Julia Crew's Blog (16)

HERE TODAY HERE TOMORROW - beautiful, sustainable clothing, accessories & gifts

HERE TODAY HERE TOMORROW is a new shop/studio based in the heart of Dalston. Set up by four desginers and recent graduates of London College of Fashion's MA in Fashion & the Environment.

The shop/studio is used as a platform to develop our work in a public arena. The space is also being used to exhibit and sell the work of other forward thinking and ethical designers, and to develop educational workshops, starting in the new year. We want the space to show that there are many… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on November 29, 2010 at 11:53 — No Comments

Book your place now! Upcoming events at EFF...

Many of you on this network may already be aware of, or have attended, the series of events called 'Spotlight on Sourcing'. So far the topics covered include sourcing sustainable fabrics and components, and sourcing sustainable manufacturing. If you'd like to download the notes from these events they are available through this link, in the 'discussion forum'… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on April 7, 2009 at 13:35 — No Comments

Girl About Town - Stewart Rose predicts the downfall of disposability

On the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning (31.03.09), Stuart Rose the chief executive of Marks & Spencers, gave an interesting insight to what he felt a beneficial consequence of the current economic climate could be. He expressed the belief that the recession would herald the end of the era of disposability, that customers were no longer satisfied with cheap, throwaway fashion.

Clearly there is a responsibility for retailers… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on March 31, 2009 at 12:39 — No Comments

Girl About Town - Are global retailers really doing enough??

A new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign, 'Cashing In', looks at the top five global retailers Carrefour, Walmart, Tesco, Aldi and Lidl, and highlights the poor working conditions of the producers of their discount clothing.

It does seem now that more of these retailers are responding to the growing concern of how clothes are made and are engaging with the issues - for instance Tesco representatives have attended Ethical Fashion… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on March 20, 2009 at 10:29 — No Comments

Ethical Sourcing Marketplace - 17th March

Spotlight On Sourcing

For those of you using this network to find out more about ethical fashion, build partnerships, learn about sustainable fabrics suppliers or source ethical manufacturing (that should pretty much cover everyone!) you should attend our next 'Spotlight on Sourcing' seminar.

Feedback from the last event told us how useful it was to meet with suppliers face-to-face, talk with them and see what they have to offer. So… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on March 5, 2009 at 12:30 — No Comments

Girl About Town - EFF at Estethica

Estethica, at London Fashion Week, is now well established in it's sixth year - and with it's launch on Friday 20th February being the opening event for the exhibition at the Natural History Museum, ethical fashion is clearly making the statement of being the most important and exciting part of the fashion industry today.

The Ethical Fashion Forum were proud to be showcasing the work of three fantastic designers: Izzy Lane, the New Designer of the Year winner from Novembers… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on February 26, 2009 at 17:31 — No Comments

Girl About Town - Roll up, roll up! To London Fashion Week!

London Fashion Week is with us again, and despite the gloomy economic forecasts, there is a buzz of anticipation in the air. Ethical fashion offers designers the opportunity to create with innovation and consideration, something sorely needed in these times. Last night things kicked off with Ada Zanditon's first show for London Fashion Week, at Divo in Picadilly. Zanditon has already shown collections in China and at Paris Ethical Fashion Week,… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on February 20, 2009 at 9:58 — No Comments

Girl About Town - EFF at Ethical Pure

The Ethical Fashion Forum partnered with Pure London at this years show, running from the 8th-10th of February, for the first ever Ethical Pure. Launched in response to the growing demand for fashion with a conscience, Ethical Pure brought together some of the best clothing, footwear and accessories brands in ethical fashion.

EFF was excited to showcase the work of their Innovation competition winners, shown below...

Beautiful Soul…


Added by Julia Crew on February 12, 2009 at 17:00 — No Comments

Girl About Town - DEFRA's Sustainable Clothing Roadmap

DEFRA, the UK government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has been developing a sustainable clothing roadmap as part of their work on Sustainable Production and Consumption. The roadmap aims to reduce the environmental and social impacts across the lifecycle of textiles used in the manufacture of clothing.

Defra are holding a meeting on Friday the 20th February, to discuss the progress and current status of the Roadmap.… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on February 12, 2009 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Girl About Town - Let It Snow

For those of us in the UK, we saw much of the country transformed into a winter wonderland earlier this week. Inevitably there was an outcry at the country's inability to cope with a few inches of snow, as road, rail and airline travel ground to a halt. But I say we should embrace the occassional day when you can pause for a while, and join in the collective enthusiasm for something as simple as snow!

And speaking of transport...figures… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on February 5, 2009 at 16:54 — No Comments

Girl About Town - London Fashion Week

The twice yearly event which dominates the diary of anyone claiming an interest in fashion is almost upon us once again. That's right, London Fashion Week, running from the 20th to 24th of February . And for those of us who prefer our fashion greener than green, Esthetica has now established itself as an indispensible aspect of the event.

Labels featured in the Esthetica area must adhere to a set of criteria including ethical trade, organic,… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on January 29, 2009 at 15:14 — No Comments

Girl About Town - A Kenyan adventure...

Those of you who have attended recent EFF events, or read through the latest newsletter, may have heard about Jo Maiden's up-coming trip to Ukunda, Kenya.

Over a 12 month period she will be providing an alternative and creative solution to Kenya's economic crisis by promoting community-driven, ethical and environmentally aware trade in fashion. To find out more about the aims of the project, visit the website

Everyone at EFF wish her well, and… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on January 29, 2009 at 15:00 — No Comments

Girl About Town - Cottoning on to concerns

With the growing awareness of sustainability and ethical fashion, people are more and more concerned whether retailers are sourcing their materials responsibly and whether they ensure that workers rights are being upheld.

With the recent accusations against Primark using sweat shop labour here in the UK, despite being a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, the trust between consumers and retailers is at an all time low.

If you're fed up of feeling powerless to change this… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on January 16, 2009 at 11:20 — No Comments

Girl About Town - Ideas for greener living

If you are reading this blog, the chances are you have a passing interest in sustainable, ethical and environmental fashion. So maybe you would be interested in getting ideas and inspiration for making other positive lifestyle changes...

UK AWARE is an event being held at London Olympia on the 17th and 18th of April. It brings under one roof a huge range of inspirational businesses, products and organisations which may help you live a more sustainable lifestyle.

You can take the… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on January 16, 2009 at 11:13 — No Comments

Girl About Town - It's Cold Outside...

Keeping up with the theme of 'do it yourself', here's another event - where you can get involved in making something new from something old. The Fashion and Textiles Museum located in Bermondsey, London, is holding a winter warmer beanie workshop on the 14th of February.

With the expert advice of milliner Mary Jane Baxter you can learn how to recycle an old jumper into a unique and cosy beanie hat or turban!

For more info, and to book a place, visit… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on January 16, 2009 at 11:02 — No Comments

Girl About Town - Make Do and Mend

With the gloomy forecasts for the economy continuing for the foreseeable future, it's no surprise that consumer confidence is low and people are being more careful with their money. There is also a growing awareness of how unsustainable our culture of throw-away fashion is.

There's a feeling of thriftiness in the air, which harks back to the days of 'make do and mend' in the 1940s and 50s. Cottoning on to this is the gallery/boutique Fabrications based in Broadway Market.

Along with a… Continue

Added by Julia Crew on January 15, 2009 at 13:46 — 2 Comments

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