Which Kiwi Labels Are Most Committed to Supporting Vulnerable Workers?

A new report has revealed the extent to which more than 400 fashion brands have taken action to protect vulnerable workers during the pandemic.

The Covid Fashion Report, released by aid and development organisation Tearfund, considers the impact that the pandemic has had on the fashion industry and how disruptions to supply chains have exposed workers to more risk than ever before.

Early this year, Tearfund and partner Baptist World Aid developed six Covid Fashion Commitments aimed at keeping companies focused on protecting workers during the pandemic.

The report considers brands’ efforts at upholding the commitments and ranks companies according to how they performed.

Tearfund’s research found that New Zealand brands performed well when it action taken, with more than 80 per cent of Kiwi companies included in the research able to provide some evidence of upholding the Covid Fashion Commitments.

More than 50 per cent were in the top tier of companies, which included AS Colour, Freeset, Hallensteins and Glassons, Icebreaker, Kathmandu and Macpac.

Credit: Freeset

Overall, the report found that 70 per cent of companies assessed could demonstrate that they had taken at least some deliberate positive actions to support vulnerable garment workers through the global pandemic.

However, 56 per cent of companies were unable to show action across all six of the Covid Fashion Commitment areas.

With the pandemic drastically affecting sales and profits of clothing companies, the impact has been felt most keenly by workers who make our clothes.

Factories slashed production by up to 85 per cent, worker’s salaries decreased by about 40 per cent and over a million workers in Bangladesh lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19.

Tearfund Education & Advocacy Manager, Claire Gray, says the COVID crisis has exposed areas in the fashion industry that still need vast improvement.

“The pandemic and the disruption it has brought is a chance for the global fashion system to hit the reset button and be encouraged to build back better,” she says.

“The fashion industry was broken long before COVID-19 and garment workers were paying the price.” 

You can read The Covid Fashion Report in full here.

Regina King’s Emmy Looks To Be Auctioned for Charity

The Oscar-winning actress wore the couture looks, including a hot pink trouser suit, for the virtual ceremony last month.

Regina King is auctioning off her couture Schiaparelli outfits from the Emmy Awards to raise money for charity.

The 49-year-old actress rocked an electric blue asymmetric dress for the virtual ceremony’s ‘red carpet’ before the annual awards show, followed by a hot pink double-breasted wool suit.

Now, the Oscar-winning star has teamed up with auction house Christie’s and Schiaparelli Couture House for the auction, and all the profits from the sales of her couture outfits will go to the Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance.

“Working with Schiaparelli has been very gratifying. They are a historic brand that represents class and a positive work ethic which are the same values I try to live by,” Regina said in a statement, according to People. “Supporting the Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance is another example of why working with Schiaparelli has been so rewarding.”

Both outfits were designed by Schiaparelli’s artistic director Daniel Roseberry and worn by Regina as she won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for her role in the critically-acclaimed HBO series Watchmen.

“Ms King is an icon, both of her craft and of this moment. I couldn’t be more honoured to have dressed her for the 2020 Emmy Awards and am proud to support the Girls Opportunity Alliance,” Roseberry said.

The auction lot, which will close on 30 October, also includes a signed sketch from Schiaparelli and complimentary alterations.