The status quo never dies
We entered the sale season and the entire industry, including the sustainability supporters, jumped into hard-discounting mode.
While it’s understandable that Covid impacted the market by leaving high inventories, it seems clear that the status quo wins.
The push to leave things as they are, keeping up with the usual producing and selling patterns, is stronger than the will to change.
The interests of the industry operators act intentionally to maintain the status quo. And the game is notorious: massive overproduction that corresponds to an omnipresent, gigantic distribution.
In order to sustain this system, mark-ups have gotten higher and higher.
Even those who launched “Rewiring fashion” did it following an outdated pattern, simply postponing delivery dates or sale seasons.
Is that the solution? Really?
Perhaps this means that nothing has to change.
Covid was not a lesson to learn but just an obstacle along the path. Rather than learning the lesson and changing strategy, they would prefer to sell all the stocked goods to any alien species. And maybe exploit a whole galaxy too.
Producing goods for the sale season
Producing goods to be sold during the sale season is the blind strategy of a sick market. A short-term solution that passes all the costs on to workers – by creating new slaves – and exploiting the planet.
If sustainability includes ethical work, giving a proper wage to those who make our clothes, then the sales aren’t sustainable.
Prices are often inflated to start with in order to accommodate the expected sales. No sales – means more realistic prices during the season, and therefore more affordable items.
We aim to see operators in the fashion field getting in touch to find new strategies to avoid sales. Connecting and collaborating in order to give value to the products, setting up a viable long-term strategy.
Furthermore, if they all talk about sustainability, they should also make it happen.