May 15, 2005

Ethical Fashion, Rising

Originally posted by Nicole-Anne Boyer from WorldChanging: Another World Is Here, reBlogged by ts

Attention fashionistas! There are now even more opportunities to be smartly dressed in every sense of the word. The Financial Times Weekend features a story about the proliferation of ethical fashion labels. (“Forget Black: Fashion’s Going Green” by Dimi Gaidatzi, May 14/15, 2005). These are designers and catalogue retailers who are producing socially and ecologically sustainable clothing lines without compromising high design and style, thus blowing away (yet again) the old tradeoffs between performance, principles and in some cases price — the exception being the burgeoning eco-lux brands, of course, which are priced beyond most mortals’ means, but influencing the “influencers” is a clever tactic as celebrities, for better or worse, set standards.

The article mentions: Edun, the new range designed by U2’s Bono and his wife Ali Hewson which is available at Selfridges in the UK, People Tree, veteran designer Katharine Hamnett, Romp Fashion, shoemaker Terraplana, United Nude, Sari, Nathalie Hambro, and Buba London, to name a few in Europe. (Also check out past WC posts mentioning fashion bags with green integrity and eco-designer Jenny McPherson.)

Read the rest at WorldChanging