I actually have no idea! They are the ones that run their business, they run the technical side and financial side. Every design house is different. Who runs the workshop? Who runs the pattern cutting studio? Are these problematic people? Are they subject to not hiring people of colour for example? If so, those people need to be replaced. You can’t blame their narrative on the people leading the whole house, because big houses can’t oversee every single person. The systems are so big, each house has to look at the problem themselves individually. These dialogues are finally being brought to the mainstream, everyone is having these conversations, you can’t run away from it anymore. It’s been so obnoxious that you almost feel like it’s a new thing, but these conversations have been going on for decades, centuries even, we were supposed to be talking about them all these years. What fashion houses contribute the most to society is the beauty standard and the idea of identity. What we do most as creatives is to broaden this narrative. We challenge the idea of white beauty and western beauty standards.
We have to keep making powerful and beautiful things that speak for more than just you, but also your community. Fashion is no longer a celebration of one person: when we celebrate one person we celebrate their story and community, the ethics that they stand for. Before, we celebrated someone in fashion for being very good looking or talented, but nowadays the celebration is different. It’s about what they stand for, it’s a much bigger social perspective nowadays and I like that. Things are more meaningful and more responsible. It gives more hope too to people who don’t fit into a certain class or ethnicity. It’s a lot to look at but I think that people like us are doing well and are thriving. We’re hardworking and we’re going to make it. We can’t rely on big houses to change, we have to make them change. We’ll become the force that they can't ignore, so they have to change or they will be left behind. That’s how I see it, because I have no idea what the fuck they could do. It’s such a big issue, I'd rather focus on myself and my community, work with them and celebrate that work. That changes what the meaning of fashion is, with the new generation. Big fashion houses, they have the money, but they don’t have that mindset, so they have to follow.