From the Founder: Why I created Femme Fatale
My name is Gaëlle Koutou and I'm Founder of Femme Fatale.
I created Femme Fatale out of a need to use my skills for social good. I could not remain passive in response to the current situation.
From a feminist point of view
80% of workers in the textile industry are women aged 18 to 35 years.
They are mostly abused and underpaid. Their toilet breaks are timed, they work in poor conditions, in non-air-conditioned rooms, unventilated and do not have access to basic labor rights such as maternity leave.
They are often forced to work 14 to 16 hours a day 7 days a week.
In addition, they are paid at the minimum wage which is different from the living wage needed to live decently.
Those who try to obtain rights by joining a union are subject to physical and verbal retaliation to prevent them.
From a sustainable point of view
In addition, fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world. In fact, 1.8 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases are released each year every year because of the textile industry.
The manufacturing cycle is linear: fashion companies manufacture, store, distribute and burn thousands of garments each year.
The manufacturing is based on chemical material such as plastic that is not biodegradable.
The way clothes are bought is just as mechanical: we buy, wear, then throw again and again.
All these processes are extremely polluting and toxic for the planet and the people!
That why I created Femme Fatale with the objective of offering unique and high-quality products from sustainable and women-led brands.
The goal is to help and support women and also to reduce the impact of the fashion industry on the environment!
Together let's continue the Fashion Revolution!