Salon Talk - Who made my clothes?

Our client Jocelyn White is the Co-Founder of Slavery No More. Anyone who meets this sweet, beautiful woman, who has the most gentle voice, will never believe she has such a challenging job. Most of us have a difficult time facing the reality of human trafficking, imagine being in Jocelyn’s shoes addressing this crisis on a daily basis.

 

This month, The Chair Salon and Spa is hosting a Trunk Show to benefit Slavery No More and Jocelyn has taken the time to share with us how the fashion industry can impact change in human trafficking. She is our guest writer with Salon Talk.

 

Freedom Fashion

 

Did you know there are currently 40 million people enslaved in our world today? Did you know the fashion industry is identified as one of the five key industries contributing to the prevalence of modern slavery?

 

Have you ever asked yourself, “Who made my clothes?” My guess is, probably not.

 

Working for an international anti-slavery organization, I was well aware of slavery such as sex trafficking and labor trafficking in different industries such as agriculture, brick factories and rock quarries, but I didn’t quite connect where I bought my clothes either increased, or decreased, the demand for slave labor until I saw the film, “The True Cost.”  “The True Cost” unveils the incredible impact many clothing companies have on the abuse of garment workers around the world.  Around the same time, my friend who is a fashion blogger began writing about ethical fashion and the mindset of consumerism in America.

 

Soon after, I ran to Target to buy clothes for my son and as soon as I got to my car, I had a pit in my stomach. For the first time, I asked myself, “Where are these clothes made?” . I looked at the tags and each piece of clothing was made in one of the countries mentioned in “The True Cost” as having the most cases of enslavement and abuse within the garment and fashion industries. I immediately walked back into Target and returned everything.

 

It was time for a change.

 

Over the last 3 years, I’ve done my best to transform my closet to include ethical clothing.  Clothing I can wear guilt-free, and even more, be proud of. I’ve also dialed my shopping way back.

 

My closet doesn’t have to be full of clothes, and I don’t need a new outfit for every special occasion. There’s also no shame in buying “new to me” items from places like Thred Up. I’ve tried to buy less, but buy better. As time goes by, I find myself wearing clothes with a story, and I love sharing them.

 

I am excited to introduce the The Chair Salon and Spa to the idea of hosting a trunk show for Sseko Designs, an ethical fashion brand. Sseko trains and hires recent high school graduates in Uganda and helps them save up for University and elevate themselves out of poverty.

 

Not only do I love the mission of Sseko, I love their stuff. They have jewelry, handbags, sandals and apparel- all with a story, made by a girl who has a fighting chance to protect herself from exploitation. A percentage of the proceeds will go to support Slavery No More who supports survivors of sex trafficking in Los Angeles — a whole other tragedy.

 

By coming to our trunk show, you can double your impact by both supporting survivors in our community and vulnerable girls in Uganda.


 

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