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September 2016

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Everything Else

Why A Shopping Fast Is Essential To Your Well-Being

Curbing consumption can actually be healthy If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please. –Epictetus Growing up, my parents consistently drilled in me the need for moderation and doing things steadily instead of rushing headlong into situations. It is the way of most Asian parents (especially if you grew up and live in Asia) and it has its pros and cons. On one hand, it teaches you patience and clarity of thought. However, the focus on moderation can also lead to a lack of motivation and spontaneity. Worse still, overly focusing on moderation can lead to one leading a mediocre life so as not to ‘be too different’ from others. That said, I believe that moderation in the right measure, does not lead to mediocrity. In fact, moderation can be rewarding both financially and emotionally, especially when it comes to making purchases. Those of you who have been reading my blog will know that I was once a regular online shopper of fast fashion, who never had anything to wear. The more I shopped, the more unhappy I became, because I believed my need had yet to be fulfilled. I believed that eventually, I would […]

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Slow Fashion Finds

Plus-Size Ethical Clothing Brands That Rock

Ethical clothing is not just for the skinny It bothers me that most fast fashion brands cater to skinny, at best average-sized women. It is as if curvier women don’t have the means or inclination to shop fast fashion, which is entirely untrue. I have at least three female friends who are stylish women that can both afford and really rock stylish plus-sized clothes. However, my plus-sized friends also have the same problem I do, that of finding ethical clothing that is stylish and affordable. They are no less ethical than those of us who are of a smaller dress size and deserve to feel good about the brands they support. I strongly believe that it’s time fashion retailers realised this (yes, even the slow fashion ones) and cater to this crowd of sustainable fashionistas. That said, there is a growing number of ethical fashion retailers that focus on the plus-sized group, and kudos to them for their efforts in promoting plus-sized ethical fashion. Here are three that I discovered online. And the best part is, they ship internationally! 1. Beth Ditto Website: https://shop.bethditto.com/ The American singer-songwriter, who is known for being in the indie rock band Gossip, launched her […]

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Everything Else

Five Ethical Fashion Instagrammers To Follow

Influential Instagrammers you need to know about Ever since I started actively using Instagram, I’ve been adding ethical fashion Instagrammers to my account. True, there are hundreds of these accounts out there, so which ones do you actually need to follow to broaden your ethical fashion education? I’ve narrowed down my original list of 15 Instagram accounts to the 5 essential Instagrammers I believe everyone interested in ethical fashion should follow. Here they are in no particular order: 1. Safia Minney, founder of ethical fashion clothing brand People Tree UK-based Safia Minney is the founder of People Tree and one of the early advocates of the slow fashion movement. She is passionate about the plight of garment workers in developing countries and expresses her views freely on Instagram and Twitter. Definitely worth following. 2. Livia Firth Like Safia Minney, Livia Firth is a tireless campaigner of sustainable fashion and often criticises fast fashion industry practices. She is also the creative director of ethical consulting firm Eco Age and if you didn’t know it, is the wife of actor Colin Firth. Her Instagram posts have a touch of whimsy that are sure to inspire and delight even the most cynical among […]

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Slow Fashion Finds

10 Ethical Fashion Finds For Under US$100

Affordable ethical fashion does exist A fortnight ago, I was on the phone with a cousin of mine who complained that ethical fashion is too expensive and too ‘hippie-looking’ for her classic taste. I agreed with her to some extent, but there was a tiny sliver of doubt in my mind that perhaps she had not looked hard enough online. Therefore, I took it upon myself to search for ‘classic’ ethical fashion finds for under US$100. Here are 10 of the best pieces I could find, in no particular order: 1. Indigenous Item: Eco Plush Cowl Price: US$48 Where to buy: Green Orchyd   2. Mata Traders Item: Embroidered Shapes Dress Price: US$53 Where to buy: Green Orchyd   3. Mata Traders Item: Maxwell Midi Skirt Price: US$39 Where to buy: Green Orchyd   4. Zady Item: Zady Pique Polo Shirt Price: US$45.50 Where to buy: Zady.com   5. Indigenous Item: Drawstring Coat Price: US$94.50 Where to buy: Indigenous.com   6. People Tree Item: Fabia Flared Dress In Blue (also available in black) Price: US$55.44 Where to buy: Peopletree.co.uk   7. People Tree Item: Abby Flared Dress Price: US$28.29 Where to buy: Peopletree.co.uk     8. People Tree Item: Casia […]

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Brand Of The Month: Biji-Biji Initiative

Fashionably Kind speaks to Zoe Victoria, co-founder of award-winning social enterprise Biji-Biji Initiative A number of brands in the Western world are using discarded and/or recycled materials in the fashion industry. However, upcycling and recycling in fashion are still new concepts in Asia. Among the more well-known brands in Malaysia focused on ethical fashion is Biji-Biji Initiative. If you’re curious about the name ‘Biji-Biji’, it’s a Malay word that means ‘seeds’. As the company says on its official website: “We want the seeds we sow to sprout into many more Open Workshops around Malaysia. We also aim to encourage replication of our business model in creating many more social enterprises, all across Malaysia.” The company was founded in December 2012 in Kuala Lumpur by four friends, namely Zoe Victoria, Azam Hisham, Rashvin Pal Singh and Gurpreet Singh. Fashionably Kind caught up with the social enterprise’s co-founder Zoe Victoria on a warm Saturday afternoon for insights into the company and its future direction. For those who are unfamiliar with the company’s business model, its core business is the creation of sustainably designed items and concepts using green technology, effective waste management methods and creatively upcycling discarded materials. (These are the company’s […]

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