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Fashion, feminism & female empowerment.
Calling all female boss babes! This week, Chelsea welcomes Cabrini Roy, founder of eponymous slow-fashion label, who aims to empower women from all around the world through her hand-made, luxurious, contemporary pieces. Though based in London, she takes influence from her Filipino culture, creating unique designs which contrast bold masculine silhouettes with feminine details.
This week is an exploration of the importance of female empowerment, especially within the fashion sustainability space, what the “made-to-order” process is, and what it’s like to run a slow-fashion brand.
Ready to feel inspired & empowered?
Time-stamps and key thoughts/ ideas bought up in this episode:
10:03 – Is Slow-fashion and Made-to-order the same thing?
13:15 – Cabrini’s upbringing and how this influenced her into launching the brand.
17:00 – Plans to move the brand into a non-seasonal brand.
- Dropping pieces when they’re ready: “I just want to create pieces when I want to, and pieces that inspire me… I really want to focus on pieces, and really work on them.” – Cabrini.
- Moving away from collections: “I just find it really hard to be so restricted in this seasonal thing, and creating loads of collections. For me, this is my own brand so I should have these choices to either do this seasonally or not do it like that.” – Cabrini.
19:00 – The brand aesthetic and how it evokes the theme of female empowerment
- “The brand is a mixture of satin and suiting, so the suiting is where there’s the female empowerment aspect, and having that boss babe aspect! Whilst contrasting it with feminine silhouettes and combining it with feminine details and toned down colours.” – Cabrini.
- Inspired by the traditional Filipina dresses (beautiful puff sleeves) and Filipino armours (panelling and structures).
25:30 – What does female empowerment mean to you?
- “I love this quote by Michelle Obama and she said “There’s no limit to what we as women can accomplish” and that for me just sums up female empowerment.” – Cabrini.
- “I believe women are leaders and we should not be confined to stereotypes. In a society that women are still looked down upon and not been taken seriously as men, I want to be able to lift up and encourage them, and that means - yes through my clothes. I want to make them feel comfortable and confident in my garments but also through things like my online course. I want to be able to share my knowledge and encourage them, and men of course, that their dreams are achievable…I want them to know that their dreams are worth believing in and if I can help in any way I can by teaching them a skill or pass down my knowledge, I’d love to do that.” – Cabrini.
Female garment workers in the fashion supply chain.
- Around 80% of garment workers are females aged 18-35. (Source)
- Exploitation in factories: leaders are usually male and will mistreat, abuse and/or threaten those below them.
- It is not liberating or “regaining their financial independence” if they fear going to work. Many must bring their children to work, at factories with no health and safety measures and in very poor working conditions.
29:27 – Do you think consumers are willing to wait for their garments, from a made-to-order business?
38:00 – How do you style up distinct pieces in different ways?
41:10 – Sustainable initiatives within the brand.
- The made-to-order process
- Reducing waste through careful pattern placing
- Use of dead-stock fabric
- Packaging – recyclable boxes and tissue paper
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