While we all buy clothing in different styles, sizes, and price levels, there is one thing that more and more shoppers have in common nowadays – we care where our clothing comes from and whether it was ethically made. We’ve started to learn that cheaper clothing is often made by child labor or in factories with poor working conditions in poor countries and that certain brands use materials and methods that aren’t great for the environment. Many of us are becoming more conscious and trying to avoid these bad practices.
Because of consumer awareness, many clothing brands and fashion labels are trying to become more transparent. However, Gucci is taking its transparent and ethical clothing production process a step further than the rest. The Italian fashion house has founded an education program aimed at improving the technical skills associated with the label’s artisanal craft and production. It’s called Gucci École de l’Amour.
Essentially, the workforce for specialized factory work is aging, so somebody’s got to carry on the important art of master tailoring and intricate embroidery that is crucial to Gucci’s clothing, so they’re making sure to train this next generation. The fellowship-style program, which is based in Milan treats the factory work of clothing production with the same respect it would treat any other job in the production line or in the fashion house.
There are three types of courses in the school: The school’s courses are divided into three parts. The first is a craftsmanship school. This is a six month long program hosted in the Gucci ArtLab (its futuristic, climate-controlled, experimental lab) that trains students from age 18 to 26 in the product design and production processes of leather goods.
The second is a factory school, which is a bi-monthly program that trains students to become “production operators.” The third is a technical academy, which Gucci describes as an “internal program of technical courses to meet specific training needs of Gucci employees working in different departments and in the Gucci factories.”
So if you support ethical fashion and have always dreamed of working for the best, go train with Gucci and have your dreams realized.