Handled with Care: From the Shirtwaist Fire to Sustainable Style
[quote]In matters of principle stand like a rock. In matters of style go with the flow.[/quote]
March 25, 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of America’s landmark industrial disasters, which killed 146 garment workers, most of whom were young immigrant women. As the city and its firefighters (with hoses that only reached six stories) watched women and teenagers jumping from the burning building, important resolutions about worker protection laws and building safety were also igniting. One of the responses to the fire was a 54-hour work-week for women and child workers, which at the time, was a step in the right direction. Thankfully, the shirtwaist still lives on, as does our capacity to follow Jefferson’s advice on guiding principles – integrating ethics with clothing production, and social justice with style.
Here are five products that have been handled with care, highlighting the movement toward sustainability and ethics: