When it comes to fashion, an industry that changes constantly and rapidly, you can never stop learning. I think to write about fashion, and in this case ethical fashion, I’ve got to stay educated, above and beyond my university course, so I thought I’d compile here some of my favourite ethical fashion resources, including the best book, film, magazine, blog, podcast and Ted talk. Stay tuned until the end, where I have some very exciting ethcial fashion news of my own!
As I write this, I’ve just come back from the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) after an insanely eventful event all about celebrating all things ethical fashion during Fashion Revolution Week with Colour Elements, at which I spoke on a panel of experts after a film screening of Slowing Down Fast Fashion. This picture shows one of the Scottish sustainable fashion brands that showcased at the night, Cloh, a new contemporary menswear label that utilizes quality re-purposed textiles, like ‘linen’ made from plastic bottles used to make stunning oversized shirts.
For the first time in history, a pair of jeans can cost you less than the price of a sandwich, and you can buy them from the same shop too. In a culture of supermarket fashion, we have become so far detached geographically and mentally from the people who make our clothes that we have forgot how much it actually costs to make them. The images in this post are from my latest ethical fashion obsession, Studio Five.
Yellow Bubble is an Edinburgh based knitwear brand run by Jenny McCraw, a fellow Herald Fashion Awards 2016 winner and one of my favourite memebrs of my fashion department at The Scottish Design Exchange. The label has just receaslesed the new Spring/Summer collection, aand I was lucky enough to preview it in the Abbeyhill studio last week to chat with Jenny herself. Love this image from the new lookbook, photographed by Erica Von Stein, all the 1970s vibes! Read on to see our interview all about Scottish fashion, summer knitwear and shopping small…
I support Fashion Revolution because despite numerous disasters that exemplify the state of the fashion industry, change is still far too slow and we can only make progress with a united movement. Its brilliant to see the project gain momentum here in Scotland as well as worldwide. I think Edinburgh is the perfect place for a Fashion Revolution event because we have a thriving creative community that really cares about ethics. The fashion industry here is growing and as it grows, each step of the way we need to consider sustainability as the number one priority.