For me it means:
*Looking at what we hand down, take care of, mend, spend time cherishing both for sentimental reasons and for the quality of the item;
then it means striving to make pieces that will continue to fill that heirloom role in our lives.
*Creating heirloom clothing means utilizing sustainable practices. There are many ways designers & makers achieve this.
At UA, I use:
End cut fabrics, organic fabrics, natural fibers, vintage & antique buttons and trim, also fine high quality fabrics -which means using every last bit.
I produce limited edition or a few of a kind collections -these pieces are unique. Time, planning, and care has gone into each stitch and subtle embellishment.
*It means being invested:
In knowing where my supplies come from and how they were made. In the future of our land & its resources. In future generations. In clean water, air, & soil. In doing my part and asking you to spend wisely, sustainably, and with folks that are trying to do less harm.
This article by David Friedlander: What is heirloom design?
These values by Slow Fashion Forward: Essay
This book by Elizabeth L. Kline : Overdressed: The Shockingly High Price of Cheap Fashion
And my own page on how to care for your fiber treasures stay tuned for more fibers: