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#Campaign ... 'La Boheme' June 29 2017

Inspiration from Malta ... 

What a great location to test out LIBERTY fabrics, and certainly made sure that I packed well to stay 'cool & comfortable' in searing temperatures, unusual for this time of year.  I rolled, tied and packed 12 pieces and paired them up, experimenting with layering to get everything in (1) Carry-On, in addition to Lingerie and Toiletries and taking (1) pair of comfortable walking shoes with supporting arch.   

#want to be noticed #feel alive! ...

This 'silver-haired' Lady, got a surprise when an Italian standing at his Carvery with stuffed pig, burst into song with 'o sole mio' as he saw me approach wearing my famous La Boheme Pantaloni/Pantaloons, not to mention a wink from a Customs Officer in Brussells. 

My Tip for the Mammas and Nunnas who want to stay cool and on-trend, MishNMesh is certainly AUTHENTIC! ... Hence my Campaign for this 'Chat', some very 'loose-fitting' Pullover Dresses, but fitted through bust with draping pockets complimented with Pantaloons.

Find MishNMesh at these Creative Hubs ...

1 July ... Outback Fringe Festival, Quilpie 

14/15/16 July ... Rocky Riverfest

22 July ... Jazz at the Gallery, Warwick

30 August ... Weengallon Pink Ladies Day

To see snaps from my recent Photoshoot,   FOLLOW on Instagram@MishNMesh or Facebook/MishNMesh or go to website:  www.mishnmesh.myshopify.com 

Contact Me: 0438133753 or Email: margherita.caruana@icloud.com

Kind Regards

Margherita@MishNMesh


#Mother's Day Treat April 27 2017

Here's your Mother's Day Treat.  Use CODE:  MUMSDAY17 with your online purchases.

Happy Mother's Day!


#Autumn Leaves ... Edition 4 April 08 2017

SPRUCE IT UP!
Ignoring 'fast fashion' and instead prefer 'slow fashion', trying to be authentic and keeping in mind the focus is on the underlying influence to fill a niche market, regardless of what fashion dictates.  Practicality in style design whether it be worn 'on the street', 'travel abroad' or 'in the bush' ... jeans, trousers, tights or leggings seem to be a universal trend. Having said that and with my obsession with the 'combo shirt' combined with layers or layering seems to be the 'go-to garment' just when you never know when the weather is going to shift and catch you by surprise.  If you haven't tried one, TRY ONE! and if you don't like it send it back within 14 days for a swap. Remember my CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE 'if it's not to your satisfaction, I will replace it'.

 

Here are some gorgeous bits of inspiration in the WILDFLOWERS Series to put a smile on your face in pretty pastels to illuminate your skin, or if you prefer, more depth perhaps the Greens/Blues.  All beautiful, no matter the style.

MishNMesh is truely a luxury ecobrand where each piece is custom-made by Yours Truly to each individual's specifications.  Here's your MOTHER'S DAY TREAT use Code: MUMSDAY17 with your online purchase after you have saved your pennies.

Let's get to the CREATIVE HUB  of the 'magic of markets' especially if you prefer a more visual and tactile experience.  So here's where you can find MishNMesh ...

*EASTER IN THE COUNTRY 15/16 April (Saturday, top end of middle row in Arthur Street, off McDowall Street.  Sunday, top end of middle row again only this time in Bassett Park).  Hope you find me. Otherwise ring me on 0438133753 on the day and I can direct you.

*ART@KOGAN 29/30 April

*QUILPIE OUTBACK FRINGE FESTIVAL 1 July

*ROCKHAMPTON RIVER FESTIVAL 14/15/16 July

 

DESTINATION MALTA ... a family trip to my parent's homeland from the 6-16 June 2017, so very happy to be sharing the specialness of this trip with my Daughter and Granddaughter to meet the family, 3 Generations.  

CUSTOM ORDERS ... if you would like anything made please have your orders in asap so I can see to having them completed before 6 June.

 

Thanks for stopping by and will chat again soon. 

Kind Regards

Margherita@MishNMesh

 

 


MishNMesh BLOG 17 ... Edition 3 February 19 2017

            

hello my Ladies!        This is the first Newsletter for 2017.

Welcome! to those who have recently signed up for the Blog News @MishNMesh.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE has now been revised and added to the NEW Business Card now available. One thing I have overlooked is stating a TIMELINE for any RETURNS/ADJUSTMENTS. My preference is within 14 days. This will be noted in the next round of printing more cards.

LIBERTY DESTASH is in abundance here in my Studio. Plans are afoot to get more bundles cut for purchase by Crafters & Quilters. I have found that the Bundles x 24 pieces x .75/3” square @ $6 per pack seem to be most popular, however, larger bundles are also available.

NEW MISHNMESH COLLECTION for High Summer2017 … had its first launch at TCMF2017 in January. The emphasis on ‘country’ and ‘urban’ styles are very much liked and followed on Instagram@MishNMesh by Music Artists, Nat Pearson and Demi Louise and the like. Selling ‘off-the-rack’  fast, however, I am reproducing more of it at my own pace and taking custom-orders. As the demand for ‘made-to-measure’ garments increases, I have now altered the turn-around to 4 weeks.

ARTISAN DEMONSTRATION … I was asked to perform as an Artisan at the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2017 over (9) days, where I became ‘the busking dressmaker’, competing with Musicians on Peel Street for a spot of attention. What I had discovered was that it’s a very attracting activity and it appeals to me that I should do more of it. What an opportunity to showcase *handmade quality garment-making, *to support local businesses and at the same time *reduce your carbon footprint for a more sustainable approach to the ‘slow fashion’ industry. ARTISAN MADE, not mass made.

DATE CLAIMER

15/16 April 2017 … Easter in the Country, Roma

17/18/19 … Craft Alive, Rockhampton (to be confirmed)

MOTHER’S DAY COMPETITION … how about sending in PICS of YOU wearing MISHNMESH? Kind of like the idea? What’s the PRIZE?

BEST DRESSED WINS a FREE CUSTOM-MADE GARMENT from MIshNMesh.

(Note: Terms … agree to share on Social Media)

Get your FRIENDS involved, because LIKES and SHARES could make you the WINNER for MOST POPULAR.

Until next ‘Chit Chat’ … Margherita @ MishNMesh on Instagram;

/MishNMesh onFacebook and Website: www.mishnmesh.myshopify.com


#merry xmas & happy new year! December 20 2016

Phewww!  all the promised Xmas Orders are completed and now I need to finish a few more not so urgent orders.  Once that is done, I then have to prepare a Collection of MishNMesh for the Tamworth Country Music Festival 19-30 January 2017.  Yes, I am pushing the boat out, but I am going to do this.  Wish me luck.

Just sending you Xmas Cheer from the MishNMesh team. We have had an AWESOME year.   I personally would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement.  It truly never ceases to amaze me. 

Thank you for loving MishNMesh.  And don't forget to subscribe to the Newsletter. You can do this on the Home Page at the bottom right hand corner.  You can get updates as to where you can find me, new fabrics & designs, and also promotions.

Merry Xmas!    

Margherita@MishNMesh

 


#mishnmesh newsletter October 01 2016

                     

So wonderful that you’re here!

Thank you for joining the MishNMesh community.

Now that you are a ‘groupie’ so to speak, you now will have first hand information on Classic and Seasonal Prints from LIBERTY ART FABRICS.   You should know that MishNMesh is recognised as ‘bespoke garment-making’ by LIBERTY OF LONDON.

THE PRODUCT BRAND … MISHNMESH … WHO MAKES IT? …

I am Margherita, the Designer and Maker of the MishNMesh Collection.

MishNMesh saw a niche in the market that had to be filled. Everyone is different. I have spoken to customers of all ages to find out what they are looking for. .

I wanted to introduce a business model that catered for:

*a customer’s need; *what customers care about; *what customers want; *and solve customer problems, in that, I would create a product that is *bespoke *custom-made and decided to build the brand on an ‘old-fashioned’ service *specialising in ‘made-to-measure’.

For ME, the most important factor was to be true to myself, stay *ME as a brand;   stay *small as a local business; stay *passionate about what I do and how I do it.

I feel that the only way to truly connect with the customer is to show that the values I hold dear are actually embedded in the business and that my brand is sustainable i.e. it’s made by me only ( I do not source my work out); the garment is designed for our Qld Lifestyle, so it has to be durable and very comfortable, so ‘wear it to death’.

The FABRIC … LIBERTY ART FABRICS … TANA LAWN

I only use ‘high quality’ Cotton that is fine and durable. I choose to buy Liberty Art Fabrics because I have trust in its quality.   It has been manufactured in Lancaster, England, but in the last 2 yrs, prints that I have chosen for the MishNMesh Collection are actually being printed in Milan, Italy.   I have since noticed that the fabric is silky and softer and just a tad finer. I can certainly vouch for its quality. There is NO SHRINKAGE and NO COLOUR LOSS.   I am also told that it is CHEMICAL FREE and ALLERGY FREE.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE … Ask me to make one JUST FOR YOU!

So there are some good perks that come with being BESPOKE. I get to custom-make a garment JUST FOR YOU. I just need your Measurements and a brief CHAT with you always helps. So you can ring me or email me, whatever suits. Check out FIT ME POLICY on my website: www.mishnmesh.myshopify.com  for your ‘Customer Satisfaction Guarantee’.

EXCLUSIVE TO YOU only AS A SUBSCRIBER … PROMOTIONS to receive a DISCOUNT at CHECK OUT with your online purchases.

Spring is in the air and Summer is just around the corner. Some lovely temptations on the horizon, so stay tuned for some Sampling in Edition 2 .

That will do for our first ‘Chit-Chat’ in Edition No. 1. Just an INTRO really.

Look out for Edition 2 via MAIL CHIMP.  Possibly 2 monthly.  Just in the process of getting permissions and setting up.

 

Margherita

MishNMesh           


#getting on the band wagon August 31 2016

'I am sick of being forced to dress like an old woman'.  One loved dressing up and wearing bold and bright and outrageous clothes, it was the 70's.  It is hard to find something half way decent.  

Not having the problem when younger.  Turning 50 is a real turning point in our lives.  Everything on the racks is targeted for the younger lot with slim, sleek bodies. 

I found this Excerpt above on Facebook this morning.  And so, I had to write this, right now, this minute,  as I sit in my PJs and wool slippers at my desk.  

Talk about being INNOVATIVE.  Da Dahhhhhh! hence MishNMesh!

Most styles don't suit 60+.  Unlike your Rockmans, Katies, Big W and Myer ... MishNMesh gives you options, even send Print Samples out to you if you like.

Check out Fit Me Policy ... 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee.

Q.      Who gives you that these days?  

A.       I have patience.  I make the time.  Just call me.

Well get this, MishNMesh is paying attention.  And Yes, I have the energy as I sit in my studio everyday Designing & Drafting & Cutting Orders to Sew.  

Why?  because I just love it.  And, it shows in the work that I produce.  As one of my most loved customers recently said  'You're our local design Guru'.

Check out my Bio  ... And ...  Check out Testimonials.  

 

See you later, Alligator!

Margherita,

Your Local Design Guru, MishNMesh

 


#cut-to-order August 12 2016

MishNMesh is about clothes you love plus honest pricing equals no waste.  

This is not NEW as some would say, 'cut-to-order' has been around forever. MishNMesh is 85% custom made, and place a lot of emphasis on 'made-to-measure' for a number of reasons.  Most importantly, ensuring that the customer gets what they want to suit their requirements.  This means, tailored to your specifications which minimizes production waste and surplus stock. You may have noticed, MishNMesh sampling is minimal, and this is why.  

Plus, well it is just me at the cutting and sewing table, all day, every day. I do not source my work out and take pride in what I do. This is how clients get 'quality assurance'.

I can vouch and say, I make high-quality ladies wear that are sold at a very reasonable price, considering it's Liberty fabric.  Have you done your sums yet?  So few have.  Just saying, not only are you getting a garment that is tailor-made and custom fit, but getting also top of the range fabrics which speak for themselves.

MishNMesh is 'slow fashion' that offers beautiful feminine styles that won't out date.  Great no matter your Size or Shape.  Ageless and Timeless.  

MishNMesh offers a Customer Satisfaction Guarantee on each piece.  In that if you don't like it, 'I will replace it'.

MishNMesh is slow and sustainable and challenges the norm.  Therefore, create long-lasting pieces for our clientele that are loved  and worn to death.


#want to host-a-party July 27 2016

#bespoke MishNMesh is introducing a *PARTY PLAN HOSTING PACKAGE What are the benefits? … The HOST will receive a *FREE CUSTOM MADE GARMENT of OWN CHOICE to the VALUE of $170.00.   For more information on HOSTING a MISHNMESH PARTY PLAN please use the CONTACT US FORM available on this website. 

MishNMesh travels anywhere around Queensland with no fuss.  

INVITE MISHNMESH to your place, be it rural and remote, distance is no option, even if you are out there in the middle of no where. Get some friends together and we'll have a party!

 

Cheers

Margherita

#reduce carbon footprint on the planet

#sustainable fashion

 

 


#discount code July 05 2016

Don't forget to add your DISCOUNT CODE ... MISHNMESH at checkout!

 


#i made this ... July 05 2016

Think Fashion Revolution, people are getting smarter.
Consumers are increasingly interested to know WHO MADE IT?
I am not a follower of the herd and what's happening in mainstream fashion. MishNMesh is all about authenticity.  'Doing what I want to do'.  The ideas come from risk-taking, testing the market with a new idea, with a different set of goals. These are not modern, but always find a place in society ... like 'old-fashioned customer service' and tailoring styles that don't out-date.  I suppose that that makes it special and different. Not sure about the 'digital disconnect', I guess customers prefer a more 'visual' and 'tactile' experience.  I can live with that.
Why do I need to go public?  I am proud to boast ... I MADE THIS!  
That is  MishNMesh  ... that's ME!  It's about my ability as the Creator and longevity.  This is what sustainability is about, isn't it?  It's time the fashion industry admires and respects that some of us want to stay small.   It's about sticking with something that works, and the customer is going to go with it.  Having said that, I am going to take the time in explaining my product because nowadays I think it is relevant.
As a Designer & Creator, I feel that MishNMesh does have a part to play in fixing the fashion industry.  I do my research which lead me to Laura Ashley and Liberty.  I loved working with LA Fabrics when I lived in England many years ago, but unfortunately, no longer sell dress fabrics. Nowadays, I choose to buy Liberty Fabrics because I have TRUST in the quality which I can confidently say to the customer that I can vouch for its 'quality assurance'.
Transparency is the key. I do think that it is important to take the time to explain to the customer the entire process including information about the Fibre ... *what it is; *where it is manufactured; *where it is printed. Explaining the price so that the customer understands what they are paying for.  
Am I ethical in my business?  I feel that the only way to truly connect with the customer is to show that my brand is sustainable and that the values I hold dear are actually embedded in the business.  In essence, I am building the brand around my personality.  How else can I be true to myself and deliver.  
As the Maker, I offer a 'Customer Satisfaction Guarantee' with all products, whether they be ready-to-wear or custom-made-to-measure. This is how I choose to build my brand, 85% Custom Fit. So our way of operating offers customers lots of opportunities e.g. to co-design with the Creator (i.e. myself in this case). Pave a new road, the 'old-fashioned way' with different eyes.
MishNMesh does not want to be a 'best seller'.   MishNMesh defines comfort to wearable art, with the layering.  It's the only way to go. And I love it! So follow us on Instagram @mishnmesh

Cheers

Margherita

MishNMesh


#straight from the horse's mouth hey! June 30 2016

Straight from the horse's mouth hey!

I am Margherita and I am the Designer and Creator of the MishNMesh Collection. MishNMesh is not a boutique.  It's *bespoke. 

As the Designer & Creator,  I wanted to introduce a business model that catered for *a customer's need; *what customer's care about; *what customers want, and most importantly of all, *solve customer's problems.

Creating a product that is *bespoke and *specialising in made-to-measure allows MishNMesh to fill a niche market creating 'designs for real women' with real lives and real needs. This is not new territory, *bespoke is back due to customer demand. How do I know this? Because I have talked to customers of all ages to find out what they think and what they want. Yes, all customers are different too.

So how do I stay ME as a brand while talking to different people?   I believe that I have my core characteristics nailed. As a passer-by once said 'you look like your stall'.  Now that's a compliment.

And so, as the story goes ... I cater for ALL ages:  30+, 40+, 50+, 60+

How fabulous is that, and loving it!.

Ask Me to Make One Just For You!

Cheers

Margherita

MishNMesh

 


#a bag on wheels February 26 2016

A bag on wheels to Pop-up Shop, MishNMesh goes out to whop whop and back.

It is just wonderful to see MishNMesh out there and to see people wearing it.

Buying better … Our focus is to build strong relationships with our customers who TRUST us for QUALITY, and of course, made in a sustainable way.  MishNMesh offers you durable and ethical alternatives and gives you the opportunity to buy better.  

Despite the pitfalls of fast fashion, 'ethically conscious clothing' is proving itself in the market, that there is a demand for fewer better things.  More and more, the buying public are rejecting mass production for aesthetic reasons and because of the exploitation in the 'fast fashion' industry.

MishNMesh is only a tiny drop in the ocean, but in the growth of ecological sensibility, the growth in demand for artisanal products and more handmade items is something to watch of the New Age Fashion Revolution.

That's my two cents worth for today.

Cheers

Margherita Caruana, Creator of MishNMesh

 


#bespoke #plus size February 15 2016

TIMELESS … no matter your AGE, SHAPE or SIZE.

MishNMesh sources the highest quality fabrics from around the world.

As the Creator, devote attention to detail to your stylistic preferences and body shape. Therefore, MishNMesh is *bespoke i.e. the garment is MADE JUST FOR YOU.

I am a daughter of a Tailor, having grown up in my father's Tailor Workshop/Studio learning the tricks of the trade. 

I do have preference to co-designing with YOU the customer/client, providing guidance  throughout the process of design. MishNMesh aims to see that YOU ' look your best' in a 'fitted custom made garment'.  Our focus is to fit your body and unique body types.  

Time for a change, try CUSTOM MADE TO MEASURE.  The work is carried out by me, the Creator and not sourced out, ensuring 'good quality workmanship'.

The price is the price, whether you choose CUSTOM MADE over READY-TO-WEAR.

Ask me to make one JUST FOR YOU!

Use the CONTACT US FORM for a FREE *CONSULT.

Cheers

Margherita, the Creator and Maker of MishNMesh

 

 


#see you in 2016 December 08 2015

Wow!  what an eventful year, lovely to see people 'wearing' and 'liking' #MishNMesh.  

Follow us on:

Instagram  @MishNMesh

Facebook/MishNMesh

MERRY XMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From all of us here at MishNMesh, my partner Robin who takes care of Logistics and myself, may you have a safe and restful holiday and we will see you back here, fresh as a daisy in 2016.

 

Cheers!

Margherita

MishNMesh


#xmas ORDERS October 20 2015

Please be advised that #Xmas Orders must be in by end of November 2015 in order to have them made and ready for dispatch before Christmas.

 


#getting the word out August 07 2015

 

The main challenge I found is to get the 'buzz' going.

They say that one of the best ways to spread the word is via social media, www.facebook.com/mishnmesh but I don’t think FB is reaching MishNMesh followers.

So recently, I have been given the opportunity to network with QWRRRN and Ruth Magazine to increase some clout, and perhaps reach a wider audience, through these networks. And, of course, I have been sharing and networking both online and in person to build some excitement. So, it’s all happening in September – QWRRRN (Qld Womens Rural, Regional and Remote Network Womens’ Conference in Biloela); MishNMesh Publication in RUTH Magazine and towards the end of October we are off to the Channel Country Ladies Day.

Some of you may have noticed some visual changes in MishNMesh Pop-Up at recent events. Although the space allocation is 3m x 3m, I wanted to take a different approach as to how customers absorb the space design with loads of colour, and creative, where customers can see, touch and feel the fabric matching their expectations.

The idea is to engage focus on ‘Who made it? Where did it come from?”, and to create meaningful conversations with customers. I am very proud to communicate the authenticity about the processes in the making of MishNMesh, designed and handmade by Yours Truly in my Studio at Leyburn, (Made in Australia).

Reputation is 'valued' and of 'high quality', and most importantly, the customer is getting ‘bespoke’  

It’s only a ‘bird’s eye view’ of MishNMesh, in the hope of building customer loyalty, matching MishNMesh values and aesthetics. MishNMesh is wearable from dressing down to dressing up using the concept of layering, taking the look from day to night, filling a niche market of sustainability that is useful and durable making clothes last longer despite trends.

Put your TRUST in ME … And …. Ask Me to Make a Garment for You!.

Cheers Margherita, MishNMesh

  

 

 


#who made your clothes April 27 2015

I make my clothes!  MishNMesh is independently designed and ethically made in-house at my Studio in Leyburn, Queensland, Australia.  

Join the #fashionrevolution and make what women wear change the world!


#MishNMesh GIVEAWAY March 27 2015

MISHNMESH would like to take this opportunity to THANK loyal customers, and as well, WELCOME YOU, if you have just discovered US.  

In consideration of your continuing interest in MISHNMESH, I would like to INVITE YOU to take part in our next GIVEAWAY which celebrates MOTHERS DAY.  The PRIZE will be YOUR CHOICE of a CUSTOM MADE GARMENT from the MishNMesh Collection of FABRICS, OR,  from our NEW Autumnal Vintage Collection of CLOCHES/HATS. 

What you MUST DO to be eligible is:  

1.  FB LIKE :   MISHNMESH

2.  COMMENT what it is that YOU LIKE about MISHNMESH.

3.  And most importantly,  SHARE the MOTHERS DAY GIVEAWAY post.  

 


#be the 'Specialness' in MishNMesh February 08 2015

MishNMesh wants to make YOU feel special. Rather, you don't want something that has been mass produced in a factory in China.  YOU, the customer, I am sure would like to know there's been some kind of personality touching it.  The appeal is, well, 'not everybody has one'.  

With stiff competition, I realise that YOU the customer are cautious when it comes to spending and making rash purchases.  In this environment, the onus is on me to provide something more where you are getting 'value for money'.  

I, the Maker, personally guarantee customer satisfaction, that is, 'if it does not fit I will replace it'.  Check out FIT ME at www.mishnmesh.myshopify.com 

MishNMesh resonates with the customers, therefore, it is important that the Maker, that's ME, has a personal influence.  Most importantly, I try very hard to tailor MishNMesh to my customers needs.  

MishNMesh provides an 'old-fashioned' customer service, and I personally do know how to engage all senses, whether they're Baby Boomers, Gen Y or Gen X.  This is through interactive conversation with YOU the customer at market venues.  I personally ensure that MishNMesh engages in a strong visual presence, and as such, know that it is important to take on board and listen to your requirements in order to help 'value add' to what you actually want.

MishNMesh speaks for itself, it is a good quality, carefully hand stitched to ensure that the fabric flows elegantly around the body.   I choose soft fine, high thread count 100% Cotton, thoughtfully selected from around the world.  MishNMesh styles are fashioned to make the very best of every curve, bump and bulge.  Getting value for money, even your imperfections can be made to look nothing less than, well, PERFECT.   

At MishNMesh, not only do I make Bespoke/Custom Made to Measure, but I also do Ready-to-Wear (off the rack), these are also created by ME at my Studio in Leyburn, Queensland, Australia. 

For more information about MishNMesh, contact ME, the Maker: margherita@karuansarai.com.au

Until next time ...

Margherita Caruana,

the Maker of MishNMesh


#australia's unethical rag trade October 21 2014

Australia’s unethical rag trade

April 8, 2013

 

Think twice before buying Australian made, writes Rachel Wagner. That jacket might have been made for $5 in a backyard sweatshop.

 

The phrase “unethically produced clothing” usually conjures images of sweatshops in China, with workers packed shoulder-to-shoulder, labouring long hours for a pittance.

Unfortunately, the reality on our own shores is almost as sordid.

Australia’s rag trade is littered with the underpaid and the overworked. These people are known as ‘outworkers’ and they are among Australia’s lowest paid employees.

According to the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia, approximately 50-70% of Australian made clothing is outsourced to migrant women working from home or in backyard sweatshops.

Not every outworker is a victim of this unforgiving fashion regime. For some, it suits their lifestyle, allowing them to work from home, care for their families and receive award wages.

For others, it is a harsh and trying industry.

Many outworkers are highly skilled, yet this is often their only viable source of income.

If they dare to speak out about their mistreatment – and someone deigns to listen – they are cast aside in favour of impressionable women who will work for loose change, oblivious to the injustice.

The high turnover is amplified as companies pit the workers against each other, auctioning off jobs to whoever will accept the lowest rate.

On Boxing Day 2011, the Herald Sun published an expose, divulging the truth about Melbourne’s sweatshops and the brands that use them.

Myer and The Just Group were two of the brands implicated. When contacted by upstart, Myer failed to respond.

The Just Group issued a statement to upstart: “The Just Group holds a long track record of operating in international markets and within international laws. At all times we are committed to following ethical standards in all brands, on all of our products. We regularly and independently audit all manufacturers for compliance.”

Whether or not these companies have reformed their processes, the problem remains prevalent in the industry. Australia continues to turn a blind eye to the conditions under which locally made clothing is manufactured.

Accreditation Advisor for Ethical Clothing Australia, Rebekka Carey-Smith, said it really is a case of “out of sight, out of mind”.

Outworkers generally work in isolation, prevented from conferring with peers about their absent rights. They are inundated with high volumes of clothing to sew on tight or even unattainable deadlines.

Those who don’t speak English are even more vulnerable to exploitation.

“Some people, unfortunately mainly migrant women, work up to 17 hours a day earning as little as $5 an hour,” said Carey-Smith. “They don’t know what rights they are entitled to.”

Legally, in addition to award wages, outworkers are entitled to all the benefits that employees are afforded, such as superannuation, sick leave and insurance, yet most receive none of these basic prerogatives. Instead, they are rewarded with a towering pile of fabric and a back injury for all their hard work.

It may seem like a dire situation, but it’s easy to see how it could happen.

With fashion labels contending for the market share, production costs are routinely cut to be competitive and offer the most affordable clothing. Quality and sustainability fall by the wayside when it comes to fast fashion.

While outsourcing to sweatshops abroad may seem like the most lucrative avenue, locally made clothing can be both affordable and convenient. It means there are no long trips to oversee production, and shipping costs are greatly reduced.

“Manufacturing onshore really is a viable option because it means you are in complete control of production,” said Carey-Smith.

With fashion houses able to produce their stock locally at such a low cost, ‘Australian Made’ is no longer synonymous with ethical clothing.

As you move down the supply chain, it can be hard to point the finger at a culprit. Production work is outsourced to companies who then delegate tasks to outworkers. Many high profile companies aren’t even aware of the transgressions at the other end of the chain.

Until the big brands are held accountable, the ‘Australian Made’ label will continue to lose value. Yes, it is great to support local businesses, but how much pride can we bestow on unethical products?

The kneejerk reaction is to suggest a boycott of all brands that lack a transparent supply chain. Alas, this only leads to redundancy for the very people it aims to protect.

“It’s more important to educate the companies about what they need to do to ensure their employees are getting paid enough and are working in ethical conditions,” said Carey-Smith.

In the wake of the issue, the slow fashion movement is gaining momentum in Australia. The antithesis to the sleazy world of fast fashion, it endeavours to create a resistance to consumerism by encouraging shoppers to be more mindful about their purchases.

If this can generate a surge of support for accredited ethical labels, the Australian fashion industry may be able to salvage its tarnished reputation by promoting a culture of integrity and respect.

And of course, the outworkers might even get a raise.

Rachel Wagner  is a fourth year Bachelor of Laws and Media Studies student at La Trobe University and a staff writer for upstart. Follow her on Twitter  @rachelshae

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#size guide July 28 2014

 

#size guide (Bust) 

#small

81-89 cm

#medium

90-94 cm

#large

95-102 cm

#x large

103-117 cm

#2x large

118-126 cm

#3x large

127-135 cm


#mishnmesh FB address updated June 29 2014

Attention All Customers….

Mish N Mesh has updated their Facebook page address to:

www.facebook.com/mishnmesh


'what women want' June 05 2014

There is no more attractive way of expressing yourself than through the clothes you wear.

In my studio, I try to be unconventional, but classic and romantic in my creativity.  I try to use good judgement to reflect the individual personality.  Everyone starts somewhere, and it so happens that for me, it was in my father's tailoring workshop in school holidays.  

#Clothing style is as much about comfort as self-expression.  Generally, clothing should not be tight and the fabrics used must allow your skin to 'breathe'.  Your clothes should be moulded to your lifestyle and not vice versa. Anything that hinders movement and you find to be uncomfortable is a  'No No' in my book.  

#Fabric is the most important element in the #MishNMesh Collection.  I choose #natural materials such as #cotton, #wool, #hemp, but most #100% cotton.  I like to add originality to the garment, meaning the customer has an opportunity to have input into the style design as well. 

#How fabrics move before going ahead with a style cut - The movement of a garment should be fluid.  A sense of freedom dictates own design code.  Often, the #MishNMesh style dictates the #classic #vintage look by simply not over doing it.  MishNMesh reflects personality and an element of sincerity that looks fresh and delightful.  

Experimenting with fabrics,  is to get a better understanding of what MishNMesh is about, no matter your size or shape.  

 

Contact me:  margherita@karuansarai.com.au   if you would like to know more.

 

Cheers

Margherita Caruana (Director)

MishNMesh