- Feb. 11, 2014
-- [February 11, 2014—New York] The fashion industry has been developing a larger conscious lately. One thing is to see the news of burning fabric warehouses and see people being brought out from the rubble of collapsing fabric buildings and another is to actually take a step towards changing that condition. So, what’s waking up the fashion world and making shops like the newly eCommerce launched The Modest Shop start taking realistic steps of bringing awareness towards ending inhumane treatment and unfair paid labor in the garment industry? One word; Religion. For The Modest Shop, who is a Muslim based eboutique bringing together modest style brands that put care in the making of their products under one shopping platform believe that they should be in the front line making changes and setting the example because it is part of their belief and way of life, but alike the rest of the world has been dormant.
“This can no longer go on, we as Muslims and people of all faiths have to really wake up and put to use what our religion teaches us about the responsibility we have over ourselves and importantly over others.” - M. Sadeel Allam, Owner
Sadeel Allam believes that people of any faith know better that they are accountable for everything they do or have knowledge about but decisively choose to ignore. ‘Slave-labor’
is the term she rather use due to its more impacting meaning to the real situation in the garment industry which can take in many forms of the before/after clothes-making process. It can start by adult and children trafficking, in the fields where cotton is picked by underpaying, denying a safe environment, lack to provide benefits, verbally and physically abusing the workers. The proof is in the news; The Telegraph recently reported that a year after of the deadly Bangladesh factory collapses, workers are still being abused, intimidated and sadly using child labor. Adding more hardcore facts, according to the International Labour Organization, "11.7 million (56 per cent) of the global total, followed by Africa at 3.7 million (18 per cent) and Latin America with 1.8 million victims (9 per cent) are people forced into labor"
The new eboutique launched this February with their ‘1st Step Initiative’ which is to bringing you conscious modest style clothing and accessories that are reduced in 'Slave-Labor'!
The Modest Shop’s ‘1st Step Initiative’ translates to bringing awareness of the slave-labor through the garment construction and customer direct purchasing power. They understand the awareness is at its infancy, but growing! They also know that due to the penetrated and widely inhumane exploitation acts that have been happening for years and years, it is hard to actually get an item that is completely 'Slave-Free Labor', 'Chemical-Free', Animal-Cruelty Free' and any other type of abuse-free unless you own your own cotton field and make your own clothes. The Modest Shop offers marked items that are Slave-Free Labor reduced from the garment construction point, but it doesn't mean there could be corruption in other areas of the clothing and accessories making process. “Change needs to start with those in power; the customer.” – M. Sadeel Allam www.themodestshop.com