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 »
Prolong that summer feeling into September with these Miami-inspired designs by Lulu Guinness for UNIQLO. The Cadillac and palm print is classic Lulu – rocking that 1950s vintage vibe the British designer has become known for.
Before the year is out I’ll have ticked New York off my bucket list and I’d love for you – stylish VB readers – to help me plan the trip of a lifetime. Where do we start the search for secondhand gems?
With pineapples on tastemakers’ menus this summer it was the turn of Tiki and Mid-century fans to get excited by what’s new. I picked this fruity dress from Sugarhill Boutique on Sydney Street to wear on my birthday.
Our favourite local furniture makers Baines & Fricker have launched a range of sleek new designs that would look great in any Mid-century inspired family home.