware. It’s for anyone who has ever been curious about clothing. Last, but definitely not least, it’s a way to start the conversation. We can do this together, because that is what it will take to change the fashion industry.
Now, I’m not saying that you need to take this class and then save the world. All I’m asking you to do is be a little curious. All great things start with curiosity — just look at the invention of the air plane or the story of Alice In Wonderland.
This is the beginning of a new way to shop. The way I see it, you have two options. You can either turn a bind eye and keep doing what you’re doing, no matter who it hurt. Or you can start to think about the clothes you wear. It’s never been easier to do the latter option than right now with a completely free course and me by your side. We are all in this together.
So what do you say? Will you be signing up? I’ll be posting updates on my social media the entire time, so we can learn together. I’d love to have a few people join my study group. Heck, we could even get a Facebook page going. What do you think? Let me know if you’re up to it in the comments, and we can get a group together. Because changing the world is a whole lot easier with people by your side.