Archive for the ‘Sustainable Fabrics’ 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” 

A Royal Salute

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Given the Day That’s In It, here are some ideas for an early Summer wedding – from Cool & Casual to All Out.  

Fit For A Queen



Ideas for A Summer Wedding

I was very surprised to find myself excited for Kate Middleton. And not only that but I’m also very excited about the Queen visiting Cork in a few weeks – which is very bizarre – not being a royalist … at all. Although our own politicians behave like they’re part of a monarchy with all their entitlements. The term “ordinary people” seems like code for “commoners”. If ever there was a time for greater ethics & fairness – it’s NOW. Anyhow while I was thinking about what it would be like to be a future Queen and all the duties that would entail, I’ve had to admit I’ve been a bit lapse in my own duties as a shopkeeper here at Belleetik. I’ve spent the past 6 months in a blissful & privileged bubble thanks to new baby – a little boy – born in December. ONE is back again and ready to be Queen of Ones own roost again– so please do keep in contact. 

To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the loving cup, whenever you’re wrong admit it; whenever you’re right shut up” – Ogden Nash, To Keep Your Marriage Brimming, (1902-1971)

Ethical fashion gets super-stylish – The Sunday Times January 10, 2010

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The clothes that help save the planet and the people that make them are now among the most stylish. Everyone from Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and are getting in on the act – Read On

I think it has been stylish for a long time but a feature in the Sunday Times definately means the concept of “Ethical Fashion” is going mainstream. The article gives a good overview as to what ethical fashion is ” The definition of “ethical fashion” is woollier than a hand-knit mohair jumper, covering anything from recycled-leather bags to vegan shoes or dresses made using surplus milk processed into fabric. Some brands focus on Fairtrade production, eco-friendly materials and manufacturing, or support social initiatives in local commmunities. . . Others use organic fabrics and recycled materials, while some take a principled stand on materials.”