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The manufacturer that supplied your brand’s latest order of shirts may well have been thoroughly audited, checked for health and safety regulations, and made to provide employees with a living wage and legal shift patterns.
Good news! But if you want to offer your customers an ethically sound wardrobe, there’s still a very long way to go to ensure that your ethical supply chain strategies are watertight.
Ready-to-wear, or prêt-à-porter, clothing refers to all factory-made garments sold in a finished condition, ready to be purchased ‘off the peg’. The rise of fast fashion means that retailers are constantly seeking the speedy production of the latest ‘micro-trends’ and celebrity-endorsed styles to sell in their stores. Standardised patterns, mass production and mechanised construction techniques all work to keep costs low. However, attentive production tracking can get lost by the wayside.