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.
We love the sales that come along as the seasons change. Its the perfect time to pick up some bargains which makes it much easier on the purse, allowing us to do abit more “investing” in our ethical wardrobes. UK ethical fashion brands have really solid offerings in terms of quality and style. You can now choose some great pieces that work equally well for the office and for “going out” occasions. We recommend subscribing to newsletters so you that you can keep an eye on sale times 🙂 People Tree ( a great range), Bibico (great jumpers & dresses, Nancy Dee (perfect dresses), Howies (for more a more sporty look, together with Finisterre (an eco outdoor /surf brand). And our long firm favourite Kuyichi, for great denim and organic tees.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 – from 27th February to 12th March. This year the Fairtrade Foundation have launched a clever & thought provoking campaign to highlight the hidden stories of how our food is produced and processed before it hits the shop shelves. The campaign mission is clear & simple Millions of farmers in developing countries aren’t paid what they deserve. We’re working to change this. Please watch this clip 🙂
Fed up of ordering the wrong size, Ruth Rosselson looks at the different sizing of the ethical fashion labels to make online shopping easier. Over the past decade, there’s been a profusion of TV shows celebrating women’s bodies and encouraging us to dress for, and to celebrate, our shape. We are more aware than ever that women’s bodies are not homogenous, not just in terms of what size we are, but where we carry our fat – or if we have any fat at all. When it comes to buying clothes, our experience of shopping and trying on clothes mean that most women are aware of what sizes we take in which high street shop and which labels are more likely to flatter our shape. Where we might take fit a 14 with one label, we know that we’re a 12 elsewhere, and might even be a 16 somewhere else. This is because there is still no standard when it comes to dress sizes. When it comes to ethical fashion, things become a little trickier because many of the ethical fashion companies do most of their business online. Trying on a top in three different sizes is not an option […]
Last weekend was a fantastic idea for a pop up idea – Project Transfer. This was a joint project aimed at helping shoppers think more about their shopping habits. This event involved a pop up tee shirt factory in the shopping mall, Trinity Leeds. The shoppers were asked a series of questions and from their answers, this will inform the design of their tee shirt. They were able to see who their tee shirt was made as a group of skilled makers and machinists get to work making a tee shirt. Each garment will be a unique money can’t buy item to their exact specifications. Each shopper to visit the exhibition will be invited to be photographed for the project and asked what shopping and style means to them. TRANSFER, a joint initiative between the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, UAL the University of Sheffield (UoS) and funded by the ESRC. Check out what happened on the day – all the action can be found on Twitter: #ProjectTransfer #MyTshirtSpeaks @ProjectTRANSFER.
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 […]