June 27, 2008 by nina
The Centre for Sustainable Fashion has been given an amazing opportunity to send 10 students to South Africa or Ghana to work with cooperatives developing designs for retail in conjunction with development charity Tabeisa and online store Exclusive Roots. The scholarships are for one month during August 2008.
The opportunity is open to clothing, accessories, textiles and product designers, both undergrads and graduates or LCF only I’m afraid.
Download brief to apply.
Dresses by Julia Smith
June 26, 2008 by nina
LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL
FILM AND TALK ON THE INDIAN GARMENT INDUSTRY:
with Suhasini Singh, a researcher with the Indian workers’ rights NGO, Cividep.
Wednesday 2nd July, 6pm -8pm, Transport House, Transport House 128 Theobald’s Road Holborn London WC1X 8TN
You may have seen the documentary and read the newspaper debates about the garment industry in India. This is an opportunity to find out what workers are doing to improve conditions in Bangalore, one of the main garment production centres in India.
Cividep supports workers, researches labour standards in the garment and electronics industries and works on a number of labour rights in Bangalore. Suhasini is currently researching labour conditions in supply chains of giant retailers and their relationship with buying practices.
Suhasini will be showing a short film about the industry in Bangalore, followed by a Q&A.
Entry free, All welcome
For more information see http://www.labourbehindthelabel.org/
June 23, 2008 by nina
Well the BBC have been busy. Tonight’s episode of Panorama will give details of their six-month investigation into working conditions in their factories. As a result, Primark have pulled out of working with a number of suppliers due to allegations of child labour.
The Panorama special will be broadcast tonight on BBC1 at 9pm.
See War on Want’s John Hillary’s response on BBC News
BBC Thread is looking to put your style on trial. Can you make ethical fashion eco-fabulous?If so, look out for Style Search on the BBC’s ethical fashion website, Thread.
You could win a day with a catwalk stylist, assisting with the styling of the Thread fashion show at London Fashion Week! Style Search launches in July (I’ll post when it goes live), and it will work like this:
1. You upload a digital photo of an ethical fashion outfit styled by you to the website.
2. Fashion experts cast their eye on it.
3. If it’s eco-fabulous enough, you get to go to London Fashion Week.
So don’t forget to go online in July, check out the competition and show off your style!
June 20, 2008 by nina
Topshop is jumping on the swapping craze by hosting its very own swapshop in store for one night only. This is part of the week-long ‘Topshop wants your rubbish’ campaign promoting reusing, recycling, and restyling. Note they seem to have missed out the ‘reducing’ option…hmmmm…
The swap will take place on Thurs 26 June and you can find out more at the website.
June 19, 2008 by nina
In Collaboration with VIRTUE Worldwide, EDUN LIVE creates a new virtual home on the web, expanding its blank B2B tee range to a young, hip audience. EDUN LIVE is the sister brand of EDUN, the socially conscious clothing label founded in 2005 by Ali Hewson and her husband Bono.
EDUN LIVE’s mission is to drive sustainable employment in sub-Saharan Africa through high-volume sales of blank tshirts. From the sourcing of the African cotton to the spinning and knitting process, all the way to the manufacturer, EDUN LIVE t-shirts are 100% African. This means that the economic and social benefits of each step of the value chain remain with, and have a direct impact on those who make EDUN LIVE products.
The tshirts can be bought individually or in bulk for printing. Visit site for more details.
front man Jeremy Paxman couldn’t resist Julia Crew’s classic bags at the recent Oxfam boutique launch. As we know from the ‘pantsgate
‘ episode, Paxman is a discerning customer with an eye for quality, so he undoubtedly found Cordwainers
graduate Julia’s collection for Oxfam quite the ticket.
June 17, 2008 by nina
Primark has severed ties with three Indian manufacturers for using child labour. They were alerted to this by BBC journalists from Panorama. It is reported that the suppliers produce 200,000 garments a year for the firm.
Martin Hearson, the campaign director of Labour behind the Label, said: “Cutting and running from suppliers following exposure by campaigners or the media only serves to punish those workers brave enough to speak out about their conditions. It certainly won’t do anything to improve their lives. Such actions make Primark’s ethical claims ring hollow.”
June 13, 2008 by nina
The TV production company Silver River is making a brand new prime-time fashion series for BBC2.
We are looking for women across the UK to take part in a clothes swapping event. From Primark to Prada – if you have a wardrobe full of clothes you don’t wear and would love a brand new look without spending a penny, then get in touch to shop and swap.
Maybe the best clothes to swap with have been sitting in a wardrobe and never been worn, or are vintage, have been outgrown, or maybe there are just too many gorgeous shoes and handbags in the wardrobe to cope with!
To apply to be a part of this exciting new series
Phone: 020 7307 2746
(Applicants must be must be aged 17+)
June 12, 2008 by nina
, an award winning, sustainable fashion design company collaborates with six of the country’s top charities to produce limited edition garments using their old campaign t-shirts.
Amnesty International, Greenpeace, WWF, Shelter, Liberty and No Sweat, have all contributed and Goodone has designed an outstanding dress and hoody jacket combination for the initial garments. This is in keeping with goodone’s contemporary style of producing recreated fashions from recycled fabric.
The HEBA women’s project in east London manufactures the garments making the link between social enterprise and high fashion.
These limited edition designs will go on sale on goodone’s website
on the 19th of June, prices from £50, all profits going to the charities involved.