Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Megan & Gabs from Walk. Sew.Good. They describe themselves as "two dorks" but I just think they are fabulous and we have become great friends! Next week, the girls depart on their journey to walk 4000km across Southeast Asia in search of positive fashion stories...my heros!
Question Time with Megan & Gabs
Sam: How did you come up with the idea for Walk. Sew. Good?
Megan: Roughly 2 years ago, I read an amazing magazine article about a guy [Satish Kumar] who had walked 13,000km across the world to promote nuclear disarmament. I was sat on the sofa reading this thinking 'that's so great, what am I doing with my life?! So, I thought...well I like sustainability and I like fashion, maybe I could totally do something similar to promote that!
Sam: And Gabs, when did you decide to join Megan on this crazy journey?
Gabs: Towards the end of last year (2015) Megan told me about the crazy idea for the trip and I was like "Sounds great! I'm in!".
Megan: Yeah, I realised not only would it not be very entertaining to do it alone but I would quite possibly die.
Gabs: Yeah when she asked me she said "I need someone else to decrease my chances of death!"
Megan: Well. You survived a hippo attack.
Sam: Why don't you tell us about your vision for Walk. Sew. Good. and what you hope to achieve by going on this journey?
Gabs: At the very least, we want to encourage people to have that second thought when they shop for clothes. For example, in Australia, I know many girls who go shopping every week, it acts as a therapy to them. There is a lot of psychology involved, so many people detach themselves from the process. We want to encourage people to educate themselves on where their clothes have come from.
Megan: We want to focus on the possitive stories so it empowers people to get behind the good brands, support them and create a different kind of fashion industry. We also want to be realistic and allow it to be more accessible than it is right now.
Sam: So, tell us about your route around South East Asia, do you have a plan?
Gabs: We do have a route planned, but at the same time we have to be really adaptable to situations along the way. For example if it's monsoon season and the roads get flooded out or if it snows in mountains we will need to work around it.
But, the planned route is to start in Ho Chi Minh City, head west to Cambodia, then through Thailand, Laos and finishing in Northern Vietnam.
Every time I think about it I'm like "OMG! THAT'S SO LONG!!" and I just keep adding countries!
Sam: And do you have a criteria for the type of designers, brands, labels you want to meet along the way?
Megan: We want to visit the local artisans and show people what incredible craftsmanship they have. I can't wait to hear those stories. But really, we want to meet people who are trying to make fashion in a fair and better way. It could be that they are doing wonderful things for the people working for them, or they have really innovative ideas around manufacturing or it could be that they're targeting the environmental impacts of fashion.
Sam: How much time are planning to spend getting to know these amazing people?
Gabs: That's a tricky one because we may stay with some of them for up to an entire week "hello we're still here, can we help you with the cooking!" But we are on a time schedule and there are so many people we have arranged to meet with along the way. Generally, I would like to have at least a full day with each person.
Megan: I think the plan is to walk 5 days a week and visit people 2 days a week. Hopefully we wont see too many large mammals that can eat you, I'm a little petrified of being eaten alive...
Sam: So, you're about to go on this amazing adventure, what are you most looking forward to?
Megan: I guess I'm most looking forward to hearing the really inspiring stories of people along the way. As well as pushing my limits, seeing how far I can go and learning so much. I'm also excited to see what the response is...even if it's troll...WE HAD OUR FIRST TROLL!! At first I was like "Oh" but then I thought "Yey, people had a strong enough opinion about us to troll!!"
Gabs: Yes, I totally agree. Meeting all the people will be amazing, seeing how the clothes are made. I mean, I've tried sewing and I can barely sew. I failed textiles because I sewed my pocket on upside-down. But, yeah I'm really looking forward to pushing ourselves to the limit and concurring some of my biggest fears.
Sam: You're going to be walking so much, what shoes are you planning to take?
Gabs: I have really good pair of hiking boots. When I go hiking I just take my hiking boots and a pair of hiking sandals. They're not the sexiest sandals but the hiking boots are beautiful. However, boots generally only have a life span of between 1,000km-2,000km's and we'll be covering about 4,000km. So, we will need to collect another pair along the way.
Megan: Hmm...and I will need to purchase a pair of hiking shoes as I have hiked no longer than a day....
Freeze frame below.
Gabs: Wait, wait, wait! So, I found this out like 4 months into the planning phase. We were writing a blog and I ask Megan to send me through her Top 5 Hikes.
Megan: I said "Hmm, I can probably send you like...2 or 3 and they're all day hikes...because I haven't hiked longer than a day..."
Sam: So Megan's say's "Hey Gabs, come on this awesome trip, p.s. you need to organise it!!?
Gabs: Well we each play a role, Megan is really good at the fashion stuff, finding all the people we will meet along the way, and I suppose I will get us there!
ON THAT NOTE...
We wish both Megan & Gabs (probably, mainly Gabs) the best of luck on this amazing adventure. If you would like to follow their journey and hear about the amazing people they will be speaking to along the way, you can follow their social media & youtube channel below:
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