Fashion Revolution Week: introducing Community Clothing

It’s Fashion Revolution Week. Founded by Carrie Somers  and  Orsola de Castro , after the Rana Plaza tragedy, this year’s international campaign has over 1000 events raising awareness about ethical practice and sustainability within the clothing industry. Fashion Revolution’s #whomademyclothes initiative helps to encourage brands to consider garment worker’s health, wellbeing and working conditions and to be more transparent (get involvedRead more

Made with love: Cotton Conscious

This is possibly the waftiest of wafty dresses I’ve seen all summer. Spotted at a local market in south London, it belongs to a small fairtrade company called Cotton Conscious . The co-founders are husband and wife team Lisa Galibardy and Blue Philpotts who spend half the year in London and half the year in India. Rishikesh is onRead more

Fashion Revolution Week: Who made my clothes?

  It’s Fashion Revolution Week. Set up by ethical fashion pioneers  Carrie Somers and Orsola de Castro  after the Rana Plaza disaster,  Fashion Revolution is the organisation behind the  ‘Who made my clothes?’ campaign (here’s how to get involved ). I am a firm believer in considerate consumption, do practise the one-in-one-out rule and follow Livia Firth’s ’30 wears’ philosophy: ‘At the moment of purchase, thinkRead more

Livia Firth on considerate consumption

The True Cost documentary has made me think. A lot. About conspicuous consumption and my responsibility as a fashion journalist and human being. I always advocate long term style over fast fashion, particularly now we can buy what we want when we want (online). And I realise that by chucking more product at That’s Not My Age, IRead more

The True Cost: a fashion documentary to make you think

I was deeply moved by the London premiere of The True Cost, this week. And not just because Colin Firth was on the red carpet. This documentary about fast fashion and the appalling impact it has on both garment factory workers and the environment, is upsetting and, at times, difficult to watch. Directed by AndrewRead more

Style at any age: London Fashion Week

It’s official. 80 is the new 18. Today’s The Times Magazine features The Grey Best-Dressed List, a celebration of the top 40 most stylish dressers over 60. And Ronnie Corbett. I would include a link but it’s hidden away behind that pesky News International pay wall – and you can probably guess most of theRead more

Pachacuti Hats

Carry Somers is the founder of Pachacuti (pronounced pa-cha-cu-tee) the UK’s only fair trade hat company, and winners of the Observer Ethical Fashion Award 2011 . Hooray! After completing an MA in Native American studies, Somers went off on a PhD research trip to Ecuador, in 1992, armed with a copy of Anita Roddick’s autobiography. Inspired by the Body Shop’sRead more