March 2009 Blog Posts (19)

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

Notes From March's Spotlight on Sourcing Now Available to Download

Thanks to all of those who made it to the events as part of our Spotlight on Sourcing Series on March 17th. We really enjoyed putting on the events that day and hope that you all found them valuable and inspiring.

Join the "Spotlight on Sourcing" group where you can continue your discussions on the issues and download the notes from the seminars and…

Added by Amisha Ghadiali on March 31, 2009 at 11:15 — No Comments

Put People First After party -PANTS TO POVERTY -Sat 28th March from 4pm

Pants to Poverty and Synergy are combining forces to bring the joy of acoustic activism to the Put People First Rally this Saturday, 28 March. There are 3 things that you can jump into:

1. Demo - 11am - 2pm: Meet at 11 am at Temple Tube - look out for the Pants flags and the Banker, Politician and IMF monkeys! We'll be joing the demo and spreading pant love all the way to Hyde Park!

2. Rally - 2-4pm: Keep your eye out for the pants flags and head over to our stall to have… Continue

Added by Cecilia Lunch on March 27, 2009 at 20:09 — 3 Comments






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Added by Allanna McAspurn on March 27, 2009 at 17:18 — No Comments

Izzy Lane Sings on for Animal Sanctity

In my article London Fashion Week: Doubly Green, I featured four menswear designers that exhibited at estethica—the green initiative of London Fashion Week, which requires participants to adhere to the three guiding principles of organic, fair trade, and/or recycled.

After posting the article, I had the extraordinary privilege to interview Isobel Davies of Izzy Lane, a voice crying out in the wilderness for the sanctity of animals that can only baa or bleat. When I spoke by… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 27, 2009 at 11:14 — 1 Comment

Veja's Green Gooooal!

Several weeks ago I posted an article entitled, London Fashion Week: Doubly Green, in which I presented several eco-brands that debuted at estethica—London Fashion Week's green initiative.

One of the companies featured was Veja, a Paris-based company that designs comfortable shoe wear inspired by 1970's Brazilian volleyball styles and produced by coops in the remote Amazon. Intrigued by Veja's three pillars of ethics, I requested an exclusive interview, to which the company responded… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 20, 2009 at 22:53 — 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

WIN A Clever Togs t-shirt with The Green Parent!

The Fantastic Green Parent are offering a chance to win a Clever Togs t-shirt on their new web site....

Clever Togs are hand embroidered, appliqued t-shirts for children. Each of the t-shirts is made from 100% organic cotton and the applique is made using recycled vintage fabrics. The Green Parent have two of these gorgeous garments to give away!

For a chance to win, enter… Continue

Added by Robin Li on March 18, 2009 at 17:31 — No Comments

Hot Magic by Shinichiro Shimojo

After having written my first article on Under Castle, Japan: Much Closer than Mars, I received an email from designer Shinichiro Shimojo, stating:

"I have read your article about my 'Cross Wear' and was glad that you understood my concepts deeply. I enjoyed reading it very much, indeed! I will introduce another 'Cross Wear' for my 2009 a/w collection in Tokyo for the week of March 23rd."

Shimojo and I have been in corresponding ever since! Shimojo is not only an… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 16, 2009 at 0:00 — No Comments

we20 and Ethical Fashion

We met Tamsin at one of our first we20 project meetings so wanted to invite you all to take part in we20

we20 enables anyone to have their own G20 meeting to develop plans for the future. These plans may address a local, national or global problem or address individual behaviour change. we20 are encouraging plans for business, community, government and charity.

The G20 Summit or world leaders is taking place on 2nd April… Continue

Added by Paul Massey on March 15, 2009 at 22:43 — No Comments

Rubia Pigmenta Naturalia

After posting my 2-part interview with sustainable designer and artist John Patrick, I received an email from his Dutch friend, Anco Sneep, director of Rubia Pigmenta Naturalia, which produces a natural red dye that dates back to over two millenia:

"A world without colour is barely conceivable for us. Nature provides for colour all around and anything we create, we create in colour. And–we’ve been doing so for thousands of years. Primeval human beings already used colours to outline… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 13, 2009 at 0:29 — No Comments

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Added by mila ateva on March 10, 2009 at 15:21 — No Comments

John Patrick's Organic Hat

John Patrick is actually a man of many hats!

His first was a beanie of macrobiotic foods when he grew up in the counter-culture revolution of the 60's. But he soon exchanged that one for the cap of communal living in the 1970’s.

With no formal training or experience, John Patrick launched his career in 1982, literally from the top down, by making head wear out of vintage finds. He sported the chapeau of women's fashion designer for the next 20 years.

In 2002,… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 8, 2009 at 16:58 — No Comments

Michael Londrigan on the Recession, Sustainability & the Future of Menswear

What are your thoughts on sustainability and menswear; for example, are green trends making inroads?

"You raise valid questions regarding green and sustainability, but my contention is that menswear is inherently sustainable. Think about it compared to women’s wear, which is pretty much disposable clothing. What a woman wears one season, you will not see the next (of course, this is a generalization but one that holds truth). Whereas menswear, you invest in pieces—a suit, sport coat,… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 8, 2009 at 16:57 — No Comments

John Patrick Dialogues Organic in Peru

Intrigued with John Patrick's pioneering work in the green apparel movement, I sent him an email with several questions. John responded immediately:

"First and foremost, the organic dialogue is what I set about to discuss when I first started doing the organic collection in 2003. Not many people were talking about this in that moment, and there was very small selection—almost nothing.

In each collection I use organic cotton and, in winter, organic wool. I also started to… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 8, 2009 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Did you see the Estethica London Fashion Week party pics?

Hi everyone. Just incase you missed them, here are the party pics from the starry Estethica party at London Fashion Week: I still haven't washed since Brendan Cole put his hand on my lower back that night. What is it about that man and the way he touches a woman ;-)?

Added by Sarah Woodhead on March 5, 2009 at 12:55 — No Comments

Did you all see the Estethica London Fashion Week party pics?

Hi everyone, just a quickie in case you missed the party pics from the fab Estethica do during London Fashion Week. I've not washed since feeling Brendan Cole's hand on my lower back. I mean, what is it about that man? See the pictures here:

Added by Sarah Woodhead on March 5, 2009 at 12:30 — 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

Novo Mundo(s) - Photography Exhibition @ Favela Chic

A new conception of the world is coming to the fore. Novo Mundo(s) reveals arising new initiatives, fighting for a different world on the edge of the global economy. Trades, production, and land cultivation are being reconsidered by people trying to regain esteem and dignity, on the ground and in the field. Are the keys for another world not there ?

This exhibition is the result of the journey of photographer… Continue

Added by Veja on March 3, 2009 at 16:05 — No Comments

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