Fashionably Numb Ethical Industry Event To Connect Consumers With Local Makers

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Fashionably Numb Ethical Industry Event To Connect Consumers With Local Makers

Pure Pod’s Fashionably Numb has been in planning for over a year… and it’s finally here!

The Fashionably Numb event will take place in Canberra on the 11th of November. The event aims to raise awareness of the wasteful nature of the fast fashion industry and highlight the importance of the relationship between the consumer, their clothing and the maker.

“There is a strong growing unease from consumers about cheap poor quality goods and clothing and the need for the consumer to reconnect with makers’ stories and ethically made, good quality clothing and products,” says Kelli Donovan, founder of Fashionably Numb and the fashion designer behind pioneering Aussie eco fashion label, Pure Pod.

The event will be held as part of the Design Canberra Festival, at the city’s newest sustainable development The Dairy Road Precinct.

Fashionably Numb Ethical Canberra Event To Connect Consumers With Local Makers

Here’s what visitors and event go-ers can expect when they attend Fashionably Numb:

All day art

Featured at the event will be many art pieces including an art installation created by creatives  Kelli Donovan, Hanna Hoyne, Dany Byrd, Marliou Chagnaud and Lauren Anderson. The installation, made from 1500 items of white clothing borrowed from the Salvation Army, is to honour the 1,129 garment factory workers who lost their lives in the Rana Plaza building disaster.

Twilight ethical fashion market – 2:00pm – 5:30pm

Pop-up stalls will bring ethical designers who adopt sustainable design and zero waste concepts together in one place. The market will feature conscious clothing, handmade jewellery and other gorgeous ethical products from designers, recycle artists, textile artists and jewellery designers. The market is open to the public and will be held from 2:00pm – 5:30pm on the day. An ideal place for attendees to buy locally-made ethical Christmas gifts for their loved ones.

Fashionably Numb Ethical Industry Event To Connect Consumers With Local Makers

Meet and greet the designers – 6pm – 7pm

Following the Twilight ethical market is a meet and greet with the designers from 6:00pm – 7:00 pm. Ticket holders can shop and chat with local  Australian designers in a more private setting, fostering better understanding between the customer and ‘the maker’. Locally-made beer from The Capital Brewery Bar, and delicious treats from Brodburger and Three Feathers will also be available to purchase at the Dairy Road Precinct throughout the day. 

Melinda Tually from Fashion Revolution Australian New Zealand

Sustainable fashion panel event – 7:00pm – 8:30pm

From 7:00pm – 8:30pm a panel discussion MC’d by Melinda Tually from Fashion Revolution Australia & New Zealand. The panel event will be held to highlight the negative social and environmental impacts of the unsustainable fast fashion cycles and how designers can contribute to positive change. The aim is to ignite a discussion about how designers play a key role in creating positive supply chains and producing sustainable clothing, by incorporating sustainability practices, zero waste design and using the closed-loop system of production and design. 

Panel experts include:

  • Freddy Choo, coordinator at Salvation Army 
  • Brian Tunks, ceramic and textile designer, founder of Bison
  • Kelli Donovan, Fashionably Numb founder, fashion educator and sustainable fashion designer 
  • Rachel Pines, founder and ethical designer of MoonBird
  • our very own editor-in-chief and ecopreneur Jennifer Nini

Each guest will receive a special gift on arrival made with love from our team of ethical designers and local ANU Textiles & Lake Tuggernanong Students as well as an issue of Peppermint Magazine.

Looking to attend? Tickets are just $39 and can be purchased from Ticket Tailor. Oh! And this event is plastic-free, how cool is that?

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