our story

hola lovely human,

I'm so glad you're here!

 

I'm Kari, the Founder of Slowclothes. Welcome to this beautiful little community of humans. I'm stoked you found us!

Slowclothes was born in early 2018 out of a desire to share my passion for beautiful ethical clothing - and the power it brings, knowing you are minimising your negative impact on the planet - with women in a way that inspires and educates.

 

my journey

My own fashion journey has not been a perfect one (is there such thing?), which has only fuelled my drive to help other women, just like you - curious and with good intention - to build a more ethical wardrobe.

I was first inspired to start learning more about the industry after working for a number of fashion companies who weren’t operating transparently or sustainably. I have since completed studies in public health and international development and am working towards a PhD in reproductive rights.

Having lived and worked in a number of developing countries with a range of communities and organisations, I’ve come to understand how deeply we are all connected. Global markets and production systems rely on and perpetuate inequality. Cheap labour allows for cheap production, but at the expense of human and environmental wellbeing. Every woman, man and child deserves equal opportunity to live healthy, fulfilling, safe lives, and to be paid fairly for their work.

 

slowclothes values

I know that entering the ethical clothing space can feel overwhelming. It is often considered a luxury due to the higher price point compared to the growing number of cheap fast fashion pieces on the market. It can also be associated with being an all-or-nothing approach, and the terms and certifications might seem confusing. Where to start?!

It is my goal with Slowclothes to help you navigate this rabbit hole that is ethical living and fashion. We each have our own values, budget and starting point, and we can only make decisions with the information we have at the time.

 

It is with this in mind that we are committed to:

Empowering makers

Only stocking preferred and eco-friendlier fibres

Educating and empowering all humans - young and old - to understand their role in the fashion industry and how to make it a positive one!

 

the slowclothes experience

Along with our online store and physical pop-up shops, which showcase a diverse collection of Australian and International ethical and sustainable brands, we offer empowering Slow Sessions (in home ethical fashion get-togethers) and can be found at (and hosting) markets and events around South Australia.

Consuming consciously is one of the most positive and powerful actions we can each take to change the future of the fashion industry (and the world). I would feel honoured to be a part of your journey towards more ethical and sustainable choices.

 

 

let's stay in touch?

You can stay connected with me by joining the Slowclothes Community. I’ll send you fortnightly updates on Slow Sessions, special offers, and let you know where our pop-up will be next. 

I’m also on Instagram every day, so pop over and say hello, I’d love to see you there!

 

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