Cindy Yau
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Profession / role:
Public Relations Intern
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Talk PR/Taylor Bennett Foundation
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I am currently interning at a fashion agency called Talk PR through the Taylor Bennett Foundation diversity programme. It has thus far been an amazing opportunity for me to set up roots in London, as I am would like to get into public affairs/ethical fashion PR at some point. Being on this programme has allowed me the opportunity to meet industry professionals and make a wide network of contacts.
I worked in Nepal during 2010-2011, where I worked for an NGO hospital, and had the opportunity to write for a national daily newspaper while I was there, promoting ethical fashion and women's wear in general. I also met with British accessories designer Laura Queening (of Aura Que) who showed me personally where her products were made in Nepal and her work with the Nepal Leprosy Trust.
After I graduated with a Merit from UCLAN in MA International Journalism, I aimed to continue to raise awareness of fair trade/ethical fashion through my writing. Fair trade has always been a really important issue to me and all it takes is a little education for people to realise how we can all support ethical clothing. I also believe that the best way to help developing countries is not by "aid" but through "trade", which is why supporting handicraft groups in rural Kenya, for example, makes such a difference to the world's economy, and people's lives. With rising interest in sustainable clothing, organic cotton and minimising waste, it's the perfect time to stand up and say you care about fashion.
Career history / Company history:
Public Relations Intern - Talk PR/Taylor Bennett Foundation 2012 Jan-Mar
Age UK Carlisle and Eden - Public Relations and Press Volunteer 2011
Public Relations Officer - Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal 2010-2011
Voluntary Contributor - The Ethical Fashion Source 2009-2010
Freelance writing - The Independent newspaper 2009
MA International Journalism - 2008-2009
Bookseller/Events' Co-ordinator - Waterstones 2007-2010
BA (Hons) English and Art History 2004-2007

Cindy Yau's Blog

Uk shine "Spotlight on Africa" (Blog post from my blog

Posted on September 27, 2009 at 11:34 2 Comments

Earlier this month the Ethical Fashion Forum held a seminar and marketplace in London on why Africa is becoming increasingly important in the apparel industry. According to EFF, in Kenya alone 30,000 people are employed in the apparel sector and for each of these jobs, another five are generated. As fashion is labour generated and requires limited capital input to fund, traditional skills such as hand-weaving, hand-embroidering, printing and tailoring offer a high premium.

Trade in… Continue

The Guilt-Free Way of Shopping

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 16:43 1 Comment

Ethical clothing. Fair trade. Organic cotton. Sweatshop labour. All words we've heard strung together and often put in sentences to make us feel guilty about our consumption. The guilt is often swept aside once another cheap and disposable clothing purchase is made, and not thought of again in most cases.

Why is this? I spoke to a Fairtrade certified retailer in my hometown of Carlisle a couple of weeks ago, and she showed me some interesting statistics. The month of the Make Poverty… Continue

Fashionably conscious

Posted on August 21, 2009 at 12:09 2 Comments

If you have lived an awfully privileged life, you will never know the value of anything because you have never needed to. That goes without saying. But if you have lived a moderately privileged lifestyle, nowadays, you can still never understand the value of anything.

By anything, I mean materialistically. A friend said to me upon returning from a trip from Kenya, "I could live there. You get so used to not having material possessions, it's like you never had them in the first… Continue

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At 14:39 on March 13, 2010, camilla wellton said…
Hi Cindy :)
Sure let´s skype! how about tomorrow ?
What time zone are you in?

At 6:43 on October 13, 2009, Udaya Bikram Thapa said…
Hi Cindy -- back now. It's 12.30 here in Nepal right now. I'll be free next week some time to do the interview with you, rest of this week is slightly mad with all the catching up I have to do after coming back from the village! Looking forward to it though. Best, Udaya
At 6:42 on October 8, 2009, Udaya Bikram Thapa said…
Hi Cindy
Udaya is in the village right now looking at nettle but will be back next Tues, I'll let him know your message is here
Rosie, Heaven Hemp
At 9:33 on October 7, 2009, Bibico said…
Great, look foward to it!
At 15:17 on October 4, 2009, Victoria Waugh said…
Hi Cindy,
You recently e-mailed Amisha at EFF regarding writing for our new website The Source. Please can you drop me a line on if you are still interested in contributing.
At 9:33 on October 4, 2009, Udaya Bikram Thapa said…
Hello there Cindy,
Just to let you know that we are back in office. Of course the time zone is Nepal so please keep in mind the time difference when you skype or call. The office no. here is 977-1-4440600. 977 is the code for Nepal. Would like to hear from you. Take care,
At 13:21 on September 29, 2009, Bibico said…
Thanks for your time on the phone this morning. If you need anything else just let me know,
Snow x
At 6:56 on September 26, 2009, Udaya Bikram Thapa said…
Hi Cindy
Would be pleased to talk to you skype address is heavenhemp. Everything is closed here for 9 days for our Dasain Festival which is much like Christmas in the UK. Will be back in the office on 4 October and you can contact me any time after that.
Thanks, Udaya
At 12:54 on September 24, 2009, mario lewis said…
Cindy, sure I look forward to your questions. Regards,
At 8:15 on September 24, 2009, Laura Queening said…
Hey Cindy, Thanks for getting back to me, would love to send you some brand info and press relesase by email if poss? My email address is info @ - I am around all next week (go to India/Nepal on 6th October) - woudl be great to have a chat!!

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