Ethical Fashion

Valentine's Day: Share the Love - How to Buy Ethical Jewellery

Liz Earle | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Style
Liz Earle

The raw materials used to make some of our most precious possessions are too often shrouded in secrecy. Gold, silver and precious gemstones can have a very murky past (think 'Blood Diamonds' and slave-labour mines), which is why provenance is all the more important here than in any other areas of the luxury goods market.

Stacey Manière: A Visionary Pioneer for Fashion

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

When I read that this year's Bright New Things at Selfridges were going to be some of the earliest pioneers of responsible fashion, I couldn't wait to take a look. Buried deep in the heart of the esteemed labyrinth, they were scattered, their innovation tightly controlled in neatly compact displays.

Responsible Fashion: Top Five Topics of 2015

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

In an attempt to refine the information overload, I have picked the articles that I think are most engaging; voices that will both inspire and anger; brands worthy of attention; and concepts that will encourage reflection on this industry and how we interact with it. Here are the five topics that dominated the discussion:

We Are Rich Just Because They Are Poor

Ieva Zu | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Style
Ieva Zu

One may argue that sweatshops or as they call them factories in countries such as Cambodia contribute to their economical wellbeing where clothing manufacturing industry is one of the biggest export industries.

Used Clothes Are Not Ethical Clothes

Jess Berentson-Shaw | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Style
Jess Berentson-Shaw

I talk with people who both buy and sell used clothes a lot and often discuss the role of preloved clothing in conscious and ethical consumerism. Quite often people tell me that they feel used clothes are ethical & sustainable by their nature. Here is why I think this is both true and false.

One Girl's Mission to Find Out Where Leather Comes From

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Style
Mimi Bekhechi

Have you ever wondered where that leather belt or bag came from? Eight-year-old Rebecca did, and when her mother couldn't tell her for sure, she made a point of finding out. That's the premise of "Labels", a new PETA video created by Catsnake Studios.

How to Buy Better

Lucy Tammam | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Style
Lucy Tammam

The fast fashion high street can F off. Here is my guide to getting all the clothes you need, with what ever budget you have and not screwing over the planet and people (all be it ones you don't have to see or think about) in the process.

Fixing Fashion: A Framework to Make Sustainable Fashion the Industry Standard

Jess Berentson-Shaw | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Style
Jess Berentson-Shaw

Often I am part of discussions on the best way to 'fix fashion'. How do we move such a massive industry from the unethical, environment destroying beast that it is, to one in which sustainable fashion is just the industry standard? You know the drill - clean and clever and kind business.

Carry Somers On Why The Fashion World Still Needs An Ethical Revolution

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Style

Like most good ideas, the realisation that the world was in need of a Fashion Revolution came to Carry Somers while she was sitting in the bath. Sh...

The Waste Revival: Turning Surplus to Success

Joyce Wong | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Style
Joyce Wong

We founded Wan & Wong Fashion in 2013, after Kelvin took part in The EcoChic Design Award 2012, the Hong Kong based sustainable design competition. As a finalist he showed an up-cycled collection at Hong Kong Fashion week and was awarded most promising student by the judges.

The Andean Worldview - an Alternative Economic Model?

Carry Somers | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Style
Carry Somers

If there is one very obvious lesson we need to learn from the current economic climate, it's that the system isn't working for us. We need new ways of operating - an alternative worldview.

Why I Made the Choice to Give Up So Much to Open an Ethical Fashion Boutique

Kate Richards | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Style
Kate Richards

Like most things, the beginnings of any great change often grows from the grassroots, and in this instance with the individual demanding greater transparency from their retail outlets. If the market dictates cleaner fashion, my hope is that mainstream fashion will start to clean up its act. Only then will I willingly retire.

Vacuous Celebrity Journalism Has All the Soul of a Deserted Shopping Centre

Tom Cridland | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Style
Tom Cridland

You might think I'm exaggerating but I was recently informed that our sustainable fashion story would not be worthy of coverage, "...unless there's some kind of angle, e.g, Rihanna and Cara consummate their love for each other wearing nothing but 30-year-sweatshirts."

Sustainable Materials: Discovering the Best at the Future Fabrics Expo

Charlotte Turner | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Style
Charlotte Turner

Since fashion has the potential to be so widely visible, and being one of the highest employing industries globally, the increased action and dialogue surrounding sustainability and ethical issues are positive developments, helping to bring the transformative work of countless organisations, initiatives and brands in to view - but there is more to be done.

Waste Re-imagined: Throwaway Fashion Comes Back to Life

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

It's time for designers to look at waste as an ally, offering innovation and opportunity and for consumers to give their rubbish a second chance. Not only is this important for the wellbeing of our planet but these visionary brands show us how original and beautiful it can be too.

The True Price of Fashion - Look at the Label

Heidy Rehman | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

After the tragedy of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh we have only seen piecemeal change for developing world garment workers - token pay rise announcements after accidents and as a result of protests. Why do we not see blanket, tangible reform?

Cara Delevingne And Fashion Stars Speak Out About Cecil The Lion

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Style

Cecil the lion's killing has caused widespread outrage all over the Internet and now some famous faces from the fashion world are having their say too...

Let's Just Be Honest About How Our Clothes Are Made

Leslie Johnston | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Style
Leslie Johnston

I believe that the global apparel industry can lead change. If companies know how and where their products are made, they can take the steps needed to create fair and safe conditions for workers worldwide.

Your Cheap Clothes Will Cost Lives With Future Rana Plaza Tragedies

Heidy Rehman | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

If customers better understood the differences in quality between cheap, low quality, throwaway items versus better quality and longer-lasting but higher-priced garments they may become more inclined to buy fewer but better clothes. And it may cost them no more.

Cheap Textiles Come at a High Price

Ruby Wright | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK
Ruby Wright


Calling On All Fashion Houses to Pay Interns

Heidy Rehman | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

I run a start-up fashion label in South London, financed with my own money. An army of unpaid interns would make my life that much easier and would keep my costs that much lower. But I won't do it. Every one of my staff is paid. It is simply the right thing to do.

Can Fast Fashion Be Sustainable?

Trewin Restorick | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Style
Trewin Restorick

The world of fashion is increasingly under the environmental spotlight as the impact of the industry becomes apparent from pesticides in cotton through to working conditions in Bangladesh. Top of the hit list are fast fashion chains with campaigns questioning whether the pile it high sell it cheap model can be environmental sustainable.

Joanna Lumley, Malaika Firth And Daisy Lowe On Inclusive Fashion

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Style

Joanna Lumley, Malaika Firth and Daisy Lowe were among the women and men discussing how to make a positive change to the world, while at an awards cer...

Why Are People Wearing Their Clothes Inside Out?

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Style

Social media has been swamped with images of people wearing their clothes inside out - and no they didn't all get dressed in the dark this morning. ...

It's Fashion Revolution Day: Let's Show We Care

Christobel Hastings | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Style
Christobel Hastings

If our clothes could talk though, those memories would reveal things we probably wouldn't ever be likely to forget. Friday 24 April is a day that hopes to reignite the public's interest in thinking about the provenance of our clothes; the stories which our clothes can never tell, the faces of the often faceless workforce.