The future of fashion in Australia

The future of fashion in Australia

Image: Clean Cut Fashion It feels like the winds of change have finally arrived in Australia.  Sustainable, ethically-manufactured and environmentally-conscious fashion is becoming an important topic here and not just amongst the few forward-thinking designers that have always had these principals at the forefront of their business. To me, this is made clear when ethical design shows become a part of fashion events like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.  And when symposiums like Bsessions emerge.  Imagine having representatives from companies such as Patagonia, TOMS, David Jones, Pacific Brands, Aje, Spell Design, Kit X, General Pants, MJ Bale, ByJohnny, Apparel Group, Haryono Setiadi, IKEA and TopShop together in a room discussing organic cotton?  That is pretty exciting and that is what  Bsessions have brought to life. Bsessions “partner with game-changers to encourage conversations around critical topics within contemporary culture, in the aim of cultivating awareness, challenging the status quo and providing a context that can act as a catalyst for change through collaboration.”  These symposium series all occur over a beautiful, innovative dinner experience. Their first session was in collaboration with Clean Cut Fashion, igniting a discussion with industry experts on how they can all come together to shape the future of fashion in a sustainable and ethical way.  The message was simple; ‘Sustainable fashion is about informed purchasing and innovative production in order to achieve maximum positive social and environmental effect.’ The second session was presented by Patagonia, supported by The Australian Fashion Chamber and developed to inspire inter-industry collaboration and act as a catalyst for change.  The Environmental Director at Patagonia, Jill Dumain, shared their story of transitioning to organic cotton way back in 1996, igniting a conversation about the possibilities.... read more
Faux Leather Essentials

Faux Leather Essentials

I’m seeing leather everywhere at the moment so I’m really excited to be able to share with you my favourite brand for faux leather jackets and accessories, James & Co.   I have to admit, for the entire time that I’ve been vegan (about 5 years) I haven’t spent much time wishing I could wear a leather jacket.  But after spending all day shooting these gorgeous vegan jackets one after another, I don’t know how I’ve lived without one!  They are all so well made, beautifully tailored and super soft material.  I’ve included some of my favourites from their latest collection below.  If you are curious as to why I believe the vegan alternative to leather is so much better than the ‘real thing’ I’ve written about it here. And lucky for you, the team have offered a special discount code just for you : ‘SHINE10’ for 10% off all jackets.   Simply click on one of the images below to be taken through to the item in the store.  They also have a deal at the moment where if you buy 1 wallet or bag, you can get another 50% off a biker style jacket!   What I really love about James & Co is the story behind it.  Anne Hurley started James & Co after her son took his own life at the age of 24.  James was vegan and so James & Co has been created in his honour.  As well as celebrating his life and his values, a portion of profits is donated to mental health causes.  Anne and her daughter design everything and really are such a lovely family. On... read more
How to get out of your own way

How to get out of your own way

It’s a curious thing, asking for help. On one hand, you’re admitting that you can’t do “it all” on your own. It can give you a pang in the stomach as though you aren’t quite good enough and have somehow failed. Aren’t we supposed to be able to do everything ourselves these days? And yet on the other hand, asking for help can open up infinite possibilities, something I’m only just beginning to realise. Last year 2 girls reached out to offer to help with my training school, Shine From Within. It’s an holistic deportment and personal development school for teen girls so it requires a lot of event planning, content creation, marketing and building community connections, taking enquiries and of course actually running the courses and being there 100% for every beautiful student that walks through our doors.   For so long I’ve tried to do all of this on my own.  Which, let’s be honest, is necessary when you are just starting out.  But at what point do you start to accept help? These were some of the things that came up for me: I’m too busy to train someone They won’t be able to do it the way I want it done anyway I can’t afford it I don’t want to bother anyone or put someone else out I can’t think about this right now because I’m so overwhelmed and just have to get this done! Sound familiar? So I blew these girls off. I kindly said, “Thank you, it’s wonderful that you’d like to be a part of the team but there’s nothing for you right... read more
Get Active, Ethically

Get Active, Ethically

It’s starting to cool down here in Oz but that’s no excuse to not get our butts moving!  But you are not here for a motivational ‘fitspo’ rant and I’m no good at giving them…I slept in this morning because I felt like it.  Gentle living at it’s best.  One thing that does get me excited to exercise is sustainable, ethical activewear! I’ve written about this in the recent issue of Nature & Health magazine, which you should check it out in your local news agency, but I wanted to go one step further and show you some of my favourite brands, in action.  Of course I needed a motivational wellness guru to get me out of bed nice and early and to have a bit of fun with me (i.e. whoop my butt on the basketball court).  Introducing the beautiful, sweet, Dr. Ash Good.  Ash is an osteopath and health coach on a mission to inspire and empower us all to take charge of our health and live our best lives.  She’s also just the sweetest girl ever. The beautiful brand featured above is Dragonfly Activewear and we’re wearing the Renew range.  The fabric in the Renew range is made from 100% recycled plastic that was on it’s way to landfill.  It’s also breathable, light, fast-drying, has UV protection (UPF 50+), is pilling and abrasions resistance, and gives a firmer, supported silhouette (seriously).  It holds you in in all the right places and is super comfy. You can get 25% off their range with the code: ‘Shine25’ until July.  Yay!! The entire brand is made in Australia by a mother-daughter team who are so lovely.  There’s nothing better than actually... read more
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