Let’s talk about Fatphobia

In an industry that prides itself on inclusivity and equality, why are plus sized people still being excluded? The lack of accessibility means plus sized people have no choice but to shop fast fashion. Sustainability isn’t only about environmental impact, but it’s about creating an accessible space for all. On average, a woman’s dress size changes 31 times during adulthood. This is due to…

Why are supply chains so hard to police?

In the UK, there are laws and regulations in place to prevent inequality within the supply chain. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 states that ‘every organisation carrying a business in the UK with an annual turnover of £36m must produce a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year of the organisation.’ But, these reports do not have to guarantee that the supply…

Togoterre: embracing underestimation

June 2020. Six years in the making. Togoterre was first conceived as a way to express passion for Togolese heritage. Its founder, Josh, says Togoterre is something that is long overdue. I am delighted to share Togoterre and knowing Josh through school and University, it’s an honour to talk to him about his journey, heritage, and passion. During his early teenage years, Josh ‘always…

Sofia’s Connection: Ethical Jewellery

Ethical jewellery isn’t just about using recycled and sustainable materials. It’s about the care, craft, and creativity put into each piece by those sourcing, supplying, designing, and making. Sofia is one of these people. I had the pleasure of asking her some questions about her brand, SofiasConnection, and what it takes to have your own ethical jewellery business. Sofia started the brand when she…

What is Greenwashing?

What is greenwashing? Brands capitalising on ethically sounding pieces due to the demand in sustainable products is greenwashing. It’s a marketing technique taking advantage of the growing popularity of sustainable/ethical products, and using this to increase sales without  actually being sustainable or fulfilling their claims. H&M sustainable summer dress range  Three days ago, Grazia reported that H&M’s new range of sustainable summer dresses is…

The exploitative nature of fast fashion

I came across this post on Instagram posted by @theniftythrifter_, highlighting the exploitation of black people and people of colour in the garment industry. In 2018, it was reported that garment workers in Leicester, UK were being paid below minimum wage. The article explained that Leicester’s garment industry is detached from the UK’s employment law. You can read the full report here. View this…

Black Owned Ethical Brands

The past fortnight, social media has erupted in the response to George Floyd’s murder. There have been protests in all 50 states in America and 18 countries across the world, making this the largest civil rights movement in world history. Systemic racism is real. It affects every aspect of life: school, university, jobs, housing, and more. The fashion industry is no different. Across fashion…

The Sisters Who Sew

Embroidery is a craft that has been linked back to the 5th-3rd century BC. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of hand embroidery, and during lockdown its popularity has increased. Sites like Instagram and Pinterest have allowed people to share their work, inspiring more people to learn this craft. Embroidery artists have said that its become popular because it’s a digitally disconnecting and…