This week’s top sustainable fashion headlines:
Kering, London College of Fashion, and British Fashion Council announced this week the world’s first open-access online programme dedicated to sustainability and luxury fashion. The six week course is titled Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World, and was co-developed by academics from London College of Fashion and Kering’s sustainability experts. The theoretical aspects of sustainability as well as real-life business cases that luxury brands face, such as raw material sourcing, animal welfare and reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be covered in the course.
A British investigator who spent two years in a Chinese prison says he saw prisoners laboring for international brands that ban such work in their supply chain. H&M and C&A were two of the retailers accused how have both made statements saying they are looking into the matter.
Patagonia made Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Company list for 2018. CEO Rose Marcario, explains how they have catalyzed the shifting political tides to Patagonia’s benefit. Incited by Trump’s agenda, the company has upped its commitment to environmental activism.
Vogue covers the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange where designers collaborated with artisans in British Commonwealth nations to create hand-crafted, eco-minded garments, which were displayed at Buckingham Palace. More than 30 sustainably produced, handcrafted ball gowns, representing the cultures of 52 countries were showcased.
If millennials love sustainability and ethical companies so much, why aren’t they buying from ethical brands like they’re supposed to? Although there are desirable eco-friendly brands, none have reached the scale or variety to meet Millennials’ requirement for ease, price/value and uniqueness. There’s an opportunity to listen to what millennials are saying and develop products that resonate. (paywall).
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