Our theme for this month’s issues of Behind the Seams is diversity — a term that much like sustainability, social responsibility, and other buzzwords, can mean different things to different people.
Our inspiration, of course, is the celebration of Black History Month. We aren’t being particularly original here as you often see publications dive into this topic every February. But, if you’ve been paying attention, you will notice that the topic of diversity has been on the agenda for the sewn products industry for a while now. Following the intensification of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 — argued to be the largest movement in U.S. history — our industry has been called to task in this arena and companies are taking stock of their own shortcomings when it comes to diversity, accessibility, and representation.