Is it too late for sustainable fashion?

Picture it. London. Fashion week. September 2019. A young girl walking through Trafalgar Square heading to her first show with her mother. Pointing at a crowd all dressed in black with a coffin lifted up above their heads, she asks, “Mum, who died?” A man wearing a top hat with the words ‘Fashion Weak’ written […]

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Get Like Us – When Peer Pressure Yields Positive Results

Fair Trade. Ethically Sourced. Eco-Friendly. Cruelty-Free. These are not just buzzwords for millennials. Businesses are now adopting more transparent practices within their supply chains but why? Could it be that catering to a millennial consumer market with a majority that will gladly pay 10% to 25% more for sustainable products and services could generate even […]

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Beyond Tradition: How One Sustainable Brand Breaks all the Norms

September 17, 2018   | Beyond Tradition: How one sustainable brand breaks all the norms   Studio 189 is a sustainable fashion brand, based in Accra, Ghana and co-founded by Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson in 2012. Earlier this year, Studio 189 took home the top CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative prize which focuses on […]

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Beyoncé, Ivy Park, and the Sweatshop Scandal

  Recently, Beyoncé has been attacked on Twitter because of her brand, Ivy Park. The attacks have accused Beyoncé of portraying contradictory messages about feminism in regards to the consumers who purchase her goods and the lack of female empowerment for the women who make her goods. Article Articles dating back to 2016 have noted […]

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Wardrobe Ethnography – What’s in your closet?

Wardrobe Ethnography The study of people’s accumulated clothing in their wardrobe. Wardrobe Ethnography is a way to understand people by simply looking what’s inside of their closets. It reveals consumer behavior such as why people buy certain styles and patterns. It also reveals character traits of a person and certain beliefs and values of a […]

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Sustainability Spotlight: LULEA

Today, I had the pleasure of touring a manufacturing facility right outside of Nairobi called LULEA or Luxury Leather. LULEA manufactures luxury leather goods, specifically bags and wallets. Edmond Chesneau is the designer and founder. He’s not only creatively talented but also talented in creating social impact in rural communities. One craftsmen said, “Yes, we […]

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Woven Baskets – A Short History of my Favorite African Baskets

One of my favorite items to bring back home are the beautiful woven baskets. When I lived in Uganda, there were so many colors and patterns available in excess, but upon moving to Kenya, I realized that they were more scarce here. This led me to research a bit more on these baskets, what they’re […]

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Kate Middleton, Recycling, and Secondhand Markets in Africa

Let’s talk about recycling. At the Royal Wedding this past weekend, Kate Middleton was said to have recycled an Alexander McQueen dress that she wore twice before, once at Princess Charlotte’s christening and once at the Queen’s birthday party. She’s received a lot of praise but also some criticism for this choice. If she did, […]

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