This is part one of a conversation between three manufacturers and an activist.
On the manufacturing side, I’m joined by Jay Shroff of Fashion Panda – an India-based manufacturer of timeless loungewear and womenswear apparel, Amrin Sachathep of Atlantic Mills – a vertically integrated denim manufacturer primarily based in Thailand, and Suzanne Vétillart CEO of Boma jewelry. Boma also has its factory in Thailand. They produce for their own brand as well as for larger retailers.
On the activist side, I’m joined by Kate, the educator and activist behind Sustainable Outfits. Sustainable Outfits is a blog, Instagram account, and beyond.
We cover a big question: what kind of information would Suzanne, Jay, and Amrin like to see Kate looking at when educating the public about the fashion industry?
On this episode we’re taking a look at cotton value chains in the Indian context with Rajeev Baruah, who has worked in cotton for decades. Though his background is originally in agriculture and tea, his cotton journey started with a spinning facility back in the 90s on a mission to work with organic cotton farmers – something that, at the time, was unheard of. In the years since, he’s gone on to work in a number of different roles with different stakeholders across the value chain. Rajeev gives Kim an in-depth look at the steps that go into growing, harvesting, ginning, and spinning cotton, who the commercial actors are, and what their incentives might be within the Indian context.