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Designed For Life

“There is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place” Duncan Baker Brown.

The Flintoff Interviews: Who Made Your Clothes with Wendy Gilley

In just under two months, the first ever Fashion Revolution Day will take place. The 24th April 2013 saw the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1133 people were killed. The injured and the relatives of those who died continue to suffer, not least because many still await compensation. Millions more world-wide risk their lives each day working in the garment industry.

Fashion Revolution Day is an opportunity to find out how fashion can be used as a 'force for good'. To do this, the team behind the day are asking one simple question: 

Making, Mending And Lending A Hand

Last month we held our latest Sew It Forward event, this time in South London. The evening was both a celebration of our first year and a collaboration with writer and The School of Life teacher John-Paul Flintoff (pictured above with The Good Wardrobe founder Zoe Robinson). We had not only invited guests to bring along garments that they needed help to repair, but we had also asked them to come ready to chat to John-Paul on the subject of who made your clothes?

Little gifts and stocking fillers for long-life style lovers

For those who, like us, find the mountains of plastic gimmicky gifts in high streets across the land just a tad unsavoury, we’ve put together a mini-guide to little gifts with purpose. There is something for every budget and each has been carefully and lovingly created with one eye on ethics and the other on style. And, if you haven't even started your shopping, we've included last order dates for Christmas delivery and where possible, bricks and mortar stockists too.

Ten Top Tips: Caring For Winter Woollens

Whether brand new or second-hand, keeping a woollen garment looking it best (for as long as possible) takes a little bit of care, but it'll be worth the effort. Here are my tips* for caring for your favourite winter woollens, plus you can feast your eyes on some bright, beautiful and cosy hand-knitted accessories that would keep you warm and toasty or make welcome Christmas gifts:

Sew It Forward South London, 5th December

If you have been following The Good Wardrobe since the start, you may know that on the 22nd of this month we celebrate an exciting milestone – it’s our first birthday!

A Alicia: Renegade Jeweller

This weekend the rather wonderful jewellery and homewares designer Anna Alicia, founder of A Alicia, is launching her first book Make it Your Own, and to celebrate we wanted to share some of her work.

Rescue, repair and Redress

In September we published our very first 'how-to', which featured a step-by-step guide to show you how to mend a hole in the knee of your favourite jeans or trousers.

Sew it: mending your trousers

This month we've teamed up with Redress, a Hong Kong based NGO with an ethical fashion mission, to offer some top tips on repairing clothes. Redress founder Christina Dean is in month nine of her 365 challenge: every day she wears an outfit sourced from the warehouse of Friends of the Earth Hong Kong or from Traid in London.

What to do with old undies

Most of us know what to do with our second-hand clothes. If they are in good condition we either give them to a friend, take them to a charity shop, or sell them on to a grateful new owner. If they are not in good condition we may take them to a recycling bank or, if we’re feeling creative, upcycle them into something else. (Some people throw them in the bin, though I of course am not advocating that!)

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