Ethical Fashion

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.

Why You Should Mark Fashion Revolution Week By Making Your Own Clothes

Dominique Major | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Style
Dominique Major

Sewing your own clothes allows you to take back ownership of your wardrobe. You can start making clothes that suit you, made from fabrics you choose, rather than being shaped by what retailers tell you you want... The first step to improving the ethical quality of the fashion industry is yours to take.

The Clothes Keeper

Orsola de Castro | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Style
Orsola de Castro

It's quite simple really: fast fashion is like a one night stand. You go in for the quickie without thinking about it too much and the next morning you wake up and realise your bedfellow isn't that interesting, or his smell doesn't suit you.

The Coming of Age for Ethical Fashion

Safia Minney | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Style
Safia Minney

Three years ago who would have imagined how Fashion Revolution and The True Cost movie would galvanize that much interest and action from consumers and businesses? On the environmental sustainability side Greenpeace Detox campaign has forced companies to reduce the most toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of clothing.

An Interview With Carry Somers, The Founder of Fashion Revolution

Ceri Heathcote | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Style
Ceri Heathcote

This week almost three years on from the devastating Rana Plaza complex collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, I managed to catch up with Carry Somers, to find out more about the Fashion Revolution that she has started and why she and many others are resolute in calling for change in the fashion industry.

Fashion Tech: Spotlight on Soko

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

I first came across this concept of a fusion of industries at the Ethical Fashion Forum's annual summit in June 2015 and didn't come away with any truly meaningful understanding of it.

The Indispensables: #1 The White Shirt

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

What makes a 'sustainable' wardrobe? Quantity is certainly the first thing that comes to my mind. We all have far too many clothes. And despite this, I'm willing to bet that most, if not all of us, always gravitate towards the same small number of items, again and again. The first item to kick off this series of features is worthy of its number one spot: The White Shirt.

Small and Beautiful

Leigh McAlea | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Style
Leigh McAlea

Parvin sits on the bed in a small dark room where she lives with her three year old son Rasul in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. She shares the room with another woman and her child. The bed takes up nearly all of the floor space, saris hang from the walls, hair oil, a brush and medicine sit on the only shelf in the room, and there is a pink plastic bowl on the floor for washing...

Provenance and Story Take Fashion to New Heights

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

Every once in a while, I find it beneficial to pause my eco mission and join the wider fashion crowd to see what's happening. An interesting and informative place to go is PURE London, arguably one of the UK's largest trade events for designers and fashion buyers.

Beth Ditto's 'Unapologetic' Plus Size Fashion Collection Is Here

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Style

Beth Ditto has created a plus size fashion collection that lives up to her reputation for being "uncompromising," and "unapologetic" - and we want to ...

No Wonder People Think Sustainable Fashion Is Boring

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

When I say I write about sustainable fashion, or I have a knitwear brand trying to approach fashion in a more responsible way, people try and change the subject. They think it's boring, convoluted and will probably make them feel guilty.

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.