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Where to donate

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

Black Lives Matter

Minnesota Freedom Fund

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Recommended Reading List

Articles

Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter”

Books

Anything by James Baldwin

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness By Michelle Alexander

Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lord

White Girls by Hilton Als

Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Who to Follow

Laylafsaad

The Conscious Kid

Stephen Jackson Sr

Austin Channing

Intrepid Explorator

Grass Roots Law

Tamika D Mallory

Rachel Cargle

Revolt TV

Until Freedom

Colour Of Change

Entry Level Activist

The Great Unlearn

 

An Op-Ed on the intersection of Culture and Sustainability in Japan, In Praise Of Shadows

An Op-Ed on the intersection of Culture and Sustainability in Japan 

A multicultural phenomenon, the global fashion industry provides sustenance to designers from a plethora of cultural backgrounds. Exploring the lessons, traditional practises and cultural philosophies which might benefit the ethical fashion sector, I focused on two countries close to my heart; Ghana, the birthplace of my parents, and Japan, an intriguing country I studied in school (picking up an AS in Japanese). In doing so I wonder if the space where culture and fashion intersect provides progressive ground in the sustainable fashion conversation.

Japan’s Praise of Shadows

Globally fashion designers rely on culture beyond aesthetic inspiration, and now Japanese brands – from small independents to high street behemoths – are applying sustainable practises, directly influenced by ancestral tradition to innovate, tackle waste and deliver one-of-kind sustainable products. Three years after Dame Vivienne Westwood told the London crowd at her SS114 show to “Buy less, choose well, make it last…” – Japanese textile expert, designer and shop owner Reiko Sudo believes the remark, which “indicates that today’s fashion has lost relevance in new lifestyles, and that the value of treating clothes with care has been lost” tells a story of discernment and durability, and well-captures a growing zeitgeist in one of Japan’s subcultures. Fast-fashion is increasingly being challenged by more-value driven lifestyles, where culture exerts increasing influence; during the Edo period (1603-1868), a cherish, mend-and-darn philosophy was prevalent and now this Japanese spirit of “Mottainai” – which means not letting things that have value go to waste – is re-emerging. 

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A Seat at the Table — Creating Space for BIPOC in Sustainable Fashion

Samata joined ‘A Seat at the Table — Creating Space for BIPOC in Sustainable Fashion’ with The Sustainable Fashion Forum. Link to full session in bio (guests will need to register and access to all the incredible interviews is $25).

Panelist: 
Emi Ito, Founder & Co Moderator — Buy from BIPOC @little_kotos_closet
@AditiMayer, Journalist, Sustainable Fashion Blogger, Workers Rights Activist
Samata, CEO — Red Carpet Green Dress
Moderator: 
Karen Foster — @TheSustainableFashionForum

Sustainable Fashion Forum Virtual Summit

Red Carpet Green Dress CEO to join esteemed panel for 2020 Sustainable Fashion Forum. The Sustainable Fashion Forum is a power-packed conference and online community where curiously passionate individuals — of all industry levels — gather as a community to connect, inspire, and offer fresh perspectives on the issues and trends influencing ethical and sustainable fashion.

 

Samata interviewed by InStyle

Samata was interviewed By InStyle magazine on the future of red carpet dressing, post Covid-19.

In conversation with journalist and sustainable fashion expert Alden Wicker, Samata was interviewed alongside Laura Jones, celebrity and fashion stylist and founder of the sustainable fashion magazine The Frontlash. Want to know why ‘Red Carpets Will Never Be the Same After the Pandemic Is Over’? here.

Louis Vuitton Fashion Film Feature

The French actress and Friend of Louis Vuitton shares a look behind-the-scenes of her specially-designed eco-friendly gown by Nicolas Ghesquière for the Oscars 2020.

To attend her very first Academy Awards ceremony, Léa Seydoux chose to wear a dress that respects the Red Carpet Green Dress’ strict sustainability standards. RCGD is a women-led global change-making organization founded by leading environmental advocate Suzy Amis Cameron to promote ethical and eco-responsible fashion. 

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Business Of Fashion Interview Samata

Samata quoted in Business Of Fashion article on Sustainability, read here.