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Fashion brands as research & innovation labs

Fashion brands as research & innovation labs

19 June 2017 The demands of climate change and the sustainability agenda are turning fashion brands into innovation labs where a scientific paper or NGO report on toxic impacts to ecosystems is read alongside the latest trends forecast magazine.  I was recently speaking on an industry panel with representatives from two pioneering brands in the...
Opportunity & change

Opportunity & change

16 February 2017 The Australian fashion scene is changing fast and some iconic brands like David Lawrence and Marcs are no more. While it’s never good to see businesses fail, these times of change and uncertainty also allow for more innovative businesses that prioritise sustainability and values to enter the market. There are some new brands in...
Transparency

Transparency

24 January 2017 There has been an increasing interest in the fashion industry on making the ‘hidden costs’ of garments more transparent. In 2006, I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on the ‘true costs’ of the textile industry, inspired by the work of ecology writers such as Paul Hawken and economist Herman Daly. These thinkers were talking...
Sustainable fashion innovation in Sydney

Sustainable fashion innovation in Sydney

To establish a fashion business with a sustainability agenda is a bold move. Until recently, the fashion industry has been designed and financed to prioritise the bottom dollar and pay no attention to environmental or social impacts. However, globally the game is changing and Australia is catching up fast. When TEDx Sydney asked me to propose a one...
Ask the right question...?

Ask the right question…?

When fashion companies first start to think about measuring and reducing their environmental or social impacts, there is sometimes hesitation and even fear. It is really challenging for companies to consider these issues, particularly here in Australia where there has been less incentive (due to distance from supply chain) or consumer pressure. The main point to remember...
Circular Fashion

Circular Fashion

Until recently, the fashion industry has been based on the 20th century linear model of ‘take, make, waste’. We extracted raw materials from the earth (cotton fibre; petroleum; wood pulp) and made them into fibres; then we produced garments, sold them to people who wore them and these garments eventually ended up in landfill. The resources were wasted...
Slow Textiles Course: Quilting + Patchwork

Slow Textiles Course: Quilting + Patchwork

Are you wanting to learn a ‘slow craft’ to help you relax and de-stress? or simple traditional textile skills to make use of old fabric? I am running an evening Quilting and Patchwork course in Rozelle starting Tuesday 26th April for 6 weeks. The course will be a combination of my cutting-edge research into sustainable fashion...
Oceans + fibres

Oceans + fibres

It is no surprise that Australians are very interested in issues around ocean pollution. As an island nation, we live surrounded by the most pristine and beautiful waters, and many people spend a lot of time near, or in, the water – surfing, swimming, board riding and sailing. The impacts of the fashion/textiles industry on oceans is therefore...