Sunday, 28 June 2015

Slow fashion and sustainability news: June edition

There is currently so much being written about sustainability and the slow living movement that it can be hard to maintain an overview of all the articles, posts and tweets on the subject, especially if you are interested in keeping up with industry developments as well as everything going on in the bloggersphere. As I had originally intended this blog to be a commentary on the business side of the fashion industry as well as a space for personal thoughts on style and living a more meaningful life, I thought it would be useful to create a monthly round-up of everything related to green living, ethical fashion and sustainability, so that you don't miss anything and can stay as up to date and informed as possible. Key topics discussed this month include viewing sustainability as an essential business strategy, and the issues surrounding garment labelling.


Thursday, 25 June 2015

25 Hours Bikini Hotel Berlin - An "Urban Jungle"

I got back yesterday from a work trip in Berlin, where I was lucky enough to stay in the 25 Hours Bikini Hotel, an incredible new space designed by Werner Aisslinger, with a 360 degree roof terrace bar with panoramic views of the city and rooms that overlook the Berlin Zoo.


Monday, 22 June 2015

We Are Cow: Recycled, Redesigned and Remade

Apologies for the lack of posts over the last week; work has been incredibly busy recently which has meant a lot of exciting travel but unfortunately not a lot of time off, let alone time to write some interesting and thought-provoking blog posts! After being away Monday-Friday in Germany and the Netherlands, I spent the weekend relaxing at home in Derbyshire, which was a lovely break away from the bright lights and break-neck speed of London. It's amazing what a few fields and some fresh air can do! Aside from enjoying the greenery, I also managed to fit in a visit to Nottingham with my boyfriend on Saturday, which was a fantastic real-life example of how the repair/remake/recycle movement is slowly infiltrating the British high street (see my post on the vintage 90s denim trend here).


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Free Sustainability for Professionals Course with Future Learn

If, like me, you'd like to increase your knowledge of sustainability, but haven't yet found a course that is time- or budget-friendly enough, then Make an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals is for you! The FREE six week course is run by the University of Bath in partnership with Future Learn, a platform owned by the Open University which offers a "diverse selection of courses from 60 leading universities, cultural institutions and businesses around the world, including the British Museum, the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (ACCA) and the UK Government."


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Hand-stamped silver date necklace

My personalised handstamped date necklace, pictured on artwork by my sister
I'd always wanted a handstamped necklace, ever since I came across this post by A Beautiful Mess, which had probably been saved in my bookmarks for years until I finally got around to ordering my own version a few weeks ago! I loved the original as it seemed like such a personal and unique way of remembering a date, name or initial, but I wanted something a little smaller and silver which would match my wardrobe, and also tie in with the current minimalist jewellery trend. Of course, an added ethical bonus is that I know exactly who made my necklace, which to me makes it even more special!

Monday, 8 June 2015

The-Acey: "Online Fashion with a Responsible Edge"

The world of ethical fashion can sometimes be a minefield to negotiate, due to a limited number of global retail platforms and minimal marketing power, which often leaves smaller, independent brands fighting for space when competing with the likes of Inditex, H&M and Topshop. Two sites already trying to solve this problem and fill the gap in the online market are Komodo and Fashion Conscience, both of whom provide their customers with an easy-to-shop selection of eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable brands. However, their eagerness to include any and all brands with some kind of green slant means that they lack the sort of ‘curated’ look that has led Asos, Cos, & Other Stories and Zara to such success.


Saturday, 6 June 2015

Upcoming ethical fashion events this summer

This summer there are lots of amazing ethical fashion events taking place, and I thought it would be really useful to have them all in one handy guide. This list isn't by any means exhaustive, just a selection of some of interesting events, exhibitions and talks in the UK and Germany that I've come across, so feel free to add in any additions to the comments below! American readers can check out Eco Cult by Alden Wicker, who posts every month about upcoming ethical fashion events in and around NYC.


Thursday, 4 June 2015

The weekend in pictures: relaxation and inspiration in Berlin

From top left clockwise: view of the television tower (Fernsehturm); graffiti along the Spree river; ice cream at Gendarmenmarkt; 'Unity' in front of the Deutsches Historisches Museum; new ways of thinking about urbanisation and social pressures through the 'megacity' Dhaka; candy floss skies on the journey home.

Last weekend was a chance for me to catch up with my friends and family in Berlin, and it was so good to get away from the stresses of everyday life and spend time in such an exciting, inspirational and yet relaxed city. Although I know it well, having lived there for a year during university, I still love exploring new places and discovering hidden gems, as the city is always evolving.

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