Ethical Fashion

LFW: Let's Talk About Ethics Baby

Alicia Taylor | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Style
Alicia Taylor

The fashion industry needs to be more vocal and more proud of doing things the right way - ethical production should be something we are shouting about from the roof tops, not shying away from. Perhaps it is about perception. Perhaps it is to do with a lack of clarity on what is classed as sustainable fashion (a term that doesn't sit well with many in the industry).

Eight Steps To A Cruelty-Free Wardrobe

Sascha Camilli | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Style
Sascha Camilli

With a million people in the UK now identifying as vegan, interest for cruelty-free living goes beyond what is on our plates. In a time when fashion consumers care more than ever about where their clothes come from, clothing made from animal skin is falling out of favour.

Why 2017 Is The Year To Empower Ourselves Through Fashion

Hannah Donald | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Style
Hannah Donald

'Ethical', 'sustainable', 'eco', 'green', 'transparent', 'slow' - there are numerous buzzwords within sustainable fashion, but the message that this niche part of the industry is trying to portray still seems to exist within a vacuum. This is the year we all really need to step up and change things.

The True Cost Of Cashmere In Selfridges' 'Material World'

Rae Ritchie | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Style
Rae Ritchie

Many of the items produced in cashmere, from hot water bottles to bed-socks to jumpers in the palest, most delicate shades, reinforce this association with luxury. It continues to be regarded as an investment choice, the antithesis of fast fashion. As such, it's easy to assume that cashmere is therefore a good sustainable choice.

The Road To House Of Khadi

Rima Sams | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Style
Rima Sams

Back in Anjuna I sifted my way through the bundles wrapped in yesterday's news. I matched fabrics and trimmings with my favourite items of clothing. Having grown up on Portobello Road, I had been collecting vintage clothes since I was thirteen. I hauled the huge bag to a local Nepali tailor and handed over my original pieces, explaining that I wanted them copied, but altered in quite radical ways.

Call Yourself A Feminist? Let Your Wardrobe Do The Marching

Paula Haunit | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Style
Paula Haunit

Yes, women's rights are human rights. And with so many women across the world affected, for better or worse, by our consumption habits, it's time we did a little less marching and let the way we spend our money reflect our values.

Leather And Fashion

Neely Reyes | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Style
Neely Reyes

But recently while clicking around Facebook I came across something that really shocked me. It's a few years old now but the photo showed a poor cow being skinned alive in China for her leather whilst her limbs had been cut off to prevent it from moving.

Black Friday: Who Is Really Paying The Price?

Raquel Wallace | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Raquel Wallace

So consumed are we by bagging a bargain we have detached ourselves from the reality that someone, somewhere is making and sacrificing their lives for ...

Pippa Small's Stories Through Jewellery

Fi Anderson | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Style
Fi Anderson

The brand is now stocked globally and boasts collaborations with the likes of Tom Ford for Gucci and Phoebe Philo. Still the designer's greatest success to date has been enabling craftspeople to move out of slums, see their children go to school and even start businesses of their own thanks to stable incomes.

What Is Sustainable Fashion And How To Get Started?

Tania Arrayales | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Style
Tania Arrayales

I made the switch almost 2 years ago, and as I've explained before my trigger was the True Cost Movie. Upon making my decision to start being more sustainable, I began reading and learning everything I could do to make a positive impact.

Alpaca: The Ultimate Sustainable Luxury?

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

Alpaca fibre, often touted as the new luxury, has been on my radar a while, but as a fibre with such foreign roots, it has had to remain a distant thought. A few weeks ago however, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Arequipa, Peru to improve my knowledge of its most prominent export and meet some of the country's top spinning mills.

How 3D Printing Will Change Fashion Forever

George Taylor | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Style
George Taylor

We could face a huge industry decline similar to when the mp3 first came about in the music industry. If the design files are leaked, or cloned, consumers won't have to pay for clothes anymore which could massively reduce the value of the fashion industry, especially when 3D printers become so affordable that we all have one.

Why We Need A Sustainable ASOS And How To Make That Happen

Tamsin Lejeune | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Style
Tamsin Lejeune

I know I am not alone in my frustration as a conscious fashion consumer. Design led, sustainably produced fashion that a discerning lover of fashion can feel proud to wear (and also afford) is hard to get hold of. As Founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum, you can be sure I'm going to be asked what I'm wearing, wherever I go

Outraged About Child Labour In Fashion? Here's What You Can Do

Paula Haunit | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Style
Paula Haunit

As devastating as this week's BBC Panorama programme on Syrian refugee children working in Turkish garment factories was, its revelations do not surprise anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of the garment industry.

Consumption: Can We Kick The Addiction?

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

The demise of the British high street, along with traditional retail, has been well documented in recent years. Indicating perhaps that we have finally reached peak stuff. Such saturation now causes us to seek experiences over material goods. And those who provide the goods are faced with the challenge of convincing us to buy.

Will Latin America Join The Sustainable Fashion Revolt?

Andrea Sanabria | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Style
Andrea Sanabria

It is undeniable, a revolution has started, slow but steady. Consumer demand has pushed the market to become more "sustainable", or at least has forced it to try. The organic food, the up-cycled clothing, the compost/recycling, the sharing economy... it has all been proven to be more than a hipster trend

PiC Style: The Ultimate Capsule Collection

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

sustainable fashion.jpg And less stuff means investing in pieces that are versatile, modern and well made. And in addition, garments that remain simple enough so as to not to pigeonhole your style, but provide a timeless platform for it to develop.

Tales of Women: Rebecca's Pyjamas

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

When you meet somebody, as I did recently, who has arrived at the oft-sought after role of fashion designer, from a different path, it is perhaps not so surprising that their outlook of the industry is very different.

Love Fashion? There is a High Chance You Support Slavery

Ieva Zu | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Style
Ieva Zu

I want to be proud of what I represent (clothes are your mirror, a part of your personality), and I want to be sure I am not supporting slavery. I don't want my cheap fashion to be someone else's worst nightmare.

Britain: It's in the Making

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

When you hear the words 'British fashion', what does it conjure up in your mind? London? Burberry? Central Saint Martins perhaps? In other words, a big city, a global lifestyle brand and world-renowned fashion education.

Veja: It's All in the Looking

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

In a nutshell, 'greenwashing' is essentially when you pretend to be, or pretend to be doing something that you're not. More specifically, from an environmental standpoint.

The Copenhagen Fashion Summit: To Take Away

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

Denmark boasts some of 'the happiest people', thanks to their enviable health, education and welfare systems and has set itself the goal of having the first carbon neutral city. And last month, Copenhagen hosted the fourth edition of it's increasingly established Fashion Summit.

The Indispensables: #2 Breton Stripes

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

When I first started to put together The Indispensables series, I thought it would be difficult to decide which items to feature. But it turned out to be fairly simple. They're the pieces with fraying hems and cuffs that spend more time on the drying rack then in a draw.

What Does Sustainable Fashion Mean to Me?

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

'Sustainable' is a word that I associate with our environment: waste (throw-away fashion) and recycling, water consumption and contamination, energy consumption and climate change, chemical usage and animal welfare.

Will the Fashion Industry Ever Pay its Way? Three Years After the Rana Plaza Factory Collapse Hope Springs Eternal

Kate Richards | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Style
Kate Richards

Industry wide strategies aimed at improving labour laws are essential; only through freedom of association can the millions of voiceless individuals employed in this multi-billion dollar industry take a lasting stand against systemic injustices. There is an urgent need for both the industry and the public to hear this collective call to action.