At Infantium Victoria, our commitment to ethically produced, sustainable clothing is the cornerstone of our brand. We choose organic fibers and a dying process that uses as little water as possible, carefully monitoring each step we take.
Today we celebrate Fashion Revolution Day marking the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory disaster, one of the deadliest in history. The tragedy sparked outrage and condemnation of the broken fashion business model which makes ever-cheaper clothes at the expense of human health and the environment.
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When one is offered the option of buying of a garment made of an organic textile and a non-organic one, given same the same pricing one would tend to choose the former. There is plenty of evidence supporting the safety for consumers, supply chain and environment that organic options offer. We at Infantium Victoria understand the demand for clean materials, and we decided not to limit ourselves just to organic, but actually step further into defining the base of our collections. We chose VEGAN materials. And here is why.
Vegan in clothing stands for garments made without using leather, fur, wool, silk, bone, horns, shell, or any other animal products. Vegan approved clothing is made of plant based textiles, such as cotton, linen or hemp, or man-made fibers like elastane, polyester.
We at Infantium Victoria believe that even such a small deed as avoiding using animals in our clothing is beneficial for well-being of the planet. To our kids we are passing on the importance of respect for all living beings. We teach our kids harmony and peace for their better future. We do not want to preach for plant-based diets, we believe parents should decide for their kids themselves. Choosing vegan clothing could be what you could do today to secure your kids future, something your kids will learn and appreciate later on.
While some argue that animal fibers are a byproduct of the farming industry we need to understand what a heavy environmental burden that animal farming creates. It takes enormous resources to support commercial cattle and it takes loads of chemicals to process the animal skin. Most of the dirty processing is moved into developing countries where workers and their families are suffering the effects of these dangerous toxins. In other words, both animals and humans are victims to excessive demand on non-vegan materials.
Wool is something that is often used in kids fashion as an obvious choice for colder days. This is a particularly tricky topic when it comes to animal abuse. But let us sum it up, before going into too much detail. Wool production is Pain. Period. Do we want to share a product which through its creation causes so much suffering with our kids? We don’t think so. All we want for our kids is to be better humans then we are.
We at Infantium Victoria choose vegan materials to ensure the wellbeing of our kids. Our future is secured only with happy and healthy offspring. Join us in spreading the message of responsible fashion for a better world!
The tragedy of Rana Plaza on April 24, 2013is a turning point in the fashion industry. It’s when the Fashion Revolution is born! This global movement urges customers to ask their brand #whomademyclothes? Customers have enormous power over how industry works. With every our purchase is a vote to which business model works. We define lives of all the people in the supply chain, their communities, their environment. So educate yourself, demand more transparency from your brands!
Fashion Revolution – meet Waltraud from our German sewing atelier
When me and Dinie started Infantium Victoria in 2014, it was clear from the very beginning we want to build a different business model. We are Fashion Revolution! We need to know our suppliers, we need to make sure everyone in the chain is treated fairly. We are living Sustainability every day.
Sourcing materials in Europe seemed to be the best choice. Our major suppliers come from France and Italy. However woven fabrics in organic quality are so hard to find locally, so we had to expand our search further. That’s when we met Ecological Textiles , importers of GOTS textiles from India.
Our production facility is located in Germany, that’s where we also do sampling for our collections. It allows us to be fast, to be flexible. As we grow, we plan to locate production to our biggest market markets.
Infantium Victoria is about transparency. Every garment in our catalogue has a certain passport. You could find the textile consumption, along with respected suppliers. Also timings for pattern, grading, sampling and sewing are presented for customers to see how much works is behind every garment.
Last, but not least. Infantium Victoria offers unique esthetics. Timeless, distinctive style to be wondered over years to come. Our garments are true heirloom treasures.
Join us in the Fashion Revolution! We know #whomadeyourclothes!
After receiving the news from FFI concerning this event we immediately thought this might be interesting for our company, Infantium Victoria. The fact that the Forum was supposed to take place in Dakar, Senegal was an added bonus since I never visited a cotton farm before.
Due to safety issues the organization decided to redirect the forum to Paris. Totally understandable and a wise decision given that the day before the Forum in Ivory Coast a number of tourists where under attack.
The day itself started with a morning session during which the different problems and challenges of small cotton producers in West Africa where addressed, followed by a session talking about the context of Fair trade and Organic Fair trade Cotton.
During the day it became clear that we where a mixed group of farmers, cooperative leaders, European government, fair trade international, designers, producers and everything in between.
Most discussed and debated was how to get the great fair trade cotton out of West Africa into the world-market.
Africa unlike India does not have an industry to support it, no mills and dyers, nor manufacturers. Today a big part of the fair trade and organic fair trade cotton does not find its way to the right buyers, ending up being sold as ordinary cotton with all its price consequences.
The advantage of fair trade are clear: women get empowered, educational levels go up, communities are working independent and are self-responsible for their produces. This raises self-esteem.
The growing system for the organic cotton is much healthier than the normal cotton growth, improving the health of the direct workers, but also of the environment. The plants are treated with a long term plan and dedication to keep a fertile soil.
The cotton is of a better quality due to careful selection of the seeds.
The unity and collaboration in the community contribute to the democracy.
The afternoon we divided into two workshops where I choose to sit in the workshop identifying cooperation opportunities for the future.
Since fair trade is the only existing system where everybody knows exactly how much money flows back to the farmers and how much they improved their circumstances, big European companies should consider carrying this label, because its the right thing to do.
Fair trade is only active with regards to Cotton in 7 production countries; Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, India, Egypt and Kyrgyzstan. Fairtrade made a clear choice to support small communities in countries where the population needs protection from big cooperations since their government is not strong enough to do it on its own yet. They support both Fairtrade and Fairtrade Organic since the organic demands are for some countries totally out of reach at this moment.
During the day I found it especially interesting that nobody avoided the hard subjects, position on child labor; what it means and how to deal with it, the certification process for fair trade being very slow, the farmers who are working according to fair trade guidelines but don’t manage to get their goods sold under the fair trade label.
They where openly discussed and evaluated, actively searching for improvement and change.
One of the tense subjects debated and discussed was child labor.>
In the past Fair trade would immediately eliminate any farm where they saw children on the land. But it is not that black and white.
Children must be able to go to school, receive an education. But in a farmer family, part of education is also learning to read the land, understand the seasons and the life circle of the crop. One can not just ban children all together from the fields. During Summer break and after hours, soft help is, like in any society and family, part of education. Experiments are being executed in communities where the village is all together responsible for the wellbeing and education of the child. And borders are set and explored.
We where invited to a great African lunch at the African Institute and a cocktail after the day of heavy discussions and brainstorms.
Buying fair trade is a sales pitch, it does make consumers feel better about their purchase. But it is also the right thing to do.
We with Infantium Victoria started talks to see how we can contribute