Second Hand September

Shopping, Style, Sustainable, Uncategorized

Do you buy second hand?

According to Oxfam, around 13 million items of clothing get sent to landfill every week.

Let that sink in. 13. Million. Items.

I am no saint when it comes to my wardrobe, but I have been making a conscious effort in the last few years. If I don’t love it, or it’s short-term fashion, I won’t invest.

This article is going to be an aid-memoir for me, and maybe you too, during Second-Hand September so that I/you know where to go when I/you feel the pull of Fast Fashion…

Some second-hand shops to use

  • Charity shops
  • Vestiaire
  • Depop
  • eBay
  • Vinted
  • Instagram online shops – Second Stories Vintage, Jesse & Iris Vintage, Virtual Vintage Fair, Found & Curated Vintage, a Virtual Vintage Market, Retold Vintage, Darling and Vintage, the Pansy Garden, Peony Vintage, Sisters Love Vintage…

Some of the best items I’ve bought second-hand

  • Michael Kors tote bag
  • Somerset by Alice Temperley dresses x2
  • Mulberry purse
  • Sweaty Betty ski jacket
  • Buberry coat
  • Vintage gold jewellery (for my business, but still)

Wardrobe-rental shops

  • By Rotation
  • Hurr Clothing
  • On Loan
  • Rotaro

Some circular/upcycling/deadstock small clothing businesses to support

  • Made by SJP
  • With Love Evie
  • Grandpa’s Shirts
  • Agnes Ldn
  • Molby the Label
  • Leila Ray Vintage
  • Tula & Tye
  • Joanna Sands
  • Studio Minti
  • Megan Crosby
  • Grey Milk
  • Benjamin Fox
  • Sign of the Times
  • Public Footpath
  • Wild Folk Studio
  • Lola Alba Vintage

Some better larger fashion brands to support

  • Pink City Prints
  • Kitri Studio
  • Dilli Grey
  • Molby the Label
  • Joanna Sands
  • Selkie
  • Aspiga
  • Rae Feather

Mindsets and a mental checklist

  • Does it spark joy, Marie Kondo style?
  • Will I love it in a year’s time?
  • Do I want to invest in this at the expense of something else?
  • Who made it?
  • What is is made of?
  • Do I want to support the company selling it/the manufacturer?
  • Is it quality, or will it shrink/stretch and be unwearable after 1 wash?

Environmental and social facts and figures

If the above lists weren’t helpful enough, here are some shocking facts and figures that should put you off from clicking ‘Place Order’ from a fast-fashion retailer…

  • The fashion industry emits 10% of the entire planet’s carbon emissions (that is far, far more than any airline, for example)
  • The fashion industry is the second largest consumer of the world’s water supplies
  • One garbage truck full of clothing is dumped every second
  • Many clothes that are dumped contain polyester – this is a plastic and does not break down like cotton fibres. Washing polyester produces microplastics, which filter into our water systems and, eventually, our oceans.
  • Microplastic and plastic pollution from the fashion industry forms roughly a 1/3 of ocean plastic pollution
  • Cotton farming uses any incredibly high amount of water – both to grow the plant and to wash it and turn it into textile.
  • The environmental impact of cotton farming is clear to see in the Aral Sea disaster; https://matadornetwork.com/read/aral-sea-ecological-disaster/
  • The fashion industry could supply 110 million people, who are currently without, with water every year
  • Garment workers are often not protected by regulations, meaning there is no minimum wage protection, nor employment protection. When the pandemic first hit, millions of garment workers lost their jobs across the globe without any pay or compensation.

Facts from:

We Forum

Common Objective

Remake

Workers Rights Union

Sustainable Spring Midi & Maxi Dress Wishlist

Style, Sustainable, Uncategorized

“Sustainable” is a real buzzword at the moment. Unfortunately though, the green-washing trend can make it difficult to figure out whether a brand truly cares about its production line and environmental impact.

Here are some of the independent brands that I have been following, all with an inspiring and transparent story.

Pink City Prints

The Retro Blush Savannah dress from Pink City Prints

To put it plainly, I am completely obsessed with Pink City Prints. Their clothes are all handmade, and their prints inspired by Jaipur, the Pink City. The cotton used is GOTS certified and every piece is made using the long-standing and historical techniques of the trade.

You can read more about it here: Pink City Prints

I’m personally lusting after their Retro Blush Savanna Dress for its pretty sleeves and delicate print.

MolbyTheLabel

Started and run by Karina Molby, MolbyTheLabel is making real waves in the slow-fashion market. The story behind the brand, together with its gingham prints and bright, happy colourways make it a movement that you want to be a part of, and the perfect addition to any wardrobe. Even better, Molby uses its deadstock fabrics to create matching accessories to its designs to prevent waste.

The demand for Molby dresses has grown so much that Karina has employed five other seamstresses to help her, with every design selling out in a matter of minutes on the weekly re-opening of her site.

I have recently invested in the Tilda Dress, and can’t wait to wear it to a boozy brunch (please, Boris!) or picnic. I also have my eye on the Patty Dress and the Cath Dress.

Johanna Sands

Johanna Sands’ Rosa Dress in Pink Corduroy

Inspired by her summers in Italy and the French Alps, Johanna Sands’ pieces are simply stunning. Their classic styles are all designed by Johanna and hand-made by herself and her mother.

Each item is made from sustainable and high-quality fabrics with the idea that they are forever pieces.

The Rosa dress (pictured), comes in several fabrics/colours, and I love the Roma dress too, for its beautiful bow.

You can read all about Johanna Sands here.

Kitri Studio

Kitri Studio was founded by Haeni, a professional ballet dancer, and launched in 2017 on the premise of providing fun, colourful statement pieces at affordable prices. Based in London, Kitri Studio produces small collections, only replenishing stock on the most popular pieces. The brand has pledged to only use recycled fabrics, or more sustainable fabrics, by the end of 2021. A refreshingly open brand that acknowledges the need to do better in the fashion world, Kitri’s collection has something for everyone. I love the Norah Dress from the recent Jessie Bush collaboration.

Daydress London

The Zita Dress by Daydress

Daydress are due to be releasing their Spring edit shortly, and I have no doubt it will be every bit as beautiful as their previous collections.

Their hand-block printed cotton dresses, whose patterns are influenced by eighteenth century Indian and French prints, are all personally designed by Daydress’ founder, Gabby, and produced in a small workshop in Jaipur. Daydress also works alongside the charity, WomenWeave, and other hand-weaving foundations to empower and protect women in the textile industry. Every dress is hand-cut to ensure that the way that the pattern sits on the dress is perfect, and this also prevents deadstock fabric and waste. A wonderful, ethical brand that is definitely worth checking out.

Love & Squalor

Another brand firmly bringing gingham back into the fashion fold is Love & Squalor. Their pieces are based around vintage work wear and designed to stand the test of time. They try to use every scrap of material to prevent any waste, and the fabrics they use are made from natural fibres. I love their Phoebe Dress dress for an easy, timeless wardrobe staple.

Also have a look at…

  1. FaithRowanLeeves
  2. April Meets October
  3. Kemi Telford
  4. Rixo
  5. Justine Tabak
  6. Damselfly London