In 2015, Tanika Mei Anderson was fulfilling her role as an ambassador for a charity organisation in Myanmar when she met a young girl who was 14 years old, living in the dirt underneath a thatch house. As this young girl gave Tanika a tour of the dirt she slept on, Tanika noticed an old sewing machine. The girl loved learning how to sew and would sell the simple garments she would make at the local markets for a few dollars.
It got Tanika thinking, what if she was able to put a face to fashion?
Do you ever really know where your clothes come from?
Not which country they come from or which factory they were made in but who actually made the clothes that you’re wearing right now?
And so you&mei clothing label was born - An ethical clothing label working to alleviate young girls from poverty in Myanmar. Not only providing them with an income but also empowering the girls with skills and knowledge that they can use to achieve their dreams.
You&mei aims to open our eyes to not only the environmental and cultural destruction caused by “fast fashion” but also to the real life living conditions of these girls in a country that is still very much an unknown to the vast majority of the world.