Highlighting the value in knowing where your clothes come from and what they are made of Lucianne writes, ‘[w]e wear our clothes against our skin so they are in constant conversation with our bodies and have a direct impact on how we feel, we have to understand the difference between something made of plastic from finite resources (polyester), versus something grown on a farm that comes from the soil, that is renewable, natural and biodegradable.’
Knowing your clothing's story before you take ownership of it gives it a life of its own. Lucianne believes in ‘seeing our clothes as companions that can protect us from both the elements – like the wind or the rain – and from emotionally challenging situations – a job interview, a new social setting – helps us appreciate them more. When we appreciate them, we are more inclined to take care of them, to not leave them scrunched up on the floor after a night out or shoved in a bag with our sweaty gym gear. We are also more likely to get them repaired and take them to the drycleaners and extend their life in other ways.’
This pattern of thinking is evident when Lucianne describes to us ‘the most amazing’ KITX piece she has acquired, an ‘organic cotton dress made of a navy gingham. It has long sleeves and a jagged hem. Kit brought it over to London for me when we were taking some meetings together back in 2019. It is the kind of dress that people always comment on when I wear it. I wore it when Kit and I went to the climate strikes and marched along the Thames (and then went dancing later). It was a special moment and seems like a lifetime ago now.’
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