Hannah Brabon is a Fashion graduate from Winchester School of Art. I discovered her collection through the online rental clothing platform, Wear the Walk, where her collection is available. Each outfit in the collection uses intricate knitting skills and elaborated fabric manipulation processes like heat pressing. Hannah has a strong interest in clothing with a long life that led her to also focus on using pre-loved denim and transforming it into something new and innovative using various techniques including fabric dyeing and bleaching.

I picked a lovely jumper from her collection and asked her to reveal all the secrets that lie behind its seams.

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The Fashion Revolution Week started five years ago, after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more in Bangladesh. During that week, clothes brands and producers are encouraged to use the #imadeyourclothes hashtag, to showcase their know-how and be transparent with their supply chain.

The fifth Fashion Revolution Week starts on Monday the 23rd April 2018.  I thought I could do without a list of events but in the last two weeks, I have seen so many great opportunities and ideas developed by sustainable and ethical concepts that I decided to gather all of them in one post to help me – and hopefully you – plan this amazing and busy week.

I am focusing on the events taking place in North and East London, and/or developed by brands based in this booming area.

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Photo: Ross Findon on Unsplash

In recent years, more and more people have become aware of the damage caused by society’s greedy consumption of clothes. Not only does it promote unethical work conditions for millions of workers but it also promotes unnecessary wasteful mass-production.With the future of the planet and its people in mind, many consumers are now trying to make ethical and sustainable choices when buying clothes. The truth is that these choices are more complicated than they might seem. Many decisions in ethical consumerism come with a set of compromises. One decision leads to another one which might lead to a problem or another set of decisions and often you have to make your decisions by weighing the best balance of them all. It can sometimes be quite overwhelming and exhausting!

A few weeks ago, I launched this very simple question on Twitter: “What are your 3 top tips to become a conscious consumer?” I was amazed by the number of answers I got from many ethical living advocates not only living in the UK but also in the USA and Australia. Under the sweet impulse of @BesmaCc, I decided to gather all the valuable tips I got and share them with you. Luckily, for those interested in doing more ethical consumerism, there is a wealth of small changes, easy enough for anyone looking to up their shopping game, and use the power of their money to change the world, one purchase at a time.

From my original question, 20 great tips emerged to guide you in becoming a more conscious consumer.

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Over the last weeks, I have highlighted small steps we can all take to fall in love with our clothes again. If you have been following the journey on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter then great but if you missed it, here is a summary of the Steps to date, from Step 1 to Step 5.

 

 

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It has been a long time since the sweatshirt was confined to sports halls! Its not-so-glamorous name was incidentally picked up by factory workers who commented on its apparent state of post-sport-game. As a pure product of urban subcultures, the humble sweatshirt has become a fashion staple for both men and women. This season, it inspires again fashion designers and continues its ethical metamorphosis.

More than ever this spring, the sweatshirt emancipates from its street roots and is adorned with embroidery and new textures. It is very exciting to see the interesting fabrics and styles that have been popping up lately from sustainable and ethical brands. With its cool degaine, you can easily mix your sweatshirt to any style. Of course, there’s always the sweatshirt-and-denim combo you could live in forever, but I personally prefer to pair it with a midi or mini skirt for a more feminine but still casual look.

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