by Jan Logie
I was very sad to hear that Starfish clothing is closing down. I’m sad for several reasons.
- They’re a very local company. They started in Wellington 20 years ago and have been part of Wellington life for all that time including being active in the anti-motorway protests.
- Laurie Foon is a genuinely lovely woman with an eye for beauty that extends much wider than design.
- They were leading the discussion on sustainable fashion. They made the move to design clothing you keep for a long time, made in New Zealand, from fair trade and eco sources.
- They make pretty clothes.
I know they’re expensive clothes and when most people’s pay is so repressed, that people are struggling to feed themselves and their families, it may seem frivolous to mark the passing of a clothing company. But they have paid their staff decently and they’ve been committed to everyone throughout the supply chain being treated decently. If everyone operated like that, everyone would be paid more and maybe more of us could afford their beautiful clothing.
I wish the Government was doing more to support small and medium sized New Zealand business so we could all benefit.