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  • Brand Spotlight: Wool and the Gang

    screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-11-56-38We all have a favourite woollen sweater or coat that we can rely on to keep us warm during the cold winter months, but how many of us know about wool and the sustainability of its production? According to Campaign for Wool, this natural textile is a protein fibre formed in the skin of sheep and boasts some amazing qualities like acting as a natural insulator, and being incredibly resilient and trans-seasonal.

    This week, Fashion Compassion would like to spotlight a Brand that is pushing forward not just an ethical message, but also a global sense of community and sustainable practise for wool-producers and consumers. Known as Wool and the Gang, the company was founded on the basis of offering fashion lovers with unique woollen pieces, that respect the welfare of animals, while also creating a community of enthusiastic knitters that can participate in the creation of wonderful woollen items. Offering a variety of knitted products, as well as knitting patterns for the more ambitious, the company has been a great success, and has recently partnered up with London Department Store &OtherStories to release a beautiful, pearl studded Winter Collection. As sustainable fashion gains more grounding, we hope to see even more brands like Wool and the Gang, paving the way for positive change in an industry that impacts so many.

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  • The Winter Edit

    With the end of Autumn approaching, the weather has become crisp and chilly, and winter seems to have finally arrived. This colder weather is hence a fantastic invitation to invest in some ethical winter accessories. As leaders in the sustainable fashion industry, Fashion Compassion supports brands with the best ethical and environmental credentials, and are constantly scouting for the most fashionable and sustainable brands.

    This week, we will be spotlighting some of our favourites for the winter season, as the days grow colder and we are left to embrace- not battle- natures elements.

    Glow and See is a London based brand that specialises in glowing knitwear. A great option for anyone out on late winter nights!

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    Warm Regards is a brand which produce beautiful ethical scarves. Based in India, they are a social enterprise, dedicated to uplifting women and empowering them financially through artisian employment. These are fantastic colours for the festive season!

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  • November: Red is for Rememberance

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    As the month of November brings with it a defiant spirit of remembrance and nostalgia, the Fashion Compassion team would like to reflect on the hardships suffered by many within the supply chains of the Global Textile Industry. In particular, while Fashion brings us choice and a channel to express individuality, it accommodates many shades of grey that remain to be addressed by both political and commercial circles.

    Last year saw the tragic Rana Plaza Diasater in Bangladesh which toke the lives of over 1,138 garment workers, while in 2016, the Syrian Refugee Crisis has brought with it opportunities for unethical human exploitation, as the BBC reported several weeks ago, indicating the dangers of our cultural appetite for fast fashion that replicates the latest seasonal trends, while placing  significant cost on our planet and poorer communities in the developing world.

    Despite the solum tone however, there is still hope, as passionate innovators and creators initiate campaigns to promote sustainability and fair trade, with Brands like HnM and organisations like the Ethical Fashion Forum and the Wage Alliance. So when you pin a poppy to the lapel of your winter coat, or you read of the memorial events that took place this weekend, the ultimate message is to remember not only past lives, but also present ones. The people that make Fashion as an industry possible, from skilled seamstresses and renowned designers to retail employees and garment workers that work 14 hour days. We all have a part to play in this global mosaic.

    Celebrate the month with red adornment and check out our picks from Fashion Compassion!

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  • The Future of Textiles: The Rise of Hybrid Fabrics

    screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-48-40Mahatma Gandhi once said that 'There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it is makes hunger and unhappiness'. This profound statement is more relevant today than it has ever been, as fabric becomes a powerful metaphor for the principle of sustainability and for advocating global unity. The anatomy of the textile industry is indeed evolving, as innovation is now synonymous to the practise of sustainability. Traditional fabrics like cotton, linen and silk are now accompanied by contemporary hybrid fibres that reflect the technological and socially conscious world that globalisation has ignited. With the rise of textile innovation, Fashion Compassion would like to spotlight two unique companies who are redefining the landscape of textile production by merging innovation with environmental and social objectives.

    Foremost is the Italian Startup Orange Fibre, which attributes its patented fabric to the geography of Sicily, where citris fruit is grown and consumed on a vast scale. It is the waste from this citris industry that provides degradable fibres, which are then transformed through nanotechnology techniques to create a vitamin C rich fabric known as Orange Fibre. This unique innovation is attributed to two Italian entrepreneurs Adriana Santanocito and Enrica Arena,  who together have scaled the idea and begun production of the fabric. Accordingly, the entrepreneurs hope to introduce a sustainable paradigm to the Italian Fashion Industry, and  to reincarnate a shrinking fruit industry which has left many Sicilian youth unemployed and local talents under leveraged. The company therefore addresses sustainability on multiple levels, by utilising fruit by-product and offering new jobs to local economies. Who could imagine a textile to be sustainable, nourishing and economically empowering?

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    The second innovator is American-based Bionic Yarn who has created a solution to combating the worlds excessive consumption of plastic products. Their mission 'To achieve sustainability without sacrificing quality' and to generate positive impact for the triple bottom line. The emergence of this company is timely, as plastic is known to be a non-biodegradable material and yet the world consumes it within almost every industry and demographic. The production of Bionic Yarn is therefore a welcomed step towards transforming this harmful waste into textile material that can be used in a diverse range of outlets- fashion being one of them.

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    In fact exciting collaborations have already manifested using this hybrid fibre, with the launch of a collection by rapper Pharrell Williams for G Star in 2015. This campaign was used to spread awareness of the extensive ocean pollution caused by plastic consumption and how companies like Bionic Yarn can offer sustainable solutions to vast environmental problems that now seem to transcend borders, cultures and geography.

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  • JOIN LIFE: Zara's Stake in the Sustainable Fashion Movement

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    An evolution is occurring on the High Street as this season Zara enters the Sustainable Fashion Family by introducing a collection called 'JOIN LIFE'. The endorsement of this collection with its use of organic textiles, is an indication of greater shifts to come within the world of fashion, as brands begin to capitalise on the business opportunities of sustainability, while engaging customers in the some of the most crucial debates of our time. Fashion has never been more important for spreading values and cultural ideas about how we consume, dress and express ourselves, and being a multi million dollar company, Zara has certainly committed itself to a worthy campaign, that will push forward  perceptions of a more progressive fashion industry which accommodate supply chains that respect the environment and its fragility.

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    With rich warm tones, the collection features well tailored classic pieces, that are bound to appeal to the fashion conscience, with chic trench coats, frills and pleats and minimalist shirts that capture the current flavour of Autumn. The launch of this collection is proof that sustainable style is slowly but surely becoming a norm within the world of fast fashion, as environmental and social issues are given a platform and projected into design and style collectives. This campaign also marks the beginning of a journey for Zara, as we can expect more exciting innovations from some of our favourite High Street brands.

     

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  • 'WEAR NO EVIL' A Sustainable Fashion Handbook

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    Publications on sustainable fashion have emerged in recent years with greater education and awareness of our increasingly fragile climate and concerns over the nature of global working conditions and environmental standards. Greta Eagan's book 'Wear No Evil' acts as a fantastic introduction and guide to ethical consumerism, as the book pairs practical styling tips with a rich plethora of references for sustainable companies and brands.

    Beginning her portfolio on sustainable fashion in 2010, Greta is also the creator of FashionMeGreen, a website that has become a crucial earmark for showcasing sustainable brands that are 'aligning the world of mainstream fashion with a conscious and ethical approach'.

    Wear no Evil is a recommended and insightful publication for anyone who wishes to uncover the complex layers of the Global Fashion Industry. It is a refreshing outlook which illuminates readers to the major challenges faced by the industry and the individual steps and decisions we can all initiate to create fairer and more environmentally conscious supply chains. Our hope is that as sustainable fashion becomes more mainstreamed, more impassioned advocates will emerge carrying the message of green ethical fashion.

  • The Romantic Valentines List!

    It's nearly the most romantic day of the year, Valentines day! We have an array of ideas of what to buy for your loved one, things to wear and places to eat mouth watering food.

    On our website we also have a Valentines Sale because we believe that love shouldn't break the bank!

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    The Valentines List:

    1) Amalena- Aain Bracelet Red

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    This bracelet is formed by an intricate layering of delicately formed chains made of 100% Eco- Friendly gold. Exquisitely crafted and versatile, it is the epitome of understated elegance!

    3) Clos Maggiore

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    Set in the heart of Covent Garden, Clos Maggiore is the romantic restaurant everyone has been seeking for. The Tuscany style interior, candle lit glow and pretty foliage entwined around the walls and the ceiling is truly enchanting.  And of course the French cuisine will complete your night of romance!

    3) Sika X Asos Strapless Dress in Blue Fan Print with Full Skirt

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    We can all agree that this dress made from the collaboration of SIKA and ASOS is truly stunning. It is hand made in Ghana using traditional skills with the fabrics sourced in local Ghanaian markets. Furthermore, a portion of the profits made are given to the development of the community.

    4) Booja Booja gourmet selection truffles

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    Finding the perfect box of chocolate amongst the selections in supermarkets can be quite a task!  However we have found Booja Booja, a chocolatier from Norfolk, England that makes award winning, chocolate truffles of superior quality. All their chocolate truffles are organic, vegan, dairy and gluten free.

    5) Oversized Bodhi Earrings

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    The intricate patterns on the Oversized Bodhi Earrings will glisten in the light as you dance the night away! Made by the brand Finchittida Finch, these handmade beauties will create an edgy yet sophisticated style.

    6) Bradleys Bags Inez Gold & White

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    This beautifully handcrafted envelope clutch is created by artisans in Byblos. It is made of contrasting metallic gold and white calfskin to create a unique look.

    7) Josie Black Gold

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    Miista is a fashion forward footwear brand based in Hackney, London. We love these shoes which would be perfect for a casual brunch date or romantic evening full surprise!

    8) Sweet Cavanagh- Grey Agate Grapes

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    Sweet Cavanagh’s Grey Agate Grapes Necklace is a bold, statement piece. It is handmade in Notting Hill London by individuals fighting anxiety and depression. This piece will liven up any outfit and complete your elegant look on your romantic date!

    9) Knoydart House, Knoydart, Highlands, Scotland

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    Are you looking for a romantic eco hideaway for a bliss Valentines weekend?  We have found the perfect spot! Tucked away in the highlands of Scotland with the breath taking view of Loch Ness is Knoydart House.  This unspoiled location has amazing sealife and wildlife in abundance, deer, sea-eagles, pine martin, porpoise, dolphin and seals.

  • The World in which WE Live

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    We are thrilled to announce that our founder Ayesha Mustafa is one of the speakers taking part in tomorrow’s Women Empowered event; The World in which WE Live.
    Women Empowered is a social initiative which intends to empower women to encourage their skills and talents to achieve their personal goals. The events consist of Guest speakers who ENGAGE and ENCOURAGE, EMPOWERING and ENABLING women to make a change.

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    In this event Ayesha will share her experiences as a social entrepreneur and working with brands that employ marginalized communities and skilled artisans from all over the world. Other inspirational individuals taking part are Baroness Warsi, a British Pakistani Lawyer and politician, Sathnam Sangera an award winning journalist, and Yalda Hakim a Presenter for The BBC World News.

    We will also be showcasing the best of our collection of handmade exclusive bags.
    The Event will be held in Bright Courtyard Club, Baker Street.
    Time: 6:30pm

  • Eco-Chic Design Awards

    The top ten Eco-Chic Design Award finalists have just been confirmed and we are excited that more and more emerging designers are supporting sustainable and eco-friendly fashion!

    Held annually in Hong Kong, this sustainable fashion design competition challenges ethical designers from countries in South East Asia and Europe. The emerging designers create mainstream fashion from minimum textile waste and recycled materials. The ten finalists have now been announced and are now on the run up to the grand finale commencing on the 21st of January.

    Here is a sneak peak of what will be hitting the catwalk:

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    Zero-waste dress, crafted from secondhand garments, by Veronica, Hsiao Huei Lee (Malaysia).

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    A gown, reconstructed from used clothing and fabrics, by Kirstine Marie Hansen (Denmark).

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    Upcycled blouse and shorts, crafted from secondhand fabrics, by Amandah Andersson (Sweden).

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    Dress, reconstructed from secondhand clothes and textile samples, by Aya Xiaoting Qi (Mainland China).

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    Upcycled top and skirt by Noëlla Tapasu Koy (France)

    The fortunate winner will receive a three-month residency with a luxury brand, plus the opportunity to co-produce a sustainable capsule collection for global consumption.
    Good luck to the ten finalists!

  • 20% OFF on the entire online store

    The New Year is here and we would like to announce that we have extended our sale and made the discount 20% off plus free shipping in the UK! The sale is for the entire online store, from clutch, totes and shoulder bags to accessories and jewellery, make sure you don’t miss out on our January sale. Use discount code: HOLIDAY on check out.
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    Here is the list of our top picks on the sale:
    MAIA CLUTCH - DEEP RED WITH MINT GREEN PIPING-HERO

    RAGS2RICHES- Maia Clutch Deep Red with Mint Green Piping

     

     

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