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Just breathe...

I had my first trade show at Life Instyle, Sydney, in February this year. I was absolutely freaking out as I skipped "First in Style" (the small display space for those who were new to the show) and went straight to the main area. I had no idea what to do and basically Googled my way through. I didn't even know what an order form should look like or if I had got mine right. It was terrifying until I got my first order, then I was like "oh sh*t, wicked, I'm not delusional" *insert awkward dorky happy dance*. Taking on a trade show is scary. Everyone gets so scared, whether they are there for the first time or a seasoned exhibitor....

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But I donate my clothing, so it is OK to buy something new right? WRONG.

As a fashion designer it is sacrilegious to tell you to STOP buying clothing. I can almost hear the chorus of panic attacks from designers as I clunk away on the key board. Too bad, I will say it anyway... STOP! Why the f*** can we not see that justifying our addiction to fast fashion because we "donate our unwanted clothing to charity" is complete and utter B.S. Not only are we bleeding our bank accounts dry we are also bleeding the world dry of natural resources through deforestation & pollution and as a result habitat loss and species extinction. What for? We are collectively destroying the world for the production of 400 billion square metres of new textiles and garments every year and the 60...

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How eco fashion is disrupting the world...

I get asked all the time in interviews how can we make better choices? In a world that moves so fast it makes sense that fast fashion has been so successful. We don't have time to stop, think, question and research our options. There are a million things on our minds so we make choices that are fast, convenient and require minimal effort.  Mahatma Gandhi once said “there is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness”. Have we listened? My answer is, f**k no!  So allow me to be blunt, I'm doing it anyway. The movement of eco fashion (which encompasses sustainable fashion, ethical fashion and slow fashion) is disrupting this auto-pilot-stuck-in-a-rut-move-faster-so-you-can't-think default mode the puppeteers of the...

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A-Z for Ethical and Eco Textiles

When I saw a recent article for an A to Z on Sustainable Textiles I was shocked to see so many eco yet unethical textiles included. So I created my own list to exclude the ones that promote harm and exploitation. Here goes... Bamboo Bamboo is a type of grass originating from eastern Asia that usually requires no fertilizers or pesticides and very little water for its rapid growth. The fabric made from bamboo fiber is silky in texture, has moisture wicking properties, and is very durable. Although current bamboo fabric manufacturing processes involve toxic chemicals, developments for harmless and environmentally sound processes are underway. Banana Fiber (Abaca) The stalks of the banana plant contain long fibers that can be...

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Why designers are to blame for body image issues - brace yourself.

As a designer I have fallen into a trap, along with most others. That trap is a bottomless pit of materialistic, fear driven, judgemental and often selfish motives. I want to say sorry. Before I knew it was was going from starting up an accessories label to showcasing on an international runway. It has been and continues to be a wild ride, a very intense and busy ride. I am mostly making it up as I go along. I have fallen victim to a few things that have really come to the surface lately and as someone with body image issues you'd think I would know better. However I was honestly blissfully unaware, until it metaphorically slapped me in the...

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