Why Our Label Is Australian Made
In the past three decades, the textile and fashion industry has faced a massive decline due to reduced import tariffs introduced in the 1980’s. Furthermore, the introduction of “fast fashion” has made competition with imports from countries such as China, which produces masses of clothes at a very cheap cost, near impossible. According to the Australian Textile Industry, out of Australia’s population of 24 million, today the textile industry only employs approximately 36,000 people, making it almost impossible for Australia to be a market leader in the textile industry.
My main goal for Cazinc The Label was integrity. I am not interested in producing fast fashion where people are worked like slaves around the clock in unsafe conditions.
"I want to design and manufacture quality clothing in Australia, even though the costs are higher.
I want to educate women to purchase quality over quantity, so you have a wardrobe full of clothes you love and feel great about buying." - Caz
“Hundreds of people were killed when a factory collapsed in Bangladesh. Bosses told staff they had to work in the building even though the owner had been told it was unsafe. The factory made clothes for some well-known fast fashion brands. So why do we make so many of our clothes overseas?” – ABC News
With our first collection about to launch on the 15th February 2019 for Autumn/Winter, I have already fashioned a career for my creative designer. Our pattern maker and manufacturers are all Australian, and so far all of our fabrics, which are quality natural fibres such as bamboo and Italian wool, faux fur and faux leather (we are vegan and have followed Europe with not using animal products), have all been purchased in Australia.
Our fabric suppliers have a keen interest in supplying products that are ethically sourced and don’t use toxic dyes. (Many of the dyes used in our fabrics are from Europe). We are thrilled there are now strict laws around pollution and textiles which has forced manufacturers to invest heavily in measures to prevent all forms of pollution. This has led to a price rise in the products we have sourced, but it is a small price to pay for the benefits it gives the planet.
I remember about 20 years ago a friend of my mother’s told me to buy organic products. This was at a time where buying organic was super expensive, but she said if we all buy organic, then the prices will come down, which has happened and will also happen in the Australian textile industry as more and more people move to ethically sourced and produced products, which are cruelty free.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me on the journey of Cazinc The Label. Bravo to women of all shapes and sizes owning clothes they enjoy and make them fall back in love with themselves.
Cazinc The Label
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.