Archive for the ‘Ethical Fashion’ Category

Better Fashion Week – Dublin – April 28th – LOCAL WISDOM PHOTOSHOOT with Dr. Kate Fletcher FREE 10am – 5pm

Friday, April 27th, 2012

SATURDAY APRIL 28th   – LOCAL WISDOM PHOTOSHOOT with Dr. Kate Fletcher FREE 10am – 5pm

More Links on the Project  visit and

I am a bit of a fan following her book Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys, London: Earthscan.

Better Fashion Week - Ireland

Some News Making Headlines / Blog Lines on Sustinable Clothing – Apr 2012

Friday, April 27th, 2012

1. This week is Better Fashion Week in Ireland. For a review of what Better Fashion and more about what’s happening read on

Better Fashion Week

Better Fashion

Irish Times – Wednesday April 25th By : Rosemary McCabe

For more on the event visit

2. Shwopping is the new shopping, darling: Joanna Lumley launches clothes recycling initiative for M&S

 Schwopping at M&S

(I really couldn’t figure out the picture at the start. I thought it was advertising wearing used clothes. But according to the article “M&S filled an entire street in East London’s Brick Lane fashion district with the equivalent amount of clothing that we throw into landfill every five minutes – almost 10,000 items” –  makes you think)

3. Livia Firth, wife of Colin Firth has been in the headlines in the past months for her Green Carpet challange. I like her for making a stand and as she said being more than just the wife at the Oscars.

 Firth fashions a green path for Hollywood

CNN – April 26th 2012 By Erin McLaughlin

 Livia Firth: “Once you’ve seen how a factory producing throwaway fashion operates, you can never really go back to the high street”

Daily Telegraph – 20th April 2012  By Lisa Armstrong

 3. Fashion food for thought. Maybe she’s reading too much into her fashion choices of particular moments but interesting idea and brave to put yourself to the test! The comments are OUCH

Do your clothes reveal your character flaws?

Daily Mail – 25th April 2012 By Liz Jones 

 4. For a sample of the ideas, trends and designs from around the world Trendhunter is an interesting port of call – keep an eye on the time…….

Trend Hunter 65 Conscientious Couture Pieces

April 2012 –

5 Hopefully more will follow H&M’s move to clean up fashion and look pretty and vibrant while doing so. There are lots of great options to mix & match with the items on our website – try their chiffon shirts & print tops with our trousers or print skitrs with our tops.

Is H&M the new home of ethical fashion?

The Guardian – April 10, 2012

Vivienne Westwood launches an Ethical Fashion Africa collection

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011


Vivienne Westwood launches an Ethical Fashion Africa collection. The collection features beautiful bag made from recycled materials & African inspiration, produced by women in Nairobi.

More on the Project – taken directly from – “Vivienne Westwood has once again partnered with the ITC (International Trade Centre) in the Ethical Fashion Programme. This programme now supports over 7,000 women, who have a strong desire to improve their lives. Through the Programme’s extensive network, some of the poorest people in the world now have access to a job. The income earned enables children to attend school. It pays for medical expenses. It ensures other basic needs can be met. All those involved in Vivienne Westwood’s Ethical Fashion Africa collection are empowered by the pride they take in their work and the new skills learnt.The aim is that many will start their own companies and train the next generation of skilled workers, raising the standard of living in one of the world’s most fragile economies. NOT CHARITY, JUST WORK” 

Future of Fashion & High Street Happenings

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Future of Fashion – Good – True & Lasting

I was heartened a few days ago to hear Irish stylist & RTE Off the Rails  presenter, Sonya Lennon, say that fashion is moving beyond trends and the future is clothes that are “Good”, “True” & “Lasting” In a world gone mad, where our taxes are pumped into invisible holes, & various scandals keep catching up with us, it is any wonder that we need to seek out the good to restore some meaning.

This was certainly music to my ears and I’m sure to any of small shops & designers, who work hard to know exactly where their clothes are coming from and who is making them and in what conditions. Hopefully the high street and even more designers will follow suit and significantly expand their sustainable/ethical ranges. And ideally fall over themselves to prove to their customers that they are actively working with their producers & suppliers in poorer countries to improve their working conditions – Maybe that dream is just around the corner.

Happenings on the High Street since January 2010
Speaking of the high street, H&M launched their Garden Collection for Spring, which looks luscious and is made from organic and sustainable fabrics. They certainly took to the challenge of producing a fashionable & sustainable collection with gusto. On first viewing, every piece looks great and the fabrics feel lovely (and nicer than the other collections but I acknowledge my bias..)

In early March Tesco launched dresses from their Fred & Florance  collection. for which they cooperated with ethical brand “From Somewhere” .  The dresses are made from off cuts which would otherwise end up in the bin, and are made in a green factory in Sri Lanka.  The dresses are only available online and it was difficult enough to find the four dreses amongst the 1000 pieces that make up the F&F collection. The From Somewhere designer, Orsola de Castro, acknowledges that it is more of a marketing excercise at the moment The Guardian conclude that ” while sceptics may frown at the collaboration, Orsola argues that anything that gets ethical fashion into the mainstream can only help.”

Back to H&M, Re-dress posed an excellent question on their blog in relation to H&M’s collection “is the commitment of a high street store to sustainability enough to offset the crippling effects of fast fashion?  They also say they recently learned that in 2005 H&M handled 500 million garments in one year and estimate this figure has spiriled, as the demand for fast fashion increased.

While they are not high street yet People Tree’s collaberation with Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson, has propelled them to new fashion heights. The clothes are available on People Tree’s site and while aimed at teens they are really cool.

Fast Fashion – What Does it Mean – Some Links

To conclude - to read up on some of the effects of fast fashion & what it means for the people producing the clothes and for the environment, I have included some links to campaigning organisations, which offer an excellent grounding and insight:
Re-Dress  - Irish based organisation educating and campaigning for a sustainable fashion industry
Ethical Fashion Forum –  the UK based organisation educating and campaigning for a sustainable fashion industry
Labour Behind the Label – campaigns for the rights of the people who make our clothes
Clean Clothes Campaign – campaigns for the rights of the people who make our clothes