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Refash Comes to Malaysia

Singapore-founded Refash has launched Malaysian website selling pre-loved women’s clothes Those of you who have been following this blog would know by now that I avoid fast fashion as much as possible. As I write, I am wearing a second-hand sweater, along with store-bought jeans that I’ve had for two years now. On my feet are a pair of Nike’s I had no choice but to get since none of the second-hand stores I frequent sell sneakers. My wardrobe is full of second-hand clothes, and I have a dress or two that I’ve had for more than six years. So I am quite content with my wardrobe at present. However, much as I detest fast fashion, I do love shopping and I do know other women who are in the midst of updating their wardrobe. Hence this post on Refash, which launched a Malaysian website in mid-January. Refash Malaysia sells pre-loved women’s clothes, mostly from fast fashion brands and it’s a good way for you to buy wardrobe staples and then build your wardrobe from there. Yes, in a way it’s supporting fast fashion, but the bigger picture is that Refash is trying to prevent textile wastage by selling pre-loved […]

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Fashion Revolution Malaysia Set To Make An Impact

  Fashion Revolution Malaysia seeks to heighten awareness towards ethical fashion Fashion Revolution Malaysia (FRM), the local chapter of UK-based Fashion Revolution, aims to heighten awareness towards ethical fashion at all levels. FRM country co-ordinator Sasibai Kimis is keen to meet with local ethical fashion brands and get them on board. Sasibai, who is also founder of local ethical fashion brand Earth Heir, emphasised that she and assistant country co-ordinator Laura Francois want FRM to be a collaborative effort. Their vision, she said, is for FRM to be an educational and collaborative platform to encourage sustainable fashion in Malaysia. To start with, they plan to educate and empower consumers and individuals, share information on sustainable fashion products and empower fashion designers with sustainability tools. The final level of engagement they aim for is to engage policy makers, namely companies and government. Part of their plan this year to spread awareness is to do another Fashion Revolution Week. “We are also trying to engage with Mercedes-Benz Fashion week, KL Fashion Week and also hope to do a Green Fashion Week Asia event,” Sasibai told Fashionably Kind in a recent interview. How it all began The seeds of Fashion Revolution Malaysia were […]

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Changing Consumer Trends Towards Sustainable Fashion In Singapore

Today’s post is from Eliina C, a Singapore-based mumpreneur and blogger who shares her perspective of the sustainable fashion scene in Singapore:  As consumers living in Singapore, there is no doubt that branding and pricing plays a part in our fashion purchases. Some are willing to pay for a brand that is internationally recognised while some want to get the best deals in town. How about paying for sustainably and ethically-made products? Over the years, consumers have been educating themselves about the effects of fast fashion but the majority of them do not put these lessons into practice. Similar to supporting the local brands, there are emerging brands popping up but how often do we purchase from them as compared to well-known international brands? Too Many Clothes? As consumers in Singapore, most purchase known brands, and unknowingly end up paying for the brand’s marketing presence and branding rather than the actual value of the product. An example is fashion online stores (formerly known as blogshops) which sell inexpensive clothing for young ladies. Their task is to purchase ready-made clothing overseas wholesale at a very low cost, without any prior fashion knowledge, mark up their retail prices for reasonable profits and re-brand […]

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Fashion Revolution: The Voice Of Garment Workers In Asia

UK-based non-profit Fashion Revolution is chronicling the plight of garment workers in Asia When you buy your clothes, do you think of who made them? I certainly didn’t, for years and years. I started thinking of them when I began my sustainable fashion journey, and was shocked to discover that most fast fashion garments are made in sweatshops in low-wage countries such as Bangladesh and Cambodia. I started to wonder about these garment workers and what their lives must be like, which led me to research a project by UK-based non-profit Fashion Revolution and Microfinance Opportunities that chronicles the daily lives of garment workers in Bangladesh, Cambodia and India. I recently did an e-mail interview with Sarah Ditty, head of policy at Fashion Revolution about The Garment Worker Diaries and she gave me a detailed account of what they’re doing and future plans for the project. Just in case you haven’t already read about it (more information here), The Garment Worker Diaries is a yearlong research project spearheaded by Microfinance Opportunities in collaboration with Fashion Revolution and supported by the C&A Foundation. Here’s a summary of my interview with Fashion Revolution on the project: Fashionably Kind (FK): What inspired Fashion […]

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Shanghai Tang Up-cycled Collection Now Available

Chinese luxury apparel brand unveils first eco-friendly collection Chinese luxury apparel brand Shanghai Tang has unveiled its first eco-friendly collection, which is now available for purchase online, as well as in its retail stores. The seven-piece up-cycled fashion line was designed by Kévin Germanier, the EcoChic Design Award winner from the 2014/15 cycle. According to Hong Kong-based NGO Redress, the womenswear capsule collection is the brand’s first sustainable collection; up-cycled using their surplus textile stock, demonstrating that sustainability is part of a growing global trend to create fashion in a more environmentally sustainable way. Germanier, a UK-based Swiss native, spent 6 months at Shanghai Tang’s Hong Kong headquarters working in collaboration with the design team to create the brand’s first ever up-cycled collection while enriching his marketing and business palette. “The collection is a modern interpretation of Mongolian patchwork and qipao dress; each piece of the striking black and red capsule collection uses up to six different types of materials left over from previous seasons. Germanier also took inspiration from the brand’s history and current collections and combined with his own signature sleek, clean and versatile design style to keep strong appeal for the Shanghai Tang customer,” Redress said in […]

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