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  • Ishwari Vijay Thopte
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Alex Smith is attending Ethical Fashion Forum's event

Excellence in Ethical Fashion at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London EC1R 4TN

June 2, 2011 to June 4, 2011
An  intensive 3 day training event designed to accelerate fashion businesses in both commercial and sustainability terms- supporting and creating industry leaders of the future. The event will incorporate all key training modules from the Excellence Programme. CLICK HERE  to view training modules.Each day of the programme includes 7 intensive training modules delivered by leading experts in the ethical and…See More
Mar 30, 2011
Alex Smith is attending Louise Kamara's event

Vintage at Goodwood Festival at Goodwood, West Sussex

August 13, 2010 at 11am to August 15, 2010 at 11pm
Upcycled and sustainable designers and sellers sought for the sustainable section of The Vintage at Goodwood Marketplace 13th-15th August 2010. This is a superb new festival created by Wayne & Geradine Hemingway MBE and Lord March.A unique music and cultural festival, bringing together and celebrating 5 decades of British cool, all held in the glorious surroundings of the Goodwood estate. Music, Fashion, Film, Art & Design.See More
Jul 19, 2010
Alex Smith is attending Ethical Fashion Forum's event

July Ethical Fashion Social Network Event at TRAID

July 29, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Asia - Sourcing Models that Change LivesEthical Fashion Forum partner with TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) and One World Action to present the sourcing potential and difficulties of working in this culturally vibrant continent.Held at TRAID's flagship Camden store…See More
Jul 19, 2010
Alex Smith is attending Naomi CR's event


June 26, 2010 at 1pm to June 27, 2010 at 6pm
Bringing together an eclectic mix of the most up-and-coming fashion & lifestyle brands in one exciting forward thinking fabulous ethical fair.ETHICAL JUST GOT FABULOUS is THE place to visit if you really want to learn more about the future of fashion, put your money where your ethics are and find a gorgeous little addition to your life.WWW.ETHICALJUSTGOTFABULOUS.COM... Sponsored by Bestfairtrade.comCheck out our gorgeous selection of cherry picked brands...NV London Calcutta (handbags &…See More
Jun 27, 2010
Nicola Thornley left a comment for Alex Smith
"Hi Alex. I'm planning a trip around Africa later this year to meet and work with ethical suppliers/projects as a sort of fact-finding mission before I eventually set-up my own business. I can see you've worked for a few development…"
Apr 5, 2010
Alex Smith is now friends with andrea ojerinola and Kathryn Sillince
Feb 24, 2010
Alex Smith is now friends with Deepika Misra, Tracey Cliffe - Love Me Again and Minna Hepburn
Feb 9, 2010
Julia Crew and Alex Smith are now friends
Feb 8, 2010
Alex Smith left a comment for Katie Hart
"Hi Katie, sorry for the late reply,how are your projects going? have you put any other dated together yet? Hope all is well.Best wishes,"
Aug 26, 2009
Alex Smith is now friends with Katie Hart and Nadia Williams
Aug 26, 2009
Alex Smith is attending Spotlight on Sourcing's event

Fashioning an ethical industry at London

March 2, 2010 to March 3, 2010
Fashioning an Ethical Industry are planning on hosting a 2 day event on the 2nd and 3rd March 2010 in London aimed at fashion students and tutors.
Aug 4, 2009
Alex Smith joined Spotlight on Sourcing's group

Future Fashion+ Spotlight on Sourcing Events

This group is designed for anyone who would like to have their say on what could be covered in future Fashion+ Spotlight on Sourcing events.See More
Aug 2, 2009
Mia Nisbet left a comment for Alex Smith
"Hi Alex.. yeah it was a great day.. hopefully see you tomor at some point x"
Aug 2, 2009
Alex Smith and Laura Queening are now friends
Aug 2, 2009
Alex Smith joined Tamsin Lejeune's group

Colleges at the Forefront

This group features fashion, textiles, design and related intitutions which are running courses and modules relevant to fashion and sustainability. Interested in studying sustainable fashion? Use this group to find the course for you.See More
Aug 1, 2009

Profile Information

Profession / role:
Ethical fashion buying and business consultant and tutor
My primary role in relation to fashion is:
Tutor, Consultant
I am looking to discover or buy
consultancy for small and large business teaching roles , combining my experience knowledge and passions.
About me / About business or organisation:
I'm a freelance ethical fashion and business consultant and tutor, member of the EFF consultancy pool for small and large businesses, passionate about Ethical Fashion, sourcing and sustainable Retailing with 19 years experience in the Fashion Retail industry ,16 years are at Buyer Level or above accross numerous product catergories & souricing hubs within Blue Chip Retail organsations.

Most recently, my position at Oxfam Boutiques has enabled me to apply my Multiple retailing career experience & knowledge with the best practices in Ethical sourcing and Buying to enable a charity to retail sustainable clothing and accessories.

I have a passionate interest in in helping undeveloped communities through training & mentoring & experience to developing their own businesses skills and trade routes giving access market places.

I've just returned from a working break to Uganda , Africa where I trained 2 separate groups of people to learn to make Jewellery, source componenets, & carry out market research & costings . We then developed ranges together which I critiqued for design, qualitity and market positioning. 1 group has used these ideas to represent Uganda in a trade fair in Brazil.

I also worked worked with a group of weaving ladies to develop product, quality levels, market understanding and business skills for local & national tourist markets, finding potential orders for them to produce with local and national craft shops. I hope to return in November with sponsorship to continue with all 3 groups I have started working with.
Career history / Company history:
Freelance consultancy work and tutoring.

Buying Manager, Oxfam Boutiques - All New or restyled /Remade Products in store. June 2008 - April 2009.

Senior Buyer , The Walt Disney Company- August 2007- May 2008.

Senior Buyer ,Oasis Stores Ltd - June 2006- March 2007.

Buyer , River Island Clothing Company -1996-2006.

Buyers Clerk through to Buyer, Tammy Girl, Etam PLC-1990-1995.

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At 19:03 on April 5, 2010, Nicola Thornley said…
Hi Alex. I'm planning a trip around Africa later this year to meet and work with ethical suppliers/projects as a sort of fact-finding mission before I eventually set-up my own business. I can see you've worked for a few development projects over there - do you know of anyone who would appreciate some help while I am out there, and/or any great projects/suppliers that are worth dropping into? Thanks! nicola.
At 20:42 on August 2, 2009, Mia Nisbet said…
Hi Alex.. yeah it was a great day.. hopefully see you tomor at some point x
At 10:27 on July 22, 2009, CLOUDIA said…
Hi Alex. I had to dash off, I was exhibiting at New Designers at the business design center and was up for a design award and they called me, so I had to leave, didn't make
it to the Brazil event last night as it wasn't relevant to me,but looking forward to the Africa one,was it good the event? ah yes am still sourcing...
At 18:29 on July 14, 2009, paul yuille said…
Hey Alex - did you get the message about the teaching thing in India? Paul
At 17:20 on June 24, 2009, Ishwari Vijay Thopte said…
Hi Alex!

Im a Fashion Designer by profession and i plan to do my Masters in "Design Management for Fashion Industries" from London College of Fashion this fall. Your work background is quite colorful and interesting!
My research will mainly be in Ethical Fashion and Sustainable business practices. I was hoping to build contacts here. Can we be friends?
At 8:02 on April 22, 2009, David McGill said…
Hi Alex thanks for your help yesterday. I think it may be uselful if you had a look at They help craftworkers to exhibit and market worldwide.

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