Where do I shop for ethical fashion?

Earlier this week an important report was released by the Ellen MacArthur foundation which showed the true impact and scale of the wasteful and throwaway nature of the global fashion industry. I am still making my way through it (it’s 150 pages!) but some of the essence I am sharing below mixed in with recommendations!

A Stella McCartney campaign shot in a Scottish landfill site to raise awareness of waste and over-consumption. Photograph: Harley Weir and Urs Fischer for Stella McCartney

The report stated that the industry is responsible for creating greenhouse emissions of 1.2bn tonnes a year – known to be larger than that of international flights and shipping combined. At the same time, UK fashion designer Stella McCartney recently stepped forward to back the MacArthur’s foundation campaign (to stop the global fashion industry consuming a quarter of the world’s annual carbon budget by 2050 (YIKES!), and almost immediately more and more friends popped up asking me how they could change their shopping habits to become more sustainable. So in response, and in the run up to the holidays, I wanted to share some of my personal favourite pit-stops for ethical, and sustainable fashion below

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British Vintage-Inspired Fashion

RIXO was founded by London College of Fashion alumni (and best friends) Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey. The two friends found their symbiosis in 2015, and have since been focused on vintage-inspired distinctly British womenswear.

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What to expect? Think contemporary pieces with signature details, including intricate hand painted original prints and devil-is-in-the-detail trim. Think anti-mass production and pro-timeless design. Find out more about the brand here.

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Sweltering California weather – check. A-Game required regardless – check. Style-led, wearable and breathable fashion – check. For a day of home-based meetings in Los Angeles this elegant embroidered ‘Louise’ dress by RIXO – complete with cape-sleeves and oriental hand-embroidered floral detail – was perfect.

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Dress – RIXO | Bracelet – Swarovski Atelier | Photo credit: Brandon Hickman

RIXO was founded by London College of Fashion alumni (and best friends) Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey. The two friends found their symbiosis in 2015, and have since been focused on vintage-inspired distinctly British womenswear. What to expect? Think contemporary pieces with signature details, including intricate hand painted original prints and devil-is-in-the-detail trim. Think anti-mass production and pro-timeless design. Working with a minimal waste approach when it comes to fabrics, using excess materials for sample creation is one of the ways the pair avoids cutting into new resource just for the sake of it. Pulling from a throwback vintage feel and a current contemporary vibe, the designers work closely with their skilled English factories (North London to be exact) and oversee the construction process, citing a personal and trust-based relationship as one of the most crucial links in a transparent and caring design process.

“All RIXO garments are designed so that they can be worn in a variety of ways for a variety of occasions without compromising style,” states Henrietta Rix, “This is more beneficial and cost effective for the customer requiring them to buy less and extending the product’s lifecycle with seasonless pieces they LOVE!”

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