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Saturday 4 December (10am-6pm) & Sunday 5 December (11am-5pm) with a private preview evening for press, industry and VIPs on Friday 3rd December (6-8pm)
Bringing together a host of boutique ethical brands, all showcased over two days on the first weekend of December, Ethical Just Got Fabulous makes its Notting Hill debut at London’s 20th Century Theatre. Britain shows it has got plenty of ethical talent with a brand line-up that includes CSF Business Support Programme labels Tammam and Mamacha, award-winning designer Izzy Lane, Livia Firth’s Eco Age boutique and Bottetop, famous for its bestselling bag collaboration with Mulberry.
Supported by Magic FM and Champagne Lanson, shoppers will be able to browse a unique selection of Christmas gifts, from clothing, accessories, homewares and jewellery to handpicked stocking fillers. Visitors will be treated to live jazz, mulled wine and a raffle for a chance to win a Fabulous Christmas Hamper worth £1,000. Proceeds from the raffle go directly to Magic 105.4’s Cash for Kids, a charity which supports disadvantaged children within London.
The Textile Society is working in conjunction with De Montfort University. The conference is offering the latest evidence – based research across a number of fields in re-cycled and sustainable textiles sometimes with surprising and unexpected results.
There is a packed programme of papers reflecting current thinking on a variety of topics, by leading authorities throughout this field.
The keynote lecture will be given by Dr Jenny Balfour Paul who has just returned from New York and Mexico where she is involved in some outstanding projects based on her research into indigo.
There are 25 free student places for the Formal Opening, Buffet and Dance on Friday and 25 free student places offered for the conference on Saturday
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On 11 November 2010 fifteen fashion addicts worldwide stopped buying clothes for one year. This video was produced to introduce the participants during the Beyond Green symposium in Amsterdam.
The ‘fashion addicts’ are a mix of fashion students and fashion professionals. Every fortnight they will share their experiences on this website, based on assignments. Some participants will get their own assignments, as going cold turkey on a fashion addiction is not the same for everyone…
Follow their stories at www.freefashionchallenge.com
Watch the video on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5NGwjnljzU&feature=player_embedded
Thanks for all the great feedback and press about the Shared Talent India website. The site is divided into three main sections: materials, skills and suppliers. We’re glad it’s proving such an excellent resource.
Recycle for London is hosting a week of clothes swapping parties or ‘Swishing’ events across the capital. Londoners can get together and swap fabulous but unloved clothes, absolutely free.
The aim of the events is to reduce the amount of textiles dumped in landfill sites. In London we throw away an estimated 20 million black bin bags or 100,000 tonnes of textiles each year. 95 per cent of clothes that are binned could have been re-used or recycled and textiles are particularly problematic in landfill. Synthetic, man-made fibres do not decompose, woollen garments do decompose, but in doing so they produce methane, which contributes to global warming and climate change. Swishing is a fun and free way of combating the impact of the fashion industry on the environment as well as encouraging long-term sustainable behaviour change.
To participate in these Recycle for London ‘Swishing’ events, all you need to do is bring along some items of clothing, pairs of shoes, bags or accessories. The items must be clean, in good condition and something that you are proud to hand on. In return you can swap them for anything that takes your fancy. The events are being delivered in partnership with London-based textile reuse and recycling charity TRAID, who will take away any unwanted items for resale in their charity shops.
‘ These events are a fantastic way of recycling clothes that are in good condition and saving them from the landfill site. ’ Mayor of London Boris Johnson
‘TRAID is a charity helping communities to give up their unwanted clothes for good. We love fashion, but hate its impact, and initiatives like this are a brilliant way of reducing textile waste by giving people sustainable alternatives to the high street. TRAID fund projects fighting poverty and exploitation in the global textile supply chain through the collection and resale of unwanted clothes. In London alone, TRAID operates over 300 textile banks in partnership with councils, local businesses and schools to encourage households to divert textiles from landfill, reduce waste and shrink their fashion footprint.’ TRAID’s Chief Executive Maria Chenoweth-Casey
The Lambeth Swish
Tue 23 Nov 2010 19:00-21.30 Venue: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG
Recycle & Restyle
Fri 26 Nov 2010 15:30-1800 Drop off/swap anytime during these times. Venue: The Greenside Community Centre, Lilestone Street, London NW8 8SR
Other activities at the event: Restyle Studio, Puppet workshop, refreshments
The Slim Bin Swish
Sat 27 Nov 2010 11:00-13.00. Venue: Croydon Library, Clocktower Activities Room, Ground Floor, Croydon Clocktower, Catherine St, Croydon CR9 1ET
Swap ‘til you drop, Bow
Sat 27 Nov. Starts at 12.00. Venue Tredegar Community Centre, 333 Morville Street, Bow, E3 2DZ
Recycle for London’s message is that if you can’t make one of these events, why not throw your own party at home or at work? www.swishing.com has lots of information to help you plan and run your own Swishing party. They have a range of toolkits to provide advice and support and also offer a free events listing service on their website.
- For further information on all Swishes see www.recycleforlondon.com or www.Swishing.com/events
- The week of events is part of the European Week of Waste Reduction. For more information visit www.ewwr.eu
- TRAID is a UK registered charity (297489) working to divert clothes from landfill at its nationwide network of 950 textile recycling banks (300 in London). The profits raised support projects fighting inequality and exploitation in the global textile supply chain, and projects establishing environmental sustainability in some of the world’s poorest communities www.traid.org.uk / www.traidremade.com
Nyonyo & Yayra’s profile has gone live today in the Profiling Business section of the CSF website.
Nyonyo & Yayra is one of the designers on our Business Support Programme which aims to help existing and emerging London based fashion businesses. The next Programme is due to start in January 2011.
Nyonyo & Yayra- which means ‘Goodness & Blessing’- is a label from Central St Martin’s graduate Pamela Atekpe. The brand embraces Pamela’s Ghanaian cultural heritage and western lifestyle, to combine elements of both cultures into an inspirational womenswear collection. Pamela works closely with weavers in Africa to create wonderful and unique cloth in noble fibres for her collection. These are combined with carefully selected European ‘end of line’ textiles. All the production is UK based.
Nyonyo & Yayra borrows from traditional men’s tailoring techniques, and then layers on top decorative and functional detailing you might expect from couture houses. Pamela uses applications that appear modern yet are of traditional African ilk. Printed wax fabrics contrast with soft draping in natural weaves and luxurious textiles. Strong lines juxtaposed with traditional treatments, create a look that has been described as a classic, modern silhouette.
Fabrics used include milk, organic cotton and bamboo jersey. Pamela is also keen to preserve the production of fabrics such as silk pique and waxed ‘Funeral cloth’- as referred to in Ghana- by finding new ways of using them.
The label was shown on the CSF Stand at London Fashion Week in February 2010. This resulted in a mention from Liz Jones in the Daily Mail. The label has since collaborated with Izzy Lane founder Isobel Davies to produce a Nyonyo & Yayra coat using surplus Izzy Lane fabric.
The Autumn/Winter 2011 ‘What lurks within… (Infinity possibility)’ develops playful and functional details from past collections, with timeless style and versatile layering.
Dark/black waxed fabric appears with 100% wool ‘nun’s veiling’ Challis or an organic cotton/cashmere/milk mix for added warmth.
“In direct response to the CSF Programme the label introduced the use of milk jersey. Another effect of the course has been to consider fabric dyeing and printing processes.
The last effect has been to create an accessories sub-label: Nyonyo & Yayra Openɔlose to highlight the distinctive nature and variety of the Ewe (‘Ev-ay’) Kente. Kente is a unique handmade fabric, produced in Ghana. Narrow woven strips are pieced together to form a full-sized cloth. It was traditionally produced from silk/cotton threads and worn on special occasions or to signify royalty. Each intricate design has its own meaning and is often passed down from generation to generation. The commonly seen version is multi-coloured designs, mainly attributed to the Asante.
Through this label we wish to protect the craft of hand weavers in Ghana in general but more specifically that of people in the Volta Region – mainly the Ewes. Using traditional weaving techniques, we use materials such as cash-silk and cashmere to create scarves and jumpers that are totally contemporary, deceptively simple, yet sophisticated and delightful to wear. Openɔlose is to be treasured and passed down.”
- Visit Nyonyo & Yayra
The Ogrens’ way is a unique one, incorporating ingenuity, artistry, and recycling. After the disarmament treaties led to the dismantlement of missile silos throughout the American Midwest, the Ogrens had the copper cabling connecting those silos pulled from the earth, ground into copper chop, and made into a gleaming, butter-smooth alloy they call Peace Bronze. From it, the artisans at their company, From War to Peace, have crafted sublime jewelry. Other useful and beautiful items in the pipeline include Christmas ornaments, clocks, and wind chimes.
“All our designs revolve around symbols of peace”
Merryn Leslie’s profile has gone live today in the Profiling Business section of the CSF website.
Merryn Leslie is one of the designers on our Business Support Programme which aims to help existing and emerging London based fashion businesses. The next Programme is due to start in January 2011.