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  • ECO-FAIR: A Green Style Fashion & Art Event

    Fashion ComPassion & renowned art gallery Debut Contemporary are collaborating to bring you a night of fashion and art in the most unique manner. The second of the three-part event series will be held on 19th June as a one night sales evening at the gallery on 82 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5RT with an exclusive ECO-FAIR themed evening.

    ECO-FAIR: A Green Style Fashion & Art Event. ECO-FAIR: A Green Style Fashion & Art Event.

    The event will showcase Fashion ComPassion’s exquisite eco-friendly & sustainable fashion brands that will be on sale: Rags2Riches, SUPU, ABO London & Baca Jewellery together with stunning pieces created by emerging artists from Debut Contemporary - the innovative professional development platform that mentors and supports aspiring creative stars of the future.

    Rags2Riches clutches. Available to purchase on 19th. Rags2Riches clutches. Available to purchase on 19th.

    SUPU jewellery. Available for purchase on 19th.

    ABO London scarves. Available to purchase on the 19th. ABO London scarves. Available to purchase on the 19th.
    Baca jewellery. Avaliable to purchase on the 19th.Baca jewellery. Avaliable to purchase on the 19th.

    The collection from Fashion ComPassion’s brands conveys a story that will focus on environmentally friendly production, showing how ethics and fashion are combined to create chic high end products. All those desirable pieces will be combined with artworks conveying similar themes of sustainability, transforming recycled materials and celebrating organic forms from Debut Contemporary artists Anja Kleemann-Jacks, David Booth and Laura Iosifescu.

     

    'London Birds' by Anja Kleemann-Jacks. 'London Birds' by Anja Kleemann-Jacks. Anja's paintings are cool, convincing, never garish, she experiments audaciously, never uncertain, always tasteful, full of life, depth and beauty.
    'Quietly Crept' by David Booth.'Quietly Crept' by David Booth. Booth’s work is associated with phenomenology, exploring and expressing feelings. Phenomenology includes any object, situation, experience or event that a person can see, touch, feel, know, understand, or live through.
    'Life and Death' by Laura Iosifescu.'Life and Death' by Laura Iosifescu. The contexts of Laura`s paintings are rooted to her cultural, social and personal experiences. Her extreme love for nature, for colours and paint reflects in each of her paintings.

    To RSVP and more information, please email info@fashioncompassion.co.uk

    To keep up to date with the latest ECO-FAIR news, check out our Facebook event!

  • Baroness Young leads ethical and sustainable fashion debate in House of Lords

    Last month heralded a significant milestone for ethical fashion as peers from the House of Lords held its second debate on the importance of ethics and sustainability in the UK fashion industry.

    Baroness Young, a spearheading figure in both politics and ethical fashion, lead the Lords' second debate on ethics and sustainability in fashion. Baroness Young, a spearheading figure in both politics and ethical fashion, lead the Lords' second debate on ethics and sustainability in fashion. Photo via BBC.

    Led by Baroness Young of Hornsey, crossbencher and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, the debate saw a number of politicians give informative and insightful speeches about the multifaceted nature of ethical fashion. Lord Patten, conservative peer, talked about his "admiration" for "the creativity of the British fashion industry" and pointed out that "ethical measures are appealing to customers", whilst Lib Dem Lord Razzall spoke about the need to raise the status of fashion in higher education institutions and professional qualifications.

    Houses of Parliament Photo via Democratic Upper House

    The hour long discussion also highlighted several ongoing concerns regarding the fashion industry itself, including the issue of environmental damage caused by textile production. The loss of the UK textile industry and the social and economic impact of this on local communities was also discussed, along with the use of forced labour and human rights.

    House of Lords. Photo via Peace Hospice. House of Lords. Photo via Peace Hospice.

    In her opening speech, Baroness Young warned of the consequences of certain clothes production techniques for the environment, claiming that consumers need to make the link between their desire for cheap clothing and the loss of livelihoods. Baroness Young went on to suggest that fashion businesses needed to “work collaboratively and internationally to effect sustainable change".

    Baroness Young aims to show politicians that sustainable fashion needs to be taken seriously. Photo via Lords of the Blog. Baroness Young aims to show politicians that sustainable fashion needs to be taken seriously. Photo via Lords of the Blog.

    “Fashion”, according to Baroness Young, “is about so much more than the clothes we wear. It may be an expression of our professional and personal identities, an expression of where and how we see ourselves in relation to our peer group, our cultures, our families and communities, and an expression of our creativity and our sense of fun”.

    To see the debate in full, click here.

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: Sadie's Wardrobe

    Sadie from Sadie's WardrobeWhat is the name of your blog?

    Sadie's Wardrobe

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I started my blog way back in April 2009, when I was just starting to get interested in fashion. I had been reading a lot of other blogs at the time and really wanted to make one of my own! It’s a good ‘creative’ outlet, where I often feature little DIYs and sewing projects. I recently ‘rebranded’ it as an ethical blog, although it has always featured lot of vintage & thrifted items.

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    Fast fashion is very much the norm, and I really didn’t think twice about it before I read Lucy Siegle’s book ‘To Die For’. For me, the importance of sustainable fashion is definitely something that needed pointing out. Since reading the book, I just don’t think I can go back to buying cheap disposable clothes. The way I see it is that in a world of finite resources and growing population, we really can’t afford to keep producing clothing at the rate we do. At the same time, fashion is such an important cultural symbol. So I think the best solution at the moment is to make it as sustainable as possible.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    I’m not really sure how I’d describe my fashion sense! I tend to wear a lot of bright colours and 70s blouses, and I’d say I’m very influenced by 60s mod style. But since moving to Paris, a lot more grey and 'texture' has been creeping into my wardrobe.

    Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?

    Anyone who has decided that they want to do something about sustainability issues and managed to achieve it, no matter how big or small!

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    The first ethical brand I really became aware of was People Tree, and they are still one of my favourites. I love that they are able to produce clothes that are ethical but still fashionable (and affordable!). I’m discovering new brands every day, which is really really encouraging. Sites like Fashion Compassion are really useful for discovering new brands!

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

    My top tip for buying ethical and sustainable products is to look for companies whose philosophy is based around being ethical, and that way you know it is genuinely important to them. It’s also good to buy second hand, as this has very little environmental impact, but I try to remember to support the ethical companies too, or they can’t continue to exist!

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

    Sadie's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion's website! Sadie's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion's website - Pineapple dress (£80), Saturday shirt (£65) & Pocket skirt (£80).

    I really love the 50s-style Pineapple summer dress by Bhalo. Wouldn’t mind one for a holiday wardrobe! The pastel coloured panels on the Bhalo Pocket skirt give it a really cool twist. I love the fact that it has hand-made coconut buttons! For lovers of mod fashion such as myself, this Bhalo Saturday shirt is perfect. Again, I’m a big fan of the contrasting pastel-coloured sections!

    Sadie Wardrobe is also on twitter: @sadieswardrobe

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