Firstly, to the family of George Floyd and the family of anyone else that has been through something similar - I am so deeply sorry for your loss and heartbreak.
Recent events in America have brought up an important conversation that needs to be had in all facets of life. Some may not think so, but both subtle and overt racism are here at home in NZ, not just abroad.
We know we need to push further, to love deeper, learn more and awaken ourselves more to be part of the change. It's not just the obvious and violent racism, microaggressions and subtle racism that upset us, it's also the standards that are portrayed in industries like ours that are not nearly as diverse as we might like to think. Brands and retailers IG feeds (ours included) are filled with primarily Caucasians/Pakehas, but this is not a true representation of our diverse nation. Behind this industry is the art, design, love, stories and talented people who create wonderful pieces for our bare bodies to love and express ourselves through. Why is it so often we see clothing on caucasian models and not much else?
To those who have felt marginalised in any area of their life and by the fashion industry - we are sorry our industry has not done better.
We know that actions speak louder than words, so we all need to actively commit to making a change in our society. I know we will never truly understand or get it right, but right now we ask that the brands we stock, and our customers join us in being all in for learning and engaging in this very important issue. We want to grow, understand more and do more to change our world's future by celebrating all our differences and the uniqueness that makes every single nationality so special.
Thank you to the @fashionrevolution who have put together a reading list which we share here - so we can all learn, listen and put our attention to what matters most.
- Me & White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
- Between the World & Me by Ta-Neishi Coates
- Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Renni Eddo-Lodge
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
- How to Be an Anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Chrissy & the Flo and Frankie team x