Ethical Fashion Events

An Ethical Fashion Evening

Written by Jennifer Nini

Photo by Terry Russell

Thanks to the commitment and passion of a select number of fashion-forward individuals and organisations, an Ethical Fashion Evening was born. Hosted by QLD Fair Trade Collective and sponsored by Peppermint Magazine held at The Stitchery in Fortitude Valley, I was fortunate enough to have been present and to have had the opportunity to listen to some of the most socially thoughtful and inspiring talks ever to be held during a fashion evening.

I listened to Peppermint magazine founder Ben McGill describe his journey as fashion designer in the maze of a fast-fashion explosion only to renounce this world and launch a publication that mirrored his ethical and eco fashion ethos. I was inspired by Paula Jones, the Industry Liaison to the Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia and co-founder chairperson of Fair Traders of Australia, who provided well-rounded information of the burgeoning ethical fashion trade in Australia.

But the highlight of my evening was meeting Cecilia Granadino, the CEO of MINKA, a Peruvian company specialising in knitted clothing made from alpaca wool (more precisely, alpaca hair). I gained insight to her culture (“we Peruvians are practical and had to learn this thing you in the West call ‘fashion’ “), her smile was contagious and so was her upbeat bubbly personality (which hid a quiet wisdom derived only from a woman who has witnessed oppression and injustice). Cecilia, through her fair trade business, has been able to enrich the lives of her workers, many of whom are women in the highlands of Peru. In just a few hours, she made me laugh, she made me (almost) cry but most of all, she made me think.

So when I wake up in the morning, I know I can make a difference in the world simply by what I choose to wear. And you can too. Whether it be a vintage silk dress from the local op-shop. A fair trade hemp bag purchased from your local Oxfam store. Or even a MINKA scarf, ethically made by a community of Peruvian women using organic alpaca wool 🙂

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About the author

Jennifer Nini

Jennifer Nini is a writer, activist and the founding editor of Eco Warrior Princess. In 2010, after studying Fashion Business, she began this blog to explore her interests in fashion, politics, social justice and sustainability. Jennifer is also the founder of The Social Copywriter, a digital agency harnessing the power of copywriting and content marketing to help mindful businesses reach more people. When she's not perfecting a sentence or coaching business clients, you will find her at her certified organic farm reconnecting with nature.

3 Comments

  • Thank you for your write-up, it’s so nice to receive feedback like this and we’re glad you had a good time and took something away from the night 🙂

    • No worries – if you ever have an event in Brisbane, feel free to email me about the details – I like to participate as I learn so much but I also like to do write-ups on the events to create more awareness in the community – trying not to sound cliche, but I am driven to educating people about eco and ethical fashion. I look forward to the next event 🙂

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