Say #bybyefastfashion with JAN ’N JUNE

JAN ’N JUNE founders Anna and Jula

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#byebyefastfashion – that’s the motto of fair fashion label JAN ’N JUNE. Since 2014 Anna and Jula, the founders of JAN ’N JUNE, have been selling sustainable fashion that’s fun to wear, great in price and very stylish. And they show: Sustainability doesn’t actually have to be difficult.

Where do you put the line between slow and fast fashion?

Anna: For us, slow fashion is a big part of sustainable fashion. If you want to separate fast from slow fashion, you need to look at the way you’re consuming. Fast fashion means binge shopping. It’s cheap, so you buy more clothes than you could ever wear. Items you don’t even like. You think: „Oh, it’s just two bucks, let’s just get this one as well“. Slow fashion means the opposite. It means: Buy items that have the potential to become favourites, that go with everything, that you really really love. Shop more consciously!

Jula: Consider: Does this item mean something to me, am I actually going to wear it? There’s a huge gap between thinking a piece of clothing is cool and finding something that actually suits you and fits your style. And of course sustainability plays a big role: How long is this new item going to last? How friendly is the manufacturing process — to the earth, nature and the people?

When did you start thinking about the way you buy your clothes?Spring Summer JAN ’N JUNE

Anna: Our awareness for sustainable fashion started growing while we were studying. We both studied fashion. That means that we got confronted with how dirty the industry actually is again and again.

Jula: I’ll never forget one of my internships — I went to a production agency in Indonesia. My time there showed me, that clothes aren’t worth anything in conventional fashion. As soon as one item is finished, it gets thrown on the floor. It might be sold for 30 or 300 Euros, at the factory there’s no difference. You shouldn’t cherish the illusion that clothes that are more expensive are actually better. You’re just paying for the label.

How do you feel, when you see people packed with shopping bags from Primark or other high fashion labels?

Anna: Sometimes I think: „Oh man“. But I don’t feel that girls shopping at Primark are a personal affront to me. The problem is that you can’t really buy fair fashion labels in high street shops. We’re a tiny niche. The consumer has to put a lot of time and energy into finding sustainable labels — an effort not many people are willing to make. (more…)

Fair fashion outfit: Is it summer yet?

Fair Fashion Summer | Hanna's Places

Ready for sunshine!

Over here in Germany, summer doesn’t want to join us this summer. It’s rainy, it’s cold, the weather is changing daily. I’m still waiting for a chance to get out my shorts and summer dresses. Until then, dressing means layers, layers, layers. On one of those somehow warm, kinda rainy days Birte and I headed out for some pizza and outfit photos. Since it was my first time shooting pictures in Bonn, I was a bit nervous before. I’m looking forward to exploring this city and finding more spots! As for the outfit: I’m quite happy that more and more items in my closet are fair and sustainable. This makes putting together fair outfits that much easier!

altstadt-1 Fair Fashion Summer | Hanna's Places

Skirt, bracelet & shirt: People Tree | Jacket: Pimkie (really old) | Necklace: Victoria & Albert Museum Gift Shop (yes, really) | Shoes: Espadrij l’originale

Brand Info

People Tree | Fair fashion label from Great Britain. The garments are made in Bangladesh and India mostly and support local artisans.

Espadrij l’originale | Handmade in the French Pyrenees supporting local manufacturers.

Pimkie | High street label, probably not sustainable or fair trade.

 

Everlasting Apparel: Audax Journal

Kayla on Everlasting Apparel

These pictures just scream summer and coolness, don’t they? Today I’m really happy to introduce Kayla to you for a new Everlasting Apparel feature. I discovered her blog, Audax Journal, a couple of weeks ago (it’s still brand new!) and instantly fell in love with all the colours and the beautiful photography. Kayla is a freelance photographer, so no wonder it looks so great. She’s introducing us to the most beautiful everlasting piece today – a dress she got from her grandma! Read on for more about Kayla, her take on ethical fashion and this beautiful dress: (more…)

Everlasting Apparel – Ciao Eco Lifestyle

Ciao Eco Lifestyle _ Everlasting Apparel-3_mini

There’s a new Everlasting Apparel post for you today and it’s a good one! I found Susie’s beautiful blog, Ciao Eco Lifestyle, through her Instagram and instantly fell in love with her beautiful pictures. It seriously makes you want to travel to Italy right this minute. Go check it out, but first read watch she’s got to share about her favourite everlasting piece: (more…)

How to care for your shoes

How to care for your shoes

Fair fashion is not only about buying products that are made in fair and sustainable way, but also about taking care of the items you already own. This way they will look nicer longer, you can wear them for a longer time and you won’t have to throw them away too soon. Sounds logical, right? I think so, so I want to start a small ‘series’ of how to best take care of your clothes, your shoes, your handbags (etc). I’m not an expert by far, so if you have any more tips please let me know :) I’m kicking of this series by sharing my favourite ways to take care of my shoes. I must admit – for a very long time I have neglected cleaning my shoes and what’s even worse – I just bought cheap shoes at H&M or Zara that I threw away after one season. The epitome of fast fashion. I’m trying to be better now – I’m not buying cheap shoes anymore and I’m trying to clean my shoes on a regular basis. Since I was absolutely clueless how to do this when I started, here are my (and my grandma’s) most important tips:

The Basics

1 | Go to a professional to fix your broken shoes. I had a pair of brogues with missing heels I really liked and it just cost 10 € to repair them and took two days. Cheaper, more sustainable and easier than buying new!

2 | Use shoe stretchers, especially on leather shoes. Wooden ones at best.

3 | Only wear your leather shoes every second day. They need that break because they store the moisture of your feet (even if you don’t necessarily sweat much).

4 | Use a shoehorn when putting on your shoes. Yes, even though you’re not that old yet ;)

5 | Buy shoes that actually fit. Yes, the smaller size might be almost okay, but your feet and shoes won’t thank you for sizing down.

6 | Don’t put your shoes next to the heater if they got wet. Give them time to dry completely, otherwise the leather will crack.

7 | Clean the shoes you’ve worn about every two weeks. Make sure the products you use are right for the material of your shoes!

Cleaning Instructions

Step 1 | Brush your shoes off with a stiff brush.

Step 2 | Use a soft cloth and leather soap to clean your shoes of any dirt.

Step 3 | Use another soft cloth to put on shoe cream and/or shoe wax. I don’t want to own millions of different colours of shoe cream so I always use the transparent kind, but you can go for different colours as well.

Step 4 | Finish with a polishing cloth and your shoes will look as good as new!

And that’s it! Easy as that – and you will have fun with your pretty shoes for so much longer :)

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