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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

To quote the great Gil Scott-Heron ‘the revolution will put you in the driver’s seat...the revolution will not be televised...the revolution will be live’.

Sew It Forward meets Designer Jumble for Fashion Revolution Day, 24th April

We are thrilled to be working with Designer Jumble at Westfield in Stratford for Fashion Revolution Day on Thursday 24th April. We'd love you to join us...

Guilt Free Fashion at Designer Jumble

Designer Jumble, the London-based 'pop-up shop with a conscience', is hosting a series of amazing activities to mark Fashion Revolution Day, the first anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory, to 'show shoppers how to continue to enjoy fashion in a humane way.'

BOARD By Hatastic

The team behind Fashion Revolution Day believe that fashion can be a ‘force for good’, but this is not a view shared by society as a whole. Some people think fashion is very superficial, has no depth and is all about appearances (I know, because they have told me so). This is not an uncommon view, but it is one with which I wholeheartedly disagree.

'Feeling Good' Fashion

Four years ago, yoga teachers Jesse Schiller and Rachel Evans travelled from their home in Vancouver, Canada to Asia where they spent a year exploring. What they discovered on that trip was a source of huge concern, explains Rachel: “Travelling overland through Asia we were struck by the environmental and human harm caused by our western push for fast fashion.”

So shocked were they to see first-hand the impact that the western world’s crazy consumption habits were having on the East, that Rachel and her then fiancé Jesse were determined to catalyse change, as Jesse explains:

Estethica: Emerging & Established Ethical Design

Following my piece last week about the new phase for London Fashion Week’s ethical initiative Estethica, here’s the rundown of the emerging and established designers who have just shown their conscious collections at Somerset House.
 

Style & Substance at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week kicked off today and for eight years Estethica, LFW's dedicated ethical showroom, has showcased the best conscious fashion. Designers are selected according to certain criteria – they must have style i.e ‘design’ excellence’, and substance aka 'ethical commitment', meaning they must fulfill at least one of the following: fair trade and ethical practice in the production process; the inclusion of organic fibres; or the use of up-cycled and recycled fabrics and materials.

The Sartorial Cyclist: Urban Accessories

Cycling accessories need not be purely functional or designed only with sport in mind. There are now plenty of designers creating products and even whole collections that offer the functionality needed for urban riding, with the style required by the sartorially-minded cyclist. Plus, we want to show you that you needn’t forego your ethics in order to find a bag or bike helmet that looks cool and performs well.

Here are ten brands, in no particular order and all available online, who offer something special for those who like to cycle in style.

 

THE FARA WORKSHOP - Future of Fashion?

Recently opened in North London, THE FARA WORKSHOP is a charity shop with a difference. As with the charity’s fifty other UK retail outlets, the profits generated from this brand new London store support The FARA Foundation’s work with disadvantaged children in Romania. However, in this particular store, a dedicated design team is on hand. Their mission?

Crowdfunding the Hydro Jacket

The NR2 Hydro Jacket is a waterproof and windproof jacket made from 100% organic cotton. It is produced by high end manufacturers in Italy, made without the toxins which are found in many rain jackets, and should, we are told, last 20 years.

The waterproof and windproof qualities come courtesy of a special weaving technique and high density fabric says founder Luca Sburlati in his crowdfunding campaign:

Bombolulu: Jewellery With A Heart

On Monday 16th December, Fair Trade fashion favourite People Tree will be running an exciting earring making workshop in their London office. The session will be run by Safia Minney, Founder and CEO of People Tree and two artisans from Bombolulu Workshops, a Fair Trade social business based in Mombasa, Kenya.

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