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BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 06 Apr '18
Po-Zu to curate a week-long community hub and pop-up ethical fashion boutique during Fashion Revolution Week
The global fashion agenda has been under the spotlight in recent years, but a great deal of work still needs to be done to improve business practices in the developing world.
Five years on from the Rana Plaza tragedy, a pop-up in the heart of East London aims to deepen the debate on fashion in workers’ rights and environmental sustainability.
For one-week, ethical consumers will be able to shop top-to-toe in ethical fashion whilst interacting with the political agenda at the heart of the Fashion Revolution.
Workshops, talks and debates
London Sustainable Fashion Rooms will showcase some of London’s most exciting and affordable ethical fashion brands and designers, including sustainable and vegan footwear by Po-Zu, Fair Trade fashion pioneer and womenswear leader, People Tree; vintage-inspired ethical fashion and knitwear by Lowie; ‘Who Made Your Clothes?’ installation by Brothers We Stand, featuring Earth Positive and the ultimate revolving wardrobe – plus endless library of luxury clothing – from Wear the Walk .
The event will include workshops on crafting, upcycling and mending and talks and panel discussions which will look at how far the industry has come, and the steps needed to take the agenda forward and bring sustainability and workers’ rights to our fashion supply chains.
You’ll be able to shop your outfits for the week, including a small selection of bargains, and meet like-minded individuals taking the ethical fashion movement forward.
A speed networking event will take place as part of the launch of London Sustainable Fashion Rooms at 17.00 on 23 April, with facilitated networking plus some lovely finds to kit out your wardrobe.
On Tuesday 24, London Sustainable Fashion Rooms will look back at Rana Plaza, and assess how far we’ve come in the five years since the tragedy that killed 1,138 people and injured many more when the clothing factory collapsed.
London Sustainable Fashion Rooms will also host a Craftivist & Makers Evening, a Swapping Shop and a Behind the Brand event, during which you’ll be able to meet the people who run the pioneering sustainable fashion brand People Tree.
For one evening you’ll get a chance to meet the buyers, the designers and the production team and get an exclusive insight into what it takes to create a fully sustainable and ethically sourced fashion brand.
You’ll also get the opportunity to speak one-on-one with different members of the team throughout the evening, and get an exclusive sneak peak of future collections and innovations by the brand.
There will also be a panel debate on the new media, which will look at how major media players and fashion bloggers can raise awareness and help to build the growing debate and market sector for ethical fashion.
Speakers include Sven Segal (founder and eco-design visionary behind Po-Zu), Safia Minney MBE (author, activist, managing director of Po-Zu and founder of People Tree) will bring together ethical fashion pioneers Baroness Lola Young OBE (actress, author and crossbench peer, founder of the All Peoples Parliamentary group); Sarah Ditty (head of policy, Fashion Revolution); Tamsin Lejeune (CEO of Common Objective, managing director and founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum); Dolly Jones (journalist); Sam Maher (Clean Clothes campaign) and Mariusz Stochaj (head of product and sustainability at Continental Clothing UK and Earth Positive).
Where and when
Mon 23-Sun 29 April, Shop 4 (opposite Rough Trade East), Truman Brewery, Brick Lane E1 6QL. Opening times are detailed below.
Mon 23 April: 15:00-20:00
Tue 24 April: 11:00-20:00
Wed 25 April: 11:00-20:00
Thu 26 April: 11:00-20:00
Fri 27 April: 11:00-19.00
Sat 28 April: 10:00-18.00
Sun 29 April: 11:00-16:00