Last week I had the pleasure of attending Clean Cut’s second Future Talks seminar at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA). Here’s what I learnt about the future of sustainable and ethical fashion.
Jeans are an absolute necessity in almost every wardrobe and there’s no sign of our love affair with denim abating. Given how vital jeans are to most people’s daily attire, there’s every reason invest in a well-made and ethical pair. So we round up our favourite ethical jeans to help your legs walk the walk.
Swimwear made from recycled fishing nets? At just 26, Australian designer Elle Evans, has created a gorgeous range or swimwear and activewear made from discarded fishing nets, but you’d never know. She tells us about her vision to reconnect with the entire process of creating beautiful clothing.
This week’s ‘Ethical Wardrobe Starter Pack’ features 5 exciting brands that form meaningful connections between their makers and wearers. These garments cause no harm, only empowerment, as they make their journey from the sewing machine and onto your body.
I remember the first time I heard about Carlie Ballard’s label. I had been desperate for clothing that didn’t repurpose dirt-coloured hessian sacks or create frumpy silhouettes but sympathised with my determination to avoid buying from brands with questionable supply chains. This was a few years ago now, and the ethical fashion scene was pretty lacklustre, with only a few Australian labels truly giving ethical fashion a proper design aesthetic. And then Carlie created her namesake label and the ethical fashion heavens opened up.
Want to do something to change the world but lack the creative fervor? Investing in a crowdfunding campaign is the perfect low-risk anecdote! Back one-of-a-kind projects and receive some seriously cool benefits while helping to make a difference.
Just over a week ago Baptist World Aid Australia released the 2016 Australian Fashion Report, a key source for Good On You’s ratings on workers’ rights. First released a year after the Rana Plaza disaster, the annual report is a major investigation into the labour practices of well-known brands sold in Australia and around the world.
There’s a certain amount of pride in Nick Savaidis’ voice as I’m talking to him on the phone – and rightly so – his company Etiko has, for the third time in a row, achieved the Australian Fashion Report’s (AFR) highest ranking for ethical production.