Stay true to your shelf
One month from today, on 24th April, millions of people around the world will mark the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse when 1138 people were killed near Dhaka, Bangladesh. In April 2014 Fashion Revolution Day was founded to ‘demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain’ and to remember those who have been injured or have lost their lives making clothes for our high street stores.
If there’s one thing that’s more exciting to me than uncovering a hidden gem in a charity shop its finding something beautiful that needs to be mended. I know, it’s probably a bit bizarre but picking a garment off a rail and seeing ‘sold as seen’ scribbled on the tag gets my heart beating!
I love lists. I have always loved lists especially when they are lists of things I plan to buy for people. I’ve discovered note books from when I was 5 or 6 that are full of lists, many of them Christmas related. Not lists of things I want for myself, but of things I want to buy for others. I’ve always loved buying things for people and though I’ve never had a lot of money to play with, I've always relished the thought process: what gift could I give to delight, inspire or fulfill them?
Since moving to Bristol earlier this year I’ve been on the lookout for the best of the city’s ethical fashion offering. On hearing that Cornwall based cool water surf brand Finisterre was opening their fourth store here, I could barely contain by glee. Ok, so I’ve never set foot on a surf board let alone put on a wet suit but I love the brand’s ethos, story and functional yet timeless aesthetic. Plus they offer a repair service so you can cherish your favourite garments for even longer.
With an internship at Louis Vuitton and a capsule collection for Shanghai Tang under his belt, Central St Martins student Kévin Germainier has got his fashion career off to a flying start.
On the final day of Organic September I am thrilled to share some Wardrobe Wisdom from former fashion photographer turned permaculture pro Lee Jenkins.
I thought very carefully about who to interview for this month’s Wardrobe Wisdom. To date we've had contributions from three amazing and pioneering fashion industry insiders who have told us some of their top tips and tricks. So, which ethical living expert could I invite to share knowledge from a slightly different perspective? Well, one woman who knows all there is to know about the practicalities of looking effortlessly cool and dressing ethically is sustainable stylist Alice Wilby.
During Fashion Revolution Week this year (18th-24th April) 70,000 people around the world took to twitter to ask brands who made their clothes. More than 1000 companies replied, and of those 300 are global brands. I tweeted one brand each day during Fashion Revolution Week asking them #WhoMadeMyClothes? I began with Freya Lingerie, followed by H&M, Clements Ribeiro, John Smedley, BAM Clothing, Marks and Spencer and on Fashion Revolution Day itself I tweeted Topshop.
When I heard about #MendItMay, launched by Jen Gale at My Make Do And Mend Life I decided that we would dedicate May’s Wardrobe Wisdom blog to repair in support of this brilliant 'celebration of mending' initiative. So, who to interview? Which style-loving sewing fan loves mending as much as I do? Whose wardrobe wisdom would I like to share? There could only be one person – designer, pattern maker and mender extraordinaire Emily Hundt.
We are thrilled to be launching our new Wardrobe Wisdom blog series. Each month we’ll be chatting to an inspiring individual to gain an insight into their slow fashion ethos. With only a few days to go until Fashion Revolution Week, who better to feature in the very first post than Safia Minney, Fair Trade Fashion Pioneer and founder of ethical fashion brand People Tree.