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Why Slow Fashion is the New Fast Fashion
  • Christina Bullock
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Why Slow Fashion is the New Fast Fashion

Tired of trying to keep up with all of the trends each season? Not only can keeping up with the latest trends be exhausting, but it can be hard on the wallet and on the environment.

While things like oil and coal consumption tend to get all the press, the impact fashion has on the world is substantial. In fact, “Fast Fashion” or trendy apparel and accessories is considered the second largest polluter in the world (EcoWatch).  

Don’t believe us? Here are a few scary statistics (World Resources Institute):

-The average consumer purchased 60% more items of clothing per year in 2014, but kept them half as long as in 2000. 

-It takes 2,700 liters of water to make one cotton shirt. That’s as much water as a person drinks in 2 ½ years!

-While synthetic materials like polyester have less impact on water, they have twice the carbon footprint as a cotton shirt.

What exactly is “Fast Fashion?”

Fast fashion apparel, accessories and footwear tend to be made with lower quality materials to meet lower price points. They’re often mass produced and not designed to last season after season. Thus, they often get donated, or in many cases thrown out after they’re no longer en-vogue or they’ve fallen apart.

Since this vicious cycle has major impacts on the environment, we believe here at Samuel Hubbard that “Slow Fashion” is the new “Fast Fashion.”

What is “Slow Fashion” you ask?

Slow fashion consists of apparel and footwear that are designed to last a lifetime. They’re classic, timeless and are meant to be worn season after season, year after year.

We take great pride in handcrafting shoes that are built to last. Not only do we use the finest leathers and materials that can sustain great wear and tear, but all of our shoes can be resoled through our resole program.

Click here to find out more about our process and here for our resole program.

Samuel Hubbard Market Cap, Whiskey. Photo by Tex Allen. 

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Main image by Leopoldo Macaya.