Slowing fashion down with Kleiderrebell

An interview with Kleiderrebell

If only you could borrow clothes instead of buying new every time…that’s what Laura thought one day, desperate about her full closet and not enough clothes she actually liked. Half a year later, Kleiderrebell was born, an online store where you can borrow clothes as long as you like them. As soon as you’re fed up with wearing them, you give them back :)

I’ve talked to Laura about the story of Kleiderrebell – and how we can all make a change by consuming slower (ps: I borrowed some clothes from Kleiderrebell too – you can see the post here!)

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

Slow and fast fashion are different in a number of ways. Firstly there’s the working conditions of the garment workers. Are they getting paid fairly? Is their workload doable? Are the factory owners observing the laws? That’s the side of the producers. On the other side there’s us, the consumers. We are responsible to consider the difference between slow and fast fashion. Where do I buy my clothes? Am I willing to pay more than 20 Euro for a t-shirt? Do I really have to buy a new garment every week? Is secondhand a possibility for me as well? If I ask myself these questions, I’ll get a lot closer to a slower way of life.

When did you become interested in sustainable fashion?

I think I first thought about it about 8 years ago. As a part of my fashion degree I was able to go to Dhaka in Bangladesh and glimpse behind the scenes of the fashion industry. It was such a different experience to be in a country, that produced most of our clothes – especially back in 2009 when hardly anyone was talking about fair fashion. We only went to ‚good‘ factories without child labour or 16-hour days. Still, you could see the stark poverty out in the trees. And of course we saw the kind of factories that you might know from TV – the ones where you just know, somethings not right. (more…)

Where to buy fair fashion in London

The full London fair shopping guide

As a ‘fair shopper’, going on holiday naturally means that I won’t head into high street shops just because I’m abroad. Gladly, there’s more and more fair fashion boutiques and vintage stores popping up all over the world. On my last trip to London, I got lucky at a charity shop and actually only brought back secondhand souvenirs. If you’re planning a trip to London soon, here are my favourite London fair fashion shops you need to visit. There’s probably tons more, so tell me in the comments if you’ve got more tips for me!

London fair shopping boutiques

One of the (small) disadvantages of ethical shopping is that you mostly have to order online. There just aren’t a lot of fair fashion labels on the high street! Gladly, there are more and more ethical boutiques popping up – and of course there’s a few cute  London fair shopping boutiques as well.

The Keep 

The Keep is a beautiful little boutique in Brixton Village. It’s a really cute store and they stock all kinds of different fair fashion brands from People Tree to Armed Angels and Beaumont Organic. If you only want to get something small, they also stock beauty products and accessories. Little tip: After browsing The Keep you can go to the other lovely stores in Brixton village or go for a coffee just round the corner! (more…)

Culotte in Chinatown

Wearing my culotte in Chinatown - Outfit Post

Hey Culotte

While in London last month, I met up with old and new friends alike. We walked all over town, had some coffee and of course I grabbed the chance to take some outfit pictures. I found this culotte at a vintage store in Leiden, one of a few great purchases I made there. To be honest, culotte trousers are a little bit out of my comfort zone. I usually don’t venture far from my trusted skinny jeans or skirts. Anything that’s midi or well, a culotte, hasn’t made it’s way into my closet yet.

Wearing my culotte in Chinatown - Outfit Post

Wearing my culotte in Chinatown - Outfit Post

After seeing enough cool people wearing them and always liking it, that needed to change. This summer I have resolved to be a bit more adventureous in my shopping habits. I started with getting a wide-legged pair of trousers. It definitely helped that these are second hand. They were so much more affordable and I had to get them right that minute, so no turning back there. (more…)

Everlasting Apparel – Chic Étique

Lauren from Chic Éthique for Everlasting Apparel - Hanna's Places

Happy Tuesday! Today I want to introduce you to Lauren from ethical fashion blog Chic Éthique. I found her blog while I was looking for new ethical style bloggers to follow and instantly fell in love! She shares beautiful outfits, gives tips on how to get more wear out of your outfits and makes ethical fashion accessible for everyone. These are all big favourites in my book! Today, Lauren shares her favourite outfit with us and tells us more about her views on fair fashion. Enjoy!

Tell us something about yourself and Chic Éthique!

I’m a piano teacher by day and a fashion blogger over on my blog Chic Éthique by night! I did my university work in classical piano, but I’ve always had a love for style. My blog became my outlet for that love, and I enjoy posting about the outfits I create from my capsule wardrobe.

Lauren from Chic Éthique for Everlasting Apparel - Hanna's Places

If you could sum up your life at the moment, what would it be?

Presence, or whether that’s what I’m striving for in this season of life. It’s incredibly easy to be constantly distracted by endless information streams, but I’m working on giving my full attention to people and projects so I can be more effective as a teacher, friend, and blogger.

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My fair fashion summer wishlist

Summer is approaching, I can feel it in the air! The days are longer again and ice cream season has officially started. As I told you, I make a list of clothes to buy at the beginning of each season. This summer, I am looking for fun and light-weight looks to make it a beautiful summer season full of great memories. This is my fair fashion summer wishlist, if you’re looking for some inspiration as well!

Fair fashion summer wishlist: Tops

+ A fun and light-weight blouse: I’ve recently rediscovered wearing fun blouses again! Since I work at an office, I am looking for summer looks that feel cool on my skin and still aren’t too revealing. A light blouse perfectly fits the bill, and this one from Thinking MU has sushi on it, so it’s definitely on my to-buy list ;)

+ An oversized white blouse: On days when I don’t want to wear sushi, white oversized blouses always do the trick. They look great with tan skin and just a bit of golden jewellery. I just ordered this one from JAN ‘N JUNE, it’s extremely comfortable!

+ A grey t-shirt: Another summertime staple. Yet I only just ordered my first one: A simple, grey and oversized t-shirt. You can wear it with a know and a skirt, or with shorts and red lipstick. So simple and yet so pretty!

+ A block-printed t-shirt: I love simple statement t-shirts, that are slightly boxy and look great with some fun jewellery. This one from Po-Em is handmade and just screams summer to me!

+ A statement tee: Another trend I am embracing this summer – and I’m so glad my fair fashion favourites are too! I’m gonna start with this Beach Please shirt, because that’s probably going to be my thought all summer long!

+ The classic: Stripes, stripes, stripes. Striped shirts aren’t on my list this year (I stocked up last summer). Still, I needed to include them here! Stripes are such a summer staple for. People Tree puts out some new shirts every season and they always look great. (more…)

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