Ethical Fashion Update – September

There are definitely lots of ethical fashion goings on this month with London Fashion Week and Organic Month also with autumn just around the corner (although the weather is still lovely and warm), lots of new ethical fashion collections to check out.

For further information on organic beauty and ethical fashion events for organic September, visit the Soil Association website. You can also check out my store for ideas on where you can buy organic clothes and more information on the benefits of organic clothes.

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There have been  2 new stores that have launched online recently and I am loving. Gather & See is a lovely boutique stocking a range of ethical labels including Beaumont Organic, US label Upstate and New Zealand Label KowTow. I recently bought a top for work by Upstate from there (pictured above) which is handcrafted using traditional techniques and Small Scale Production with zero-waste.

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Another store that has come to my attention is Otillie Pop which features some fab printed dresses that are handcrafted in the UK. Each piece is made to last with digital printing so that the prints last wash after  wash and with a 5 year guarantee.

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If you happen to be round and about in London in September you shouldn’t miss this wardrobe sale organised by Veronica Crespi of Rewardrobe and MyBoodyVal, they will be selling a carefully edited selection of their outfits. From Italian labels not available in London to the UK’s finest designer talent, from Scandinavian to Japanese rarities, from vintage to upcycled one-offs and and more from ethical and sustainable brands, 200+ pieces will be availableVeronica and Valentina will greet you in person, and are looking forward to sharing each piece’s story with you. You can find out more on Facebook here.

What are you up to in September? Do you have any ethical, vintage or sustainable fashion events or goings on to share?

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

What to Wear on a Rare Night Out

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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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Ethical Fashion Show Berlin

Ethical Fashion Show Berlin is running from 2nd -4th July and I really wish I could of been there! It looks like this year is going to be even bigger and better than before with organisers reporting a growing number of both exhibitors and visitors. The event had to extend its exhibition space after places sold out in June.

This time Ethical Fashion Show Berlin will feature 74 International street wear and casual wear labels with the Green show room featuring more than 100 hundred exhibitors.

As well as many of my favourite brands like Komodo, Bibico, Braintree Hemp and Studio Jux (all available via Style-is.co.uk), here are some of the amazing brands attending Ethical Fashion Show Berlin that caught my eye, you can check out their website here to discover lots more!

Elemental by Daniela Pais

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This Netherlands based brand really caught my eye because whilst each of the pieces in the collection are incredibly simple, they can be worn in multiple ways which all look great! The website url is luxuryistohavesimplethings.com which says it all.

Ethos Paris

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This French brand combines effortless French Chic with great ethics. Its timeless clothes are inspired by the shapes and colours of nature.

Sprout Watches

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Sprout Watches are a US brand and they make these very stylish watches  from corn resin, bamboo, cork, conflict free diamonds and Swarovski’s advanced lead free crystals.

Alma & Lovis

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This German brand creates a wide range of beautiful clothes for all sorts of occasions made from natural and organic fabrics.

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Muchalinda is a French brand which uses gem stones and colours to foster positive feelings in their clothes which are handcrafted in India. The website will launch soon.

So excited to see yet more amazing ethical and sustainable fashion brands! What do you think? are there any that catch your eye?

I am going to be speaking and joining in the Q& A at next weeks Ethical Fashion Forum Source Summit. Please do let me know and say hi of you are going. The tickets are available here.

With warmest wishes

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A Skunkfunk Dress and Dates for Your Diary

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Shoes – Swedish hasbeens
Bag – Accessorize

This dress is definitely going to get lots of wear this summer. It is by one of my favourite ethical/ sustainable fashion brands Skunkfunk and is made from a really soft jersey making it really comfy to wear. If you don’t already know about Skunkfunk, their company ethos is to make fashion that endures trends, with clothes that can be worn in multiple ways and for a variety of occasions. They also use eco friendly materials including organic cotton, recycled polyester fibers and regenerated cellulose.

If you are interested in sustainable and ethical fashion, there are plenty of events going on over the summer months which I thought I would share…

 Bristol Big Green Week – FareFashion Saturday 15th June

There are loads of interesting events going on for Bristol Big Green Week. I can’t wait for the Farefashion: Big Green Week Launch Party, a gala evening featuring A fashion show, inspiring speakers,  a sustainably sourced banquet and  ‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’ photo exhibition. Tickets are only £25!

Vintage Fashion Fair London Sunday 16th June

Spend a relaxed Sunday leisurely browsing the stalls of this well established London Vintage Fashion Fair for genuine vintage goodies for your summer wardrobe. Held at Cecil Sharp House in Primrose Hill, there is also a lovely vintage style cafe downstairs for for refreshments when you have finished shopping. Visit the website to get a free ticket for this event.

Ecofair Hosted by Fashion ComPassion- Wednesday 19th June

Fashion ComPassion & renowned art gallery Debut Contemporary will host the second in a collaborative series of events which aims to bring emerging creatives to London’s fashion & art scene. ‘ECO-FAIR’ will showcase exquisite eco-friendly brands from around the world together with stunning pieces created by very talented artists.

Innocent Inspires – Wednesday 19th June

The tickets for this event, which is just one in a series of tailor made evenings by Innocent, are now sold out, but you can enter my giveaway to win tickets plus a months worth of smoothies by clicking the link above. This event is about ethics and features ’how to lead a stylish and sustainable life with model Laura Bailey’, a talk by ethical eating trailblazer Arthur Potts Dawson on his sustainable food and how we can help people every time we shop, and eco fashion designer Henrietta Ludgate on doing business in an ethical way and the future of ethical fashion.

Ethical Fashion Forum SOURCE Summit – Momentum – Friday 12th July

SOURCE Summit 2013 is an industry event organised by Ethical Fashion Forum and will unite leaders from the largest global retailers to the most pioneering brands and suppliers, from all over the world and every part of the fashion industry supply chain; to build upon and accelerate the momentum that is gathering pace for sustainable fashion.

Do you have any exciting or interesting events lined up fr June and July that you would like to share?

With warmest wishes

Win Tickets to Innocent Inspires and a Month’s Worth of Smoothies!

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I was really disappointed that I won’t be able to make it to the next Innocent Inspires event but equally excited that I have been given a pair of tickets to giveaway along with a month’s supply of smoothies.

I love Innocent smoothies although I rarely get to have them as my children alway gobble them up before I get a look in. I also love that Innocent are a great example of an ethical business and a really fun company at the same time.

The Innocent Inspires events are a series of tailor made evenings by Innocent. The next event is about ethics. It features ’how to lead a stylish and sustainable life with model Laura Bailey’, a talk by ethical eating trailblazer Arthur Potts Dawson on his sustainable food and how we can help people every time we shop, and eco fashion designer Henrietta Ludgate on doing business in an ethical way and the future of ethical fashion. There will also be the chance to find out how to use your skills to do some good with the Good for Nothingcrew and the chance to get your hands dirty transforming an urban area in to a wildflower wonderland with the Guerrilla Gardeners.

The event takes place on 19th June in the Innocent Yurt at Paradise Park, London starting at 7pm and will aslo include a delicous picnic. Before you leave, you can help them to disappear without a trace by taking back some of what’s inside to your own garden. You can read more about Innocent and their Innocent Inspires events here.

So for the chance to win pair of tickets and a month’s supply of smoothies, just enter using the rafflecopter below

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Goodluck!

With warmest wishes

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Fashioned for Freedom

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On Monday evening, I attended the Fashioned for Freedom Event which was held by House of Beth and I.O.M. to raise awareness and funds for the victims of human trafficking. The event was held in the stunning St Mary’s Church which had been beautifully decorated with a Muriel wall by Becca Gore and an Tree Art Installation by Marco Turcich and Matilde Marangoni. The evening was filled with wine,the premier of short film ‘Flight’ , music by Digital Farm Animals and Colourblind and of course lots of fashion fashion. Some fantastic designers and brands including Ada Zandition, Beulah, O’nitaa, Goodone, From Somewhere, Henrietta Ludgate, Shadowplay NYC, Zoe Bloomer and People Tree had donated clothing to be auctioned off at the end of the evening.

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House of Beth is an online marketplace selling a combination of clothing and accessories by ethical fashion brands and also high quality preloved clothing both designer and high street. 50% of all profits from clothing sold by House of Beth go towards fighting human trafficking. There were plenty of rails of amazing clothes and jewellery and accessories by including jewellery by the House of Beth in house designer.

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I treated myself to one of the beautiful headpieces (pictured above) which have become something of a signature for House of Beth, I hope to be featuring in an outfit very soon.

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Talia Chain and Sarah Kendal, the Directors of House of Beth opened the evening, their enthusiasm for using fashion for supporting the Charities that help Human Trafficking was both inspiring and infectious. Olivia Godfrey (Sky Sports) and Nelufar Hedayat (BBC) were presenters for the evening and looked fantastic modelling one of the dresses to be auctioned and a headpiece by House of Beth.  Claire Allman, the marketing manager for Ecover also gave a speech where she highlighted how big business can and is working towards sustainability.

It was also lovely to meet Rebecca of Bexceptional who took part in my recent ethical fashion blogathon to talk ethical fashion, blogging. If you haven’t checked out her blog, I would thoroughly recommend it!

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There was a great upbeat feel to the event, so many beautiful and glamorous people and so many rails of lovely clothes but the very serious and important side of the evening was not forgotton, with an address by Baroness Butler-Sloss, GBE highlighting the impact that Human Trafficking has on so many lives. Perhaps I am a little naive but I really had no idea of the scale of human trafficking, which can be likened to modern day slavery. An estimated 27 million people living in slavery and it affects a range of people from children to women and men forced to work in manual labour all over the world including the UK.

The Redlight Campaign, which will benefit from the funds raised at the event  helps survivors of human trafficking through pragmatic means based on individual needs. The International Organisation for Migration is an inter governmental agency which promotes humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all and has been working to counter trafficking since 1994 helping over 17,000 trafficked persons.

Congratulations to everyone involved for a fantastic event!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Antiform SS12

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Antiform are a sustainable label based in Leeds making quirky clothes using recycled and reclaimed fabrics. They combine heritage and contemporary styles. They source everything including materials from within 20 mile of their studio boutique in Leeds.

For SS12, their collection combines inspiration from folklore, heritage and sportswear. If you want to check it out for yourself then why not pop along to the collection launch on 29th March between 4 & 9pm in Dalston London. You can even enjoy drinks and a fabulous 20% off.

You can find out further details and shop the collection on the Antiform website.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Ethical Fashion Events in March

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Ethical Fashion Show, Paris, 2nd -4th March

A celebration of ethical fashion with designers showing collections including chic, traditional and streetwear. To be held at Espace Pierre Cardin. For further information and to get a free ticket visit www.ethicalfashionshow.com.

Keen Green and Ethical Trade Market at Old Spitalfields, London, Every Tue & Wed from 5th March

Keen Green have been been running ethical markets for a number of years and from 5th March will be having a regular slot at old Spitalfields Market. There will be ethically traded arts, crafts, clothing, jewellery and home furnishings together with fair trade, organic, free range, traceable and homemade local and regional foods.  Unique goods from countries
such as Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, India, and South America contrasting with those from the UK, made with exceptional workmanship.

Eco Fashion and Clothes Swap Day, Crediton, Devon, 10th March

a Clothes swap with free demonstrations and advice throughout the day on sewing, updating, repairing, knitting and spinning. Further details on www.sustainablecrediton.org.uk.

Afro Eco Fair II, ITS Academy London, Saturday 10th March

A quarterly fair dedicated to ethical and Afro beauty/fashion in London. This event is presented by a collective of creatives among them: Christelle KEDI (ethical make up artist/commentator), Light of Marie (Ethical Accessory designer).Entrance is free, 12-7pm ITS Academy, Great Eastern Street, London. For further info email c.kedi@knowledgefountain.co.uk.

Ethical Fashion Symposium, 03 Gallery, London, 9th – 11th March

The Ethical Fashion Symposium will take place in collaboration with Oxford Fashion Week. It will include a series of talks on the subject of ethical fashion by a diverse panel of ethical pioneers – from academics to stylists and artisans. Tickets cost £5 each, further details here.

Vintage Fashion Fair London, Primrose Hill, 18th March

The perfect way to spend Mother’s Day (with either your mother or daughter) browsing the beautiful vintage clothing and accessories as one of London’s most well established Vintage Fashion Fairs. Why not also treat yourself to tea and cake at the Pretty Green Cafe. For the first 20 Mums who are brought to the fair by their daughters/sons there will be a treat awaiting them of handmade chocolates! For further details and ticket offers visit www.vintagefashionfairlondon.co.uk

Swish and Pout’s Fashion Exchange and Vintage Market, Balham Bowls Club, 31st March

Fashion Exchanges with a Retro Beauty Parlour, Stylist, Cakes & ‘Frocktails’. Alongside all of this there will be a Pop Up Market to satisfy dedicated followers of Vintage fashion. Further details here.

Do you know of any other ethical fashion events going on? if so please let me know.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

The Good Fashion Show

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On Saturday I went up to London to go to The Good Fashion Show, the largest off schedule event of London Fashion week. It was  a pretty fun packed day and apart from catching up with some of the girls from Oxfam Fashion and the Ethical Fashion Forum, it was great to see some fantastic fashion brands, some of which I was familiar with and others I was not. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the evening fashion show due to the timings, train and wanting to get home my lovely girls. I am still waiting on images from the show but will post them as soon as they are available.

You may have read Christine de León’s critique of the event in her post for the Huffington Post and to some extent I can agree with what she is saying, but on the other hand this was the first year of the show (there is always room for improvement) and it was a consumer event, which I (as a consumer) really enjoyed it. I felt the market kind of atmosphere gave it a much more relaxed feel than perhaps something like the the LFW exhibition but would prefer if it concentrated just on fashion perhaps with vintage, upcycled and ethical brands separated into different areas with a bit more space.  

I arrived just in time to attend the first key note speech for which speakers included Professor Frances Corner, Head of the London College of Fashion, Lucy Shea of Futerra and Lord Anthony Young, Co Chair of the Ethical Trading initiative. There were some really interesting conversations about the answer to sustainability in fashion. The general consensus was that there is no one simple answer and an integrated approach is needed including:

Positive communication – sustainable and ethical fashion needs to have status, social proof and ‘sizzle’. Rather than communicating doom and gloom and guilt, we need to create a positive image using visuals, emotions and branding. (OK I am going to try and more ‘sizzle on this blog, from now on)

Education – informing and teaching those that will be working in the industry in the future about sustainability. Currently this is focussed through the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at LCF.

Working with brands for change – through initiatives like the Ethical Trading Initiative, companies can work towards more ethical and sustainable supply chains. Involving customers and making improvements from the top of companies.  

I don’t have time to tell you about every single brand that was at The Good Fashion show so thought I would just pick out a few of my favourites. I also attended the clothes swap, which was a real highlight for me but will tell more about that in another post.

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Oxfam Fashion attended with a fantastic selection of clothes and accessories from their boutique. I treated myself to a beautiful beaded bag and was very tempted to get more, but had to save my cash for a taxi home!

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I really loved the pinup prints on these pin up bags by Nina Bloom, made from old bill board posters.

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For some time now I have admired Tara Starlet dresses from afar on the website, so it was fantastic to see some of their clothes in real life. The ladies on the Tara Starlet stand also had the most amazing retro hair and make up.  

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Tell Us Fashion have just launched an Ethical Fashion Boutique dedicated to supporting emerging talent. I would definitely recommend checking it out as it has some fantastic pieces on it. I particularly love the REtrose as modelled in the image above!

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Fashion ComPassion work with ethically responsible brands from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Their display included some pretty amazing hand embroidered bags.

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I took my old moth eaten cashmere jumper to Love Turtle Doves and they exchanged it for a cute pair of cashmere gloves/ arm warmers which I am wearing as I write this post.

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Last but not least, I loved the handpainted t shirts by Indigreen and decided to get one for Mr Style Eyes, he virtually never buys clothes so I thought he could do with something new. The t shirts are made from organic cotton and hand painted in India by artists that used to paint the Bollywood billboards before digital media arrived. What I really love is that each of the designs has its own story.

So what do you think, does it sound like good fun? would you consider attending if it runs next year?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X