During these unprecedented times, designers and small fashion-focused businesses are feeling the hit – big corporates and e-commerce stores are not immune either.
I found this article from the Business of Fashion on the topic of Not Just a Label (NJAL) founded with the mission to create a platform supporting emerging designers at no cost — connecting diverse, global creative talent to both the international fashion industry and consumers worldwide.
The question that struck me:
“What do you believe is critical for an environment in which designers can thrive?”
For creatives, that means having a job that pays more than the current minimum living wage, in an area that is commutable and affordable. The current system, especially in cities like London and New York, does not allow for designers to make mistakes lest they lose their jobs. This is where we as a society fail and miss out on nurturing innovation and creativity outside of those from wealthy backgrounds.
Why is it that in these populous cities, the opportunities are rarely given to those with a lot to lose? How will we ever nurture innovation if we continue to treat those who cannot afford to fail as if they are indispensable to the fashion industry?