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Make or Mend of the Month: Darn that Cardy!

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!

Thoughtful Giving

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?

Wardrobe Wisdom: Debbie Luffman on Long-Life Style

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 cold 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.

Wardrobe Wisdom: Kévin Germanier talks upcycling and Shanghai Tang

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.

Wardrobe Wisdom: Lee Jenkins, from fashion photographer to organic farmer

On the final day of Organic September I am thrilled to share some Wardrobe Wisdom from former fashion photographer turned permaculture pro Lee Jenkins. 

Wardrobe Wisdom: Alice Wilby on being a Sustainable Stylist

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.

Who Made My Clothes 2016: The Replies

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 ? 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. 

Wardrobe Wisdom: Emily Hundt on Making & Mending

When I heard about , 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.

Wardrobe Wisdom: Safia Minney on Slow Fashion & the Fashion Revolution

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.

Refashion East 9th - 10th May 2015

At its peak in the early 19th century the British cotton industry alone was producing an astonishing eight billion yards of cloth. That’s 4.5 million miles of cloth, or enough to circle the earth 182 times!

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