From the makers in Bangladesh and Turkey to the designers in London, we’re celebrating the people who make your clothes. We’re delighted to introduce you to Mr. M. A Ridoy.
Time with company: 10 years
Site: Echotex, Bangladesh
Occupation: Pattern Cutter
Three words used to describe you: My parents say honest, gentle and active
Greatest achievement: In fourth year at school I scored 95/ 100 in a social science exam. Before that I hadn’t been attentive in class.
Best memory: Our village started to flood and it was weirdly exciting; then my friend fell into the water. We managed to pull him out before he was swept down to the river. That was a good day.
Favourite place: The National Martyrs Memorial at Savar. It was built to honour those who fought for in the Bangladesh Liberation war of 1971. It’s a breathtaking symbol of freedom.
Best advice you’ve ever had? My Aunty told me to go to Dhaka to stay out of trouble and learn a trade to support my family. So I did.
The one thing you can’t live without? My mobile phone. Without it I couldn’t talk to my parents.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I’d love to be a successful fashion designer. I want to establish my own fashion house.
When are you happiest? During Eid festivals with all my family and friends, or fishing. I love fishing.