Réalisation Par is taking the Instagram world by storm. I mean, you’ll see their Ozzie dress in practically every fashion blog there is out there, but is the brand worth the hype?A few years ago, even I was obsessing over their online store for months, trying to decide on the perfect piece to fill that French-feminine sized gap in my closet.
So, if you’re still searching for the much needed transparency on their website, here’s my perspective on their practices.
Made from silk, Réalisation Par pieces are made with quality fabric. Although silk is obviously not vegan-friendly, it is generally considered sustainable as it is natural and completely biodegradable. Silk is expensive because you’re paying for quality, so you know you’re going to value your Réalisation Par piece and do as much as you can to make it last.
Cost per Wear
Réalisation Par designs timeless, versatile styles. They use bold enough fabrics to reflect individuality but incorporate simple cuts that haven’t gone out of style over the years. These are pieces that have true longevity – that you will cherish for life and certainly get your 30 wears worth, given you have a sustainable mindset when it comes to your wardrobe.
The brand describes themselves as “a concept that arose from the collective mindset of the inspiring women around us… and it is our desire, ultimately, to give you the confidence to wear it.”
They acknowledge personal style and consider their pieces as the special items that were missing in their own wardrobes.
It is nice to find a label that recognises individuality, creates pieces rather than collections, and aims to lift confidence alongside this. It’s a small step in a good direction.
Lack of social transparency
In their FAQ, under ‘Where are Réalisation pieces made?’, they answer:
“Réalisation pieces are designed by our international creative team then produced by our specialist factory team in China. All our garments are made from silk and our prints are Réalisation original designs, with each print trademarked to our brand.”
So, we know they are made in China. But, how are they made? Does Réalisation pay their makers a living wage and ensure they work in safe conditions? Are they working to improve their social impact?
If Réalisation really “arose from the collective mindset of the inspiring women around us”, does this include the inspiring women who make their clothes?
If Réalisation’s drive is to “give you the confidence to wear” their clothes, ask yourself: do you feel confident wearing pieces when you are not provided with any information about who makes them?
Lack of environmental responsibility
For me, being ‘ethical’ covers many concepts beyond people, including the way we treat our environment. The fashion industry has an enormous responsibility for the wellbeing of our environment. In fact, the United Nations has said the fashion industry uses more energy than the aviation and shipping industries combined, with an expected 63% increase in the world’s consumption of clothing by the year 2030.
In this age, all brands need to be accountable for their environmental impact to ensure a healthy future for our earth.
If Réalisation has environmental policies, they don’t share a drop of information about them on their website.
Lack of diversity
There is something about the Réalisation “dreamgirl” that suggests there is such thing as something other than a perfect woman. What makes a “dreamgirl”? Is it simply the fact that they’ve worked with Réalisation? Or must the Réalisation dreamgirl be some form of ideal woman?
I urge you to sit with these questions as you scroll through Réalisation’s photos. Are they sharing a diverse form of womanhood (or humanhood) or are they trying to make you crave to be anything other than your perfect self?
Ethics are subjective. At the end of the day, you choose how comfortable you are with a brands’ policies and transparency.
For me, Réalisation’s information isn’t nearly enough to make me feel confident in supporting their brand.
If you feel the same, the great news is that there are so many alternatives! Some online stores with ethically accredited dresses include:
Check out my ethical directory for more.
If all else fails, a sustainable alternative to buying a Réalisation piece is to rent one! You can rent Réalistion at:
All the best in your ethical journey!
– Molly ♡