Patchwork: Comparing Fast and Slow Fashion

Fast Fashion – Shien

SHEIN Patchwork Frayed Detail Trousers Without Belt

Shien is a massive online fast fashion brand that sells tonnes of cheaply made, unsustainable clothes. When looking for patchwork examples, I found very few genuine patchwork pieces, and many of the products under patchwork were a print of patchwork, not scraps sewn together. The only real patchwork garments I could find were patchwork jeans, including the ones shown above. Both pairs of trousers are most likely produced using cheap materials and dyed/printed using harmful chemicals, and the actual patchwork jeans are not made using scraps but from jeans that are specifically manufactured to be cut up and made into the final product. And considering all the work that has to go into the jeans, the price does not reflect that, and the products from Minga are probably less complicated to make. From some of the reviews I read, the fabric on both of these products is this and not geat quality, unlike the fabric from most slow fashion brands, and I know from previously buying Mingas products that their fabric is high quality.

Slow/Sustainable Fashion – Minga London

£45 for the skirt, £80 for the set

Minga is a brand I have brought from before, and though not as sustainable as other brands out there, it is trying hard to be ethical and sustainable without compromising the price and style of the brand. They only make enough clothing to meet demand, and if a garment doesn’t sell well or sell out, they cut it up and try to use it for another product. From this information I found on their website, I believe that the first product is made from various leftover pieces from the jumpers that they make. I have two jumpers that are the same colour as the browns and beige used. Though scraps may not have been used to create the second garment, Minga tries not to overproduce their clothing. All of their products are made by the same factory in Portugal, and all of their fabrics are sourced from reliable sellers in Portugal, meaning their products are well made and meant to last, unlike Shien and other fast fashion brands mass-produced garments.

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