The Round Up is ZERRIN’s weekly sustainable fashion and beauty news segment, keeping you up to date on all the latest news worldwide. From green moves from some of the industries big international players and exciting updates from emerging labels to tech innovations in the sustainability sphere, you can read about it all in our weekly update.
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This week: Will Meghan Markle’s new workwear collection be sustainable? + we've found your next conscious fashion read, Singapore’s Textile and Fashion Federation programme launch their long-awaited incubator programme and more...
1. Adding to our must-read books on sustainable fashion, Elizabeth L. Cline, author of well-respected title Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, has just released her second book The Conscious Closet. Her first publication spoke about fashion’s hidden toll on the environment, garment workers and more. In her second work, inspired by her own journey quitting fast-fashion, she shares how to go about building a more ethical wardrobe. Learn how to truly love and understand your clothes again, without compromising on style, morals or the environment.
Order your copy here from 20 August (or why not be ultra eco-friendly and download the kindle e-version?)
2. Should fashion weeks be cancelled? In yet another bold move, environmental activism group Extinction Rebellion has called for a shutdown of London Fashion Week through a letter to the British Fashion Council. Here’s an excerpt:
“In recognition of the existential threat that faces us, we ask the British Fashion Council to be the leaders the world needs now and to cancel London Fashion Week. We ask that instead the industry convene a People’s Assembly of industry professionals and designers as a platform to declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency, to face the truth and to take action following in the footsteps of The Tate and Culture Declares.”
Given the fact that London Fashion Week still seems to be moving ahead (albeit with an additional exhibition, Positive Fashion, which will highlight emerging sustainable designers) what this move has clearly highlighted is the need for an overhaul of the traditional fashion week model for something more meaningful.
3. Simple, one of the UK’s top selling skincare brands, has announced that they will be using recycled packaging for all of their products moving forward. This follows on from their move to create Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes that will break down within 42 days if composted (a big move, considering they’re some of the most popular on the market). As it stands, Simple shifts around nine million bottles of product each year, so this is an important step for such a large international beauty brand.
4. Singapore’s Textile and Fashion Federation (known as TaFF, for short) has just launched the first edition of TBFI, The Bridge Fashion Incubator! South East Asia’s first incubator bridging the gap between fashion, technology and sustainability, they’ve just taken on and announced their first cohort of brands. The 30-week programme identifies and grooms early stage fashion brands and tech start ups, with the goal of bringing these businesses closer to market and investor readiness.
5. After guest editing the September issue of British Vogue — an issue profiling individuals that are a force for change, inclusivity and sustainability — HRH the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has announced she will be launching a new ‘workwear collection’ with Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Jigsaw. The collections will partner with Smart Works, a charity which provides training and interview clothes for women re-entering the workforce. Our question: will the new collection be ethical? We hope so. We’re waiting for further updates to be announced!
6. Following in the footsteps of Urban Outfitters, Bloomingdales, Rent the Runway (and in Singapore, our players like Covetella, Rentadella and StyleTheory) Banana Republic has just announced their own clothing rental service. The company, which is owned by Gap Inc. and has closed a number of stores over the last few years, will launch the new service, called Style Passport, in September. For $85 a month, customers will be able to rent up to three garments at a time, and the fee includes priority shipping, unlimited exchanges and the dry cleaning’s on them. Have you jumped on the fashion rental train?
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