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.
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 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.
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…