Growing up in Sierra Leone, Kadiatu Kamara knew little about the fashion industry beyond the dresses hanging in her mother’s closet. But after landing in England, Kamara was discovered and embarked on a modeling career that spanned nearly a decade and included a win as Miss West Africa UK.
Triangle clothing designers in the upcoming Redress Raleigh fashion show are fighting against what they call “fast fashion” – garments mass-produced in factories that pollute the environment and often have poor conditions for workers, they say.
Jenny Hwa is going against the grain of fast fashion with her clothing company Loyale, which offers just two styles of shirts. They’re assembled at Opportunity Threads, an employee-owned factory in western North Carolina.