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In 2012, Melbourne fashion designer Jade Sarita Arnott was exhausted, out of pocket and fed up with the relentless fashion cycle. So she closed her label Arnsdorf and walked away. “It was a big decision, but it also felt like the right decision at the time,” she says.
A year later, as she watched the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh unfold, she knew she had done the right thing. Although none of her garments had been manufactured in the region, the collapse of the factory building in April 2013 that killed more than 1,100 people, as well as the harsh conditions and low wages paid to the garment makers, made her question everything about the industry that she had once been a part of.