Clothes to Die For, a BBC2 documentary on the collapse of the Bangladeshi Rana Plaza clothing factory that killed over 1,000 workers last year, brought the human cost of cheap fashion into stark reality this week.
Here Siobhan Wilson, owner of the FAIR shop on Queen’s Road, explains why fairtrade is becoming a stylish, viable and necessary alternative to fast fashion.
When did you open the FAIR shop? I opened FAIR in 2008 alongside three other Fair Trade importers: Christine Gent, who is now head of World Fair Trade Organisation Asia, Barb Wilson, who ran the Fair Trade market on Ship Street and owns Love That Stuff and Michelle Parlett, creator of one of our favourite brands Shika. My vision was to make well-designed Fair Trade items accessible on the high street.
How do you decide which brands to stock? I love all types of ethical brands but I do prioritise Fair Trade. These are organisations that work with some of the most marginalised populations on our planet to provide an income. WFTO works with artisans such as weavers and monitors conditions and Fairtrade Foundation works with farmers and commodities such as cotton.
Many products we sell are made by WFTO artisans who use Fairtrade cotton or weave their own garments, designed by UK brands. We also work with charities and trusts.Read the full story »
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Read about Orla Kiely’s styling and sourcing tips, drool over photos of her super-stylish home and find out more about her new interiors book in the new issue of Midcentury Magazine.