catching up with slow fashion: safia minney's ethical fashion revolution
i-D speak with the People Tree founder as she celebrates 25 years at the forefront of the ethical fashion industry in a new book, Slow Fashion, collecting industry wisdom from Caryn Frankin, Zandra Rhodes, Lily Cole, Livia Firth and many more.
New Documentary on Clothes Makes You Rethink Shopping
New Documentary on Clothes Makes You Rethink Shopping Few documentaries have tackled this subject matter in a holistic manner — it’s not just about fashion or fair-trade. It’s about all of the above and more: environmental damage, massive amounts of waste, and mistreatment of labor.
In Conversation With Livia Firth, Eco-Fashion Activist
"Her informal eco-stylishness defines her. Her jacket, she explained in her Anglo-Italian accent, was from a French brand, Kami Organic, and was made with recycled leather and organic wool; her T-shirt was from the U.S. brand Stewart & Brown, specialists in organic cotton; her trousers, from the London shop Joseph, weren’t “eco” or “ethical,” however, but several years old and therefore “sustainable”"
The high street seems full of clever collaborations but I'm inspired by Marks & Spencer's latest with Livia Firth (Colin's other half) who with her eco credentials has designed a capsule collection combining style with ethically sourced materials produced in verified factories. The Edit, as it is known, will be available at 13 stores across the country and online. This truly is the meaning of guilt-free shopping!
Hannah Solman - Pachacuti. Designer Carry Somers creates stylish panama hats while improving the livelihoods of rural artisans in the Andean region, a place where poverty has been endemic for generations. She has designed hats for the likes of Saville Row, Paul Smith, and has now designed a bag collection for Livia Firth Designs. These hats represent the skills which people in even poverty stricken areas possess, and I think its great that their talents are used.
“We all have a responsibility for the future – to move away from throw-away fashion towards a more timeless way of living. Ethics and aesthetics go hand in hand and the GCC spearheads this movement, so it’s great to be a part of it” -ROLAND MOURET
Livia Firth, Creative Director of Eco-Age and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge presents a touching 3 minute film "Handprint" by Ali Hewson and Director Mary Nighy reminds us of the people who make (cut, sew, embellish) the clothing we have the power to choose every shopping day. Sustainability champion and model Elettra Wiedemann (granddaughter of Ingrid Bergman, daughter of Isabella Rossellini) leads. "You carry the stories of the people that make your clothes" ~ Ali Hewson