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 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!
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On Friday the 19th of February 2016, we showcased our new ‘Made in London” Autumn/ Winter 2016 collection in a private fashion soiree at the Oxford House gallery in Bethnal Green.
Following our previous collection’s theme “Urban Legend”, our designer Hannah Lloyd Jones kept the sense of geometric shapes and architectural influence and broadened it with a variety of colours and layered detailing.
The Romanesque architecture, the arches and colours of Royal Albert Hall were the inspiration that gracefully shifted into layered block colour dresses, high waist trousers and cropped tops.
As an aspiring ethical fashion label we made sure the collection is produced in the United Kingdom and featured dresses and trousers’ samples of different sizes, which were showcased by our healthy looking models.
The highlight of this collection showcase is the Teal block dress designed exclusively in support of the Ovarian Cancer charity Campaign “Ovacome”. The dress will be auctioned during “Tea with Ovacome goes Vintage” charity event and all proceeds will go towards helping the “Ocavome” charity.
The night was a great opportunity for ethical and fashion bloggers, buyers, press and photographers to mingle and share their thoughts on the future of fashion and in particular on the ethical fashion.
Our dear friend and designer Victoria Charles displayed her latest sophisticated millinery collection which was modelled and showcased alongside our AW16 collection garments.
A special thank you for our sponsors Top Herd & Easy Bean that kept our guests entertained with their delicious and tasty organic products.
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…
The Professional Beauty show is one of the largest beauty and spa trade shows in Europe so to be a part of it is very exciting for us and the London Ethnic brand.
Popularity for London Ethnic Organica keeps on growing, and having been featured in the Evening Standard, we’re keen to meet retailers and show them what we have to offer and discuss with them what’s coming up for the Organica brand.
We showcased our best selling products from the range including our Nourishing Day Cream and Sugar Body Scrub and demonstrated why you should choose organic beauty products.
All of the products in the London Ethnic Organica range are handmade in small batches in the English countryside using organic natural ingredients, so your skin receives the very best nourishment it needs.
Notes: London Ethnic is a member of the ‘Fashion Association of Britain’, ‘The Ethical Fashion Forum’, the ‘Made in Britain’ organisation and an official partner for Parliament Week.
Here at London Ethnic, we pride ourselves on providing the perfect platform for young and talented designers, and the production of their clothing. We give them the opportunity to express themselves through their own designs and accomplishments then share them with the world.
We are proud to be involved in supporting Parliament Week to celebrate the role of young people in UK democracy. We will be hosting the events first fashion show this November.
We at London Ethnic, went to Scoop launch and then again on the last day. Held at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, the Scoop International event launch was beautifully laid out. Designers showcased their latest women’s wear, jewellery lines, footwear and scents covering every inch of the gallery.
Mannequins were dressed up to show us how we could pair these beautiful outfits. Many of these designers were from different countries, with a lot of Spanish and American lines, but there were a few British brands to represent! We left with little goody bags filled with magazines at the end of the day.
The team at London Ethnic are very excited to attend Graduate Fashion Week this year, with the event showcasing the work of over 1000 graduates from both UK and International universities, we can’t wait to get a glimpse of upcoming talent. We’ll be attending as many shows as we can to get a real insight into the fresh talent coming out from universities.
At the end of Graduate Fashion Week there is a Gala award show where are a number of awards given including one we’re super excited about which is ‘The Ethical Award’. In order to be considered for the award students have to demonstrate how their product is beneficial to the environment, culture or community from which the materials are sourced, all of which are of course right up our street. We’ll be watching the nominees closely in order to bring our customers the best that new ethical fashion has to offer.
The 2012 winner Sarah Murphy (pictured left), who studied at Northumbria University created her collection using only second-hand tweeds and woollen mixes after a desire to make a collection which was not only ethical but also stylish.
Some of the shows we’ll be attending include University of East London, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Salford and UCA Epsom. We’ll be around the exhibition on both the Saturday and the Sunday so keep an eye out for us so we can have a chat.
Graduate Fashion Week is responsible for launching the careers of some of the most successful designers including Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney and Giles Deacon. We’ve got a sharp eye at London Ethnic for new talent, picking up some of our most popular designers whilst visiting Graduate Fashion Week including Emma Price, Kirin Atwal and Zehra Nas.
We can’t wait to get to the shows and exhibitions to see what young designers are up to today, where their inspiration comes from and hopefully work with some of them.
On Monday the London Ethnic team will be heading over to the Pulse trade show to get a feel of what the coming year can offer us, we’ll be on the look out for new designers and generally having a browse of other creative visions on offer.
This year the theme of Pulse London is ‘First Peek’, which aims to provide visitors with the opportunity to be the first to discover new products, future trends and to see the latest market insight. We’re very exciting to be among the first to view these new designs and have a chat with those exhibiting.
Pulse runs from May 11-13th and over 500 brands will join the show at London Earls Court, it’s a trade only event but if you can pop down we really recommend it.