Our Community

Our Community Guidelines

We believe that respect plays an essential role in fostering a community spirit amongst sewists. The global sewing community is made up of people from all backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and walks of life, and here at The Fabric Store, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. We will absolutely not tolerate hateful or disrespectful comments of any kind on our social media channels, and we reserve the right to delete and moderate any such comments, as well as block users who do not adhere to these community guidelines. We ask that you are polite, respectful, and open-minded in your interactions with one another on our social media channels. If you believe a user on our channels has been communicating in a manner outside of these guidelines, please send us a DM or email us directly at media@thefabricstore.co.nz.

Our Anti-Racism Commitments

Our team is working on permanent and action-oriented plans around each of these commitments, which relate to the core values of our business and key areas in which we can be a part of change.

We, The Fabric Store, will not tolerate racism and are committed to having open and ongoing conversations about systemic racism.

We acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and we commit to having a deeper understanding of it, and to learning about its significance in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

We will provide internal resources to aid in educating our team, starting with developing a greater understanding of Te Reo Māori and awareness around unconscious biases and appropriation.

We will create a digital library of shareable resources that are forming part of our own learning.

We will ensure equal and equitable representation of BIPOC organizations within our financial and product donations, in particular, Māori and Pasifika organizations here in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organizations in Australia.

We will actively broaden our avenues of advertising when seeking new team members and external contractors and will examine the role of unconscious bias within that process.

We will engage with our wider-community to create equal and equitable relationships, specifically with local schools and tertiary institutes to actively seek out BIPOC students for work experience and course-required placements.

We commit to being representative of our diverse sewing community on social media.

When we start to work with professional models, we will ensure equal and equitable representation of the sewing community.

We will expand on our blog, through which we will engage deeper with BIPOC creatives and artists.

We will continue our work towards an ethical and traceable supply chain.

We encourage you to join us as we action these commitments and we welcome your ongoing feedback, thoughts, and ideas! ⁠ ⁠Email us via community@thefabricstore.co.nz