The Presidio's picturesque lawns and historic buildings are similarly light years away from Cambodia, Indonesia and India, where dozens of brands manufacture their elevated garments. And yet it's here that the San Francisco nonprofit Remake is trying to change the way we see clothes productions in these countries.
The 2-year-old group is planning a trip to Asia at the end of this month with the assistance of the Levi Strauss Foundation. Fashion design students from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts and New York’s Parsons School of Design will come face to face with factory workers in Sri Lanka. But that, according to founder Ayesha Barenblat, is only a part of the story. Barenblat comes to the nonprofit from Better Work, a World Bank and United Nations organization that focuses on safety and working conditions within clothing factories around the world. Having advised the likes of H&M and Nike on manufacturing strategy, she decided to switch gears and dig deeper into the troubling realities of the garment industry that are often glossed over.
The nonprofit’s main focus is producing and sharing engaging written stories and videos highlighting factory workers from Pakistan, Haiti, China and beyond. On the Remake website, each woman, photographed in her workplace, is telling her story in first person, each story is embellished with relatable and personal details.
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