SLAVE TO FASHION
Published in 2017
What Livia Firth, Creative Director of Eco Age and ethical fashion ambassador, says about Slave to Fashion…
Safia Minney brings this subject to life with her years of experience in championing workers rights. I hope you will want to join her in her mission to bring a voice to the voiceless and help be the change we all want to see.“
Slow Fashion – Aesthetics Meets Ethics
Published in 2016
Slow Fashion offers ethical consumers, creatives and entrepreneurs alike a glimpse into the innovative world of the eco-concept store movement, sustainable fashion design and a business that puts people, livelihoods and environmental sustainability central to everything it does.
Safia Minney argues that the future of fashion boutiques lies in curating the best in sustainable Fair Trade fashion and organic lifestyle products, together with vintage, second hand and local produce. Shopping for unique products, each with a story to tell, will naturally promote a restorative economic lifestyle and the wellbeing of our planet, our minds and our bodies. It will also inspire growing sector – one that is shaping big business and promoting better business practice.
This book features pioneering people and projects that will inspire you to be part of the change. With full colour photography, Slow Fashion profiles the people bringing the alternative to the mainstream: Fair Trade producers, designers, eco-concept stores across the world and campaigns that are fashioning a new economy.
Slow Fashion will be available as a paperback, limited edition hardback and ebook. The book is linked to over 40 videos, bringing the articles to life.
“Safia Minney has spent years pioneering a desperately needed re-shaping of modern day fashion. Her work over the years has served to constantly challenge, inspire and shape a new face of fashion all over the world. Slow Fashion is a beautifully crafted invitation to each of us and all of us to be a part of building the kind of world we wish to live in and leave behind. With great humanity and clarity Safia challenges conventional thinking and opens up the possibility for a better future up ahead.”
– Andrew Morgan, Director True Cost Movie
Naked Fashion – The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution
Livia Firth and Lucy Siegle say…
“Received wisdom is often quite dim. As an example, we are told constantly that today’s mainstream fashion industry is all we might desire and all we should expect. It isn’t. As made clear through some of the stirring eye-witness accounts of life as a garment worker on the Global Assembly Line in these pages – such as Liz Jones’ account of a visit to Dhaka – there are some startling holes in the claims of the world’s biggest fashion brands that they offer unparalleled opportunity for both consumers and developing world workers.
Not surprisingly, up-and-coming designers, writers, commentators, stylists, textile producers and graphic designers, illustrators, artists, – you name it! – are all attracted. They want their professional lives to have resonance and purpose. They recognise that fashion is an important tool and they see the examples of design companies such as Terra Plana or From Somewhere who do things differently. As people working to raise the profile of fashion that matches ethics to aesthetics, we meet these potential change-makers all the time. Sometimes we’re inundated with questions! Now we can gently usher them towards Naked Fashion as an indispensable primer.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Fashion Revolution is now under way!“
By Hand – The Fair Trade Fashion Agenda
In 1995, People Tree set out to prove that organically grow, hand-made, community-produced fashion could be successful. It challenged the conventional business model of cheap, fast and exploitative fashion, dependent on migrant workers in sweatshops spewing out vast quantities of throw-away garments for the trend-led West.
Amazingly, India’s handweavers still make up the country’s biggest sector after agriculture. Fair Trade fashion can harness the traditional handskills of the world and help the poor escape from poverty. What is more, producing cotton textiles by hand generates virtually no CO2.
In this book, Safia Minney, People Tree’s founder, sets out the case for organically grown, handwoven cotton and Fair Trade fashion, through conversations with farming cooperatives, slum-based activists, garment workers and jewellery makers in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She chronicles how she has inspired top designers and models and worked with industry giants like Topshop and asos.com to rethink what is possible in fashion today.
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