the Ecospot Eco Gift Guide 2016 – day 12 – TOMS shoes

At this time of year, it is often the giving of gifts that people get excited about. Sure, receiving something lovely is also very nice, but seeing someone open a gift that you have thought long and hard about – their reaction, their joy… that is something to behold. It warms the cockles and spreads the love. But what if you can give a gift that gives again? These are special gifts, so for day 12 of our Eco Gift Guide we are featuring some things from TOMS, who give one for every one you buy. Simple.

black dotted wool men’s TOMS £44.99

And surely there can be nothing simpler. Buy a pair of shoes (or a pair of glasses or a bag) and TOMS will replicate your purchase, giving someone in need a pair of shoes, sight restoring treatment or equipment and training to allow a safe birth. One for one.

rust multi stripe women’s TOMS £41.99

Of course, this is not the only charity gift that you can give that gives to someone you will never meet, but giving a pair of shoes and someone else receiving a pair too is simple. And you have a tangible thing to give, unlike a virtual goat, for instance, which I have seen received with mixed reactions, however well intended.

maxwell matte black sunglasses £59.99

I recently read the story of TOMS by founder Blake Mycoskie, and it struck me that not only was the story one of hope, but that it made the very best of our western consumerist ways and that it just made sense. It was the first time the model had been used, but it made sense. For the people making the shoes, to the people buying the shoes and the people benefiting from a free pair of shoes that would honestly change their lives.

black metallic burlap women’s TOMS £31.49

How often do we hear people talk about how a ‘thing’ changed their life? A new phone? An item of clothing even? Hearing the truly humbling stories of people whose lives have really been changed is a powerful thing. Plus, there is a sale on at the moment, so d’you know what? Buy two pairs. I just did.

birch critters canvas TOMS £29.99

So – if you are looking for a great pair of ethically made shoes, glasses or a bag to give to someone this Christmas as a gift – look at TOMS. Your gift will be doubled.

Now imagine the look of joy and appreciation on someone’s face on Christmas Day when you tell them that. 

(all images via TOMS – all prices right at time of post)

the Ecospot Eco Gift Guide 2016 – day 5 – Plastic Fish Sweatshirt by MCS

Ocean plastic has been a real focus for us over the last year or so, and we are delighted to be working with some great organisations, including Surfers Against Sewage and the World Cetacean Alliance to investigate scaleable solutions to the crisis. One of the most shocking facts came from the New Plastics Economy Report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation earlier this year, saying that if we continue in this throwaway nature, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans, by weight, by 2050. So, for day 5 of our Eco Gift Guide we have chosen this fantastic statement sweater from Rapanui and the Marine Conservation Society.

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Made from fully traceable organic cotton in an ethically accredited, wind powered factory, this statement jumper features little fish gradually turning into plastic bottles as they swim across the front panel.

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Whilst the actual truth of this print smarts a little, we love the fact that it says it all, without any text at all. A great print and a great jumper for anyone involved in, or concerned about the marine litter issue…

Available from the Marine Conservation Society website here for £35 + P+P…

(images via MCS)

the Ecospot Eco Gift Guide 2016 – day 1 – Patagonia Powder Town Beanie

Well, where has this year gone? It seems like only yesterday that we were putting together our Eco Gift Guide for last Christmas… But, here we are – pinch punch – on the 1st December already. So – looking for an eco gift, an ethical gift or a sustainable seasonal present for a loved one? Stay tuned for the next 24 days as we open the doors on 24 things that we would be delighted to find in our stockings this year. There will be stuff for all budgets and tastes, with all things made with love by nice people…

So – for day 1 on our Eco Gift Guide we have… a Patagonia Powder Town Silver Birch Beanie.

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With the temperature plummeting in the UK, we have been digging out our hats over the last few days, but if you know someone who is in need of a new woolly to keep their head toasty, this is a rather nice one indeed.

As many of you will know, we are huge fans of Patagonia here in the studio – not only for their well made clothing, but for their material choices and dedication to longevity and repair. Plus their recent drive for Black Friday saw them increase their usual 1% For The Planet contributions to 100% for the whole day – resulting in a staggering $10 million being spread by Patagonia amongst grass roots environmental charities. Wow. 

This lovely Powder Town Beanie is made from recycled polyester with a bit of elastane for a comfortable stretch, in the classic white and grey that will suit everyone. A bobble for a bit of fun, a cosy head and a great company to support.

Get yours now from Surfdome in the UK, where you can pick it up for a very reasonable £25.59 + P+P. check it out here.

(image via Surfdome)

SPOTTED – reclaimed vinyl banner products by Vaho…

Last weekend, when the UK was imploding from the shock of Brexit, we were very pleased to be elsewhere – watching the events unfold from the sunny climes of Barcelona. And whilst we were there, we found a stack of innovative companies who are channelling the cities waste into new products. First up is Vaho, who use reclaimed vinyl banners as their base material.

In a similar way to Swiss company Freitag, who convert truck tarps into new accessories, Barcelona based Vaho take the advertising banners that proliferate through the vast city and convert them into bags, wallets, belts and cases – with each one being unique. Their tag line of ‘Trashion Bags handmade in Barcelona’ says it all.

Of course, the key factors of the vinyl banners are durability (strength and waterproofness) with the ability to print good images on the material, but despite their ephemeral nature when used for advertising a date specific event, they are notoriously hard to recycle. With metal eyelets and other co-mingled materials, the banners are often consigned to landfill.

But the bright colours they have, combined with their durability make them perfect for use in every day accessories. You don’t want your stuff getting wet, after all.

So it was with delight that we spotted a Vaho outlet store tucked away in the gothic quarter of Barcelona.

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The first dilemma was to choose the shape we fancied – with a number of different configurations, zips, pockets and sizes available, the large array of accessories was mind boggling. And once you had chosen your model, you then had to choose your colour combination…

Some were quite plain, some had text, some referenced Barcelona landmarks and events, some were completely abstract. It took ages.

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But really, this is part of the charm. It was great to find a product that we could take home as a memento of our visit that was not only useful, but was made by hand in the city directly from the waste material generated advertising things to tourists like us. A sort of self fulfilling product purchase, but hey. We know this wallet will last for a very, very long time.

(images by claire potter and Vaho)

SPOTTED – Tauko Design – using reclaimed textiles in new, utilitarian fashion…

Fashion is often heralded as one of the biggest bad boys when it comes to wastefulness and a huge turnover of raw materials – telling us daily that the new thing is the best thing. Fashion moves quickly. The waste clothes soon follow. But not all fashion is created this way, and we were really interested to discover Finnish brand Tauko Design, who use reclaimed textiles in their collections.

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Based on waste textiles from the service sector, Tauko Design takes lots of sheets (often waste from hospitals), dyes them in vibrant colours and completely transforms them into new items.

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“In our creations, we show the minimalism of the Nordic design tradition as well as the coolness of the Finnish landscape. There is always a hint of Baltic humor in our garments; small colorful details that give them a unique edge. We love big pockets and guarantee that the clothes won’t limit anyone from biking, running, dancing or just having a rest. 
Each of our designs were made with passion and commitment, always keeping in mind to make them work for diverse occasions and various body types.
We want to keep it classy, yet make the day a brighter one!”

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What is really interesting is that the intro quote from Tauko says absolutely nothing about reclamation, recycling or reuse. It’s just part of what they do.

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Many people have a preconception that ‘sustainable fashion’ has a particular ‘look’. Hair shirt and sandals is the phrase that we often coin for this kind of preconception – that all sustainable products are somehow stuck in the 1970’s. But of course, sustainable fashion can be anything but. We are totally in love not only with the ethos of Tauko, but their stunning designs too.

Take a look at Tauko Design’s main website to see the full range of their stunning garments…

(all images via Tauko Design)

Our latest secondhand hauls for our Local, Handmade, Secondhand Challenge…

Back in late 2016, we had a family and friend pledge – to only purchase items for each other at Christmas that we had found Locally, Handmade, or Secondhand. It was a roaring success, and the LHS Challenge was born. So, for 2016, we are planning on only buying items within this scope – with a rather large emphasis on the secondhand. As avid charity shoppers, this is not an issue for us, and so far so good…

And here is a little recap of what we have found so far…

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But of course, buying things Local, Handmade or Secondhand is great, but is it better than not buying anything at all? We read, and admire people who are operating a no purchase policy for the year, but we know that we are unable to do that. We wear and use things until they cannot be repaired (and we are awesome fixers), but there are occasions when you do have to get something. We love the thrill of the hunt when you are looking for something secondhand, and the excitement of finding it. Or the rush of creativity when you find something you can change about a bit to be perfect.

Take, for example, this camo jacket and grey jumper. I had been looking for an old camo jacket for a while, and even though you can readily get them online, I wanted to find one that fitted nicely and had a good bit of wear.LHS Challenge 4 Feb 16

I had been searching for a long time, but that is fine. One day, as is the way with the world, the perfect one arrived. For a fiver. And it is this sense of anticipation rather than instant gratification which makes this way of consuming much more fulfilling. I wanted a camo jacket, but I did not NEED it now. When the right one was there, I bought it, rather than ‘making do’ with a new one from the High Street, and I LOVE it.

This ties in interestingly with the latest rise of decluttering pioneered by Marie Kondo – creator of the KonMari Method, who states that you should only keep items that you love and the rest should be (responsibly) discarded. This is great for charity shops as long as the items donated are actually of good quality – crap fashion worn for a few times and donated has little value.

So this is the quandary – we like to ‘consume’, but we need to do so responsibly. Buying good quality stuff from charity shops and donating the stuff we no longer love is one way forward.

(all images by claire potter)

welcome to 2016 – and the Local, Handmade and Secondhand consumer challenge…

Welcome to 2016. After a couple of weeks of recapping the best posts from 2015, and enjoying the wonderfulness of the festive season we have come back to the studio full of beans and observations and fired up for a new year. We will reveal some of these observations (which will likely turn into projects) in the coming weeks, but today we are sharing our first – the LHS challenge, or the Local, Handmade and Secondhand consumer challenge.

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So what sparked this? Well, as committed hunters of all things wonderful and secondhand, our family came up with a set of rules for Christmas. We could only spend £10 (ish) per person – and we had to buy things for each other that were locally made, were handmade (by the giver of the gift) or were secondhand. Despite some grumbles from the non-charity shop shoppers in the clan, the LHS challenge was set. And it went down marvellously.

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From homebrewed drinks to handcrafted chocolates, secondhand woolly jumpers that would have cost a small fortune new, beautifully worn leather bags and even a complete 1950’s picnic basket, we did really well. And what was interesting is that each gift was a perfect fit with the person. Personality came out in the creation of the present and each one was thoughtfully selected instead of hurriedly bought.

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For those not used to consuming in this way, the charity shops of the nation were a revelation. New stuff does not always mean great stuff in the same way that secondhand stuff means second rate stuff. We swapped stories of how stuff was found, where, the conversations we had in the shops with the volunteers, their responses to our challenge – and the thrill we got from finding that *perfect* thing.

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Many of the family vowed to shop more in charity shops this year…

And so – we are setting up the LHS (Locally made, Handmade, Secondhand) consumer challenge to ourselves this year – buying as much as we can locally, or stuff that is handmade by real people (including us), or stuff that is secondhand and with a story to tell. A different type of consuming. Consuming but caring too.

So – want to join us on our challenge? Tweet us your picks to @clairepotter and hashtag it #LHSconsumer and let’s see what we can find! Let’s challenge the way we buy stuff in the next year – and be proud of our makes, repairs and secondhand stuff.

(all pictures of stuff we have bought previously in our unofficial LHS consuming!)

2015 recap – October – the sustainable Brighton Fashion Week…

October 2015 saw us heading to the sustainably founded and focussed Brighton Fashion Week, to see the latest responsible developments in ladies and menswear – from the high street ready to the conceptual…

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Talk about sustainability, and haute couture fashion is often not the first thing that springs to mind, but with a commitment to all things ethical and sustainable, the Brighton Fashion Week 2015, which was held on 15-17 October certainly put this straight. All this week we will be looking at the activities and shows – starting with our Photo Special of the Showreel Design Competition, sponsored by Bolli Darling.

Located in All Saints Church, Hove, the last of the catwalk shows was actually a design competition, where designers, artists and creatives created one outfit from a ‘Beauty from Waste’ brief for a showcase of fashion, art and performance. It was rather spectacular too… starting with an incredible construction from competition sponsor and costumer extraordinaire, Bolli Darling…

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And so, here are a few of the entries.

Elpida Hadiz-Vasilva – Gunna – chicken skin and recycled cotton combine to explore the notions of beauty and elegance… This dress was as delicate as paper – and was modelled beautifully.

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Freya Von Bulow – Flow of Nature – a technical gown designed to raise awareness of production and efficient recycling techniques… This dress was very structured and featured interesting pieces, like the clothes pegs in the neck section.

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Juliette Simon – American Dream – a journey through the dark side of the American Dream… Very American Beauty, this dress told a clear story of waste and consumerism.

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We were blown away by the creative theatre of each of the costumes, but after lots of deliberation, the judges awarded Afton Ayache the £1000 prize, courtesy of Veolia.

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A fantastic competition, showing the wealth of talent out there – and we will be staying with Brighton Fashion Week 2015 for the rest of the week, with the Zeitgeist and Sustain shows, plus a look at the debates…

(all images copyright Claire Potter)

Green Gift Guide – day three – stuff you can wear…

It’s day three of our Green Gift Guide. We’ve featured a pop-up event, lovely stuff that is printed or made of paper and today we are looking at stuff you can wear. And stuff you would really want to wear too…

1 – Brisk Black vegan trainers – these are pretty lovely. With a nice graphic styling, this organic cotton and microfibre shoe is a great smart casual option for the office. The natural latex and coconut fibre husk mattresses actually mould to your feet too, ensuring an insane level of comfort. Yes please. £95 – from Nigels Eco Store

Brisk Black / White eco shoes

2 – a West End Belt from Elvis and Kresse – we are HUGE fans of Elvis and Kresse, who create quite stunning pieces with the most incredible stories. Each piece, from bags to wallets to belts, like the one below have been created from decommissioned London Fire Brigade Fire Hoses. So after saving lives, these incredible hoses are given another life themselves. Plus, up to 50% of profits are redirected into fire charities. Amazing. Get one. from £41

Cameron Diaz wears the Elvis & Kresse West End belt in a shoot for American Vogue

3 – Zig Zag Eco armband by Flavia Amadeu – we do like our statement jewellery, and this is quite a statement – a single piece of natural Amazonian rubber which creates a 3D shape around your arm. Wear it in different combinations, roll it down, pair up with any of the 5 different colours… we would go black and green. £30 each

Zig Zag Eco Armband

4 – a velociraptor necklace from Designosaur – we were delighted to have Karli and Jaques, a.k.a. Designosaur with us at the studio for the Christmas Artists Open Houses. With their fun designs available in masses of forms, each piece is locally made and designed here in Brighton. We have a weakness for their dinosaurs, and their cherry wood velociraptor is on our Christmas list for sure… get in quick though – mail orders close this Friday 18th! £32.81 plus shipping 

Velociraptor Skeleton Dinosaur Necklace. Laser Cut Wood Dinosaur Raptor Necklace. Bones Jewellery. Statement Necklace. Jurassic Park. Bone.

5 – A Beach guardian T-shirt from Surfers Against Sewage – not only will you be supporting a great charity, you will be wearing something made from rubbish. Recycled plastic and cotton shreds to be precise. And it’s currently on sale at a bargain £10. 

6 – RAW for the Oceans recycled ocean plastic jeans – yep. You read that right. Jeans made from ocean plastic. As many of you are aware, we have been doing a vast amount of research of late into marine litter and the increasing issues we have with plastic debris, and we were pleased to see a rather big hitter getting in on the issues too. A link up between G-Star RAW and Pharrell Williams, this range of clothing uses recovered plastic which is melted, chipped and spun into a fibre for reweaving. We are big fans of the Octopus mascot too… (£140 boyfriend jean shown)

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7 – Octo Kids Black T-shirt by Woody – Another brilliant local Brighton designer (and one of the organisers of the Brighton Pecha Kucha no less), this kids t-shirt by Woody is not only really cute, it is made from 100% organic cotton by fairtrade manufacturers in India using wind and solar power, before being printed in the UK. Wow. That ticks all the boxes! ages 3/4 and 5/6 – £15

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So we reckon that is a complete outfit done? Not too bad at all – and all great pieces with great stories…

(images via associated brands)

Green Gift Guide – day one – the Brighton Fashion Week Xmas pop up…

Each year we publish our Green Gift Guide – based on stuff that we have seen, loved and would be delighted to find in our stockings this month. For the rest of the week we will be posting our usual type of Green Gift Guide, but unusually, today we are starting with a pop-up event happening in Brighton until 6th Jan, but which has a late night special tonight – the Brighton Fashion Week Pop Up, in association with the FAIR Shop…

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We had a blast covering the Brighton Fashion Week in October, which was unique in that every designer showed a collection that was firmly ‘ethical’ from reused materials, to recycled pieces, to fair trade collaborations. It was a night of colour and excitement and showed that ethical fashion does not need to be er, unfashionable.

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So for everyone in the Brighton area who has a fashionista to buy for, or is still looking for that special piece for that special party, look no further. Head to The FAIR Shop on 21 Queens Road for a late night special tonight featuring designers such as What Daisy Did (who we wrote about here), Rolfe and Wills, Nivo Jewellery and Maria Tilyard – whose crow cushions we have been coveting for a while in the studio. Very Game of Thrones and the closest Claire is going to get to a pet corvid.

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And if you make it tonight between 6-8.30, you will also be able to sample some fabulous Tey Lattes from the award winning Massis Tea too… on International Tea Day no less. Hope to see you there!

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*** REVIEW *** Brighton Fashion Week 2015 – pt4 – Sustain Show…

For the last of our photo specials for Brighton Fashion Week 2015, we are heading to the images we took at the first of the catwalk shows held at All Saint’s Church in Hove last week – the Sustain Show…

‘Clothing is a physical representation of our inner being; creativity, imagination, fantasies, desires, mentality and our ethics. Fashion is a second skin, one we shed daily and that remains malleable to our ever-changing sensibilities. Fashion should not be harmful in any way, nor irrelevant. Sustainability is key, and ethical garments can represent this beauty powerfully. Our ‘sustain’ show promotes sustainability through the showcasing of designers and practitioners that are willing to combine innovative fashion design and ethical thinking to produce unique and efficient collections. Brighton is a city that overflows with morality and strong ethical values, making it an ideal location for ‘sustain’ to premier. ‘Sustain’ will unveil collections designed to test the boundaries of sustainable fashion as we know it; expressing the personality of the city and its people.’

Angus Tsui…

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Clare Poggio… (powered by Veolia)

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Kitty Ferreira…

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Milkweed…

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Raggedy…

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Rhiannon Hunt…

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*** REVIEW *** Brighton Fashion Week 2015 – pt 3…

Whilst editing our images from the fully sustainable Brighton Fashion Week 2015, there were a series of designers that we were drawn to, and in the Zeitgeist Emerging Talent Catwalk Show, we were loving the collection from Carlotaoms – Alegoria. With strong colours and structural urban qualities, we really could image these pieces on the streets of Brighton and beyond. And with a pledge towards creating for longevity, these pieces would no doubt age and wear beautifully…

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*** REVIEW *** Brighton Fashion Week 2015 part 2… Zeitgeist Catwalk Show

Last week we were at each of the catwalk shows for the Brighton Fashion Week 2015, showing the cutting edge of ethical and sustainable fashion design, so for the next of our photo specials, we are looking at the Zeitgeist show. This showcased designers who are shaping, shifting and progressing the fashion industry by starting to integrate ethical practices within their work in a range of ways, organised as ‘pledges’:

1 – The inclusion of organic, upcycled, recycled fabrics or other sustainable materials in the garments and collection.

2 – Designing out waste and reducing material consumption during the making of the garment.

3 – Designing for longevity – creating value for the garment to ensure the consumer will treasure it forever.

4 – Designing garments with a lower carbon and water footprint and ensuring no harmful dyes are used in the process.

Fanny Holst – Draped in Smog (pledge 3)

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Gabriella Sardena – Sugar (pledge 1)

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Isaac Iva – Blue Lights (pledge 3)

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Tracey Dockree – Parade of Giants (pledges 1/2/3)

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Isaac Raymond – The Revolution of Bravery (pledge 1)

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Leif Erikkson – The Leif Erikkson Collection (pledges 1/3/4)

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No Such Thing – (pledges 1/3/4)

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L.O.M. – Tribal Tales (pledge 1)

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Rozanna Walecki – Black & Blue (pledge 3)

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Hellavagirl – Diary of a Lost Girl (pledge 1)

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(all images by Claire Potter)

 

*** EVENT *** the EcoFabulous Walk In Wardrobe clothes swap – 24th October…

This week we are all about the fashion – having attended lots of the events for Brighton Fashion Week last week (all of which was ethical and sustainable), but as well as doing reviews of the events last week, we are delighted to let you know there is another eco fashion event happening this weekend – the EcoFabulous Walk in Wardrobe Clothes Swap on Saturday 24th October, hosted by image and style consultant, Jo Goode…

Jo is a champion of Slow Fashion, and these Walk in Wardrobe Clothes Swap events, which are also held elsewhere in the UK are about recycling and reusing our clothes. Different from swishing in that there is no ‘like for like’, tokens or assessment of what you bring, WIW accept all the unwanted (though they do encourage good quality donations!) and the ticket price allows for unlimited clothes, shoes and accessories to be taken home.

It’s a great way to get a new-to-you wardrobe for AW15, or just fill those wardrobe gaps, and each ticket holder will be entered into a draw to win a free Colour Analysis Consultation (worth £80) with Jo, who will also be on hand to advise on the best colours and styles for you, promoting a ‘Buy less, choose well’ ethos (like Vivienne Westwood).

The event is being held at The Purple Playhouse Theatre, Montefiore Road, Hove BN3 6EP, and you get your tickets here at the Walk In Wardrobe Eventbrite page...

Because reuse is the way forward!

***REVIEW*** Brighton Fashion Week 2015 – part 1…

Talk about sustainability, and haute couture fashion is often not the first thing that springs to mind, but with a commitment to all things ethical and sustainable, the Brighton Fashion Week 2015, which was held on 15-17 October certainly put this straight. All this week we will be looking at the activities and shows – starting with our Photo Special of the Showreel Design Competition, sponsored by Bolli Darling.

Located in All Saints Church, Hove, the last of the catwalk shows was actually a design competition, where designers, artists and creatives created one outfit from a ‘Beauty from Waste’ brief for a showcase of fashion, art and performance. It was rather spectacular too… starting with an incredible construction from competition sponsor and costumer extraordinaire, Bolli Darling…

Bolli Darling BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

And so, here are a few of the entries.

Elpida Hadiz-Vasilva – Gunna – chicken skin and recycled cotton combine to explore the notions of beauty and elegance… This dress was as delicate as paper – and was modelled beautifully.

Elpida Hadiz-Vasileva BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotElpida Hadiz-Vasileva 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotElpida Hadiz-Vasileva 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotGenieve Couture – Rags to Riches  – a dress created from 58 recycled garments, showing how post-consumer waste could be reimagined… A stunning, flowing dress that felt almost mermaid like, with a huge trailing tail of material. This was one dress where the origins of the material could be seen clearly.

Genieve Couture BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotGenieve Couture 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotGenieve Couture 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAnne Sophie Cochevelou – Glorious Junk – tribal inspired costume made from waste… This was a performance – with each model adorned in jewel like creations of material, plastic and metal. The opulence was incredible in these stunning pieces.

Anne Sophie Cochevelou BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAnne Sophie Cochevelou 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAnne Sophie Cochevelou 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAfton Ayache – Les couleurs d’Afrique Recycler – inspired by a heartfelt story of selflessness and appreciation for what we have, waste was used to create these African prints… Beautiful prints, with structure and flow.

Afton Ayache BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAfton Ayache 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotHayley Trezise – Raggedy – Rebirth- A design which explores confidence and the process of being reincarnated or born again… Another performance piece, with a cloaked ‘crawler’ adding pieces to the long tail of the dress, which itself was highly textured.

Hayley Trezise Raggedy BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotHayley Trezise Raggedy 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotHayley Trezise Raggedy 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotKumiko Tani – Evening Coffee – couture dresses created from upcycled materials that explores our desire to dress up… A dress that was clearly constructed from waste, but that was well conceived in design.

Kumiko Tani 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot Kumiko Tani BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

Freya Von Bulow – Flow of Nature – a technical gown designed to raise awareness of production and efficient recycling techniques… This dress was very structured and featured interesting pieces, like the clothes pegs in the neck section.

Freya Von Bulow 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

Juliette Simon – American Dream – a journey through the dark side of the American Dream… Very American Beauty, this dress told a clear story of waste and consumerism.

Juliette Simon 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot Juliette Simon BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

We were blown away by the creative theatre of each of the costumes, but after lots of deliberation, the judges awarded Afton Ayache the £1000 prize, courtesy of Veolia.

Afton Ayache 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

A fantastic competition, showing the wealth of talent out there – and we will be staying with Brighton Fashion Week 2015 for the rest of the week, with the Zeitgeist and Sustain shows, plus a look at the debates…

(all images copyright Claire Potter)