Ethical and Sustainable Fabric Information Talk

Are you a designer or textile student wanting to use sustainable fabrics but don’t know where to start? More and more designers are converting to ethical and sustainable materials but there is still confusion over the quality of such fabrics and where they can be found. To answer these questions and more, sign up to the discussion session happening this month in London. The session is ideal for those who want to learn more about ethical textiles, particularly start-ups keen to introduce them into their designs and collections.

With the growing demand for environmentally and socially beneficial clothing, this unique, hour long discussion not only allows attendees the opportunity to physically feel a huge variety of ethical textiles, available to purchase at both retail and wholesale quantities, but also offers the remarkable opportunity to pick the brains of a Fashion consultant, usually valued at hundreds of pounds. Over the course of the hour, you will be introduced to the terms and jargon associated with the ethical fashion and textiles industry and offered an insight into the variety of ways designers can be ethical through their fabric choices: from reclaimed, to fair trade, to organic, to recycled.

Date: Thursday, 26 July 2012, 11am-12am
Venue: THE CUBE, Studio 5, 155 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ


– £20 per person for bookings made before 14th July 2012;

– £10 for Ethical Directory Members. Find out how to join the Ethical Directory:

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Oxfam Haberdashery for Sewing Sorts

Yesterday we had an Oxfam fashion bloggers meet up at their PR agency in London. It was a great chance to meet the other Oxfam fashion bloggers and discuss ideas and features for the fashion blog. I am a bit different in that I don’t keep a personal style blog – my personal blog here is more academically research related or linked to ethical fashion and consumption, and the ClothesUK blog is general fashion news and style advice. The other bloggers do lots of exciting posts about upcycling and charity shop finds. Having said that, I did recently have a go at making a machine embroidered Valentine’s Day card for a blog post for

It is always nice to get the sewing machine out when I have time and if you are the creative sewing sort you should be aware of Oxfam’s growing haberdashery range. I got to see some of the new spring products at yesterday’s meeting which you can see in the photograph. For Christmas I actually got a couple of bits from Oxfam, a retro themed tin of pins, a collection of patchwork fabric swatches and a cute needle book. You can delve into Oxfam’s haberdashery range online or in stores. They have needle books, bags of buttons, transfers, applique patches and more.

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