Ethical Fashion

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.

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.