In a recent comment, LC of Naturally Cycling: Manchester made a great point, saying:
I have made a conscious decision of buying less but buying good quality and ethically made. So I would be happy to pay more for an item of clothing if I know (and it’s certified) that it’s made ethically, for example the workers are paid a fair living wage, the materials are of certified origins (i.e. organic cotton, fair trade etc).
If the price tag is high just because it’s ‘fashion’, then no, I am not willing to shell out so much money. But if it means workers have not been exploited then yes.
I totally agree with this philosophy. Buying fewer things that are high quality and ethically made makes sense all around. Although I sometimes slip up, I try to apply this reasoning to all my purchases. (I sort of get a free pass at thrift stores, which is one reason thrifting is so fun.)
In this spirit, while visiting Marche Bonsecours in Montreal, I purchased a dress that was designed and made in the city. The price was high compared to a mass market dress, but I was willing to pay more to support a local Montreal designer. Plus, bicycle print!
The designer is Eve Lavoie. I could not find much about her online, except this shop that sells her clothing.
Do you have a shopping philosophy?