Category: Clothes

Fashion Revolution Day 2016

Three years ago today, Rana Plaza, a building housing clothing factories collapsed, killing over 1000 people and injuring over 2000. The clothing factories were making goods for companies such as Primark, Benetton and Monsoon and despite warnings about cracks appearing in the building, the buildings owners ignored them. Three years on, and justice still hasn’t been served for the victims or their families, with very little compensation being paid. Not only that, there have been other tragedies within the clothing industry since. People shouldn’t have to work in buildings so dangerous that they are at risk of collapse. No one should die making clothes. Companies should know exactly who is making their products and under what conditions they are working in. Saying that they simply weren’t aware of the issue is not enough. It’s 2016 for crying out loud!

Fast fashion isn't free

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This year, Fashion Revelution is asking everyone to find out #whomademyclothes. Every company should be have a transparent supply chain. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for in this day and age. Surely, they’ve got nothing to hide and if companies like People Tree can do it, then why can’t all the others? So, this year, I’m asking Seasalt, People Tree and Oasis #Whomademyclothes. I’d like to be able to thank them for the amazing job they did on some of my favourite items.

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[who made my clothes? image courtesy of Fashion Revolution]

Every company should be transparent throughout all aspects of the supply chain. No one should be exempt from this and no one should die making clothes, working in dangerous conditions. Not now, not ever. We mustn’t stop asking companies #whomademyclothes? until each and everyone of them can answer us. Bring on the fashion revolution!

Seasalt Spring Favourites

Every now and then, I look at my ‘wardrobe’ and wonder if there’s such a thing as have too many stripey tops. Then I chuckle to myself and realise that no, there is no such thing. You can never have too many stripes. Fact. This is one of the many reasons why I love Seasalt clothing. They always have stripes, their clothes are ethically made, they are mega comfy and they’re from my spiritual home of Cornwall. It’s like someone made a shop for me! How very kind. While having a look through my clothes the other day, despite the stripes and the odd dress for school, it did occur to me that there’s lots of things in there that I don’t wear and it could do with an injection of a few new pieces. This gave me the perfect excuse to have a look at the new items on the Seasalt website and these are a few that instantly jumped out at me.

Seasalt spring favourites

{Backstone top £35 || Heneward dress £49.95 || Sailor shirt £29.95 ||

Lamledra trousers £55 ||  Long Seafolly jacket £110 || St Endellion skirt £39.95}

I’ve already got two of the sailor shirts and have ordered this one and the ecru orca one as part of the current two for £40 offer. They are very versatile tops and I wear them to work, out walking the dog, when I’m out for dinner with friends or just hanging out at home. I’ve gone for long sleeve versions, purely for warmth. I like the backstage top because while it’s still a stripy top, it’s a little bit different, a little bit fancy and I love the button detail. There should be more buttons on tops. The Heneward dress is perfect for work too. It’s smart, good for layering and going from boiling classrooms to freezing classrooms and can be dressed down with a pair of chelsea boots or wellies. This is high on my wish list, as I’m convinced it’ll look great with tights and bare legs. I have wanted one of the classic Seasalt Seafolly jackets for ages but I really like the idea of a longer one, which is ideal for dog walking and damp bus duty. I’m going to put this on my birthday list, especially in the yellow (one can only wear so much blue!). I have been wearing bootcut jeans as my go to jean for ever. I think they look alright, but every now and then I think they do look a bit dated and I could be wearing something a bit smarter. Plus I can’t wear my chelsea boots with them. The Lamledra trousers look fab. Not skinny jeans (I will never be the kind of person that can wear skinny jeans, thanks to my rugby player-esque thighs!), but smart straight leg cord trousers. I have a denim skirt, but it’s short and has weird buttons on the packets that aren’t really pockets (whoever thought fake pockets on clothing were a good idea needs a slap). This is a skirt that I could wear to school on a non-uniform day, walk the dog in, wear with tights, leggings or bare legs. This is a definite favourite for next pay day.

While I was looking through the website, I came across a picture of a familiar face:

Seasalt raincoats nigel legge

I first came across Nigel when we watched A Fisherman’s Apprentice, which introduced the adorable last remaining fisherman’s village of Cadgwith to us and we’ve since had a number of lovely holidays there. Nigel is a fisherman in Cadgwith and makes traditional lobster pots, one of which we bought the last time we were in Cadgwith and it sits in our lounge. (Obviously, as  a vegan I’m against fishing, but the fishing Nigel and the other Cadgwith fisherman do is so much more sustainable and doesn’t harm the local environment like most fishing does so if you’re going to eat fish, you should eat the fish these guys catch. Phil has and can testify to it’s deliciousness.)

Please note, this is not a paid article for Seasalt, I just bloomin’ love what they do!

Winter Stripes from People Tree

Hello, my name is Cathryn and I’m a stripe addict. Yep, there’s no such thing as too many stripy tops in my book. And just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t wear stripes. So when the lovely folk at People Tree asked me to pick something from their Autumn/Winter collection, I knew that I wanted this stripy dress. It can be dressed up with pair of boots or dressed down with a pair of trainers, ballet pumps or wellies, which make it ideal for dog walking.

Alma Cardigan in greyBlack people tree leggings Malena Stripe dress in black

{c/o Malena Stripe Dress – Was £65, now £32, Alma Cardigan in grey – £68, Black leggings – £26 : All from People Tree. Hat, made by me, using this pattern, Hunters boots, similar found here. Dachshund scarf was a Christmas present from my Mum. No idea where my coat is from!}

I bought the leggings to go with this dress, but leggings are becoming a staple in my wardrobe, as they’re comfy and can go with so many things. The cardigan was a present from my mum, along with the supercute scarf. This coat is my only winter coat, bought originally for dog walking, as it’s got deep pockets for all the usual junk I carry with me when walking Poppy. All the People Tree items are made with organic cotton and are Fair-trade, which is another reason why I love them!

It’s #JustFriday. Light up #blackfriday

As I get older, I definitely buy less stuff. Partly because I’m lazy, partly because I never seem to have enough money but also partly because I find I’ve come to question myself with almost every purchase. Why? Well, I’ve spent a lot of time decluttering and taking things to charity shops, I’ve cleared out lots of houses that I’ve lived in and done too many tip runs to count. Plus, fast, disposable consumerism terrifies me. It’s so destructive to peoples lives and the planet. If something is cheap to buy, there’s a price being paid somewhere by someone. So when I heard about the Traidcraft #justfriday campaign as an alternative to the soul destroying black Friday, I knew I had to write about it.

Just FridayNow it’s no surprise that I don’t enjoy the run up to Christmas shopping madness. I have tweeted a number of times of my absolute disdain for Christmas shopping. I hate everything about it with the exception of making people I love and care about happy. That being said, I think we could all think about where we spend our money and the impact our consumer power has.

Traidcraft’s ‘Just Friday’ initiative is designed to make Black Friday light again. The thinking behind the campaign is that if people took a moment to stop, breathe, and buy mindfully and ethically, they could use their spending power to help people across the world.

Larry Bush, Traidcraft’s Marketing Director, says:

“Imagine if just 1% of the £1bn that retail analysts predict will be spent on Black Friday was spent with ethical, Fair Trade organisations like Traidcraft and People Tree? Even this small percentage could help us improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the developing world and make a huge difference to someone’s life – and you’ll be buying a beautifully handmade, unique gift for family and friends.”

“So on Black Friday, one of the most chaotic days on the shopping calendar, we’re offering an alternative with Just Friday and asking people to take a few moments and think about their buying choices.”

Imagine that! When you see the amazing changes to lives of people around the world, all thanks to fairtrade products, you know that it’s a no brainer and fairtrade is so powerful. It makes a massive difference, not just to the farmers and growers, but the lives of their families, the communities in which they live and beyond. And it’s all within the power of your credit card. So why not add a bit of light to Black Friday and spend your money where it’ll help improve lives.