Each year we like to acknowledge Fashion Revolution Week - an annual campaign to raise awareness and to educate consumers on the real value of what we buy and wear.
The campaign was established after the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed in 2013; more than 1,100 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history.
This campaign has been something close to our heart since the campaign's inception in 2014 and is one of the reasons we continue to manufacture in Australia.
Woolerina is a family owned and operated business with founder Warwick Rolfe now working alongside his daughters Penny and Pippa and an additional team of passionate and enthusiastic makers.
We are proud to be part of the slow fashion movement where longevity and sustainability are highly valued. Each garment we design is inspired by the beauty of simplicity, timeless silhouettes and basic styling, to ensure that it will last for many seasons and years to come.
Whilst the initial stage of processing must now happen off-shore, yarn is returned to us in Australia, enabling us to maintain close relationships with our knitter and dye-house in Melbourne. All garment construction happens in-house at our workrooms in Forbes.
When we began in 2006 all our production was outsourced and we operated out of a small home office. Our current space, in the old fruit packing shed at “Torig Park”, now encompasses offices, a shopfront, warehouse and light, bright cutting and sewing rooms. Creating our collections at our workrooms in regional NSW at Forbes brings our family and team so much joy.
Whilst we use modern machinery, the skills required to craft our garments with love are based on traditional methods and each garment passes through many hands before it is ready to be loved by its new owner.
Having our production in-house also enables us to quickly and easily change and adapt our production schedule to help us better meet the needs of our customers.
Woolerina is licensed with both the Australian Made campaign and Ethical Clothing Australia and each garment proudly wears both logos as a symbol of our commitment to manufacturing in Australia and to taking care of our workers.
The green and gold Australian Made logo is Australia’s most trusted and widely used country of origin symbol. The logo is under-pinned by a third-party accreditation system which ensures products that carry the logo are certified as being ‘genuinely Australian’.
Ethical Clothing Australia is an accreditation body working to protect and uphold the rights of Australian garment workers. We voluntarily choose to have our Australian supply chain audited annually through their accreditation system to ensure our employees and contractors are being paid appropriately, receiving all their legal entitlements and that they have safe working conditions in which to undertake their work.
This Fashion Revolution Week we encourage you to ask your favourite brands via social media #whomademyclothes.
The Woolerina Family xx