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, 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.
London Ethnic was created as a desire to embrace London’s ever-changing edgy and ethnic trends. The Shoreditch Marketplace we recently launched on www.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: http://www.londonethnic.com/product-category/shoreditch-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 Monday 17th November, London Ethnic hosted a Fashion and Politics Champagne Brunch within the Jubilee Room
at the Houses of Parliament.