Episode 2 | June 2023
How Buying Quality Saves Cash and the Planet
"my approach to clothing ... [is] to try to buy once and buy well [which] is still common in many European countries. It's an old fashioned American way of thinking, but still common elsewhere in the world. ...simply trying to consume and create as little waste as possible, which other parts of the world are much better at than we are in the west [today]." - Kristen Fanarakis
Amortize: gradually write-off the cost of something over a period of time
Cost per Wear: A financial calculation that determines the cost of an item based on the number of times it is worn. It helps evaluate the value and sustainability of a purchase.
Disposable income: Refers to the money available for spending after deducting taxes and essential expenses, which can be used for discretionary purchases like clothing.
Luxury Clothing: High-end, often premium-quality garments or fashion items that are associated with exclusivity, craftsmanship, and superior materials.
Sustainable Shopping Accessibility: The notion that sustainable shopping is available and applicable to anyone, regardless of their financial means or social status
Sustainable Shopping: A conscious and mindful approach to purchasing products that considers/prioritizes factors such as well-fitted, durability, ethical production, and longevity to maximize their usage and minimize waste.
Offshoring: The practice of relocating manufacturing or production processes to other countries with lower labor costs.
Quality Garment: A well-made piece of clothing, often made with high-quality materials and superior craftsmanship. It encompasses factors such as durability, materials, and fit, indicating a higher standard and longevity of the garment.
Fit and Comfort: Aspects of a garment's design and construction that prioritize how well it suits the wearer's body shape and provides a pleasant wearing experience.
Feel of a Garment: Refers to the tactile experience and comfort of wearing a garment, including how it drapes, moves, and fits on the body.
Closet Audit: The process of assessing and evaluating the contents of one's wardrobe to identify favorite or frequently worn items, personal style preferences, and overall shopping habits.
Closet Mistakes: Refers to purchasing clothing items that end up being worn infrequently or not at all, resulting in wasted resources and potential financial loss.
Waistband Rolling Over: When the waistband of a garment folds or rolls down during wear, indicating a fit issue or design flaw that compromises comfort and functionality.
Fit Testing/Wear Testing: The process of wearing and testing a garment to evaluate its fit, comfort, and functionality in real-life situations, such as during physical activities or daily wear.
3D and Digital Pattern Making: Refers to the use of digital software and technology to create patterns for garments, eliminating the need for traditional paper patterns. It allows for precise adjustments and virtual visualization of the garment.
Pattern Revisions: The process of making adjustments and modifications to a garment's pattern based on feedback and testing, aiming to improve the fit, comfort, and overall design.
Grader: A professional who scales or modifies patterns to create a range of sizes for a garment, ensuring consistency and proportion across different size options.
Production Phase: The stage of garment manufacturing where the approved pattern is used to cut the fabric and sew the garment, often involving additional steps such as adding trims or embellishments.
Fabrics: Materials used in the production of garments, which can be natural (such as cotton, silk) or synthetic (such as polyester).
Blended materials: Fabrics that are made by combining two or more different types of fibers, such as a blend of cotton and polyester.
Labels: Refers to the tags or labels attached to garments that provide information about the fabric composition, care instructions, and brand.
Natural fabrics: Fabrics derived from natural sources, such as plants (cotton, silk) or animals (wool), that are often valued for their breathability, comfort, and biodegradability.
Synthetic Fabric: A type of fabric that is artificially created using chemical processes and does not occur naturally. Synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, are made from synthetic fibers derived from petroleum or other non-renewable resources. Its production process can have environmental impacts.