New York-based designer Laura Siegel has partnered with Bangladesh’s Sreepur Village Organization to sell 1,127 scarves, one for every garment worker killed in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse on April 24, 2013. Handwoven by artisans Siegel works with in rural India, the scarves comprise a blend of cotton and silk derived, in part, from recycled saris. Proceeds from the scarves go toward assisting the families of the tragedy’s victims, but Siegel also wants to jump-start a larger conversation about the supply chains and worker safety. I think the more you get people talking about this, the more likely you are to find a solution,” she told Vogue. “That’s the hardest part. When something like this happens, you want to feel like there’s a solution so it won’t happen again. But in this case, it’s hard to figure out what those solutions might be.”
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To promote the initiative, Siegel enlisted photographer Miguel Jacob to shoot an “ongoing series of influencers” wearing Project 1127 scarves. More than 60 people have been pictured to date, including London “It” girl Alexa Chung, former Parson’s Fashion School dean Simon Collins, blogger Leandra Medine, and Canadian model Yasmin Abshir Warsame.
The scarves available through Siegel’s website, where you can purchase a 22-inch version for $135 or a 38-inch one for $195.