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 concerns me is that the verbal ripostes create a greater degree of negativity around an industry that needs to transform - consumers and producers both need to undergo a huge number of life changes. How are we going to do that, when the most significant players in the industry are seemingly at odds with each other?
'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.
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.
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.
Three years ago this week the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, came crashing down in what remains the worst industrial accident in the global garment industry. Over 1,134 people were killed and thousands more left seriously injured.
At Fashion Revolution, we want to see a world where clothing brings both physical and emotional well-being to everyone it touches, from the cotton farmer through to the wearer. We are working to bring visibility to all of the hidden faces and voices of the millions of makers of our clothes, highlighting their stories, and showing where change still needs to happen.
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.
Before we can rediscover a 'moral sense of beauty' on falling in love with a new dress, we need to know that there is equity behind its beauty. To know that there is equity, we need transparency.
The way things are now, women and fashion have an ambivalent relationship. Fashion employs women around the world. Yet employment conditions are unacceptable. Fashion inspires creativity and self-expression. Yet we're bombarded with messages about what our bodies should look like and what we should wear.
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.
Knit by knit, Alice is filling the British fashion landscape with UK-made pieces designed to last forever. I caught up with her and am so happy and honoured to share her journey wisdom here.
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.
The sweatshop outrage of the '90s didn't translate into real change, but today, the conscious fashion movement is starting to up its game. Here are three fresh tactics that are inspiring consumers, and particularly millennials, to drive a transformation of the industry.
Behind the glamour of London Fashion Week and the aspirational images in glossy magazines is the reality of the global fashion industry: a grim picture of women living in abject poverty, struggling to survive whilst making the clothes sold on UK high streets for major fashion brands.
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.