Happy International Women's Day! Did you know that women make up around 70% of the total workforce globally in the apparel sector? At Lucky & Me, we proudly stand with all women who are fighting for safe working conditions, fair pay and equality and only partner with factories that do so. .
How are you honoring women today?
Berlin just outside of East London, 2018
I love going into factories because of the textures and interesting looking objects, but most of all it reminds me of my dad. He worked as an electrician in a factory in Epping for over 30 years of his life. He taught me about work ethic through example. Seeing him working his ass off showed me that I have to be the master of my own destiny. Most of my family members do this kind of work, work they do to survive. Never without a laugh though. I’m the first one in my family to break through that limiting mindset. All my love and respect to my family for working to make me who I am today.
Sewers of a textile factory in Bangladesh. Have you ever asked to yourself when you head to the mall, Who is making my clothes?🇧🇩
Photo credits: EcoWatch. “Earlier this month, H&M released its 110-page Conscious Action Sustainability Report, its 13th annual review of its green practices and efforts towards fair wages within its factories.” This is how much money Bangladesh workers earn for making clothes that cost much more than what they earn for doing it. They should earn more since they work 14-16 daily. They make clothes for big brands like H&M , Zara, etc. #globalization#victims#peopledying#factoryworkers#hardwork
Photo Credit: Leslie T. Chang, New Yorker.
Two female workers in a Chinese technology factory. The sad face expressions can’t tell how frustrated and violated these people feel, they work hard for little or even no pay. This example of globalization is leading to an unequal relationship between the owners of the company/factory and the workers.
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“Factory Workers” [ 1942 ] x Romare Bearden
I post a lot of Bearden’s work — primarily his collage pieces. That said, I only recently became aware that he only started the collage work in the 1960s — well into his career (when he was in his 50s)
On his pre-collage work:
“During this time, Bearden’s work for the most part alternated between social realist imagery—straightforward, unstinting depictions of everyday people, especially the working class, including his Factory Workers, from 1942, which was chosen to illustrate an article in @fortunemag entitled ‘The Negro’s War’ — and experimental, quasi-abstract pictures...” [ Dr. Rachael DeLue, “Conjure and Collapse in the Art of Romare Bearden” ]
While I’m partial to his collage work, his treatment of the everyday is what moves me most about his art. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The real tot story by @michael_wolf_photo. A commentary on industrial mass production in China. Toys flank the photographs of workers Michael Wolf took in Chinese you factories. The shy and sometimes resigned faces of the individual workers stand in sharp contrast to the overwhelming mass of cheap toys. @fotomuseumdenhaag
What's up in China with: worker wellbeing?⠀
If we go back less than a decade ago, to the tragic era of Foxconn, workers were expendable necessities of operating in China. Today, there is an increasing focus away from the things being made in Chinese workplaces and towards the people making them. Pushing this onto the national agenda is the spike of labor unrest throughout the country since 2014. In 2017 alone there were over 1,000 major labor-related protests in China according to China Labour Watch. Workers are protesting for fair treatment, payment of wages, and social insurance. The Government has had no choice but to listen. In turn, factories are feeling the pressure to comply.⠀
*SWIPE* Color Factory Neighborhood Map Stop Number 11. "Make your way down a hidden alleyway to watch this tiny factory in action. Get a handmade matcha Color Factory cookie for $.50, find the bright green wall outside, snap a pic, and savor your good fortune." Hidden Alleyway, ✅ Watch tiny factory in action, ✅ Get a handmade matcha cookie for $.50, ✅✅! (I bought 2.) Find bright green wall outside, ✅ Snap a pic, ✅ Savor your good fortune, ✅. This was fun. Ross Alley is not the easiest place to find without directions. The alleyways of San Francisco 's Chinatown are rich in history, but take heed. Some of them are scarier than a Chung King mansion on Nathan Street in Kowloon. Tiny indeed, but this cookie factory cranks out thousands of cookies all day long by hand as you can see in the picture. You are free to take photos, but bring quarters; the cost is $.50. Seriously, it's part of the adventure and shows respect to the cookie makers. The bright green wall is easy to find outside the doorway. In case you wondered, the sign warns against dumping garbage out of windows into the alleyway. The best part of this stop was the laughter of the locals watching me photograph a fortune cookie against the green wall. They thought it was hilarious. 😅😂🤣 #ColorFactory#ColorFactoryCo#RossAlley#FortuneCookies#CookieFactory#Chinatown#ChinatownSF#SanFrancisco#SF#GoldenGateFortuneCookieFactory#Chinese#ChineseFood#FactoryWorkers#ColorFactoryMapStop11
A new batch of patches came in for the ranks here @exodusbagels
We are so proud of this growing team!Congratulations to all of us! Now let’s make some bagels!
Come and get some TOMORROW & THURSDAY mornings at 2 McCraw Street in Roslindale • 7:30-9:30am
#WhatsYourBatch#ExodusAssemble#FactoryWorkers#PatchedUp by @trippingballspatches
DuBois Dream Announcement:
We are excited to announce that we have added another amazing business sponsor for the 2018 @NABLBasketball Season, so please join us in officially welcoming Atlas Pressed Metals to the #DreamFamily !
This family-owned business was established in 1976 and has only continued to grow since then! Their outstanding service and ability to fill customer needs has been a staple for their business and is a big reason why they continue to thrive in our community and beyond! Atlas not only provides precision powdered metal parts but they also have the ability to provide custom features for those precision parts. They have the ability work with materials such as iron, brass, bronze, and stainless, and also have a wealth of in-house equipment to service a variety of projects! Their customer support, flexibility, planning, and quality products puts them at the top of their game in any industry, so we highly recommend Atlas to anyone who is looking for or in need of a top notch business and product in the powdered metal industry!
Thank you Jude Pfingstler, Joe Pfingstler, and the entire Pfingstler family and Atlas Pressed Metal Staff for your generous sponsorship and for your support of our team! We could not have a successful second Dream season without awesome businesses like you!
Please like and share this post to officially welcome Atlas to the #DreamFamily and to thank them for their support of our team, our community and our Dreams!
I sincerely wish we could all stop supporting these large retailers. In the midst of the H&M controversy, the chairman of the franchise I’m sure will not feel any dents in his pocket, he’s worth over $20 billion dollars, Stefan Persson. And what do the employees who make the clothes get paid? He is just one CEO of the many large fashion houses who is a multi-billionaire and uses factories overseas on countries like Bangladesh where the cost to make these garments is abysmally low, not to mention often harsh and unsafe working environments.
We as consumers need to be more conscious of what we are purchasing. I understand we cannot often afford locally made pieces but are continued support of these mega rich chairmen will only make them richer and further widen the gap between the upper class and the lower class (sorry there’s no middle anymore).
I hope that this controversy brings to light the issue of outsourcing factories, the continued decline of mom and pop shops who do source locally but cannot compete, and of course the ever increasing gap of classes. Please make a conscious effort to learn about the companies you support. Something in this world has to change. Link in bio for more 🌍💙💚