With a beautiful sunny day, it does feel like we might have turned a corner on Winter – fingers crossed. To get us all in the mood for warmer days, here is a quick check out of our favourite ethical / green labels 🙂 The companies are all very different, from size to their raise d’etre but all creative some glorious clothes, that don’t need an explanation, their style & qualities speak for themselves 💞💞 Also check out Nancy Dee – a great choice in dresses & skirts – check out their You Tube clip 👗👗
The choices for shoppers interested in upcycled clothing and jewellery is improving every year, with a real upturn in choice, quality & style. The majority of upcycling is still taken up by small brands and designers. In some cases this does mean there is a higher price tag than you might like, but if your choose your pieces carefully, your choices can last several years, cutting your costs over time. Ethical Fashion is alot about slow fashion – being clever with your choices of materials and colour so that you mix and match, thus in the long term reducing the need to just keep on buying for no real good reason. Here are a few brands and designers that upcycle in a beautiful way 🤸♀️🤸♀️ upcycled leather skirt from Acey.com “We discovered this brand in a market stall next to our London office in East London. PP are a Brazilian-based brand founded upon the idea of upcycling leather waste from the footwear industry. Amanda Py and Petula Silveira worked in Brazilian footwear factories and saw the extent of wasted fabric, leading them to start the company. Each piece is handmade in Porto Alegre, Brazil and due to the nature of upcycled leather every […]
We’re crowdsourcing all of your Good Fashion Resolutions for 2018 – help us spread the word! More info at https://t.co/5k1vlXsySU pic.twitter.com/5kyub7LWCZ — Fashion for Good (@FashionforGood) December 19, 2017
I admire Lush a great deal. They put great effort into being radical retailers in a joyful, lovely and smelly way 🤸♀️🤸♀️ https://t.co/iO8icZ3Da5 – great efforts by Lush to reduce packaging #noplastic #ecopackaging #greencosmetics — Sam Roger (@ethicsgirls) October 25, 2017
Excellent read from @SophieBenson_ ‘Why does #ethicalfashion cost more?’ https://t.co/JkrMCTOVaE #costofashion pic.twitter.com/trF1e6vVQA — SheerApparel (@SheerApparel) October 10, 2017
Sunday 10th September was raining, reminding us that summer was quietly slipping away. However there was plenty of enthusiasm was to be found in a big queue for the start of the Festival of Yarn in Perth, Scotland. I was there to check out the upcycling and eco innovations in the room 😊 First up was The Woolly Pedlar , someone I follow on Twitter. Sue’s upcycling is based on a patchwork design and her constructed design really stands out when you see her gloves, jumpers and shawls in real life. I was interested to hear about her new product the “coffee cosy” made from merino wool sock tops from The House of Cheviot. The coffee cosy comes in four colour ways and is available from Sue’s website at www.woollypedlar.co.uk. At £8.50 with free P&P, they would be a great Xmas gift idea 🎁 Sue is a regular blogger / on instagram/ twitter about her work and her passion for recycling. Catch up with her Tales from the Woolly Garret on her website. Next up was a discovery of a new material via the Border Tart stall. I am sure many crafters will already have seen this already but I was delighted to […]
Mainstream mags are finally talking about #ethicalfashion – but we’re REALLY not happy about it! See why: https://t.co/8TdHsgwGZG pic.twitter.com/C9idV3NxF6 — Eluxe Magazine (@eluxemagazine) September 19, 2017
We have been working with some great groups of young people in South West Fife over the last 12 months, all thanks to the funding we received from the People’s Postcode Lottery Trust. The Restitch project has been busy working away on quite a few different reusing/upcycling items, from making bags out of tee-shirts, to making Christmas decorations and getting to grips with how to use a sewing machine. All the groups that we have worked with have just been a delight: we have been impressed with their creative skills and loved their enthusiasm for making things.