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Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics

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Slow Fashion offers creatives, entrepreneurs, and ethical consumers alike a glimpse into the innovative world of the eco-concept store movement, sustainable design, and business that puts people, livelihoods and sustainability central to everything they do.

Safia Minney argues that the future of brick and mortar retail is in the best in fair trade, sustainable, and organic
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by New Internationalist
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Malcolm
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The big fashion story of the 21st century has been the rise and intensification of ‘fast fashion’: big knock-off production of cat-walk copies in the major label stores within a couple of weeks of the seasonal shows, this is high turnover and high sales of clothing with a short life span – short because whereas we once had two seasons, we now have four or more so styles change more frequently, and short because many of the products are cheaply made so have a only a short wearable life before the ...more
Heather
I bought this book when it was published in 2016 but have only just finished reading it. I think general understanding of sustainable fashion and the impact of fast fashion has become much more mainstream since then.

I think this book was necessary and novel at the time, but now reads as a sustained advertisement for People Tree. Other brands are included but they're not 'sold' in the same way. They repeatedly mention The Swallows as an example of People Tree working in Bangladesh. But they have
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Devin
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This gem of a book offers a wide variety of views on the changing fashion industry. I am very interested in fair trade and organic products as a way to create social and environmental justice, and this is a great resource for me to come back to for inspiration. It offers a hopeful and attainable way forward. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a healthy and sustainable lifestyle! Although it does not cover the entire movement, it includes perspectives from many big players and i ...more
Wendelle
Make sustainable fashion cool again! Through a series of interviews and photoshoots with fashion bloggers and style setters, this book aims to show that choosing long-lasting garment pieces produced in ethically and environmentally stringent conditions is not only responsible but cool and fashionable.

"i don't think anyone is totally voiceless. When farmers in Afghanistan aren't listened to, they grow poppies and the effects of heroin eventually hit our streets. Exploitation of the voiceless lead
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Rosie
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: slow-fashion
This book is essentially Safia wanking herself off about people tree and ironically exploiting the stories of exploited workers to promote her own brand. You’d be far better off to read Clare Press’s book than this as it actually gets in depth and gives you a decent bit of info rather than an advertisement disguised as a book.
Emma Hodge
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Safia Minney, founder of People Tree, pioneers in Fair Trade and ethical fashion gives an insightful and informative look into the ethical fashion industry from the viewpoint of farmers, garment workers, designers, models, photographers, reporters, brand owners, shop owners, and your every day consumers. Whether you live an ethical lifestyle or not, this book is a must read because it includes so much information that needs to be shared about the negative effects of the fast fashion industry and ...more
Brad Revell
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: how-tos, retail, work
My review is here: https://www.bradrevell.com/2020/03/sl...

Three key takeaways from the book:

1. What we call a free market externalises all the true costs of production.
2. Corporate Social Responsibility is impacted by limits in regulations of companies sub-contracting from organisations cross border. The liability is then decided by the country that is manufacturing the clothing; they are not incentivised to change given economic impacts.
3. Many companies are introducing the concept of EP&L (En
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Mariliis Elizabeth Holzmann
I love the idea of slow fashion! This book lays out the cause and effect of the choices we make, the clothing we take advantage off, and how much we consume. It has plenty of beautiful photographs, and a lot of interesting information about sweatshop labor and sustainable fashion. I do recommend this to anyone whose closet takes up a whole bedroom and is full of things you got as a steal but never wear.
Helen
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, knowledge
Quite inspiratiobal because of a lot of different views represented in the book, but sadly it tended to be too much of a People Tree advertisement book.
A bit more neutraility would have gained it at least one more star.
Suzann
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I like what it stands for but I found it barely scratched the surface. Oftentimes felt like an ad for her company.
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Safia Minney is founder and CEO of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion label People Tree. Safia has turned a lifelong interest in environment, trade and social justice issues into an awardwinning social business. Safia is widely regarded as a leader in the Fair Trade movement and has been awarded Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum’s Schwarb Foundation and an MBE for her wor ...more

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