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.
I can still remember that amazing feeling after I had organised the wall of clothing labels last year. I was surprised by the huge amount of support I got, from friends old and new! It got me thinking about how lots of small revolutions, based locally, but part of a global movement, could really be the key to a real revolution.
I work best when I can collaborate with artists and smaller groups of people as my mentality is far more family-orientated than corporate. Working with friends and people that I know and love is really rewarding. Having that familiarity is really important because it brings the whole brand together.
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:
People are increasingly warming up to the concept of temporarily owning their clothes through rental or swapping schemes. And it doesn't stop at sharing. The revolution is transforming the way we think about and treat our clothing waste.
We want to feel able to make a difference with our own impact on our planet and the people on our planet. However when it comes to something as basic as getting dressed in the morning, we're already lost. So what would be helpful for us to know about the clothes we're wearing?
Fast fashion corporations have outsourced production to poor countries. In the process, they enslave them by addicting them to the idea of enrichment and start driving production costs down with volumes. Like any good pusher, they offer their potential clients a great deal, only to get them addicted.
From the high street to the boutiques, a willingness to embrace an environmentally friendly image in fashion has always existed. But now, substance is beginning to back up the motivation...
Appropriate for both men and women of any age, these items are unique, attractive and simple. In addition to this they are useful, functional and practical. What more could you want? Oh hang on, there's just one other teeny tiny point to mention: each product comes from a brand that designs and produces in a responsible way.
This is an industry in urgent need of reform. 88% of all shoes produced are made in Asia, and in 2014 the UK bought 523 million pairs of shoes. We are all connected to this industry by the shoes on our feet and yet we have almost no knowledge as to where our shoes are made and under what conditions.
What about combining gift giving and raising money for a good cause? It makes sense, spending your money on Christmas presents for your loved ones that will also help others across the world who need it most. So here's how to make your shopping as charitable as possible this Christmas (or perhaps for next year!)...
When it comes to Christmas jumpers - an item that's only likely to be worn once or twice - what about buying a pre-loved one from a charity shop, swap or share last year's or even have a go at upcycling an old jumper into a fun new festive one?
The 30 Year Sweatshirt is my cry to end fast fashion, which is unfair on customers who end up paying more for their wardrobe staples in the long run, genuine designers for whom making clothing is a labour of love and the environment.
Retail analysts predict £1billion pounds will be spent on Black Friday this year. What angers me is that of the estimated one billion spent, hardly any of it gets back to the producers and they rarely benefit.
When the Rana Plaza factory collapsed over 1,129 people were killed. Horrific manufacturing conditions aside, the way fashion is marketed to women is damaging to say the least. Through images we are taught that as women our looks our everything and the best way to look is skinny young and white.
The dress will digitally display data which will show the impact of climate change on our physical world. It will show our planet, both as we know it now and as it will be if we DON'T DO ENOUGH.