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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A few months ago, I was looking for a pair of ethical high-waisted jeans – which, truth be told, I still haven’t found. After searching on a few ethical-fashion websites, I finally found a pair that looked perfect for me. Granted I hadn’t tried them on which was annoying but I was desperate to get my hands on them anyway. I then realised that the US-based brand didn’t deliver in London. This was such a disappointment and a waste of time!
From then on, I decided to focus on UK sustainable brands firstly to avoid delivery issues but also because any shipment, of course, implies a higher carbon footprint.
I was then with faced another problem at the time: I couldn’t find any sources that only focused on UK-based sustainable brands. I read many listings that mixed different ethical brands from all over the world. This was not what I was looking for and on top of that, the same brands were quoted over and over again. So I dug deeper and started compiling a list of UK-based brands, which you will find below. To start with, I am focusing on womenswear as there is already a lot to (dis)cover.
I haven’t yet tested or been in contact with all the brands. In the months to come, my goal is to dig deeper and add some relevant information to this list. Loving and living in North East London, I have added a star* in front of the brands which are based there. I believe that it is important to support local economic life as part of a socially conscious consumer lifestyle. Consuming local is one of the first steps towards ethical behaviour.
I commit to updating this list, every time I get new recommendations or discover new brands so feel free to share any brands that you like and that should be part of this list.
As an ever-growing list, it is also worth to check back here often!
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