The problem with “conscientious” capitalism

June 13, 2016

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I’ve been thinking about writing this post for quite some time now. “Conscientious” capitalism has created “mindful” shopping, a new breed of consumerism that I’m happy is growing in popularity, but that I’m also wary of. Ever since the first sustainable fashion clothing appeared on the market in the 1980s, people have questioned whether or not fashion – a product of a capitalist system – can ever truly be socially and environmentally sustainable.

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Minimal packing for Italy

June 9, 2016

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I’m finishing off this post at the Hotel Kleopatra in Napoli, Italy. Yup, Cleopatra with a “k”. K as in klassy. Now that my two-week Amalfi Coast trip is over, I can tell you how successful or unsuccessful my packing plan was (see below).

Call me crazy, but packing for a trip is my favourite part of trip preparation. Actually, it’s more about planning the packing. My pack plan is where it’s at. It satisfies need for organization, careful planning and efficiency. Read More

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

Disconnect to reconnect

May 15, 2016

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I’m off for a two-week trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy in just a few hours. It’s a much-needed vacation before I buckle down in late summer to put the final touches on the shop. By the way, have you checked out our landing page yet? It’s pink, pretty and waiting for you to submit your email address for our bi-weekly newsletter updates.

In the days and weeks leading up to a trip, I always find myself with the longest to-do list ever and a strange desire to finish every, single little project I could possibly ever have to do. There’s just something so satisfying about taking off and knowing that all of my loose ends are tied. Unfortunately, I never, ever finish all of those to-dos, nor should I feel that I have to. And once I land, I don’t even care. Read More

The day after Fashion Revolution Day

April 26, 2016

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Fashion Revolution Day marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 24, 2013, which killed 1,134 garment workers, most of them female, and injured more than 2,500 more.

Be honest with me. Do these figures really affect you?

They’re shocking and horrific, sure, but once you’ve said your “awes” and “that’s so sad” what else? What next? It’s hard to really, truly know what happened on April 24, 2013 during that awful event. We can only be so sad and affected before we’re called back to our present realities and off to the next thing.

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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.

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What is Fashion Revolution Day?

April 18, 2016

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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

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“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

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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

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