This week is Fashion Revolution Week, the #whomademyclothes campaign which takes place in April falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1 138 people and injured many more on 24th April 2013. As a result this is the day ‘Fashion Revolution’ was born. During the week, brands and producers have been posting with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain. Many children’s labels and producers have been taking part, lets find out more…
Mouse in the House captured our interest at Playtime New York with a wonderful earthy toned knitwear collection. So how do you create this muted colour palette? Natural Plant Dye, a process that has been in practise since ancient times, with the earliest written record of the use of natural dyes dating back to 2600 BC in China. Mouse in the House let us look at the dyeing process of their producers in Nepal and we discover more about this interesting process of making natural plant dye knitwear.
Meet the GrowKit, an urban agriculture kit for beginners, newly developed by Noocity Urban Ecology, a company focused on the facilitation of Agriculture in the urban environment.
New York based label lulaland was our first One to Watch winner in the fashion catagory at Playtime Paris. This fun mixmatching collection drew us in for a further look, different textures, whimsical prints and rich colouring makes for a bold beautiful collection and whatever the combination it will work. The aztec pineapple print was a favorite from the collection, Lula designs the prints herself and has them printed to organic cotton fabric. This is a rich and fun label, certainly One to Watch, let’s find out more.
Mini Stitches are our first Pirouette One to Watch winners in the fashion category. A part from producing a wonderful clothing line they are in fact a social enterprise kidswear label with strong ethical roots. We both found their enthusiasm and commitment to what they are attempting to achieve both infectious and inspiring.
Britain will later today hand deliver it’s letter of resignation to the President of the European council and so the 2 year Brexit negotiation begins. How this divorce will ultimately affect Britain, Europe and business only time will tell, it is however clear that we are in for a prolonged period of uncertainty and quarrelling. But whilst politicians, lawyers, advisors and such like work out terms it will be business that is left to get on with making it work.
There are so many things to like about Owl Paper Lamps from Portugal. In themselves, these illuminated animals are just terrifically cute in their own right.
Collaborations are for many one of the most enjoyable aspects of owning and designing for your own label. This collaboration between The Muzungu Sisters and La Coqueta is a great example of two parties bringing together their own unique skills whilst celebrating their common ground. The results are some beautiful pieces that reflect the craft and passion of both brands:
Life is amazing really, you never know what’s round the corner or where it will take you. For example if I were to go back in time to Australia and ask an 8 year old Scott McInerney what he’d like to be when he’s older, I’m sure the reply would not have been ‘I’m going to design elasticated heeled baby shoes (comfortable and clever) and make lots of them, say 2000 a day in my own factory in Brazil’. It’s fascinating how from a little seed of an idea an international business can grow. We chat with Tip Toey Joey founders Ana & Scott McInerney to find out more about the business, manufacturing in Brazil and of course what makes a good kids shoe.