The Ups and Downs of Ethical Fashion since 2007

Ethics Girls started in June 2007 and it seems both so long ago and like it was just a week ago. It’s been over 10 years of up and downs for us with most of the time getting your head down and trying to survive. Just occasionally you hear some news that takes you away from thinking about yourself and you are drawn into looking back at what has happened over the few years to the UK ethical fashion market. The news that really threw me just recently was the closure of “Who Made Your Pants?” – a truly inspiring social enterprise and co-operative based in Southhampton. Becky is the founder and we met fairly early on in our start up stages as we were both setting up co-operatives and both looking at the enormous cliff edge that faces everyone in the first phase of a start up. Becky had a fantastic idea – using fashion textile off-cuts to make pants, made in the UK by women primarily refugees who would get training and support to enrich their working lives here in the UK. Even in the title of the company, the “Who” idea stressed the importance of bringing transparency […]

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