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.
London Ethnic joined the global movement “Fashion Revolution Day” which was launched after the horrific Rana Plaza catastrophe in Dhaka on 24 April 2013. The factory collapse led to 1133 victims dead and thousands more injured, casting a dark shadow over the history of fashion.
London Ethnic hosted their second commemoration for the fashion workers who lost their lives that terrible day, in London at the Lollipop Gallery on 24th April 2015.
The event raised money for their families and increased awareness of the human work exploitation in fashion brands and the importance of ethical and sustainable principles in the fashion industry.
“We are an ethical fashion house that produces all of our clothes locally. We know the names of all of the artisans who produce our garments, the conditions they work in and have visited them in London.” -Saumen Kar, London Ethnic’s CEO.
The fashion presentation included brand-new ready-to-wear designs from the London Ethnic House produced in collaboration with in-house designers Eleanor Johnson and Nuria Carvajal Garcia with designer Reece Walywn Curtis.
London Ethnic introduced for Fashion Revolution Day guests the new “London Ethnic Organica” skincare range, ethically handmade in the English countryside.
The new beauty collection is packed full of nourishing organic ingredients sourced from sustainable plants. Organic farming is better for the farmers, the environment and our bodies so you get all the great health benefits whilst helping to protect the planet.
The invite-only event gave the opportunity for politicians, leading ethical fashion campaigners, press, bloggers, photographers, models and members of the fashion industry to discuss the ethics of fashion. Speakers talked about how it is could be possible that thousands of people were harmed making clothes that the wearers of the clothes, and the label ordering the clothes, knew nothing about. More positively, the emphasis was on what the fashion industry and consumers can do to help make sure that such tragedies are never repeated.
Rushanara Ali of the Labour party said “This is a cause that I feel personally very passionate about. We can make a difference through ethical fashion companies. I was part of the Parliamentary group that visited Bangladesh after the tragedy. What happened was a crime. We need to make sure that these kinds of man-made accidents never happen again.”
Alistair Poulson from the Green Party said: “Consumers are interested in where their products come from and they are far ahead of politicians and companies.”
Anna McMullen, representative from the charity ‘Labour Behind the Label’ encouraged guests to ask labels “Who Made My Clothes?” – which became a globally trending hash-tag on twitter. She said, “The Fashion Industry has an amazing capacity for change. It can change the world.”
There were complimentary drinks sponsored by Chi, nibbles by Urban Fruit and Cortez Treats and an exhibition from the artist Dragica Carlin entitled: ‘A Myriad of Marks’. Musical entertainment was provided by guitarist Luca Fiore and saxophonists Oli Orletto and Julian Costello.
As an ethical fashion label we will be supporting Fashion Revolution Day and every other event that promises to promote the fair and right treatment for the fashion workers, that respects the environment and the eco-system & we encourage you to do the same…