Fashion Revolution #InsideOut #WhoMadeYourClothes

fashion revolution Fashion Revolution #InsideOut #WhoMadeYourClothes

Tommorrow, April 24th is Fashion Revolution Day. A day which has been planned and prepared for since the devastating Rana Plaza factory collapse on 24th April 2013. The day is organised and supported by many working towards change in the fashion industry including Cary Somers of ethical fashion brand Pachacuti and Orsola De Castro of From Somewhere and co founder of Estethica at London Fashion Week.

On 24th April 2013, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the
Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough.

Fashion Revolution Day is all about raising awareness of the true cost of fashion, showing the world that change is possible, and celebrating all those involved in creating a more sustainable future for fashion. This year the theme is #InsideOut

You can get involved by

  • Being Curious – Choose an item from your outfit and wear it #insideout all day
  • Finding Out - Write a letter/email, Facebook or Tweet the brand concerned, ask them Who Made Your Clothes?
  • Doing Something - Tweet: Today I’m wearing my (shirt/dress/T-shirt etc.) #insideout because I want to ask @(brand/retailer) Who Made My Clothes?

You can also find out more and help spread the word here:-

The Fashion Revolution Website

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

 

What will you be doing on Fashion Revolution Day tommorrow?

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion – What To Wear To A Birthday Party

015 Ethical Fashion   What To Wear To A Birthday PartyDress – SkunkFunk (still available here)
Leggings – People Tree
Glitter shoes – TOMS (available here)
Clutch bag – Junky Styling
Earrings – vintage shop

Here is an outfit that I wore for the birthday party of a very good friend a few weeks ago. The dress is by SkunkFunk and I wear it with either tights or leggings depending on the occasion/ temperature. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you will have probably seen me posting about SkunkFunk before. It is definitely one of my favourite sustainable fashion brands. I treated myself to the TOMS shoes for spring as I needed a new pair of casual flats, I hope to write a review about them very soon. The bag was a reward from project that I funded on Kickstarter.

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Now spring has finally arrived, I am pretty much flat out keeping up with all of the plans that I have been making throughout the colder months. We have decided to upgrade our camping this year with the addition of a cute little caravan, an Eriba Puck and can’t wait to get out and about and using it.

I have also signed myself up for TrekFest where I will be walking 27 miles across the Brecon Beacons in aid of Naomi House childrens hospice, a charity that has provided a huge amount of support to members of my family. The hospice has recently launched a the Caterpillar appeal  to raise the 4 million pounds needed to refurbish the hospice. If you would like to donate, you can do so through my Just Giving page here. I have already begun training with an 11 mile (uphill walk) last weekend. I have been spending quite a bit of time online researching which clothing/ equipment to buy for the trek and which brands are most sustainable. I hope to share my findings soon.

This weekend looks to be busy with lots of fun things planned? What will you be up to and what plans do you have for the spring and summer?

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion – What to Wear for an Early Dinner Out

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Hat – Pachacuti
Dress – People Tree
Scarf – New Look
Leggings – People Tree
Boots – Clarks

Last Saturday I went out for an early dinner with Mr S and the children in Bath. It was probably one of the first outings where I haven’t encountered extreme wind or rain since Christmas, so I took the opportunity to wear my new hat by Fairtrade and ethical fashion brand Pachacuti.

The last week has been super crazy not only with work but with choosing a few new pieces to go in my newly decorated lounge (more on that in a post soon!) and planning and booking up lots of amazing stuff for the spring and summer, I can’t wait. With a little bit of sunshine over the last week and more forecast for tommorrow, I definitely feeling bright and happy. Amongst my plans I have signed up for a charity trek across the Brecon Beacons, booked a music festival, a vintage event, a day in London as well as some holidays and weekends away. Spring and summer are going to be super busy but I am definitely going to be sticking to my new years resolutions to live life to the full this year.

Do you have any fun plans yet for spring and summer? Have a lovely weekend!

With warmest wishes

Ethical Workwear

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Dress – People Tree
Jacket – People Tree
Shoes – Dream in Green

When I started working in an office in September, instead of running my own business from home, I did wonder how difficult it would be to keep up with my policy of only buying ethical and sustainable clothing. I needn’t have worried as People Tree have a great selection of work friendly ethical clothing. I treated myself to a new dress and jacket (pictured above) but also managed to make use of some of the clothes that I already have and found a few pieces in charity shops. Actually it has been much easier than I though. In our office we wear a kind of smart casual dress, so I don’t have to wear a suit but prefer to wear a dress and jacket or cardigan if it is really cold. I am actually really enjoying the chance to get dressed up for work every day but finding I have much less opportunity to be creative with what I wear than before. Some of my slightly more quirky accessories or outfits are having to wait until the weekends before they get worn. Do you find you tend to dress more conservatively for work?

Anyway, that’s enough about work as it is Friday and I am more than ready for the weekend. After lots of socialising last weekend, I am ready for a super relaxed and chilled out weekend with the family. I will be eating tapas, drinking wine, then working it all off with an exercise class or two. What are you up to this weekend?

In case you fancied a little weekend reading….

This week I have posted on Triple Pundit about why I think sustainable fashion has to be about individual style and was featured in a post – Ethical Fashion – 15 People and Organisations Leading the Way in 2014. You can also read my post on fashion and food for Fairtrade fortnight over on style-is.co.uk with some great offers for chocolate lovers.

With warmest wishes

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What to Wear on a Sunny Day

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Dress – the Feather Tree
Leggings – People Tree
Shoes – Melissa
Cardigan – second hand from a friend.
Necklace – Etsy

We had a lovely sunny day on the weekend so I decided to grab the opportunity to wear my new dress from Feather Tree. If you are interested to learn more about the brand, you can check out my story behind the brand post here.

Life has been pretty crazy over the last few weeks and I have been struggling to find the time to blog. I have now been struck down with a cold and am struggling to find the energy to do too much other than work. Instead of a lengthy post, here are a few instagrams from the last week or two.

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Red Roses from Mr S on Valentines Day

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Heart shaped eggs, they tasted lovely!

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The handmade coconut buttons on my dress

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Lovely lady, well she is when she is asleep and not tearing the house apart.
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Bracelets from ornate.me (more about them in a post soon)

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Feather earrings by The Feather Tree

I hope you are well! Have a fab Friday and an amazing weekend!

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion For SS14 and Some Discounts!

Although I don’t really need to buy any new clothes at the moment and spring  seems a long time away with this horrendous weather, I have been staring to see some amazing clothes appearing in the online fashion stores already and I can’t wait for some better weather to arrive. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite ethical fashion for SS14.
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mae cat print flared dress in black 2522268cda05 Ethical Fashion For SS14 and Some Discounts!People Tree never fail to deliver with beautful dresses for spring and summer. This year their SS14 collection is dominated by chic reds, blues, spots and stripes which I really love but I was particularly taken by the striking prints on this Alice Anenome dress and the Mae Cat Print Flared Dress which immediately made me think of Laura at Daisy Chain Dream with her love of cat prints and cat called Mae. Both dresses are made from 100% certified organic. The Alice Anenome dress is made by a social enterprise working to empower disadvantaged women of the slum communities of Mumbai, India. The Mae Cat Print dress is made socially responsible business based in India called CAOS, or Creative Art of Souls.

People Tree currently have a fantastic offer of £15 off and free delivery when you spend £50 or more on the People Tree SS14 Collection with discount code SPRING50 until 17th February. This offer can’t be used in conjunction with any other offers!

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I am a big fan of SkunkFunk and have a few dresses by them. The styles are contemporary but with an unusual twist which means they don’t really go out of fashion. I love this SkunkFunk Viviane summer dress which looks super comfy and easy to wear. SkunkFunk use recycled polyester (and other eco fabrics) to make their clothes helping to reduce both waste in landfill and use of dependence on oil for creating fabrics and clothing. You can also get £5 off orders (inc this dress) at Zalando + free delivery with discount code ZALFM5ALL.

giraffe skirt Ethical Fashion For SS14 and Some Discounts!Motel Vintage have some great dresses and skirts made from vintage fabrics and clthing sourced from around the world. I am particularly taken with this giraffe print skirt. If you are a new customer to Motel Rocks, you can also get £10 off with the discount code new10credit.

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I intend to fully embrace the tribal / boho trend when the summer finally arrives and these tribal boots by ethical fashion brand TOMS Shoes look like a great choice. Not only do TOMS shoes look great but with the One for One scheme, for each pair sold they will donate a pair of shoes to someone in need. You can get £5 off when you spend £25 at TOMs and £10 off when you spend £100 if you shop through www.style-is.co.uk.

What clothes are you loving for SS14? and do you know where or how they were made? Have you spotted any amazing ethical fashion brands lately? if so please share in the comments.
With warmest wishes

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Story Behind the Brand – The Feather Tree

I have just discovered the most amazing brand whilst following the Ethical Fashion Forum Brand Preview on Twitter. Before I share the lovely story behind the brand, I just wanted to share with you some of the amazing pieces featured on their website many of which are most definitely making their way onto my wishlist!

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The Feather Tree was set up by Lissa and Bo inspired by their magical world filled with feathers, outrageously quirky prints, quills and skills. The brand is all about hair feathers, colourful handmade jewellery and unique clothing that combines UK trends with a contemporary Kenyan edge. Lissa and Bo saw the beautiful potential in  recycled fabrics brought from Matumba (a Kenyan Market) and traditional Masai beadwork both to create really amazing clothes and jewellery and also a seed of opportunity for people in Kenya on very low incomes. Paid per piece of clothing or jewellery, everyone involved in the manufacture benefits from every single piece sold, allowing them to supplement their incomes and build a better life. Hair feather and feathers used in The Feather Tree jewellery are ethically sourced and then dyed by Lissa and Bo.


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The beaded jewellery at The Feather Tree is made by Dayvid. Lissa’s family met Dayvid and when they asked about the colourful beaded belt that he was wearing, they discovered that he had made it himself. The Feather Tree was a great way to promote the amazing talents and craftmanship of Dayvid and others in Kenya allowing them to get their products to marketplace and the chance for us in the UK to buy these beautiful and unusual pieces.

Our tailor Odayo Story Behind the Brand   The Feather Tree

Odayo is the talented tailor at Feather Tree. He was born and raised in Kisumu on the shores of lake Victoria. He has completed a 4 year course in tailoring but only got the chance to use his talents in a full time role when he was discovered by Lissa’s mum working as a gardener. The money that he has earnt has helped him to build a small house for his family and he hope to be able to continue and pay for his children’s education.

The Matuba Market started in the nineties selling good quality clothing at affordable prices that had not been sold in high streets in Europe. The market is now a thriving industry creating 1000′s of jobs in Kenya and a source of interesting fabrics used in clothes made by the Feather Tree. Locally Kenya sourced Kitenge fabrics are also used to create clothing. Instead of using plastic buttons, The Feather Tree uses coconut buttons and painted beads which are handmade in Kenya in their clothes and jewellery.

You can find out more about The Feather Tree and check out their fantastic designs and hair feathers here:

www.thefeathertree.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/TheFeatherTree

https://twitter.com/thefeathertree

Have you discovered any amazing brands with a great story to tell lately? If so please share!

With warmest wishes

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What to Wear on a Rare Night Out

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What to wear on a rare night out
Dress – EDUN
Bag – Reclaim Bags
Coat – Vintage (from my Grandma)
Earrings – Bristol Harbourside

Last weekend myself and Mr S went for a rare night out. I haven’t had a night out without children since November as all my plans over Christmas got cancelled for one reason or another, so was really looking forward to it. We went into town for food followed by a few drinks.

I decided to get a bit dressed up as I don’t get that many chances to wear a nice dress. I bought this EDUN dress the year before last for the Ethical Fashion Forum Source awards but haven’t worn it since. If you would like to find out more about EDUN, you can check out the page I have written on style-is.co.uk here. The neckline was slighly gaping and needed a small dart putting in. In my usual cycle of procrastination, it has taken me over a year to get around to it but I am really glad that I did because it fits perfectly now.

I bought the earrings on a market stall on Bristol harbourside last year when I was there for Bristol Green Week Fare fashion show. I am not really sure whether the earrings were made ethically, I hope so but definitely prefer to support small independent traders than many of the bigger retailers.

What have you been up to lately? do you like to get dressed up for a night out?

With warmest wishes

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Fashion Revolution Day #Insideout #Whomadeyourclothes

Today’s post is all about Fashion Revolution Day. If you haven’t already heard, Fashion Revolution Day is going to be annual event from 24th April this year. It has been organised by key figures from the fashion industry and beyond including industry leaders, press, campaigners, consultants, representatives from charities and campaign organisations and academics, all with one common goal to drive change in the fashion industry to prevent another disaster like that of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh and to help raise awareness of the true cost of fashion.

The theme of the first Fashion Revolution Day is ‘who made your clothes?’ with the aim of encouraging us to become more curious about how our clothes are made and who made them. If you would like to get involved or find out more you can:

Checkout the website http://www.fashionrevolution.org
Follow Fashion Revolution on Twitter @Fash_Rev

You can also wear an item of clothing inside out, showing its label and share it through instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the #insideout and the question ‘who made your clothes?’

I have been taking a look at some of the labels on my own clothes and considering who, where and how they have been made. Here is what I have found out.
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This label is on a top which I got from a clothes swap. It is originally from the Cacharel Vintage Collection at Uniqlo. It was made in China. Whilst they do rate better than many of the other high street shops in the Ethical Consumer Shopping Guide to the High Street there is a lack of information about how their clothes are manufactured on their website. You can read more in this post on Ethical Nippon.

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This label is from a red New Look dress which I bought from Oxfam. It was made in China. New Look actually come out top of the list in the Ethical Consumer Guide and they do seem to have a fairly comprehensive ethical policy although their score 10/20 would suggest that there is still a fair amount of room for improvement. There is also some more in depth information about them on Labour Behind the Label although it is from 2011 so I guess things may have changed.
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This dress is from the Orla Kiely collection at People Tree and is made in India from organic and fairtrade cotton. People Tree have made a strong commitment to fair trade and ethical manufacture of clothing and they work to create sustainable livelihoods for people in some of the poorest parts of the world. Organic and Fairtrade cotton also means that the farmers receive a fair price and that there is no child labour in the supply chain. There is plenty of information about the co operatives that People Tree work with on their website.

Do you every look at the labels on your clothes and wonder who made them?

With warmest wishes

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Here Today, Here Tommorrow – Made in Nepal Collection

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Fair trade headband Here Today, Here Tommorrow   Made in Nepal CollectionHatBobble Navy model web large Here Today, Here Tommorrow   Made in Nepal Collectionfair trade small hairbow Here Today, Here Tommorrow   Made in Nepal CollectionToday I wanted to share Here Today, Here Tommorrow, a brand whose name sums up just what I think clothes and fashion should be about. This for me is not just about building a sustainable wardrobe (one that will stand the test of time in terms of both style and quality) but also about sustainability for the environment and the livelihoods of those involved in the supply chain. I want it all to be be ‘here today and here tommorrow!’

In keeping with the principles of slow fashion and sustainability, Here Today, Here Tommorrow not only sell their own range of  Fairtrade clothing but also run a variety of workshops including knitting,sewing and natural dying. Here Today, Gone Tommorrow is a collaborative studio shop, where they design, make, mend, showcase, sell and educate, all under the same roof, accessible and visible to all. If you can’t get over to Dalston in North London for a visit, you can also check out the online shop here.

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They have some great fairtrade, handwoven aprons and oven gloves which would definitely bring out the domestic goddess in me (if there is one!).

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They also stock some great pieces by Antiform. Made in Britain from reclaimed fabric.

The brand was set up by four ladies Anna Marie Hesse, Emma Dulcie Rigby, Katelyn Toth-Fejel, Julia Crew and Ines Vicente, each with their own unique experience in a variety of sustainable fashion ventures. They have a holistic approach to sustainability and believe that there is no such thing as one size fits all.

As designers they are concerned by the disposable and throw away nature of fashion, and within society as a whole. They try to address the environmental and social impacts of thoughtless production and consumption. They strive to make high quality, beautiful products that address a range of sustainable and ethical practices, including handmade craftsmanship, locality, durability, recycling, natural dye, organic materials, fair trade, individuality and transparency of production.

Check out this video for more information on the Here Today, Gone Tommorrow, Made in Nepal Colllection.

With warmest wishes


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