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  • Calling All Creatives! Fashion Digital Marketer & Part-Time Copywriter & Journalist Internship!

    Looking to change the fashion world? So are we! Fashion ComPassion are looking for talented and experienced candidates to apply for our two new exciting positions - Fashion Digital Marketer and Part-Time Copywriter & Journalist Intern!

    Fashion ComPassion Logo Looking to change the fashion world? We're looking for a fashion digital marketer and a part time copywriter and journalist intern to help with Fashion Compassion's re-launch!

    Fashion Digital Marketer (Freelance Opportunity)

    We are looking for a freelance digital marketer to help us develop our online website, which is an established name within the sustainable retail industry. Our site is in the midst of re-branding and we need someone with the necessary experience to create a digital marketing strategy for the new site before the re-launch. Creating awareness and a buzz about the re-launch through social media will also be a large part of the duties required. Experience in a similar role is required and having worked in fashion previously is essential.

    Responsibilities will include:

    • Developing brand marketing across social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and Tumblr.
    • Creating social media management standards, policies and rules of engagement.
    • Developing relationships with key members of social media outlets, bloggers, and thought leaders.
    • Writing editorials and blog postings.
    • Online advocacy and community-outreach efforts

    This is a great role to gain experience within a retail company which is re-branding as you will be responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive social media strategies, developing integrated marketing frameworks and launch campaigns to increase brand visibility and traffic.

    Candidates, ideally, will have some retail sector experience, a proven track record of executing social marketing programs for top retail brands and a passion for social media.

    How to apply: Send a short cover letter, as well as your resume and examples of your work, to info@fashioncompassion.co.uk!

    Part-Time Copywriter & Journalist Internship in Fashion

    Are you an up and coming writer or journalist? Are you creative? Do you have an interest in fashion and finding out the stories behind labels? Then we have the position for you!

    We are looking for a part-time writing intern to work alongside our social media and marketing team in creating new and exciting content for our magazine - The FC Edit and copy for parts of the website.

    Responsibilities will include: -

    • Writing, editing and proofreading features and press releases for the FC Edit.
    • Interviewing sources including designers and brands.
    • Writing copy and product descriptions for the website
    • Covering Fashion ComPassion events.
    • Meeting and liaising with other staff.
    • Help generate ideas for future features.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands on experience in fashion and get involved in various aspects of the business. You will also get both creative and commercial experience of working with various brands around the globe. We offer the opportunity to get your work published in our magazine & publications, get involved in various fashion events, liaise with press and have the freedom to bring in your own creativity and expertise to grow the business.

    Please note that this placement will be unpaid, but we will pay for your travel expenses (London zones 1-6).

    Working hours: 2-3 days a week or 15 hrs per week

    Candidates, ideally, should have previous writing experience as well as an interest in online shopping and fashion. Any background knowledge or experience with sustainable and ethical fashion will be advantageous but not essential.

    Start date: 25th January

    How to apply: Send a short cover letter, as well as your resume and examples of your work, to info@fashioncompassion.co.uk!

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: Recycled Fashion

    Recycled Fashion Logo

    What is the name of your blog?

    Recycled Fashion

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I write a blog about fashion, but fashion not in the traditional sense. I write about sustainable fashion, which encompasses shopping expeditions in opportunity shops, charity shops, thrift stores, vintage stores, markets, garage sales, car boot sales, online stores and auctions to find recycled fashion wardrobe pieces.

    After the birth of my first son, I enjoyed the change in my life, but do admit to finding the adjustment from full time work to stay at home mother really difficult. I always remember my husband saying to me at this point “you need a hobby” and laughed at him! But, he was right, I did need a creative outlet to focus on. I’d always enjoyed writing, and sourcing second hand fashion, so combined the two together which became my blog; Recycled Fashion.

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    Fashion can be damaging to the environment, from the dyes and chemicals used in the process, through to the waste generated by our throwaway nature of cheaply produced ‘on trend’ clothes.

    By choosing sustainable fashion, we are kinder to our planet, and to the people that make our clothes.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    Eclectic, I wouldn’t really say I have a style, anything goes, but I don’t like to follow trends.

    Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?

    I think Vivienne Westwood is doing well to fly the sustainable fashion flag.

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    Because I favour recycled fashion, I tend to prefer brands that repurpose existing fabric, such as Junky Styling and Queenie & Ted.

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?

    I always say to choose recycled before buying new as a priority, otherwise to I’d say when choosing a new garment to buy, do a little bit of research behind the brand first, and make sure you are happy with their ethics before parting with your hard earned cash.

    What are your plans for the future?

    Part of my blog writing involves refashioning op shop clothes into new styled pieces. However, I've got to the stage now where I don't really need that many clothes for my own wardrobe. I am in the process of linking up to op shops (charity shops) close to my home, take damaged or un-wearable clothes and refashion them into new stylish pieces. I plan to document how I did so on my blog, then donate back to the op shop for resale.

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    Erica’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Bhalo’s Scarecrow Trousers (£90), Sarah's Bag Classic Posters Clutch (£92) and Bhalo's Pocket Skirt (£80). Erica’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Bhalo’s Scarecrow Trousers (£90), Sarah's Bag Classic Posters Clutch (£92) and Bhalo's Pocket Skirt (£80).

    Check out Erica's Recycled Fashion blog here.

    Erica is also on Facebook and Twitter.

  • 5 Products That Would Be Better If They Were Sustainable!

    Whilst we love products which make our world a better place, many of the clothes and accessories we buy on a regular basis aren’t sustainable or made with eco-friendly materials. Every month, we post a blog featuring 5 fashion finds which we would love to have in our wardrobes if they were made more sustainably!

    Here are this month’s finds!

    1. Red Mac Coat

    Red Mac Coat. Product info: - 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton. Lining 100% Polyester. Red Mac Coat. Product info: - 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton. Lining 100% Polyester.

    2. Blue Floral Flatform Plimsolls

    Blue Floral Flatform Plimsolls. No product info available. Blue Floral Flatform Plimsolls. No product info available.

    3. Viscose Dress

    Viscose Dress. Product info: -100% Viscose. Viscose Dress. Product info: -100% Viscose.

    4. Jellyfish Rainbow Leggings

    Jellyfish Rainbow Leggings. Product info: - 83% Polyester Bright, 17% Spandex. Jellyfish Rainbow Leggings. Product info: - 83% Polyester Bright, 17% Spandex.

    5. Monica Drifting Bird Top

    Monica Drifting Bird Top. Product info: - 100% Cotton. Monica Drifting Bird Top. Product info: - 100% Cotton.

    What do you think? Would you buy these products if they were more sustainable and eco-friendly?

  • 2013: The Year of Sustainable Fashion!

    In less than 24 hours, we will be welcoming in the new year and saying goodbye 2013! But, before doing that, we thought it would be a great idea to look back at this year and see what 2013 brought to the sustainable fashion industry. So without further ado, here is our top 5 picks of 2013 sustainable fashion events!

    1. SOURCE Summit 2013

    The SOURCE Summit is considered to be one of the most important event for fashion and sustainability. The SOURCE Summit is considered to be one of the most important event for fashion and sustainability.

    In July, the SOURCE Summit 2013 conference was held at the Crystal in London. The summit is considered to be one of the most important event for fashion and sustainability as united global retailers leaders and pioneering brands from all over the world in aid of addressing the challenges faced by the sustainable fashion industry. Ayesha Mustafa, founder and director of Fashion ComPassion, was apart of the Summit's panel for the Retailer forum, a forum which aimed to bring retailers together with entrepreneurs and brands to debate about how to increase the availability of sustainable fashion in the mainstream fashion industry.

    2. GCC Capsule Collection Launch On Net-a-Porter

    Emma Watson models the NET-A-PORTER.COM & GCC Capsule Collection. (Original photos by Natalie Brewster). Emma Watson models the NET-A-PORTER.COM & GCC Capsule Collection. (Original photos by Natalie Brewster).

    September saw the Green Carpet Challenge and Net-a-Porter launch a world wide exclusive capsule collection, where all the pieces were created in accordance with GCC® ethical criteria and produced to the highest sustainable standards. The GCC capsule collection featured ten gowns from five of best British designers; Victoria Beckham, Burberry Prorsum, Chistopher Kane, Erdem and Roland Mouret. The collection was then modelled by actress and sustainable fashion campaigner Emma Watson as part of the launch.

    3. Fashion Revolution Day

    Fashion Revolution Day will offer a voice to everyone in the fashion ecosystem who is bringing change. Fashion Revolution Day will offer a voice to everyone in the fashion ecosystem who is bringing change.

    This year also saw the creation the annual commemorative day Fashion Revolution Day. Initiated by Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro, Fashion Revolution Day is to commemorate and tribute the victims of the Rana Plaza and all the other tragedies that have occurred in the name of fashion. Taking its main inspiration from International Women’s Day, Fashion Revolution Day aims to show the world that change in the fashion industry is possible and that we should celebrate those who want create a more sustainable fashion future and give them a platform to voice their concerns. The day also intends celebrate good practice in the industry as well as highlight the main problem areas which need to be tackled such as worker’s rights and health and safety conditions.

    Check out Fashion Revolution Day Facebook page here.

    4. Estethica SS2014 at London Fashion Week!

    5 Top Picks from Estethica SS14 - People Tree, Bottletop, Liora Lassalle, Katrien Van Hecke and Beautiful Soul London. 5 Top Picks from Estethica SS14 - People Tree, Bottletop, Liora Lassalle, Katrien Van Hecke and Beautiful Soul London.

    Estethica has become one of the industry’s leading showcases of eco sustainable design, supporting over 100 pioneering designers and promoting awareness about ethical fashion around the world. This year's SS14 was exceptional, showcasing talents from the likes of People Tree, Bottletop, Liora Lassalle, Katrien Van Hecke and Beautiful Soul London. Check out our whole review of Estethica SS2014 here!

    5. Ethical Fashion Initiative

    'Not Charity, Just Work' - slogan of Ethical Fashion Initiative. 'Not Charity, Just Work' - slogan of Ethical Fashion Initiative.

    It has been a phemonal year for the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI). EFI gives artisans in Africa and Haiti access to designers like Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, helping ethical fashion into the mainstream market. Operated through the wider ‘Poor Communities and Trade Programme’ launched by the ITC, the Ethical Fashion Initiative enables international fashion companies and distributors to source from African communities, without bias in price or quality, therefore allowing groups of marginalised artisans to become part of the larger value chain. Simone Cipriani, head of the EFI, was named among the Business of Fashion Top 500 influential people who are shaping the global fashion industry.

    Find out more about the Ethical Fashion Initiative here.

    What do you think? What are your top sustainable fashion event from 2013? Let us know in the comments!

  • The Plastic Gold Project - Empowering Saharawi Women Through Design

    Florie Salnot is a designer working in the area of social, service and UX design. The vision behind, and motivation for her work is to use design as a medium to improve people’s life, to strengthen individual and cultural confidence and to enable independent living. Florie believes in a collaborative approach with people all along the design process. This particularly includes creative and empathic research methods to gain first hand insights.

      Participants of the first Plastic Gold workshop, refugee camp of Dakhla. (Photo via floriesalnot.com). Participants of the first Plastic Gold workshop, refugee camp of Dakhla. (Photo via floriesalnot.com).

    The Plastic Gold project was developed by Florie to empower Saharawi refugees through design.The Saharawis are former nomadic people who used to live in Western Sahara. In 1975, Morocco annexed their territory. Since then, over half of them (around 150 000) have been living in exile in a remote stretch of the Sahara desert, waiting to get their land back. The Saharawi refugee camps are located in one of the most hostile and barren desert of the world, in the south-western corner of Algeria. In these camps, there is virtually no work and resources. The Saharawis are dependent on precarious aid flows (food and other essential aid for survival).

    Mutesemel small necklace. (Photo via floriesalnot.com) Mutesemel small necklace. (Photo via floriesalnot.com)

    Inspired by the traditional jewellery worn by the Saharawi people, Florie devised a craft which the women could practice despite their limited resources. By using hot sand, basic tools and spray paint, the refugees could recreate traditional Sarahawi necklaces and bracelets from discarded plastic bottles.

      Stages of the Plastic Gold technique (painting of the bottle, cutting, moulding with hot sand). (Photo via Floriesalnot.com) Stages of the Plastic Gold technique (painting of the bottle, cutting, moulding with hot sand). (Photo via Floriesalnot.com)

    Not only did the project offer Saharawis a sustainable way for generating income but provide the refugees with an activity that could strengthen their self-esteem and express their individuality.

    Plastic Gold project was shortlisted for this year's Jameel Prize and is currently on display at the Victoria & Albert museum in London until 21st April 2014. For more information, visit the V&A website.

    Plastic Gold was supported by London-based Sandblast charity, promoting Saharawi refugee voices through the arts.

    For more information about Plastic Gold, visit the Plastic Gold website.

  • Fashion ComPassion supports Girl Rising Pakistan

    We are extremely proud to support Girl Rising Pakistan - an initiative to host a two week girl education advocacy and fund raising campaign through the screening of the internationally acclaimed film “Girl Rising” in December 2013.

    Girl Rising Pakistan is an initiative to host a two week girl education advocacy and fund raising campaign through the screening of the internationally acclaimed film “Girl Rising” in December 2013. Girl Rising Pakistan is an initiative to host a two week girl education advocacy and fund raising campaign through the screening of the internationally acclaimed film “Girl Rising” in December 2013.

    "Girl Rising" spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Journeying around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit, Girl Rising gives voice to the daunting challenges faced by girls navigating adolescence in much of the developing world, and demonstrates the power of education.

    Girl Rising features nine girls, each paired with a renowned writer from her native country to use the power of storytelling to deliver a single message: educating girls in developing countries will change the world. Girl Rising features nine girls, each paired with a renowned writer from her native country to use the power of storytelling to deliver a single message: educating girls in developing countries will change the world.

    Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising is narrated by celebrated actresses: Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington. Girl Rising also features original music from Academy Award-winner Rachel Portman and Lorne Balfe.

    Screening dates in Pakistan:
    December 16th - 22nd in Lahore; and
    December 23rd - 29th in Karachi

    To find out more about Girl Rising and their campaign, check out their website here.

    Watch the 'Girl Rising' trailer here.

    Girl Rising Pakistan is also on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: Adore, Reflect, Sustain

    Emma Waight from Adore, Reflect, SustainWhat is the name of your blog?

    Adore, Reflect, Sustain

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I started my blog Adore, Reflect, Sustain more than 3 years ago because I was studying for a research-based Masters in ethical fashion and I wanted a space to promote ethical fashion and also have an online presence for when I started looking for jobs. It changed direction a little once I started my PhD so this year I also launched ethicalhighstreet.co.uk as a space to promote everyday ethical shopping choices, not just in fashion but for the high street as a whole.

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    I do see a slight distinction between ethical fashion and sustainable fashion. Sustainable fashion is slow fashion, kind to planet and people. The problem with fast fashion is that we have lost an understanding of how clothing is made, it’s so easily accessible and cheap; we’ve almost lost respect for the process. The way it stands the fashion industry just can’t be sustainable. Sustainable fashion is important because it puts the love back into clothing so we buy fewer but better quality clothes, making our environmental footprint as low as possible.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    Increasingly eclectic! I like to look feminine but I don’t think I can get away with some of the super girly clothes I wore a few years ago. I love vintage clothes and the traditional English heritage look. At the moment I wear a lot of skinny jeans and skirts with baggy sweaters.

    Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?

    I love Lily Cole because she has used her incredibly prominent place in the fashion industry to promote ethical fashion through the Environmental Justice Foundation and also through her own sustainable fashion brand The North Circular. There are lots of amazing people who have dedicated their life and career to changing things in the industry.

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    People Tree is an all-time favourite. They have got a lot more fashion-conscious over the last few years and they always have some stunning dresses and great quality too. Locally to me in Southampton, WhoMadeYourPants? manufacture and sell gorgeous underwear with a great story at its heart – they offer jobs to local marginalised women who might otherwise struggle to get jobs because they have a low level of English or lack British qualifications.

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?

    There are so many wonderful, ethical brands out there you just have to go and look for them. Buy classic pieces which won’t date and don’t be afraid of new fabrics like bamboo or milk fibre. I don’t think you have to boycott the big brands, just make sure you buy their ethical/sustainable products (most of the big names offer organic or Fairtrade cotton t-shirts for example) to show that there is consumer demand.

    What are your plans for the future?

    I am writing up my PhD on second-hand consumption at the moment. Adore, Reflect, Sustain will continue to be my personal blog but I want to grow Ethical High Street into a bigger and better resource for shoppers.

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    Emma’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Burqa’s Silk Ikat Cocktail Dress (£165), Bhalo’s Cloudgazer Skirt (£80) and GUNAS’s Admiral Baguette Clutch (£260). Emma’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Burqa’s Silk Ikat Cocktail Dress (£165), Bhalo’s Cloudgazer Skirt (£80) and GUNAS’s Admiral Baguette Clutch (£260).

    For my top picks I've choosen; the Burqa's Silk Ikat Cocktail dress, for its sexy shape and gorgeous colour, the Bhalo's Cloudgazer skirt, as I'm loving long skirts at the moment, and GUNAS’s Admiral Baguette Clutch. I always worry about anything very embellished (not knowing who has sewn on all those sequins) so it’s great to find a beautiful alternative to put my conscience at ease.

    Check out Emma’s Adore, Reflect, Sustain blog here and ethicalhighstreet.co.uk here.

    Emma is also on Twitter.

  • Fashion ComPassion's Christmas Wish List 2013!

    With Christmas just around the corner, we here at Fashion ComPassion HQ are getting into the festive spirit and writing up our christmas wish lists! We thought long and hard about our favourite ethical and sustainable fashion products and, after much consideration, we've managed narrowed our list down to 10 items.

    So, without further ado, here is Fashion ComPassion's top 10 must-haves for Christmas 2013!

    1. Midori Dress - Beautiful Soul London

    Be bold in Beautiful Soul London's ‘Midori Dress’. Be bold in Beautiful Soul London's ‘Midori Dress’.

    We featured Beautiful Soul London as part of our Esthetica blog post earlier this year. Based in Notting Hill, Beautiful Soul London is a luxury womenswear label which employs the most exquisite fabrics, including British wool, British lace, organic and Fairtrade fabrics, giving their customers an alternative, more ethical choice that does not compromise luxury. In Beautiful Soul London's statement Ladybird Peach print, the Midori dress is cut from Silk Habotai. We love this piece as it brings a little daring, yet timeless edge to your wardrobe and it is sure to make heads turn!

    2. Climate Revolution Knot Wrap - Lush & Vienne Westwood

    In support of positive solutions to climate change, Vivienne Westwood has designed the Climate Revolution knot-wrap for the natural-beauty firm Lush. In support of positive solutions to climate change, Vivienne Westwood has designed the Climate Revolution knot-wrap for the natural-beauty firm Lush.

    Legendary British designer Vivienne Westwood has joined forces with Lush to create a limited-edition “Climate Revolution” knot-wrap for the holiday season. Woven in Britain from 100% organic cotton, the fabric square can be used as a waste-free alternative to disposable gift wrap, worn as a headscarf or bandana, or even framed as art. We love this product because all the profits from it will go towards funding climate change campaigns and sustainable solutions.

    3. Ba'ali Earrings - Inaaya

    Ba'ali Earrings by Inaaya are hand crafted by women in Khaipur, Pakistan. Ba'ali Earrings by Inaaya are hand crafted by women in Khaipur, Pakistan.

    We introduced Inaaya jewellery to our shop at the beginning of this year and since then they have become one of our most popular brands. This socially conscious brand combines classic Sindhi design and embellishment techniques with artisanal production and interprets them through the lens of contemporary fashion. What's great about Inaaya is that they with female artisans in rural impoverished areas of Pakistan and provide them with jobs and income, helping to bring a positive change in their lives.

    4. 'Putting The "Kind" In Mankind' White Tee - Black Score & People Tree

    Ethical fashion brand People Tree has collaborated with designer Simeon Farrar and his quirky slogan T-shirt label Black Score on a capsule collection. Ethical fashion brand People Tree has collaborated with designer Simeon Farrar and his quirky slogan T-shirt label Black Score on a capsule collection.

    People Tree is recognised both by customers and fashion industry experts as a pioneer in Fairtrade and environmentally sustainable fashion. For over twenty years, People Tree has partnered with Fairtrade artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce a collection of ethical and eco fashion. Recently,  People Tree collaborated with designer Simeon Farrar and his label Black Score to create a range of playful political t-shirts and sweatshirts featuring sketches of animals with cheeky captions such as ‘Putting the "Kind" in Mankind’ and ‘Didn’t need the icecaps anyway, douchebag’. Not only do we love the design, but we also love that it is made from 100% Fairtrade certified cotton, keep with People Tree's high ethical standards.

    5. Blackcurrant Liquorice Aimee Shorts - Who Made Your Pants?

    Who Made Your Pants? is a campaigning lingerie brand who are passionate about two things - amazing pants, and amazing women. Who Made Your Pants? is a campaigning lingerie brand who are passionate about two things - amazing pants, and amazing women.

    Based in Southampton, UK, Who Made Your Pants? is a campaigning lingerie brand who are passionate about amazing pants and amazing women. Their philosophy is that every day should be a good pants day, and that there should be a little bit of gorgeous under everyone's clothes, something just for them. WMYP buy fabrics that have been sold on by big underwear companies at the end of season, stop them ending up as waste and turn them into amazing underwear that have a great start in life. Moreover, they employ women who have had a hard time and provide them with the training and skills they need to get ahead. That's what we love about WMYP products, every time you buy a pair of our pants, you're keeping another woman in a job.

    6. Plum Sateen Supa-Skinny Jeans - Monkee Jeans

    Monkee Genes is the first and only jeans label to have unique mix of astute acreditations from The Soil Association and the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS). Monkee Genes is the first and only jeans label to have unique mix of astute acreditations from The Soil Association and the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).

    Monkee Genes was born in 2006 out of a frustration and boredom with the jeans market and offers a fresh, vibrant and youthful direction. Their ethos is to manufacture with conscience and without sweatshop labour. In a world of cheap and disposable fashion manufactured without soul or identity, Monkee Genes offers an antithesis. We love their innovative fits and style lines in top of the range fabrics, classic denims with a retro twist  in pop art inspired colours.

    7. Mini Straight Diskette Pop Black Clutch - Sarah's Bag

     Sarah’s Bag is an intimate line of hand crafted, custom-made women’s fashion accessories which are stylishly aware and socially responsible. Sarah’s Bag is an intimate line of hand crafted, custom-made women’s fashion accessories which are stylishly aware and socially responsible.

    Sarah's Bag was another socially responsible brand we added to the Fashion ComPassion shop this year. Described as feminine, fresh and fashionable, this brand aims to be distinctive, vivacious, and elegant with a hint of retro glamour and street-wise sensibility. Sarah's bag allows women at risk from economic deprivation or the stigma of having served time in prison to learn valuable skills in return for a reliable income and a stable source of pride, dignity, and empowerment. We love the Mini Straight Diskette Pop Black Clutch because of its eye catching design and bright colours!

    8. Dip Dye Socks - The North Circular

    The North Circular's Dip Dye Socks. Made from 100% British Wensleydale Wool, hand-knit in the UK. The North Circular's Dip Dye Socks. Made from 100% British Wensleydale Wool, hand-knit in the UK.

    The North Circular utilises the talents of grandmothers and fashion models to create knitwear 'over rich tea biscuits and gossip'. Founded by models Lily Cole and Katherine Poulton, The North Circular sees contemporary knitwear exclusively made from rescued Wensleydale sheep, with the expert hand knitting skills of  'grannies, girls. …and a few strong men'. This brand wanted to return value to the hand made product, personalise the process of production, rekindle the relationship between the producer and the purchaser - knitter and scarf wearer. Not only do we love simplicity of these hand dyed socks but we also love that it has been made with 100% British Wensleydale Wool, bringing production back to the UK.

    9. Snowflake Alpaca Jumper - People Tree

    Elegant christmas jumper in cream featuring a unique grey and black fairisle snowflake pattern. Made from 100% alpaca wool. Elegant christmas jumper in cream featuring a unique grey and black fairisle snowflake pattern. Made from 100% alpaca wool.

    Ditch the ironic ugly christmas jumper fad with this goregous snowflake jumper from People Tree! Made from 100% alpaca wool, this jumper is made by Minka, a Fairtrade network providing artisans in Peru access to international markets. A great addition to your festive wardrobe that sure to make you stand out from the crowd!

    10. Army Shirt Dress - MIA by Mia Nisbet

    MIA by Mia Nisbet fuses recycled fabrics and traditional Malawian textiles to produce a collection that combines the richness of African textiles with Western styling. MIA by Mia Nisbet fuses recycled fabrics and traditional Malawian textiles to produce a collection that combines the richness of African textiles with Western styling.

    MIA by Mia Nisbet combines traditional Malawian fabrics and upcycled materials to produce a collection that fuses the richness of African textiles with Western styling. Mia works with producers in Malawi to create ranges which turn this challenge into an opportunity. Collections are designed and marketed to the international fashion market and then the profits are reinvested in communities in Malawi as well as in the training and equipment.These one of a kind pieces really make an impact, both visually and sustainably!

    What do you think of our Christmas wishlist? Which is your favourite piece? Do you have a suggestion for our wish list? Let us know in the comments!

  • Brand To Watch - Wool And The Gang

    Wool and the Gang is a global fashion brand that believes in exceptional design that’s made unique -  Fashion that has been produced in a unique, sustainable way.

    WATG Logo

    Wool And The Gang was founded by knitted design designers Aurelie Popper and Jade Harwood. After graduating from Central Saint Martin's college in 2008, Aurelie and Jade were discovered by Lisa Sabrier, a former model who wanted to return to creating knit designs. The problem Lisa had was finding any fast, easy, rock 'n' roll patterns to knit. What Lisa wanted was a brand that not only developed cool, trendsetting designs but also sell the essential knitting resources for customers to use and be creative with. It was then that Wool and the Gang was born.

    Every WATG piece has been handcrafted or made unique by their team of artisans and makers around the world aka The Gang. Every WATG piece has been handcrafted or made unique by their team of artisans and makers around the world aka The Gang.

    Each piece is unique and handmade by a member of The Gang using sustainable materials. Morover, Wool And The Gang yarns are very socially conscious. Not only does the company insist on using clean supply chains but they care deeply about the well-being of the animals involved in the production of their wool.

    Wool And The Gang offer easy-to-follow Knit Kits, which allows customers to knit their own customised Wool and the Gang designs at home. Wool And The Gang offer easy-to-follow Knit Kits, which allows customers to knit their own customised Wool and the Gang designs at home.

    Wool And The Gang have also joined forces with Save The Children UK for this year's 'Christmas Jumper Day' initiative. Save the Children UK has partnered up with the British Fashion Council and leading British fashion talents, each of whom has customised a unique Christmas jumper hand knitted by Wool and the Gang.

    Designers include Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, David Koma, Giles Deacon, House of Holland and Sibling. These festive creations will be auctioned off in aid of the charity's work at home and abroad.

    These jumpers for the Save the Children's 'Christmas Jumper Day' initiative were designed and hand-knitted by Wool and the Gang and their British gang of knitters before being customised by designers. These jumpers for the Save the Children's 'Christmas Jumper Day' initiative were designed and hand-knitted by Wool and the Gang and their British gang of knitters before being customised by designers.

    The full collection of jumpers will be on display at the Village at Westfield London, from 28 November until 30 December.

    Find out more about Wool And The Gang here and about the Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day auction here.

    Photos via Wool And The Gang and Save the Children UK.

  • De-jargoning: Social Responsibility

    The true meaning and significance of a word can often be obsurced by difficult and challenge terminology. In our new weekly feature, ‘De-jargoning’, we explore popular buzzwords and expressions related to the world of fashion in order to find out more about them. This week, we are looking at the phrase ‘social responsibility'.

    De-Jargoning: Social Responsibility. De-Jargoning: Social Responsibility.

    Socially responsibility is the idea that people and organisations have a duty to behave ethically and with sensitivity toward social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. In other words, companies should not be solely focused on maximizing their profits but embrace its social responsibilities to society. Striving for social responsibility helps individuals, organisations and governments have a positive impact on development, business and society with a positive contribution to bottom-line results.

    Many companies, particularly green and sustainable companies have made social responsibility an integral part of their business models. Here at Fashion ComPassion, we strive to work with socially responsible fashion brands from the developing world. We take great care in choosing the suppliers we work with, understanding the story behind each brand and cultivating a lasting relationship with them. We work with our brands to ensure their artisans are continually skilled and trained, thereby securing a sustainable source of income for them. By buying Fashion ComPassion products, our customers are contribute directly to the artisans' socio-economic mobility and making a big difference to the future of their communities.

    Our partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme

    Every purchase from Fashion ComPassion helps empower women through the United Nations World Food Programme Every purchase from Fashion ComPassion helps empower women through the United Nations World Food Programme.

    In March of this year, Fashion ComPassion built on the social responsibility aspect of our business by partnering with the UN World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger. Its overall objective is to help improve the lives of the world’s poorest people – people who are unable to produce enough food or do not have the resources to obtain the food they need to lead active and healthy lives.

    Fashion ComPassion has agreed to donate a percentage from the profits from each product sold purchased in 2013 to the WFP, helping to fund a new project which aims to enhance employment prospects for poor women and adolescent girls in the FATA region of northwestern Pakistan, on the border with Afghanistan.

    Find out more about Fashion ComPassion's philosophy on socially responsibility objectives here.

    Find out more about our partnership with the UN World Food Programme here.

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