Fare Fashion at Bristol's Green Week
Ceri Heathcote Oxfam Fashion blogger
20th Jun 2013
On Saturday evening, I was lucky enough to be invited Fare Fashion at Bristol's Big Green week hosted by FareShare South West and Bristol Fairtrade Network. FareShare Southwest is a charity based in Bristol which puts food industry surplus to good and providing food to over 100 local organisations working with vulnerable people. We got the chance to sample some of their delicious food in a banquet which included dishes like baby aubergines, stuffed with nuts and spice, then cooked
in a tomato sauce and chicken roasted with sumac, za'atar and lemon. The food was delectable and I can see no good reason why any of it should be wasted.
Bristol became a fairtrade city in 2005 and the Bristol Fair Trade network aims to raise awareness and sales of fairtrade in the city with campaigns and events. Bristol also has an amazing selection of ethical and upcycled fashion brands. After dinner, Tamsin Lejeune of Ethical Fashion Forum spoke about the positive difference that ethical and sustainable fashion brands are making before we were treated to a fantastic fashion show. The fashion show featured a number of Bristol based brands and retailers which I would definitely
recommend checking out if you are ever in the city. Here are some of my favourite looks from the show...
LEFT: Arthur and Henry men's shirts are beautifully and ethically made from organic cotton and were worn with pants by Pants to Poverty.
RIGHT: Outsider are a London based ladies wear brand creating beautiful sustainable clothes.
LEFT: 'Fix Up, Look Sharp' is a label which raises funds for the charity Clic Sargent. They create funky upcycled fashion using donated clothes.
MIDDLE: Stitch-Up Studios is a communal sewing space run by its team of members. They share our equipment and knowledge with anyone wanting to get involved.
RIGHT: Neat Frontage is another amazing upcycled label making innovative and very on trend clothes.
The highlight of the show was definitely the finale which featured twenties style clothing by Heartfelt Boutique, a vintage boutique in Bristol. There was plenty of glitz and glamour, flapper dresses and feathers, plus beading and brogues.