July 30, 2010 by Cath
Curated by four of our own graduates from the MA Fashion and the Environment at the London College of Fashion, the exhibition takes a look at the underlying problems facing sustainability in the industry through eight themes identified in Dr. Kate Fletcher’s seminal book Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys.
The exhibition also explores the possible solutions enabling us, as consumers, to make more informed decisions about the clothes we choose to wear.
The programme of events is available to download from the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World’s website
Curators: Felicia Felton, Tara Baoth Mooney, Emma Rigby, Sharn Sandor
Left to be Found is an exploration into little magic interactions of finding and gifting garments within an urban environment. The project aims to encourage altruism through the process of giving; and to strengthen the connections between ourselves, the objects surrounding us and others. The objective of this project is to address the throw-away culture problem in a non-preaching, playful way.
For this, garments are left in public spaces within urban environments to be found by passers-by.
The garments made for the project are designed to uncover with time little magic bits, thus enabling a deeper relationship between garment and wearer, one of discovery and surprise. These range from a little trim of colour hidden inside a French seam which unveils after prolonged wear and tear, to a detachable garment nested within the original found garment, ready to be left behind to continue the process of gifting.
July 23, 2010 by Cath
Project Co-ordinator, Centre for Sustainable Fashion
(fixed term maternity cover for 6 months initially)
£30,871 – £37,947
University of the Arts London is a vibrant world centre for innovation, drawing together six Colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts.
This is the opportunity to be part of an organisation which offers the stimulus to provoke, challenge and question the fashion statue quo. The Centre for Sustainable Fashion works to design transforming solutions that balance ecology, society and culture. It offers a leading forum for understanding and developing future sustainability in the UK fashion industry and its international platform of operation.
Working alongside the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, you will help to develop forward delivery strategies and identify new business and third stream income generating business opportunities. You will also manage and maintain our website, instigating original content, developing the database, links and collaborations, updating where necessary and ensuring key targets are met. Proposing and co-ordinating marketing activities effectively will be key to your success.
Self-motivated and highly proactive, you will bring extensive knowledge of administrative and financial office systems and procedures. Experience of working in a role that includes marketing, PR and business development activities is vital. As well as an understanding of the problems and opportunities which face the fashion industry, in terms of both the environmental and ethical impact, you will be able to spot and develop new business opportunities. If you have experience of working with initiatives to develop awareness of the complexities of sustainable fashion development, all the better.
In return, we offer a competitive employment package including a salary that reflects working in London; annual leave; a final salary pension scheme; and a commitment to your continuing personal and career development in an environment that encourages creativity, diversity and excellence.
Closing date: 4th August 2010
Interviews: 23rd August 2010
Please visit http://jobs.arts.ac.uk to download an application pack or alternatively please contact Alaina McGhee, telephone: 020 7514 7466, email: email@example.com
University of the Arts London aims to be an equal opportunities employer embracing diversity in all areas of activity.
28 – 30 September
To Celebrate Responsible Principles And Style
To Identify And Refine Sustainable Industry Practices
To Educate And Inform About Eco-friendly Fashion
LEADING ECO DESIGNERS // FASHION BUYERS // GLOBAL MEDIA
A selection of the best eco-designers from around the world comes together to showcase their latest collections of environmentally friendly, trend-setting fashion. With collaboration from designers, buyers, models, agencies, fashion directors, trend setters and media, the message is global.
Like other fashion weeks around the world, EFW will be held biannually. In contrast to other fashion weeks, EFW will focus solely on environmentally friendly designers and practices. There is a growing shift in the fashion industry to include the wellbeing of the environment into its practices and Vancouver has become widely known as a haven for independent designers who are committed to using recycled, organically grown, and locally produced fashion. A direct effect of EFW will be to stimulate the growth of eco-conscious fashion and accelerate the industry’s renaissance into the environmental age.
Goodone & Minna
12th August 2010
4pm till 10pm
at the Goodone studio
Big discounts on all Goodone stock along with great bargains from ethical fashion label Minna.
So come on down and grab yourself some mid season bargains
Studio 1 B
2-4 Southgate Road
London, N1 3JJ
The studio is based at the bottom of Southgate Road, a 5 min bus ride from Old Street station. Leave Old Street at exit No 5 and jump on the 141, 21 or 76. When you see the canal you will be on Baring Street and the Briggs Brothers Building will be in sight.
A good landmark is the 2&4 cafe which is at the front of the building. There will be signs directing you through to the studio when you arrive. If you get lost just give us a bell and we’ll direct you.
Our studio number is 0207 249 01 99
Our friends at the School of Design at Northumbria University recently celebrated their latest graduation with an international design symposium – Designing a Better World.
Questions asked on the day… What role can design play in addressing the major social, cultural, economic and environmental problems facing the world today? How can designers help to make sense of our increasingly complex and interconnected world? Can designers transform the way we think and do now – and in the future? In other words, what we’re really asking is – can designers help to make the world a better place?
Speakers came from across the disciplines of design to debate these issues, including Northumbria’s Chair in Ethical Fashion Prof Doug Miller.
You can catch up with the debates and keynotes at their website.
July 19, 2010 by Cath
ETHICAL FASHION SOURCE EXPO: REGISTRATIONS OPEN
Dont miss the only annual industry trade show dedicated to suppliers of ethical and fair trade fabrics, components, and manufacture to the fashion industry: 6th October, Central Hall Westminster, London, alongside the RITE Conference.
EARLY BIRD PRICES available now for a LIMITED number of exhibitors and visitors at the event: Register now to avoid disappointment
VISITORS: REGISTER NOW/ FIND OUT MORE
If you work in fashion or are planning to, and are interested in producing collections to high ethical standards, or looking for new sourcing routes, don’t miss this event. Save time and money by liaising face to face with exemplary suppliers brought together in one place from all over the world.
“The event brought together an impressive combination of sustainable enterprises working along the design supply chain…it provided many insights, tools and leads to move our business forward..” Benita Singh, S4Style, Visitor, 2009
SUPPLIERS OR MANUFACTURERS: REGISTER AS AN EXHIBITOR/ FIND OUT MORE
If you are an ethical or fairtrade supplier or manufacturer , this is the best way to promote your products and services directly to thousands of fashion industry professionals dedicated to sustainable sourcing.
The FIRST SIX exhibitors to register will have the chance to put their company in the spotlight through a dedicated seminar. The seminar programme will be promoted widely in the lead up to the event.
“A wonderful event for sharing knowledge, experience and the chance to do business. We had so much interest in ethical textile manufacturing from the largest retailers to the media.” Prama Bhardwaj, Mantis World, Exhibitor 2009
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Got something you want to promote?
The Ethical Fashion Network brings together over 3400 people in more than 100 countries, from designers to buyers, professionals, consumers, suppliers and press, all dedicated to fashion and sustainability. Send your message directly to the inboxes of the people who will act on it- or ask our team to connect you up directly. Email for more information on email@example.com
Don’t miss out; Make the Network work for you.
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This week marks three months until 10:10:10, our ‘global day of doing’ to cut carbon. On Sunday 10th October there’ll be thousands of practical carbon cutting events and activities all over the world, and we want your business or organisation to be a part of it.
Mark the day in your diary now. From Cosmopolitan magazine to hit TV shows, to thousands of individuals, to busineses, hospitals and schools – everyone will be doing something. On 10:10:10 itself, we want to see your pictures, mails and video, which we‘ll be streaming live from the 10:10 ‘newsroom’ and some major media platforms in towns, cities and workplaces across the UK.
What’s your plan for 10:10:10?
10:10 is all about positive practical action and our ‘global day of doing’ is about taking this ambition to the next level. The choice is yours and just because 10:10:10’s on a Sunday it doesn’t mean you can’t do something in the run up to the date – we’ll still broadcast it!
Throw a work bash to celebrate what you’ve already done and get more people involved and excited. (If your employees haven’t signed up to the campaign then now’s the time.) Team up with colleagues, other companies in your business park or organisations in your local community to launch a joint carbon cutting project. Take the opportunity to launch an idea you’ve been meaning to get started on, be it a car club or ‘switch off’ campaign.
Get creative… and win!
In the coming months we’ll send loads more easy ways for you to get involved but there’s a few to get you started here. We’ll also be launching a competition to see which of our organisations can come up with the most ingenious carbon cutting idea they’ll put into action for 10:10:10. Not only will the best idea receive a cracking prize, you’ll also get the chance to see your idea showcased to tens of thousands of people and businesses taking part. Get your thinking caps on, send us your ideas and register your plans by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Hannah, Harriet and the 10:10:10 team
TRAID, 154 Camden High Street, London NW1 0NE
Tel: 020 7485 5253
Asia – Sourcing Models that Change Lives
Ethical Fashion Forum partner with TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) and One World Action to present the sourcing potential and difficulties of working in this culturally vibrant continent.
Held at TRAID’s flagship Camden store stocking TRAID Vintage, TRAID Secondhand and TRAID remade – their eco and socially conscious recycled fashion label. TRAID plans to protect the environment by diverting clothes and shoes from landfill, to reduce world poverty by raising funds for overseas development projects and to educate UK public on environmental and world poverty issues. ‘Madeleine Bates’, TRAID’s International Development Manager will be presenting TRAID’s latest projects and developments.
One World Action aim to put democracy at the heart of development. Working with communities all over the world, Andy Rutherford, Acting Director and Head of International Partnerships, will present the home-based members of SEWA Delhi who stand firm in competitive global markets and have gained visibility and recognition.
This event is free to attend but the Ethical Fashion Forum encourages attendees to support the continuation of this regular event dedicated to sustainable fashion industry by donating or becoming a Ethical Fashion Social Network Event sponsor.
The Ethical Fashion Social Network Event takes place monthly, on the last Thursday of the month. RSVP to this event on the Ethical Fashion Network and find out more on the Ethical Fashion Calendar.
Be a part of the Ethical Fashion Map; Ethical Fashion Network Events can highlight your business and initiatives to the leader of the sector.
Contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org to become a venue host, speaker or sponsor.
July 16, 2010 by Cath
For those of us looking to update our wardrobes, there is a new craze sweeping the nation which could be the answer to all our shopping dilemmas – and it starts with the Great Swansea Clothes Swap.
Hosted by the National Waterfront Museum on Saturday 24 July, the swap will give you the chance to clear out unwanted items from your wardrobe and reward yourself with new pieces simply by swapping what you no longer need for something you really want.
1. Buy your ticket in advance Tickets are £7.50 per person and are available from www.greatswanseaclothesswap.co.uk or the Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea.
2. Drop off (12-5pm, Saturday 24 July) Bring at least three unwanted, clean and wearable items from your wardrobe that you would be proud to pass on – these can include accessories and shoes, but no underwear, swimwear or earrings.
3. Swapping (6-8pm, Saturday 24 July) Bring back your tokens and get ready to find your new summer wardrobe!
The event has been organised in partnership with Blind Lemon Events Ltd, The Environment Centre, Swansea, City & County of Swansea’s Environment Department and Tenovus.