Being a part of the fashion industry, we can’t allow ourselves to avoid the conversation around systemic racism any longer. This industry was built on injustice, exploitation, and greed for power. And within our team we acknowledge that we all have an obligation to do better.
We are a female-led, independent brand and from day one, our agenda was to change and disrupt the status quo of this industry. We can’t talk about sustainability and not talk about inclusivity. We can’t talk about feminism and not talk about diversity. We need to stop choosing between the agendas of activism and pick the ones that feel most comfortable to us.
We are a fairly small team that grows organically. There are currently no open full time positions, however we occasionally hire interns or look for freelancers to collaborate with. That being said, we realise there is a big opportunity to employ more BIPOC through the creatives, models, freelancers and interns we work with and we are actively striving to do so.
Our pledge is to actively create visible representation and let that influence our hiring decisions as well. We will continue to educate ourselves on race-related issues and use our platforms to share resources with our community.
Founder of SABINNA
We realise that the countless material on what to read, watch and listen to in this current climate can be overwhelming.
Which is why we have compiled a list of our favourite resources and recommendations.
Hopefully these can be of help!
– Dear White People
– When They See Us
– She’s Gotta Have it
– The Get Down
– Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
Movies + Documentaries
– Hidden Figures
– Get Out
– The Hate U Give
– Queen & Slim
– If Beale Street Could Talk
– ‘Why I am no longer talking to white people about race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge
– ‘How to be an antiracist’ by Ibram X. Kendi
– ‘So you want to talk about race’ by Ijeoma Oluo
– ‘Me and White Supremacy’ by Layla F Saad
– ‘”I Will Not Be Erased”: Our stories about growing up as people of colour’ by gal-dem
– ‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie
– ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee
– ‘The Colour Purple’ by Alice Walker
– ‘Queenie’ by Candice Carty-Williams
– ‘Zami: a new spelling of my name’ by Audre Lorde
If you have kids, and want to incorporate more diverse stories that centre around the experiences of people of colour, these are two amazing articles filled with recommendations:
Please always consider buying from a local bookshop rather than ordering via Amazon & Co! #supportsmallbusinesses ❤️