Fashion Revolution Week began in 2014 to honour the 1,138 people killed and over 2,000 people injured in the Rana Plaza factory collapse of 2013 in Bangladesh. Fashion Revolution is a global organisation which campaigns for a clean, safe, fair, transparent and accountable fashion industry. The key concept of the campaign is the #whomademyclothes which encourages consumers to ask their favourite brands via social media “who made my clothes?”, creating greater transparency in the global fashion supply chain.
At Woolerina transparency is something we pride ourselves on – we have an intimate understanding and hands on approach to all areas of our production, from the hand selection of the raw wool through to the knitting, dying, cutting and sewing.
All Woolerina’s garments are Made in Australia and Woolerina was recently re-accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia for the eighth year running. We are very proud to be part of this voluntary accreditation system as we believe that the greatest products come from treating everyone involved fairly and respectfully. It is up to us to make choices in our manufacturing processes to ensure that our workers enjoy a safe, fair workplace.
In honour of Fashion Revolution Week, we'd like you to get to know our team. First up, we're introducing you to Warwick Rolfe, the founder of Woolerina.
Warwick's the only male in the Woolerina tribe! Warwick started Woolerina way back in 2005 bringing a long-held dream, of taking Merino wool directly off-farm and following it through to a finished item of clothing, to life. And 15 years after Woolerina began, the annual raw wool selection process is still his favourite part of his job.
To Warwick, knowing that he is taking care of his small, close-knit team is the most important part of Fashion Revolution Week. Being able to create change at the ‘grass roots’ level is how systemic change across the global industry will come about.
Warwick’s favourite Woolerina piece remains one from the original collection (well, probably not quite a piece from that collection, but a design!), the men’s short sleeve crew. It keeps him both warm in winter and cool in summer “I don’t even know I’m wearing it!”. And yes, he really does wear a Woolerina all year round, even in the 40C + temperatures of a central NSW Summer! Warwick’s favourite thing about the change in seasons is to walk in the cool mornings, watching the sun rise and then enjoying a warm fire in the evening.