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Diversity and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry: How Mantalon is Leading the Charge
Diversity and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry: How Mantalon is Leading the Charge

Inclusivity and Diversity in Fashion

Written by: Diletta Pellegrino

Mantalon is a sustainable clothing brand established in 2021 that focuses on creating comfortable trousers with a minimalist, elegant style. Our values revolve around Versatility in Diversity, where we believe that true growth occurs when we open ourselves up to others and do not shy away from ideas that differ from our own. Instead, we foster a positive working environment with a multicultural perspective powered by teamwork and collaboration. With our team's international background, we respect each other in all aspects – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

We see a world where fashion is not just about creating clothing, but also about creating a community where everyone feels represented and valued recognizing the importance of creating clothing that is accessible and comfortable for people of all sizes, shapes, and genders.

At Mantalon, we promote inclusivity in fashion by creating gender-neutral clothing that is not limited by traditional gender norms. We believe that fashion should not be restricted by gender and that everyone should have the freedom to express themselves in the way they feel most comfortable. By creating gender-neutral clothing, we aim to promote a more inclusive and accepting society.

Furthermore, Mantalon prioritizes size-inclusive clothing to ensure its garments fit and flatter all body types. We recognize that not everyone fits into the narrow range of sizes that most fashion brands offer, and we want to promote body positivity and self-confidence through our clothing. Their trousers are designed to fit all body types and genders, so everyone can enjoy the comfort and style that Mantalon has to offer.

The fashion industry is making strides towards being more inclusive and diverse. The lack of representation and inclusion has been a prevalent issue in the industry, but brands like Mantalon are helping to change that. The industry has often been dominated by major fashion houses, but the tide is turning, and more diverse voices are being heard.

The Importance of Sustainability

We also prioritize sustainability in our designs and practices, recognizing our responsibility to protect the environment and reduce our impact on it. We use eco-friendly materials and production methods in our clothing, which is becoming increasingly popular as people become more aware of the negative impact of fast fashion on the environment. By choosing sustainable clothing brands like Mantalon, consumers can reduce their impact on the environment while still looking stylish and comfortable.

The Importance of Comfort and Wellness

At Mantalon, we believe that fashion should make you feel good, both physically and mentally. Comfortable clothing can contribute to a positive state of mind, and brands prioritizing comfort and wellness in their designs and practices are becoming increasingly popular. Mantalon's trousers are designed to be comfortable and versatile, allowing individuals to move freely and feel good all day long. We prioritize comfort and wellness in the designs, ensuring that fashion contributes positively to one's well-being.

Inclusivity Goes Beyond Good intentions

Industry professionals have acknowledged the lack of diversity and inclusivity in the fashion world, and many have spoken out in support of change. In 2021, the Black in Fashion Council was founded to promote racial diversity within the industry. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) also launched a diversity and inclusion initiative aimed at increasing representation and inclusion in the fashion industry.

According to industry leaders, like the Chief Diversity Officer of PVH, the fashion and beauty industry needs to do more to create a truly inclusive environment. It's not just about having a diverse cast of models or employees, but also about creating a culture of inclusion and equity within the company.

In the past, the fashion industry has been criticized for its lack of diversity and inclusion, with most runway shows and fashion magazines featuring predominantly white models. However, in recent years, there has been a growing movement towards greater representation and inclusion of people of different races, sizes, ages, and abilities in fashion.

The terms inclusivity and diversity have become buzzwords in the fashion industry in recent years, but it takes more than just talk to make a real change, creating a truly diverse and equitable environment. 

Brands need to create a culture of inclusivity, where people from diverse backgrounds are valued and respected. Companies that want to attract young people and help emerging designers need to create a truly inclusive workplace that fosters creativity and innovation. At Mantalon we remind ourselves of this every day through our value of “Versatility in Diversity”, fostering a positive working environment with a multicultural perspective and a diverse talent pool.

Brands like us understand the importance of prioritizing inclusivity and sustainability. By creating gender-neutral and size-inclusive clothing and promoting a culture of inclusivity, we want to make a positive impact within the fashion space and show that consumers should take brands accountable. It's essential for the industry to continue to listen and respond to the diverse stories and needs of individuals and work towards a more inclusive and representative fashion world.

In conclusion, the fashion industry still has a long way to go when it comes to inclusion and diversity, but that only means that we have to work harder to make this industry a safe space for all. By prioritizing sustainability, inclusivity, and comfort, we are setting an example for other fashion businesses to follow. We want to listen to your story as we believe that’s important to foster our culture of diversity and inclusion.