Kate Sylvester wants to make your clothes all better.
Fashion Revolution Week is marked every year in late April, in memory of the garment workers who were killed in the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh in 2013. It’s a week for manufacturers and consumers to consider more closely how their clothes affect the wider world – both the people who make those clothes, and the environmental impacts of clothing production.
Kate Sylvester has always made garments that are designed to be loved and worn for a long time, not just a season or two. The fabrics are chosen for their quality and integrity, and the silhouettes are shaped to be modern but timeless. Although Kate Sylvester is a boutique brand in the big scheme of things, they still produce thousands of items of clothing a year – pieces that Kate and her team don’t want to see ending up in landfill any time soon.
That’s why last week they launched a complimentary new Repairs Initiative. If one of your favourite Kate Sylvester pieces has been hanging unworn in your wardrobe because of a needed minor repair – like missing buttons, linings, bindings or seams in need of repair or a broken zip, now you can take it into your nearest Kate Sylvester store, and if they can fix it for you, they will. (Holes, cigarette burns and red wine stains are beyond their ability to help, though.)