It was the start of Labour Day weekend. My family and I were at the airport, excitedly waiting to board a flight that would take us to Sydney where we would spend the long weekend with our beloved 97-year-old Nanna and our many, many relatives. We had all rushed from our various workplaces to get to the airport on time, and to be honest, our minds were probably still a few steps behind our bodies. In that state, it was decided that a feast of nuggets would be our dinner because nuggets are both a safe haven and a happy place at all times for all people fight me.
As we were waiting for our number to call us into sweet, sweet nuggety heaven, I spotted a girl out the corner of my eye. Probably a model. If not, should definitely become a model, I thought to myself. She’d be perfect for an upcoming shoot, but having a stranger approach you about modelling whilst you’re at Maccas is probably a bit too weird.. Nuggets first.
We definitely ate too many. Consequently, we now had to rush to the boarding gate. Scrambling to gather all our bags, I couldn’t help but feel like I’d be missing an opportunity if I didn’t approach this girl. “I’ll be back in a minute!”
I ran back to Maccas and searched through a whole new wave of people. Finally, in the back corner of the restaurant, I found her, introduced myself, had a chat, swapped details, and as a result, my friends, we bring you this very look book. All it took was an airport, a pile of nuggets, and some guts.
As we take the time during Fashion Revolution Week to celebrate all the amazing work that designers, makers, and creative individuals are doing to reconcile our relationships with people, art, and the environment again, I can’t help but feel a little proud of what we’ve created here at KINGDOM.
Over the past 5-and-a-bit years, we’ve floated around the ethical fashion scene in Melbourne doing whatever we can to help. If you’ve been around since the beginning, you’ll remember our Ethical Fashion Markets, interviews with our ethical fashion friends, presentations at schools, and content collaborations. We’ve been in the spotlight, shone the spotlight on important matters, and empowered our friends as they’ve stepped into the spotlight. It really has been the most fulfilling journey working with others to create meaningful work and meaningful connections.
These days, we’ve found our happy place in producing photo shoots and creating content for social enterprises and ethical fashion brands. It has been our absolute pleasure to meet new creators with whom we share the same values. It has also been a joy to connect people to create teams of people who are all doing what they do for the benefit of others. If you were to ask us what a ‘fashion revolution’ actually is, we’d tell you that it is exactly what we’ve had the pleasure of experiencing since 2014.
To us, a ‘fashion revolution’ is educating and empowering people to make decisions that benefit others over themselves. It is choosing to have integrity at all times and to hold true to your values even when presented with an easier compromise. It is about being humble in our achievements and choosing to be supportive instead of competitive when others are ‘doing better’ than ourselves.
It is our belief that if we were to all choose to operate in this manner, not only would we experience a fashion revolution, but we’d also experience a revolution in every part of life.
So why stop at fashion when we could do so much more? What else in your world requires a revolution?