After three months in Canada I was so much looking forward seeing my friends and family back home. But this immense cloud seems to darken my sky at the moment, making it impossible for me to fly to Amsterdam this weekend. So while I consider my options of rescheduling for next week, I think it is best to do some pep-talking.
It was only yesterday that a Canadian designer told me that the supplier, from which she purchases one of her main fabrics, ran out of business. This is not the first person whom I heard this kind of news from, on the contrary, many designers are struggling with closing downs at the moment. Not just of fabric suppliers, but also of manufacturers that for example move their operations from North America to China. This is serious, because if designers don’t have access to fabrics and manufacturing, they won’t be able to create their lines anymore. What I have learnt from my conversations lately is that it is most wise to grow slowly, whether you’re a designer or a factory or another player in this industry. No matter what, fast growth often turns against you.
The good news is that the variety of fabrics has evolved immensely over the past few years. And so has the number of people that has focussed on strengthening their local manufacturing force. Some of us have to give up and retreat, while many others are feeling the opportunities out there. Many great entrepreneurs in our eco fashion world make amazing things happen as we speak. Several early pioneers have shared with me how they have overcome crises and now find themselves in a stronger position, as a company, as a brand and as a person than ever before. They told me stories of empowerment, involvement and personal growth and these are the stories we want to share in times like this.
That cloudy skies may make space for bright new ways of how we perceive the world.
written by mera, April 17, 2010
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written by Cyndi Schuring, May 07, 2010
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