The 8th annual sustainable angle was the place to be last week. A fabulously curated show of all the latest developments within sustainable fashion industry as well as top speakers delivering seminars on the industry as it stands and insights into how we can make a significant change. Here's a walk through what we learnt.
Located in the basement of Victoria house 2minutes away from Holborn, the trade show has really stepped up a gear from the lovely but little venue last year.
Well-spaced and engaging in the white-washed ‘industrial basement’, the new layout of the tradeshow certainly makes an impact, with wonderfully clear facts on each of the walls about the state of the current fashion industry.
It also now has a little café, a designers section and an impressive seminar room.
We attended the launch party, which kicked off with a speech from Nina Marenzi, the founder of the impressive organisation. Nina identified the need for a curated collection of sustainably sourced and ethically made fabrics when researching for her dissertation ‘Organic Cotton: Reasons Why the Fashion Industry is Dragging its Heels’ for her MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development at Imperial College, during which time she interviewed numerous fashion designers, representatives of the textiles industry, and NGOs (taken from the sustaianble angle website)
Following Nina’s speech we were treated to a LOL with the “guilty feminist’ (Deborah Frances-White) sharing her unique take on the ethical and sustainable fashion industry, the difficulties of being a feminist but also a cover star, pineapple leather, eco wool and more.
You can listen to her amazing podcast HERE:
Thursday 24th January
Kicking off the day at 9.30am we were inspired by Dilys Williams director of the center for sustainable fashion.
She spoke about being known as ‘the centre for sustainable fashion’ and how such a focused name makes them more accountable for their research and actions, strengthening them also to live by their values.
We completely agree with her opinion that, ‘everything in fashion comes from nature and that it takes imagination and labor to make it come to life.’
She also clarified that the fashion industry is the 5th most polluting globally for carbon emissions and is also the 8th largest economy in the UK.
People are looking else where for inspiration and guidance as they no longer trust CEO’s and governments. People are beginning to do their own research about pressing issues and are becoming activists within their own lives making a huge change overall, it’s essentially in our hands to make the change.
After Dily’s amazingly inspirational seminar we scoured through all of the rails to find the perfect new fabrics for our new designs. There was a noticeably bigger selection this year and loads to choose from, we’re super excited to have found a new sustainable elastic supplier.
Our new innovations top pics.
There were also many fabulous new innovations showcased. We loved them all, but our top three were:
Chips board – have developed a range of innovative and sustainable circular economy materials using potato waste. They produce a stiff board that can be cut into a number of shapes and used to make a number of products. Including buttons.
(Image taken from the Chips board instagram account)
Mycotex by neffa – have developed custom-made clothes made from decompostable mycelium mushroom roots. The mycelium is grown using a three-dimensional modelling process to fit the body without the need to cut and sew!
We also had time to catch up with our Dex from the lovely Organic Textile Company our favourite suppliers based in Wales, UK.
We enjoyed the 8th Sustainable Angle so much, we're already looking forward to the 9th. 349 days to go until the next one!