Nine questions with KAZZ Clothing

May 18, 2016

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A business is made up of many moving parts, but for EITHER/OR, some of the most important parts are the designers. Without their beautiful clothing to choose from, I wouldn’t have any pieces to offer. This is an obvious statement I know, but it’s important to recognize the faces behind the labels. Read More

Fall in love with fairtrade fashion #30wears

April 18, 2016

I’m Angela, founder of the blog Sasstainable and I’m participating in Fashion Revolution Week – a global movement that’s turning fashion into a force for good. I’ve swapped blogs with the stylish fair fashion maven, Malorie Bertrand of EF Magazine and founder of the forthcoming shop, EITHER/OR. Read her Fashion Revolution blog post for Sasstainable here. To take part in this year’s Fashion Revolution Day on April 24th, we’re sharing our #haulternative Fashion Revolution stories. We’re refreshing our wardrobes and style without buying new clothes (may my wallet rejoice, namaste). My fashion #haulternative is a love story. I’m committing to loving what I already own, and only buying pieces that I can get at least #30wears out of, just like Eco-Age champion Livia Firth suggests.

Here’s the thing: I actually like buying new clothes. Read More

What is Fashion Revolution Day?

April 18, 2016


Fashion Revolution Day is an annual, global campaign on April 24, which honours the victims of the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse of April 24, 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Individuals and organizations from around the world take part in this special day in a variety of ways and ask fast fashion companies and manufacturers: #whomademyclothes?

The talented organizers of Fashion Revolution Day always give participants bright and beautiful imagery, messaging and key facts to use to promote the campaign and its efforts to raise public awareness of unethical labour practices in the garment industry.

The end goal of this day is to make sure that garment factory tragedies, such as the Rana Plaza collapse, which killed more nearly 1,200 people, never happen again. Fashion Revolution Day is a moment in time when anyone can add their voice to the growing crowd of people who refuse to accept the exploitation of people and planet.

To take part in this year’s activities, I’m hosting a Twitter chat via @shop_either_or with Angela Wallace of @Sasstainable. On Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. EST, I invite you to join us on Twitter while we #ChatSasstainable fashion for an hour. We’ll be asking questions, engaging with followers, and hope to get a great conversation going with you about Fashion Revolution Day and how we can all do our bit to change the face of fashion.

Read Sasstainable’s guest blog post published today.

A Factory45 success story

April 12, 2016


“I’d be in fittings and I’d pull a pair of jeans on and they’d rip in two pieces. The designer would say that it didn’t matter because they only retailed for $10.99.”

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Giving new designers a leg up

April 10, 2016

shannon whiteheadStarting anything new is intimidating and full of the unknown.

Where do you start? What do you need? How the heck do you find out what you need? Where do you go for help? What’s been done before? Why are you doing this? SHOULD you do this? OMG this is bat-sh*t crazy. Don’t do it. HEEEEEELLLLLPPPP!

I may be generalizing here, but I’m guessing this is what every single entrepreneur who’s ever decided to launch a business thought at any given time during the process of bringing their dream to life. I’m no exception. These kids of fears may be even stronger in those entrepreneurs trying to launch a sustainable business.

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What makes fashion sustainable?

March 20, 2016


This is a question that I’ve asked myself a lot over the years. The more designers I come across and the more articles I read, the more the definition of ethical and sustainable fashion changes shape. Some would argue that this lack of a rigid definition hinders the ethical and sustainable fashion industry’s ability to speak with a clear and united voice, but I’d argue the opposite. Read More

Duffield Design spring 2016

February 26, 2016


This is a post about three makers creating a fashion look book. This past summer, I had the honour of putting together Duffield Design‘s spring 2016 look book. I did the same thing last year, what seems like eons ago, and I love how each shoot has its own personality and ambiance. Read More

Fake vs. real winter fashion

February 19, 2016

Ottawa had a record-breaking one-day snowfall this past Tuesday, a whopping 51.2 cm (to be exact) in less than 24 hours. Yeah sure, we’re used to it, but the downtown core was mayhem because workers were let out early, the city didn’t plan for enough snow plows to be out and city buses were delayed. We’re talking thousands of people out at bus stops, all at the same time. I was “lucky” enough to be home with a sore throat, but we’re still feeling the aftermath of the snow-mageddon.

This real winter weather reminds me of the silliness that is “winter” fashion. Granted, all of the fashion week cities are only mildly cold in the winter months, but this means that real winter fashion isn’t properly represented on the runway. I admire the beautiful street style shots of fashion week attendees wearing their best of winter 2016, but they make me chuckle because runway winter and real-life winter are very different – well at least in Ottawa they are.

Case in point:

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Tips for “mindful” shopping

February 15, 2016


My mom is an English teacher, and every so often, a certain new catch phrase or word du jour rubs her the wrong way. I don’t blame her. New “it” words are used so often, they lose their, dare I say, gravitas, and become filler for peoples’ weak vocabularies. When I was in high school in Saskatchewan, everyone said, “that’s so clutch.” In university, everyone started saying “literally”, like, literally all the time. Nowadays, (and I’m certainly guilty of this), everyone is mindful.

You have to eat mindfully, be mindful of your thoughts, live a mindful life, etc., etc. It comes as no surprise to me that she is tired of hearing about how mindful everyone is these days. Well Mom, I’m sorry, but it’s pretty useful for me right now. It is, for me, another way to say conscientious or thoughtful. But I promise, I’ll try to be mindful of how I speak and use all of these synonyms. See what I did there? Sneaky.

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Fashion startup: tackling the business plan

January 17, 2016

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I haven’t given a proper update on the progress of the shop in a while and I figured it was time for one. I’m thrilled to say that I received startup funding from Futurpreneur in November (thank you Futurpreneur). I had to submit a business plan to apply, and my friend Maureen Dickson from Slow Fashion Forward told me that Futurpreneur had a user-friendly online business plan template that she recommended I use.

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