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  • Ayesha Mustafa to talk on Monday

    MERGE ZA is a travelling showroom and will launch at Tank Magazine’s gallery space during London Fashion Week to promote best of South African contemporary fashion designers. Its inaugural showroom will exhibit five of South Africa's leading designers' work: Rich Mnisi, Lukhanyo Mdingi, SELFI, Wanda LePhoto and Young & Lazy. The event will be in partnership with the British Council CONNECT ZA.

    By taking South African fashion talents to global urban hotspots during events such as London Fashion Week, MERGE ZA is creating a platform to develop international audiences, to promote South African design and to act as service provider between local designers and international partners.

    The showroom will be open to buyers, press and the public from 11am-3pm between 16-20 September, with panel discussions on brand stories, media & trends and sustainability. Our founder Ayesha Mustafa will join the panel on sustainability on Monday 19th, starting at 3PM. Alongside her in the panel will be Orsola de Castro (Fashion Revolution), Anna Freemantle (Edinburgh International Fashion Festival), Rose Sinclair (Goldsmith), Francesco Mazzarella (Loughborough Design School) and Jaqueline Shaw (Africa Fashion Guide).

    Location
    Tank Magazine Gallery Space | 91-93 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7NX

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    For further information of the events, please see the Merge ZA website.
    All images © The British Council.

  • EXCLUSIVE SOAPBOX TRUNK SHOW HOSTED BY FASHION COMPASSION

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    On Monday 23rd May and Wednesday 25th May Fashion ComPassion will be hosting an Exclusive Trunk Show featuring the beautiful Girls Occasion wear brand, Soapbox.

    Soapbox pieces capture the spirit, freedom and innocence of childhood, allowing little girls to ‘dress like a daydream’ with their unwavering attention to detail with hand-made embellishments using textured fabric flowers, encrusted beadwork and delicate layered tulle. Each piece allows their young wearers to live out their fairy-tale, creating pieces that are perfect for various occasions, whether playing dress up or for a flower girl.

    Hand-crafted in South Africa, Soapbox pieces boast exceptional quality and craftsmanship, creating unique garments that are truly handmade with love for girl’s ages 1-8 years at affordable prices £30-£120.

    Don't miss this exclusive event where you will be able to see Soapbox’s luxurious & handcrafted collection of dresses in the UK up close and personal, physically sensing the beauty and the craftsmanship that goes into each piece. And importantly don’t miss out on buying a beautiful gift that will allow your daughter to live out her fairy-tale.

     

    Here are some of the pieces that will be available to purchase:

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    Our two events will be on:
    Monday 23rd May
    Maggie and Rose
    58-60 Pembroke Road
    London
    W8 6NX
    10am – 6pm

    Wednesday 25th May
    3 House Club
    Bridgeman Street
    London
    NW8 7AL
    9am - 5pm

     

     

    Here are the links to our Facebook invite :

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1739112939700604/

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1078830042160016/

  • Victoria Beckham and the Outnet.com for Mothers2Mothers

    Fashion designer and style icon Victoria Beckham have selected more than 600 pieces from her personal wardrobe to sell exclusively at the Outnet.com. The money generated from this sale will go directly to the charity Mothers 2 Mothers.

    The sale will take place from the 20th to 25th of August, that is of course if the pieces will last that long. I addition there will also be 10 dresses that is especially selected and have been worn by Victoria on special occasions. The most noteworthy is maybe the white, crystal-studded Dolce & Gabbana dress that she wore to the MTV Awards in 2003. The prestigious auction house Christie's have taken part in valuing the dresses that will go on the auction.

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    This is not the first time the designer has donated her wardrobe to charity, in November 2013 the Beckham’s donated a portion of designer goods to the Red Cross Charity Shop in West London to help raise money for the victims of typhoon Haiyan.

    Victoria’s initiative is also a contributing to raise peoples awareness for second hand fashion, which is a important part of making the fashion industry more sustainable. We approve!

     

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    Victoria first learned about the charity when she travelled to South Africa to work on a project with Anna Wintour, when she was there she met Dr. Mitch Besser, the founder of Mother 2 Mothers, Victoria got so inspired by him that she decided she would help raising money to the charity. She says that "As a woman, we have a responsibilty to help and support other women, to do what we can do to help"

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    Mothers 2 Mothers trains, employs and empowers Mentor Mothers - who are mothers living with HIV - in order to educate them on how to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies and improve the health of women and their families.

    The funds that are raised will help m2m's Mentor Mothers reach even more HIV-positive mothers with critical health education and support, to stay healthy and protect their babies from HIV infection.

  • ECO-FAIR Sneak Preview!

    With less than a day to go until our ECO-FAIR event with Debut Contemporary art gallery, we thought we would give you a sneak preview of the 4 eco-friendly brands which will be on display!

    ABO London

    ABO London. Available to buy at ECO-FAIR. ABO London. Available to buy at ECO-FAIR.

    ABO London is a brain child of two Kazakhstan-born friends, Aliya Boranbayeva and Aizhan Bodanova, and offers an exclusive range of artistic luxury fashion and interior accessories ethically made in the UK. Inspired by the famous Silk Road which once connected the West and the East, ABO London unites the rich cultural heritage of Central Asia with the modern diverse dynamism of London. Every item from ABO London is an inspirational piece of wearable or decorative art created using high quality, eco-friendly natural fabrics.

    BACA

    BACA Jewellery. Available to buy at ECO-FAIR. BACA Jewellery. Available to buy at ECO-FAIR.

    BACA is a brand selling beautiful pearl jewellery sourced from designers and charity organisations. BACA jewellery contributes to the betterment of the world by collaborating with charity organizations and keeping up fair working standards. The charity organisations are selected based on certain criteria and should be able to execute workshops where less privileged individuals will learn how to create jewellery under the supervision of a professional designer to assure high-quality.

    Rags2Riches

    Rags2Riches. Available to buy at ECO-FAIR. Rags2Riches. Available to buy at ECO-FAIR.

    Rags2Riches is a for-profit social enterprise based in Manila, Philippines, creating eco-ethical fashion out of up cycled scrap cloth, organic materials and indigenous fabrics by working with artisans living in the poor communities across the country. RIIR pieces fuse timeless silhouettes with a selection of traditional and contemporary artisanal techniques. Each piece illustrates the tactile richness of different handmade textures as well as the artful interpretations of the lives and values of the artisans.

    SUPU

    SUPU. Available to buy at ECO-FAIR. SUPU. Available to buy at ECO-FAIR.

    SUPU means “Beautiful” in Swailhi and is a unique collection for women that are beautiful from inside and out. SUPU’s collection is hand crafted by Masai artisans in Kenya from recycled glass, brass & beads. These pieces are one of a kind and designed by the artisans as well. The workshop supports these artisans by giving them design guidance, marketing training, a sustainable livelihood.

    All the items will be available for purchase on the night.

    If you are interested in attending ECO-FAIR, please RSVP to info@fashioncompassion.co.uk and RSVP@debutcontemporary.com

    For more information about ECO-FAIR, check out our Facebook, Eventbrite and Bizzado events.

    We look forward to seeing you all there!

  • Wonder-Lust: Art & Fashion evening hosted by Fashion ComPassion & Debut Contemporary

    On 20th February 2013, Fashion ComPassion & renowned art gallery Debut Contemporary will host the first in a collaborative series of events which aim to bring emerging creatives to London's fashion & art scene. The launch event, 'Wonder-lust', will be held at the Debut Contemporary gallery on 82 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5RT. Complimentary cocktails will be available, courtesy of FAIR spirits.

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    The event will showcase socially responsible fashion brands from war torn and under privileged communities together with stunning pieces created by emerging artists from Debut Contemporary. Socially responsible brands on display include Nawa, Numa, Palestyle, Inaaya and Lost City. All these brands are hand crafted by women artisans and tell a story of beauty, history, believe and determination.

    Numa Sun Clutch. Hand crafted by artisans in Tunisia. Available to purchase on the 20th. Numa Sun Clutch. Hand crafted by artisans in Tunisia. Available to purchase on the 20th.
    Palestyle Black Clutch. 100% patent leather with gold-plated calligraphy plaque with Swarovski crystals. Available to purchase on the 20th. Palestyle Black Clutch. 100% patent leather with gold-plated calligraphy plaque with Swarovski crystals. Available to purchase on the 20th.
    Lost City Poetry scarf. Available for purchase on the 20th. Lost City Poetry scarf. Available for purchase on the 20th.
    Inaaya Reverie Durrie necklace Inaaya Reverie Durrie necklace. Handcrafted by women in Khaipur, Pakistan. Available to purchase on the 20th.
    Nawa Peacock Green Jean Clutch Nawa Peacock Green Jean Clutch. Nappa leather and textured water snake leather in vibrant colours. Available to purchase on the 20th.

    These must-have pieces will be paired with one of the fantastic Debut artists; Adrian Scicluna, Dan Johnson, Ewelina Kolaczek, Maia Franceschi and Thomas Dowdeswell. Debut artists delineate similar narratives in their artwork, highlighting social and ethical issues in our economy and ecosystem and celebrating life and culture in their work through painting, collage, sculpture and performance.

    'Of Thirst and Degrees' by Adrian Scicluna. The artist plays with notions of absence and presence, being and place, proximity and distance; a kind of vacant reality yet very physical attachment and possibility. 'Of Thirst and Degrees' by Adrian Scicluna. The artist plays with notions of absence and presence, being and place, proximity and distance; a kind of vacant reality yet very physical attachment and possibility.
    'Convergence I' by Dan Johnson. The artist's work is often multimedia, using collage, painting, screenprint and spray to further emphasise the disparity of the elements he has flung together in often outlandish, but somehow harmonious juxtaposition. 'Convergence I' by Dan Johnson. The artist's work is often multimedia, using collage, painting, screenprint and spray to further emphasise the disparity of the elements he has flung together in often outlandish, but somehow harmonious juxtaposition.
    Step (Aqua) by Ewelina Kolaczek. The artist works predominantly in glass sculpture to create moments of high tension and sudden release.Step (Aqua) by Ewelina Kolaczek. The artist works predominantly in glass sculpture to create moments of high tension and sudden release.
    The Pyramid of Power by Thomas Dowdeswell. The artist's work draws its core inspiration from the early Twentieth Century art movements known as Vorticism, Futurism and Contructivism. The Pyramid of Power by Thomas Dowdeswell. The artist's work draws its core inspiration from the early Twentieth Century art movements known as Vorticism, Futurism and Contructivism.

    For more information, check out the Wonder-lust Facebook event.

  • Estethica at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013

    With only a few days until London Fashion Week, one of the world’s highest profile fashion events, kicks off, we’re very excited to see what new sustainable and ethical fashions will be featured in this year’s Estethica exhibition.

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    Since its launch by the British Fashion Council in 2006, Estethica has become one of the industry’s leading showcases of eco sustainable design, supporting over 100 innovative designers and promoting awareness about ethical fashion across the globe. All designers featured in the Estethica exhibition are chosen for their dedication to working sustainably as well as for their design quality. Designers must abide by at least one of Estethica’s principles; fair trade and ethical practice in the production process, the use of organic materials and the use of recycled and upcycled fabrics.

    Veja Logo Veja will be the Estethica's special guest brand at London Fashion Week A/W13

    Estethica’s special guest brand for LFW A/W13 is Veja, a French footwear and accessories brand, which combines better conditions for Brazilian farmers with fashion, fair trade and ecology. Established in 2004, Veja works directly with small producer co-operatives, using materials such as organic cotton, wild Amazonian rubber and acacia - tanned leather to create shoes and accessories for the European market.

    Veja using materials such as organic cotton, wild Amazonian rubber and acacia - tanned leather to create shoes, bags and accessories. Veja using materials such as organic cotton, wild Amazonian rubber and acacia - tanned leather to create shoes, bags and accessories. (Image courtesy of Veja).

    Also new to the Estethica exhibition this season are:

    Bottletop

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    Dedicated to design, craftsmanship and culture, Bottletop is an accessories brand which funds the operation of the Bottletop Foundation which supports young people through education projects, empowering them to take control of their own lives.

    Bottletop - Dedicated to design, craftsmanship and culture Bottletop - Dedicated to design, craftsmanship and culture. (Image courtesy of Bottletop).

    Rudá Rings

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    Rudá Rings is a jewellery brand inspired by Brazilian fauna and flora and driven by the desire to merge aesthetic and ethical values.

    Rudá Rings - inspired by Brazilian fauna and flora, driven by the need to ally aesthetic and ethical values. Rudá Rings - inspired by Brazilian fauna and flora and driven by the desire to merge aesthetic and ethical values. (Image courtesy of Rudá Rings).

    Phannatiq

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    Phannatiq is an ethically minded womenswear brand which produces unique garments using hand silk screen printing techniques.

    Phannatiq produces unique garments using hand silk screen printing techniques. Phannatiq produces unique garments using hand silk screen printing techniques. (Image courtesy of Phannatiq).

    Katrien Van Hecke

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    Katrien Van Hecke is an emerging womenswear label which believes that sustainability is the new high fashion and produces silk and hand dyed dresses.

    Katrien Van Hecke believes that sustainability is the new high fashion. Katrien Van Hecke believes that sustainability is the new high fashion. (Image courtesy of Katrien Van Hecke).

    Liora Lassalle

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    Liora Lassalle was the winner of the Estethica/Veolia Re-source competition with Central Saint Martins (CSM). Liora, a CSM graduate, will be launching her debut upcycled collection at this year's exhibition, marking a new phase for the Estethica mentoring scheme and for its support to designers developing sustainable solutions.

    Liora Lassalle, winner of the Estethica/Veolia Re-source competition with Central Saint Martins (CSM), will be launching her debut upcycled collection at this year's Estethica. Liora Lassalle, winner of the Estethica/Veolia Re-source competition with Central Saint Martins (CSM), will be launching her debut upcycled collection at this year's Estethica. (Photo courtesy of Liora Lassalle).

    The Estethica exhibition will be housed in West Wing of Somerset House, just off the BFC Courtyard Showspace from Friday 15th to Monday 18th February, 10:00am – 7:00pm and Tuesday 19th February 10:00am – 6:00pm.

    For more information about Estethica exhibition and it's current designers, check out the British Fashion Council website & London Fashion Week website.

  • Green fashion still trending: Ethical Fashion Show Berlin enjoys excellent bookings!

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    The Ethical Fashion Show Berlin is celebrating its third season from 15 to 17 January 2013 in connection with Berlin Fashion Week. Under the direction of Messe Frankfurt, 70 international labels will present their sustainable 2013/14 autumn/winter collections to the trade public at Ewerk. Together with the GREENshowroom, the trade fair has established itself as a trend-setting platform for ecofashion in Berlin. While the GREENshowroom will cover the entire spectrum of the high-end fashion segment in the Adlon Kempinski Hotel, the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin will showcase a mix of street and casual wear labels at the Ewerk venue. Boasting a total of 97 brands, both events have grown substantially.

    "The GREENshowroom and the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin have a very clear profile and they feature important issues for the textile industry. In January the spotlight will be on sustainable footwear, upcycling and denim," says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President of Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt.

    Renowned brands including Studio Jux and Elementum will take part in the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin next January, and the green trade fair will also be able to show many newcomers, such as Aikyou, Stormie Poodle and Milde. The event organisers are particularly pleased that the Lanius label will be presenting its eco-wool product innovation at the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin for the first time. Ecowool has been developed based on years of experience and expertise in the green fashion segment.

    For further information, visit the web page at http://ethicalfashionshowberlin.com/en/

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