This April the fashion world comes together to commemorate the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh that claimed the lives of 1,138 garment factory workers and another 2,500 workers were injured.
This was the turning point in the fashion history & that’s how Fashion Revolution was born. Carry Sommers & Ursula Del Castro founders of Fashion Revolution Day made their voice heard and the world listened.
It started as a movement in the United Kingdom and it soon spread all over the world.
Fashion Revolution Week raises its voice on the exploitation and dark side of the fashion industry, to speak up for all those workers who don’t have a voice and suffer the cost of cheap fashion.
London Ethnic has become a proud supporter of the Fashion Revolution Week movement since its conception. We believe that ethics in fashion are important and should be the starting point for all the new designers & customers.
This year London Ethnic is delighted to join Bourgeois Boheme, an independent London-based footwear brand for men and women making state of the art luxury shoes completely free from animal-derived materials. For SS17, the brand is introducing a range that perfectly embodies honest and progressive luxury, crafted with Piñatex™, a new fabric innovation made from pineapple leaf fibres.
If you’d like to be part of this global movement you can join by finding events happening around your area on: www.fashionrevolution.org.
Important events around the world:
California: California College of Arts, the Levi Strauss Foundation and Remake for the San Francisco premiere of Made in Cambodia, a film short by Asad Faruqi, the cinematographer for Oscar winning documentary short ‘A Girl in the River’ and ‘Saving Face.’ In the film, follow three fashion design students as they embark on a life changing journey to Cambodia to experience the day-to-day lives of the invisible women behind our fashion.
New Zealand: Local ethical fashion hub, Just Atelier, is running a creative community pop-up space in central Dunedin, New Zealand, from 1 – 30 April, 2017, to build relationships and celebrate local creativity, in collaboration with the Urban Dream Brokerage project.
South Africa team are getting together to host a local designer pop up shop to create a space where information about the global campaign is available and an opportunity to showcase some of the local and sustainable designers based in cape town & South Africa.
Canada: “Mindful and minimal fashion” challenge goes from April 20 to 30, 2017, but you can join in anytime! Chose 10 items, for 10 outfits you’ll wear over 10 days.Your 10 items include pants, skirts, tops, sweaters, outerwear and shoes. But hey, if that’s too restrictive, switch out the shoes and outerwear for more pants. As the yogis say, “This is your practice.”
Germany: Fashion Revolution also means to show that it is different – with fair-trade clothing, produced under humane conditions. We would like to contribute to this with our concept. Be fair. Be chic. Be friedrich.
Brazil: The event that this year brings as a theme “Money Fashion Power” discussing the flow of money in the fashionable production chain. There will be talks, workshops, networking spaces, exhibitions and more.
On Friday 25th November 2016, London Ethnic hosted a Fashion & Politics day at the Jubilee Room, House of Parliament. The official event was part of Parliament Week, the aim of which is to engage a wide variety of people with the work of the UK Parliament. The main focus of the day was to address the question of ‘How will Brexit impact the UK Fashion Industry?’
The event was hosted by Seema Pathan, with talks from Parliamentarians, leaders in the Fashion Industry and Ethical Fashion Campaigners. Amongst them, Kate Hill, Founder of Make it British and Adam Mansell, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Fashion & Textile Association. The talked helped shed some light into the latest political and economical events, which will definitely impact our fashion industry for the upcoming years.
Following the talks, there was a fashion showcase from the ‘Best of British’ Fashion Designers that manufacture their collections within the United Kingdom, featuring the Ethical Fashion Designer Ruth Woldeselasie, UK Couture Fashion Designer Barbara Biosah and Fashion and Textiles Designer Rebecca Kellet. During the event, it was also a chance for London Ethnic to showcase our In-House collection, The Mayfair.
After the event, guests were invited for a fashion networking opportunity with members of the fashion industry, buyers, press and bloggers.
Ethical Fashion Designer Ruth Woldeselasie of Urban Roots Eco showcased her newest eco-friendly couture garments. The collection was dominated by maxi dresses in the hues of creamy pastels and it was entirely made in Britain. Her new creations were all hand loomed using only the finest silks.
Barbara Biosah of Atelier Dumebi showcased her handmade, crystal studded, garments collection. Barbara is also en emerging couturier that takes pride in creating bespoke dresses inspired by her ethnic African background in a modernised and luxury couture garment.
Rebecca Kellet showcased her 3-D printed textiles collection. Rebecca is a Fashion and Textiles designer whose work focuses on the 3-D boundaries of fabric designing for fashion. Her edgy collection featured oversized tops, boots, bold accessories.
London Ethnic’ In-House collection was revamp of previous collections that feature London’s urban architecture and minimalist style. Palazzo trousers, crop tops and bright colours overrode the previous collections but kept the same line of moodboard inspiration.
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On Friday, 22 of April 2016 London Ethnic joined Fashion Revolution Week 2016 at the ‘No Excuses Workshop held aboard La Sorelle boat in Canary Wharf.
The fashion workshop and party were organised in collaboration with RentezVous & Wardrobe Workshop.
Fashion Revolution Day was created as a heartfelt response after the tragic factory collapse in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, where more than a thousand factory workers lost their lives. London Ethnic has joined the movement since its beginning by holding events that commemorate this tragic day and speaking about it ever since.
The event hosted talks from fashion activists, ethical fashion designers and fashion entrepreneurs who shared their views on the current situation of the fashion industry and how we can all approach fashion in a more ethical way.
The event gathered press, photographers, fashion designers and fashion enthusiasts in a night of fun, drinks and fashion mingling.
The London Ethnic stall showcased our latest AW16 collection samples with leaflets #whomademyclothes attached around it.
Our collection manager and AW16 capsule designer Hannah Lloyd Jones was there to inform the attendees on the whole process behind the new collection, from the ideas and inspiration behind it to the pattern cutting and manufacturing process, but more importantly: “Who made our London Ethnic AW16 collection”.
We are proud to confirm that no sweat shops are being used or will ever be used to produce garments under the London Ethnic label. Since the beginning, our designer collections have been produced in the United Kingdom.
For Fashion Revolution Day, Rentez-Vous, Wardrobe Workshop and London Ethnic invite you to learn, to investigate and to challenge your opinion about Sustainable Fashion.
– LET’S DISCUSS: WHY SUSTAINABLE FASHION?
What is Fast Fashion? And what are its implications?
– LET’S LEARN: WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?
Daisy Schubert, personal stylist and founder of Wardrobe Workshop will make you discover the criteria to identify good clothes and will give you simple tips to make a big difference such as renting instead of buying.
– MEET THE DESIGNERS: RENT OR BUY
Discover talented sustainable designers such as Madia & Matilda, Kitty Ferreira UK, Bourgeois Boheme and many more and ask them #whomademyclothes?
In exclusivity, leading fashion rental marketplace Rentez-Vous will allow you to rent these collections for a fraction of the price. First come first served!
– INSIDE OUT PHOTOSHOOT
Enjoy an interactive workshop organized by London Ethnic and Labour Behind the Label and ask #whomademyclothes to your favorite brands.
The barge boat Le Sorelle will open its bar and guests can enjoy a drink while meeting the designers, stylists and influencers of sustainable fashion on the backdrop of Canary Wharf.
Join us and be part of the Fashion Revolution by booking your seat via the link above. Limited seats!
Friday, 22 April 2016 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST) – Add to Calendar
Le Sorelle – Canary Wharf – 1 Thames Quay, London E14 9SG, United Kingdom
London Ethnic was created as a desire to embrace London’s ever-changing edgy and ethnic trends. The Shoreditch Marketplace we recently launched on londonethnic.com/, represents it to the fullest.
Since our first catwalk shows for London Fashion Week, the designers’ creations that joined our fashion showcases displayed a strong inclination towards the non-conformist out-of-the-lines Shoreditch attitude.
Bold prints, flashing colours, ethnic detailing, fringes, oversized and torn garments were nonchalantly showcased by healthy looking models throughout the catwalks.
The idea rose from the trendsetting attitude of Londoners and is materialised by daring British designers that think outside the box.
Shoreditch Marketplace is more than just an e-store, it is a fashion statement!
London Ethnic for LFW SS14 photos:
Rise Superclub LFW SS14 Party and Catwalk Show:
London Ethnic Chelsea Summer Fashion Showcase. Friday 27th June 2014:
Visit Shoreditch Marketplace for the lastes designer updates: https://londonethnic.com/product-category/shoreditch-marketplace/
We have launched two new style-oriented e-store platforms, Shoreditch Marketplace & Mayfair Marketplace, on londonethnic.com/ which showcase talented creations by London’s upcoming and established designers.
Reflecting London’s vibrant style we have created these two platforms which represent two prominent styles of London as an easy way to stroll & shop through the pieces that suit your style.
Shoreditch Marketplace: Shoreditch has become the new hub for London’s rising fashion elite. It’s a name that has become synonymous with creativity and innovation in fashion. Shoreditch Marketplace is inspired by this vibrant and stylish hotspot and is the perfect place to shop cutting-edge designs for the spontaneous Londoner with a gritty and urban edge that loves to dare & set trends.
Mayfair Marketplace: Mayfair is one of the most exclusive areas in Europe with London’s highest concentration of five-star hotels. Mayfair Marketplace is inspired by this luxurious side of London and is the ideal place to shop London’s high-end, sleek, stylish, sophisticated and elegant designs that are classic timeless pieces.
All products displayed on our Shoreditch and Mayfair Marketplaces are exclusively produced in Great Britain. That helps ensure the garments are made ethically whilst providing you with authentic London fashion from one-off bespoke pieces to ready-to-wear garments.
Visit Shoreditch Marketplace here: https://londonethnic.com/product-category/shoreditch-marketplace/
Visit Mayfair Marketplace here: https://londonethnic.com/product-category/mayfair-marketplace/
Fashion One TV joined the buzz of ethical fashion enthusiasts and bloggers at our Fashion Revolution Day event at Lollipop Gallery.
Fashion One correspondent Stefanie Jones and her crew learned about the #WhoMadeMyClothes hashtag campaign launched by Fashion Revolution movement in an attempt to help people understand the exploitation and pain behind the clothes they are wearing.
Members of “Labour Behind the Label” organisation shared real life stories of survivors from the Rana Plaza catastrophe in a clothing factory, in Bangladesh, that killed thousands of workers.
Members of Parliament, like Rushanara Ali Labour MP and Green Party Member Alistair Polson, evoked the importance of the government in making sure these events don’t repeat again.
During the event we showcased our AW15 collection, designed and manufactured entirely in the United Kingdom. The collection was created by in-house designers Eleanor Johnson and Nuria de Carvajal Garcia and is inspired by London’s Urban Architecture and nature. For the creation of our collection, we were informed in every step of the people involved in the process and made sure they were treated fairly. We do not use sweatshops for the manufacturing of our clothes.
London Ethnic’s CEO Saumen Kar and designer Eleanor Johnson spoke to Fashion One correspondent on how London Ethnic is involved in the Fashion Revolution and the influence it is trying to make in the fashion world.
On Saturday, the 19th of March 2016, London Ethnic, alongside with Simply Be and Apricot Clothing, will take part on the seventh annual “Tea with Ovacome” charity event to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and its symptoms.
Tea with Ovacome is an annual event raising awareness about the Ovarian Cancer & raising funds for the OVACOME network via a “Champagne Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show” at The May Fair Hotel, London.
Ovacome models, all survivors from ovarian cancer, will display garments from our London Ethnic AW16 and SS16 collections.
As part of our AW16 collection and especially for the event, we have designed “The Ovacome Teal Dress”.
Teal is the official colour for supporting the fight against ovarian cancer.
All of London Ethnic’s profits from the sale of the Teal Dress are being donated to the Charity Ovacome.
Ovacome is the Ovarian Cancer Support Network and works to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and its symptoms, as well as providing support for people who have been affected by ovarian cancer. For more information, please go to www.ovacome.org.uk
Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynaecological cancer in the UK. Every year, 7000 women in the UK will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and almost 5000 will die of it. This makes ovarian cancer a deadly disease and one of the key reasons for this is because most cases are diagnosed in the late stages.
If you would like to make a donation direct to OVACOME, please use Just Giving page. www.justgiving.com/teawithovacome2015 Funds raised via this just giving page will be grant matched therefore doubling your donation to Ovacome. So please give generously.
Close up, backstage & makeup photos from London Ethnic for Parliament Week 2015 fashion showcase.
The fashion showcase included London Ethnic pieces from the AW15 in collaboration with designer Reece Walyn Curtis and SS16 collection. Also include to the catwalk show were new creations from the London- based designer Zion of her AW15 collection.
On Friday 20th November, London Ethnic hosted a fashion & politics debate on ‘How UK democracy has inspired and shaped British fashion’, held in the Jubilee Room of Westminster Palace.
The event was hosted by TV presenter Keith Maynard and held talks by MPs, Lords and Baronesses such as Baroness Valentine and founder of Made in Britain, Kate Hill.
The event was an official part of Parliament Week, the aim of which is to engage a wide variety of people in politics.
Invitees included the Fashion Association of Britain, Make it British, Grazia magazine, Selfridges, Libertys, House of Fraser as well as fashion students, press, bloggers and photographers.
The speakers talked about the ways in which fashion and politics are linked together and how fashion trends often emerge from the social and political developments.
Something mentioned many times during each debate was the need for more subjects regarding ethical fashion to be talked within schools and universities.
The event was also a chance for London Ethnic to showcase A/W 15 collection, named Urban Nature and inspired London’s architecture.