It’s Fashion Revolution Week! I wanted to take the chance and tell you guys a bit more about my journey with fair fashion. As you might remember, I started buying only fair clothing about 2.5 years ago, at the beginning of 2015. It’s been quite a learning curve so far and I found so many cool labels, ideas and initiatives along the way, so here goes!
+ Allow yourself to take the journey step by step. When I started shopping completely fair – not just a piece here and there – it was overwhelming. I didn’t know what to look out for or where to find fair labels I liked. So I just started slowly by reading blogs dedicated to fair fashion and learning more about sustainable production, worker rights etc. One book that really helped me was “To Die For” by Lucy Siegle. It’s a must read for everyone interested in fair fashion! I can also really recommend the documentary “The True Cost” if you haven’t seen it yet.
+ There’s a lot more out there than you’d think. At the beginning, I thought the only fair labels out there were Hess Natur, People Tree and Armed Angels. How wrong I was! Just yesterday I chatted with a friend and she introduced me to two cool new labels I had never heard about. If you’re on the hunt for new pieces, I’d recommend checking out fair clothing boutiques and following the rabbit trail of new stock and young labels. In Germany there’s glore for example, in the UK Gather and See sells some amazing pieces.
+ You won’t spend more money. Of course, if you look at the prices of fair fashion, it’s more expensive than the high street (for a very good reason!). What this means though, is that you naturally won’t make as many impulse buys anymore. Yes, one shirt might cost a bit more, but you won’t have 10 low quality shirts that you bought on a whim and don’t even like anymore.
+ Second hand shopping can be fun too! I used to shy away from buying clothing second hand (too much of a hassle), but today I love it! Just take your time and remember that you can take pieces that don’t fit properly to the tailor! Second hand shopping also helps me when I miss my former favourite brands like Topshop, COS or even Zara – I’ll just search for their collections in my favourite second hand online shops!
+ The fair fashion community is incredibly friendly. If you’re just starting out, dare and reach out to people who are further along on the journey than you. I haven’t met anyone who wasn’t eager to help yet!
All in all, I haven’t regretted going fair fashion for one minute. If you want to give it a try, just go ahead. Please ask any questions you might have in the comments and I’ll try to help and answer them. Happy Fashion Revolution Friday!
PS: If you don’t know what Fashion Revolution Week means: In the week around the 24 April, people all over the world think of the Rana Plaza incident in Bangladesh. Over 1.000 people died working at a clothing factory with horrific working conditions. Since then, every year we’ve been asking brands: Who made my clothes? It’s a really great initiative, you should definitely check it out!
We’re back from Paris! It’s truly one of the prettiest European cities in my opinion. We walked around, we ate Falafel, we took pictures and of course: We tried as many coffee shops in Paris as possible. As in every big city, there are cute little cafés and coffee shops all over Paris. We visited the five below, but I still have a list of pretty places we didn’t get to check out (they are in the map below though). As everything, going to coffee shops in Paris is quite expensive (4 to 5 Euro for a cappuccino), but these are great spots if you’ve been sightseeing all day and need a little break. I’ve also included the sights we saw when we visited the shops, so you don’t have to go there just for the coffee ;)
This was definitely one of my favourite coffee shops in Paris. The coffee (and the cake!) was great, the staff really friendly and the atmosphere chill and relaxed. I could easily imagine spending the afternoon here and work while eating cake. Lots of people did that actually! It isn’t close to any ‘tourist spots’ but you should still walk by here and rest your feed in this pretty place.
What else to do around here
Passager Café is about 15 min from the Bastille. From here, you can walk over to the Marais and visit the Place des Vosges or eat some Falafel, or head down to the Seine for an afternoon stroll. As I said, Passager isn’t actually close to anything that you typically visit as a tourist, but there’s some nice places only a walk away.
Address + opening times
107 avenue Ledru Rollin, 75011 Paris
Tuesday-Saturday: 08:30 – 18:30
We went for lunch to Cuillier and really enjoyed our time here as well. The coffee was great and the quiche one of the best I ever had (maybe because I never ate quiche in France before? Anyway). It’s in a quiet street off Boulevard St. Germain, so the chance to get a table if you walk in is quite high. Highly recommended as a lunch spot.
What else to do around here
Cuillier is situated in the 7th arrondissement. We went to the Musée d’Orsay afterwards and spend a few hours there (highly recommended – it’s huge and possibly not as crowded as the Louvre). The Musée Rodin is quite close as well or you could just wander the streets around here.
I’m ready for Spring. I want to sit outside again, enjoy a drink with friends or read a book and not wear 10 layers of clothes. I’m in Paris at the moment (as you might have seen on my Instagram) and the sun was out almost everyday – it feels like bliss.
+ Going on city trips. For some reason, Spring is the perfect season for that! Winter is too cold, summer too hot and in autumn I just like to get cosy at home. Do you have any fun trips planned this season? I’m going to the Netherlands and London (finally, again!).
+ New outfits! Every year by the end of March I get really bored with my wardrobe and wearing coats all the time. Now that Spring is here I’m ready to mix it up again! I’m dreaming of fair fashion outfits like the one above: Blush Veja sneakers, a mom jeans, a light blouse and sun glasses.
+ Filling my house with plants. I only own a few succulents, but I really want to fill my house with more flowers and plants. I’ve started reading up on which plants are good for your room climate and a trip to the store is in order very soon.
+ Getting out my bike again! I’ve been lazy all winter and have taken the train, but it’s actually so much nicer to take my bike along the Rhine river and workout without even noticing.
+ Visiting new restaurants, cafés, shops, you name it. I don’t really feel like going out to new places in winter – it always feels like the day is over as soon as the sun sets at 6 pm. Now that Spring is around again, I’m ready to work on my list of places to see around Bonn and Cologne. Any tips where to go if you’re a local?
+ I scream ice cream. I didn’t eat nearly enough ice cream last year – that has to change this year ;) There’s a great shop just around the corner from my home and I went only once so far!
+ Sitting in the park reading books. For some reason, reading is even more fun while sitting outside, right? And you get the added bonus of (a hint of a) tan as well. On my reading list I have the new Jami Attenberg novel and a few collections of essays.
+ Flea markets. Obviously.
What are you looking forward to this Spring? Any fun plans?
#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.
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?