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The Fequiere Brothers. 🖤

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All patchwork everything.👌🏾💙#multitudesstudio #summerdrop

Are you ready? ✨⚡️💛
Our first line of apparel which includes upcycled items like our collaborations with @pblackk and @gerameee drops tomorrow! Everything is one-of-a-kind.



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Not a fashion show. Nothing fancy. Just community. What’s not to love about food, friends and fun.

Come look and shop the new collection, and if you’ve never been to a clothing swap before I urge you all (guys and gals!) to participate. It’s a fun, easy and FREE way to refresh your wardrobe. To participate, bring at least one item to swap. But more are welcome! 🤲🏾

I’ll be sharing some pictures of the pieces I’m adding to the swap in my story/highlights later today💫
#multitudesstudio #summerdrop #clothingswap

It’s almost here.
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This #TeachMeTuesday is a #regram. •
How many of you make it a priority to buy #organiccotton? Would you make it a priority if I told you that every 30 MINUTES an Indian farmer commits suicide? Because according to the National Crime Records Bureau of India, there were 200,000 suicides on Indian farms from 1997-2008. It can’t be said for sure that these are all cotton related, but 70% of them happened in India’s Cotton Bowl region.

With the rise of fast fashion, cotton was in high demand. Cotton farmers had so much pressure to grow more and more cotton, but sell for a smaller price each time. Larger corporations saw an opportunity here to make big bucks and start a monopoly around seeds. So they developed BT COTTON which is genetically modified to have a toxin that repels pests. However, these cotton seeds were very expensive, yet farmers still believed they had to buy these to keep up with the demand.

What these farmers didn’t know is that the seeds didn’t actually control pests like they were supposed to. Farmers still ended up having to spend more money on pesticides and fertilizers and plunged further into debt. In using those pesticides, their soil started to become contaminated.

Now… if a farmer couldn’t grow enough cotton because his soil became contaminated that means that farmer also couldn’t afford to pay back his debts. When this happened, larger companies would step in and take the farmer’s land and their livelihood as payment. It’s said to be common for a farmer to die by drinking the pesticides that contaminated his soil.

So… if you needed a better reason to buy organic other than the eco-friendly aspect… I just gave you 200,000.

Ok, ladies. Ready for some #REALTALK? •
Did you know that there are over 40 million garment workers all over the world? And I’m sure you could guess that a majority of those workers are women. While they may be selected for their small and skillful hands, it is more common that they are hired because it is said that they are “more easily pacified”.
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THIS GAL is fired up, and I’m not sorry about it.
I know all you women out there are strong and fierce, because I’ve seen it first hand. But how many of us are fighting for equality in our everyday lives? And for ALL women all over the world? It’s easy to fight for women we know, love and admire - the ones we find beautiful, but what about the others? In Europe, there are many workers who don’t have to be subjected to sweatshops - in fact their set up is pretty sweet. Working for big names like Valentino and Balenciaga, getting to work on a garment from beginning to end, building their skills, sewing in an air-conditioned studio with plenty of space. On the other side of the world, if you work for big names like H&M or Gap or Zara, you get to sew a single seam for your entire career, in a hot, dark and cramped factory, where your supervisors don’t expect you to make a peep. To me this looks like, if you’re white, you live great and if you’re non-white, you don’t. Am I getting that right? 🤔 As a brown girl, that makes me mad. It should make a lot of us mad.
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Let us not be EASILY PACIFIED and stand up for our fellow woman through our daily fashion choices. I’m not asking you to trash your whole wardrobe, I’m asking you to come along on the slow journey of slow fashion.
Who’s in #Formation now? 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️👯‍♀️
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#multitudesstudio #teachmetuesday #women

Through making clothes for Multitudes I have learned so much about what it takes to make an ordinary garment. Most of my pieces take days! Garment workers only get a fraction of that to make very complicated pieces. For a 5-pocket pair of jeans (think classic Levi’s 501), a production line is given 15 minutes to sew each pair together if their supervisor is generous.
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To give you some real perspective on how UNFAIR the expectations are, I’m sharing this short story from To Die For by Lucy Siegle:
“It is hard to overstate how brutal the assembly line is for the average garment worker. Sixty first-year students at Northumbria University decided to have a go, spending a day in their own sewing room, set up as a simulated version of a typical production line producing t-shirts. From the outset, it was deemed impossible for them to achieve the timings expected from garment workers, so our students were allowed 1 minute 55 seconds to sew each side seam: in a standard factory for export they would be allowed just 48.5 seconds. The film of their efforts […] shows them working hard. Every slight slip - a dropped pair of scissors, a pause to realign the seams - costs them dear. The team of students managed to produce 95 t-shirts in 7.5 hours. The daily target in an export factory such as in Bangladesh with the same ‘line load’ (same number of machines and the same type of manufacturing conditions) would be 900.”
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So if you haven’t made the connection yet, the reason why I do #TeachMeTuesday is not only to educate you about these industry secrets, but also to help you see the person behind the sewing machine that made your clothes. The sooner you can put a face on it, the faster you will see the reality of it. There is so much ugliness that gets overlooked for pretty nothings.
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So just know that when you buy something from Multitudes, I MADE IT.
Remember my face. 👧🏾 My mind. 🧠 My hands. 👋🏾
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📸 @tylerdunlavy
#multitudesstudio #tmt #fashionrevolution

This year marks the 5th year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. In honor of that, I’m going to spend this month telling you about the injustices that sweatshop workers face.
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Because we have to get real. Because it has to stop. ✋🏾
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Most third world garment workers don’t earn a living wage and are forced to work overtime to meet unrealistic deadlines placed on them by big and small brands. Brands like @hm @zara @gap @victoriassecret @uniqlo and the list goes on. Many of these workers are used and abused verbally and sometimes physically.
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There have been multiple reports on Victoria’s Secret, stating that the workers only get 3 minutes to sew a bathing suit. 😱😓
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If you’re not paying the price for your clothes, someone else sure is. Be conscious of yourself and of others. Ask yourself #whomademyclothes ? 🤷🏾‍♀️
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#multitudesstudio #teachmetuesday #ranaplaza #garmentworkersrights #whomademyclothes

Estimates say that the fashion industry is responsible for about 20% of the world’s industrial water pollution. All around the world, thousands of different chemicals are used to transform raw materials like cotton or silk into usable textiles. Some believe there are upwards of 8,000 (😱) different types of synthetic chemicals around the globe used in this process.
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I’m sure we all are constantly wondering why it’s so hard for fashion companies with big brands to change their ways, right?! 🤷🏾‍♀️ Rob Harrison (editor of @ethical_consumer_magazine) shared these words, “It’s practically quite difficult to convert your whole production over to Tencel because it’s not just putting a filter on the pipe or collecting the pollution in a different way. It’s a completely different production method and so it involves building another factory.”
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My input: While one company may be willing to pay the factory more for more ethical and sustainable products, this is a change that has to be agreed upon by all the clients of the factory, because everyone would have to change their process, which they may not all be able to afford.
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If the factory wants to raise minimum wage, the owner has to be sure that all other brands are willing to pay more to support this pay increase. When even one company isn’t willing, this unfortunately halts progress for the rest.
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C’mon, ya’ll. Let’s move forward together. Let’s support each other and the planet. ✊🏾
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(This #TeachMeTuesday was a summary of @refinery29 ’s latest article from #WorldWaterDay. To read, click the link in bio!)
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@evadubovoy in our pink patchwork jumpsuit 💘
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I’ve been testing my beeswax wraps and I’m quickly learning that I need to make bigger ones. BUT I love that you can make them into little baggies. This little one is holding my vitamins for the week. Anyone out there want to test some cloths for me and give me feedback? #beeswaxwraps #nomoreplastic #rescuedmaterials #multitudesstudio

#TeachMeTuesday@levis did some research on their water consumption and look at what they found!
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A single pair of Levi's 501 jeans takes over 3,000 liters of water, 400 mega joules of energy, and expels 32 kilograms of carbon dioxide. I'm sure that sounds like just a bunch of gibberish, but to put it in perspective, all of that is equal to
• running a garden hose for 106 minutes
• driving 78 miles
• powering a computer for 556 hours
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In the past, Levi's has received some criticism for their ethical and environmental practices, but they've been making big efforts to turn it around. In 2011, thy launched Water<Less denim in multiple styles for men and women!
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In the production of the 501 jean, they are able to reduce the water consumption to just 42 liters of water! AMAZING, right?! By making a conscious effort to sustain the planet, they have saved more than ONE BILLION liters of water. Th brand's goal is to have 80% of their products fall under the Water<Less model by 2020.
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#multitudesstudio #levis #waterweek #TMT #denim #levis501 #waterconsumption #sustainablefashion

Today, this piece is getting quilted sleeves and getting done 💪🏾#multitudesstudio #rescuedmaterials

On average, a single household’s purchase of clothing per year requires 1,000 bathtubs of water to produce. Again I ask, how much water did it take to make your closet? .
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Found image by #taylorradelia

People in towns and villages that depend on that water still use it. Because they need it. They can likely end up with skin disease, jaundice, liver cancer, or find birth defects amongst their children.
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Our water hasn’t reached this point yet, but are we going to wait until it does?
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#teachmetuesday #multitudesstudio #water

Our collab earring with @onesixfivejewelry in Emerald! Click through to their page for your pair AND check out their dope Spring/Summer collection! 💕
#multitudesstudio #onesixfivejewelry #rescuedmaterials #leatherearrings #emerald

Today, I am so thankful to have great women in my life. There is so much power in the community (not competition) of women, and I am excited to promote that notion and see it grow. To every woman out there, thank you for being strong, bold, brave, kind, generous, feisty, loving, empathetic, beautiful, motivated, smart, open-minded, stubborn, vulnerable, enthusiastic, simple and complicated, and overall just amazing. This world would not be what it is without you.
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Happy International Women’s Day to all of you girls out there!
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Check out my story to see some of the women that have helped me grow into the woman I am today.
#internationalwomensday #multitudesstudio #millenialpink

Here are some quick facts about water that you may not know. 🌊
• It takes 2,700 liters of water to produce one cotton t-shirt. (Yep, just ☝🏾)
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• It takes about 6,800 liters to produce a pair of denim jeans.
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• It takes nearly 380 liters for just one pound of wool.
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• It takes almost 8,000 liters of water to product one pair of shoes.
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How much water did it take to make up your closet?
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#multitudesstudio #teachmetuesday #water

Over the last 40 years, textile production has done more than just double. In 1977, the world produced thirty-one million TONS of fiber for fashion and home goods. By 2007, production increased exponentially to about 80 million tons—which is 1.6 QUADRILLION pounds.
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For example, in a single year, one fashion brand alone will typically use enough water to fill about 43,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Now think about how much of our natural resources that abuses. A lot of that water then gets dumped back into the system but it is polluted with toxins and dangerous to communities nearby production factories. 💧
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